I have officially finished thirty days of no dairy, gluten, legumes, sugar, processed food, and alcohol (well, the one exception). Was it hard? Surprisingly…it wasn’t too bad. I felt good when I started the thirty days. I feel good now.
I mentioned in my initial post that my typical day of eats excludes the majority of these things. The only thing I missed was my daily Greek yogurt + fresh berries and cream cheese (processed) on my sweet potato (I ended up using almond butter or coconut oil instead which was delicious but I still love a bit of cream cheese on there for a tasty treat.)
After all was said and done – I didn’t loose any weight. I assume this was due to 1) not too drastic of a change in my eats and 2) my consumption of almond butter.
Positives: I’m glad that I stuck to the thirty day commitment. I need to push myself more often and stick to short-term (and long-term goals.)
I’m curious to continue a lifestyle without gluten + dairy; however, I won’t say that I’ll exclusively commit to this.
I enjoyed eating ‘paleo’ much more than I thought. It felt good to eat meat again. I mentioned that I hadn’t eaten bacon in six or seven years until this month. Fresh bacon from the farmers market > processed grocery bacon!
Negatives: I wouldn’t recommend the Whole30 to someone who already eats an 80/20 diet. In my opinion, I ate a TON more almond butter than I would’ve had I had not been on the Whole30. I think the mentality of ‘I can’t enjoy dessert or a sweet treat’ contributed to binging behaviors.
I’m not sure if I’ll do another Whole30; however, I plan to eat (mostly) ‘paleo’ for the foreseeable future. Some exceptions would be a morning bowl of oats (I’m not sure I could go without a hot bowl on a cold winter morning) or an occasional treat to celebrate a birthday/holiday.
Have you completed a Whole30? Would you be interested in doing so?