So for those of you who are curious, here's the gist...eat whole foods for 30 days. So really what does that mean you ask? Let me use this picture to describe:
Quite a challenge for most people I would think, especially for me. I love desserts, cheese, yogurt, bread, and my beloved diet soda. All would be banished for this month. I was really unsure of how this would work...
So Jan 1st we cleaned out our cupboards, fridge, and freezer of off-limit items. We gave some things away, moved off-limit items to our garage freezer and moved allowed items to our regular refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen. I went to Sprouts and bought a gigantic amount of fruits, veggies, and organic meats. And we were off, diving into the whole30 challenge!
For me, it went really well. I didn't really feel too many cravings, nor did I feel hungry throughout the month. It was hard to give up the diet soda. Whole30 allows for plain black coffee or tea without sweetener, so I basically substituted tea for soda. After a couple of weeks people at work began to comment that I looked thinner. That was nice to hear but I didn't really feel thinner (i.e. my clothes did really fit any differently). But during the second 2 weeks, I noticed the change myself. I felt that my clothes were fitting much better and some were becoming too big!
Luckily for me, I am married to a great cook and she came up with some great meals that didn't feel like "diet" meals. I took pictures of my dinners each night and posted them on instagram (I'm kainpunk if you want to follow me). Here are a few of the dinners over the month:
Top row: Greek salad with grilled chicken, no feta, no pita; fried eggs and sausage.
2nd row: Cobb salad and chicken wings with whole30 buffalo sauce; left overs thrown into a bowl (chicken, beef, veggies, spaghetti squash), apple and almond butter; spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and turkey meatballs, salad.
3rd row: Curry soup and salad; tacos with lettuce as shell; artichokes, lettuce wraps, salad.
4th row: Grilled chicken, salad, and artichokes.
Noell made the whole30 mayo from the recipe in the book, and we used that as a base for sauces and dressings as needed. I also used a lot of olive oil and lemon for dressings to my salads.
So Jan 31st was the last day of the challenge, In total I lost 8 pounds! That was surprising to me because it didn't really feel like I had lost that much weight. I was expecting a few pounds at most.
Noell has felt AMAZING throughout the month and plans to continue to eat like this indefinitely. I felt good, but not amazing like she has experienced. I did get better sleep, on some days I had more energy than average, but not everyday.
I plan to keep the amount of "whole30 off limit" items to a low minimum but I do not plan to be so strict that I can never have cheese or dessert. What I really liked about this challenge was that my awareness has increased significantly surrounding what ingredients are in food and therefore I am paying much more attention to what I am putting into my body.
That's my whole30 story.