The Whole30 is quite unique in my opinion because it’s really the processes of resetting. It might not be the perfect solution for everyone, but so far I’ve found it incredibly helpful to become more mindful and in tune with what my body needs. I know it’s only been two weeks, but it’s helped me break some bad habits that were creeping up as well as develop some new healthier habits that I am exciting to keep up with.
If someone were to ask me “Is it hard to keep up with?” I’d say it’s really easy 90% of the time.
Here’s Why It’s Easy
Because the food you can eat is delicious, really. If you’re ever nervous about trying an elimination program, like the Whole 30, because of all the things you have to give up, instead think about what you CAN have. So. Many. Delicious. Veggies. When I walk into the grocery store, instead of staring at things that aren’t Whole 30 I look at all the beautiful produce that can be all mine (for money of course, I’m not just stealing bags of veggies). Sweet potatoes and avocados alone are just so crazy nutrient dense and insanely versatile. They’re like the little black dress of veggies. Did I go too far with that last analogy? Perhaps, but I’m sticking by it.
With just a little preparation and you can make simple and delicious meals so easily. With a semi-organized fridge and the right components meals just kind of fall into place. You’ll also notice yourself become much more intune with not only your hunger cues but what they’re telling you. Finding the right balance of fats, carbs and proteins will quickly become second nature.
Eating 3 times a day is a lot easier than being constantly hungry. This last week especially I’ve noticed my hunger has been a lot more manageable. It’s so frustrating when you eat something and just two hours later you are starving again. That’s how I kept feeling and usually my snacks were carb and sugar heavy, aka not super filling. I’ve felt a lot less bloated recently I think it’s because I’m eating less frequently.
You’ll be more satisfied with what you eat. Although I consider my daily diet before quite healthy, I’m ok admitting that it was heavy in sugar or artificial sweeteners from products like quest bars. I’d often eat my salad so I could feel better about eating a quest bar later or eat a dinner made of mostly veggies so I felt better about having granola and chocolate right after. I’m not saying these foods are bad, but I am saying that I was never really satisfied with my meals, which lead too much snacking (for my energy output).
But Here’s Why It’s Hard
Hands down the most difficult aspect is the social component. You’ll have to turn down some social invitations or at least make some disclaimers about what you’re doing. It can be awkward, especially if you don’t want to have to explain why or the details of what you’re doing. Hopefully people will be understanding and supportive but sometimes it’s hard for people to understand.
My parents are coming up next weekend and normally I’d want to go out to breakfast with them, but it’s almost impossible to find places that would be accommodating to a paleo pescatarian and it’s hard being “that guy” who makes 1000 modifications.
This weekend I went out with my sister and roommate and it was frustrating not being able to have a drink with them. Normally I don’t drink a lot and when I do it’s not in access so giving up alcohol wasn’t a big deal. However, when you’re trying to socialize in a new place alcohol can be a helpful “tool.”
- Enlist a friend or at least an ally. Luckily my first time around I did it with my best friend and this time around my sister knows and is very understanding.
- Look for other ways of socializing outside of food and drink: this one is a toughie as a foodie in a new city, but it’s not impossible. Watch a movie, go for a walk, try a new exercise class, go to a museum, go thrift shopping, have a goofy photoshoot, do a craft from Pinterest
What I Ate (Week 2)
I either have a smoothie with: spinach, berries, bananas, kefir, vega protein topped with berries, seeds & nuts or
Some combination of Veggies, Eggs or Fish for protein and Avocado, Nuts, Seeds, Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Wow, I didn’t mean for this post to get so long, hopefully this is all helpful perspective if you’re interested in trying the Whole 30.
- Do you have any go-to non-food/drink dates?
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