I’ve been done with the Whole30 for almost a week, so it’s time to share my results with you. I wasn’t too confident in what some of those results would be, and I was a little scared to even get on the scale. However, I was still confident in all the things that I learned. I’m also confident in the things I didn’t like about the program. I want to share those things, plus, in full disclosure, I’m sharing my weight, plus before and after pictures.
Without further adieu, the results:
If you read the book, The Whole30, they talk a lot about NSV’s, or Non Scale Victories. I had quite a few of those, so that is what I’ll be sharing first.
- Food – I learned so much about food. I learned there is sugar in almost all processed food, vegetables really can taste good, things that sound weird together can be good, and you don’t have to eat sweet things for breakfast…or even breakfast foods. Leftover chicken for breakfast? Yes. Eggs on a bed of spinach? Yum. Pumpkin casserole? Yes, please.
- Vegetables – I ate and prepared so many more vegetables than I have in my entire life. My family also tried a lot of them too. Definitely a win. Snap Peas are my new favorite food. Seriously.
- Comfort – I gained so much more confidence in the kitchen. I have never felt comfortable preparing food before, and now I can prepare eggs every which way, I can make my own pesto sauce, I know the difference between chop, slice, and mince, and I can handle raw meat. That was HUGE for me.
- Pain – One of the main reasons I tried the Whole30 was to alleviate some of my back pain. I hold all my stress in my back, plus I’ve injured my lower back many times being a dancer. During these past 30 days, I have not taken one pain reliever, have not sat (or slept with) a heating pad, and actually had days where I didn’t complain about it. I still sleep with a pillow between my legs to reduce pressure, but I think the years of inflammation has decreased greatly from the decrease in sugar.
- Confidence – I made it 30 DAYS without chocolate or added sugar of any kind. I also didn’t have dairy, grains, legumes (beans, peanuts,) or any highly processed foods. If you would have asked me two months ago, I would have said no way. Now, I think I can do anything. At least related to food.
- Heartburn – I know I mentioned it in my last post, but my heartburn really got bad. It was bad at the start of the program, got better, and then got really bad again at the end. In the beginning, I thought it was the addition of so much fat, but I was hoping my body would get used to it. I did drink a lot of carbonated water, citrus fruits and vegetables, and raw vegetables, so I’m sure that had an effect. I still need to do some investigation and figure out what’s upsetting my digestion.
- The restriction – While I understand that the Whole30 is meant to help you figure out what certain food groups do to your body, I really missed having certain groups that I thought were healthy. I still don’t think that all whole grains and all dairy is bad for you, and will not be permanently eliminating them from my diet.
- The meat – If you are a vegetarian, this program is not for you. At times, it was just too much meat for me. Sure, I ate a lot of eggs and tuna, but to some people, even that is meat. I’m not really sure how you would not feel hungry if you didn’t eat some type of meat during this program.
Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for. Did I lose weight? Did I gain weight?
Let me tell you something first.
If you are looking for a weight loss program, this really isn’t it. It is a program that is focused on really examining what you are putting into your body. You don’t count calories. You don’t have to exercise. You just have to watch what you are eating. It really puts a lot of focus on food, so that can be hard if you are trying to lose weight or have issues with food.
OK. Now, the big reveal.
Wow. This is something I never thought I would do, but here it goes…
I LOST 3 LBS!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While this is not a huge number, I was just happy that I didn’t gain weight. I know I said I didn’t do the program to lose weight, but gaining weight would have been pretty disappointing. To say I was happy with a three-pound weight loss would be an understatement. I was ECSTATIC.
I did workout the whole time, but my workouts were definitely not up to my usual energy the first couple weeks. I didn’t really feel a change in my clothing either. Honestly, the pictures don’t look much different to me, but you can let me know.
If you have any questions for me about the program, please feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email. Also, I highly recommend reading both books before starting the program. You can purchase them through my Amazon Affiliate link by clicking on the pictures. It will be at no additional cost to you, and will help me buy another bag of pea pods.
So, what do you think? Would you consider doing the Whole30? If you’ve completed one, what were your results?