What is the Whole30 Diet?
As I write those four letter words I’m hesitant. I hate the word diet. I wrote about why I feel this way here. But moving on… Whole30. What is it? Whole30 is basically an elimination diet where for 30 days you eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy from you diet. In short, it is a way to reboot your system, practice mindfulness with what you’re putting into your body, heal your digestive track and put an end to unhealthy cravings. I could go on for a lot longer and describe it exactly but that is the broad version of what this diet is. It sounds restricting and difficult. It has lots of rules and it makes you think. So, why would anyone want to do this to themselves?
Why I Did It
Matt and I decided to start Whole30 because honestly we just felt gross. Everyday one of us was complaining that our stomach hurt, or I was complaining that I felt bloated, my skin felt dull, his sleep was inconsistent…the list goes on and on. We travel a lot and are social + we love going out to restaurants so the combination was adding up. We generally eat well, while also enjoying life, but I would say have fairly good balance. When not on Whole30 I try to limit my dairy intake to the occasional decision to eat cheese or when we go to frozen yogurt…I love frozen yogurt and that was becoming a regular thing. Basically, Matt and I both just decided we needed a reboot, especially with the wedding coming up.
Do You Lose Weight On Whole30?
I posted on my Instagram that I was doing Whole30 and I got asked this question a lot. The answer is maybe. Some people do, some people don’t. I personally have not. Matt had. I do think that I felt less bloated in general and my stomach hurt less. As far as how much I weigh, the scale didn’t move. If losing weight quickly is your motive, I don’t know that this diet is for you (in my opinion), but I think you definitely will feel lighter just because you’re eating so clean.
Is It Hard To Stay On Track?
Yes and no. When eating at home or preparing your food ahead of time for when you go to work, it really is so easy. There’s no thinking really involved and you definitely don’t feel like you’re on a diet. We’ve been eating really yummy food that is satisfying and we’re just eating what is in our house. When going out to eat it can be harder to stay on track. I haven’t found it difficult when Matt and I go out to eat alone because we’re on the same page but I do think it’s hard when we’re with other people for two reasons. 1) I genuinely might rather have the pizza (who doesn’t love bread and cheese?!) over the grilled fish and vegetables 2) I don’t want to seem like the sterotypical “LA girl” who doesn’t eat or is on a diet.
What Do I Eat?
Another question I got asked is well, what can you eat? I always laugh to myself because I know it sounds restricting (and in some ways is) but there truly is so much to eat. The what do I eat part has actually been one of the most fun parts to me. I love carbs and toast or oatmeal for breakfast or pasta for a meal are such an easy thoughtless meal go to, so having to put thought and creativity into meal ideas has been fun. No one wants to eat a boring piece of protein and steamed veggies for every meal so I’ve been coming up with fun meals that don’t feel boring…and there are endless other ideas online. Matt and my favorite meals so far have been: Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Vegetable Thai Bowl, Stuffed Mushrooms, Burger Sliders with homemade guacamole, eggplant fries and broccolini.
11 Items I Can’t Live Without On Whole30:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Berries (I’m also really into frozen one’s right now)
- Walnuts (I never was a huge walnut person before but lately I love them)
- Almond Butter
- Pumpkin Seeds
Have you ever tried Whole30? If so, I’d love to hear your experience and how you maintained it after the 30 days! Let me know in the comments below or if you have any questions for me!
Also, if you want to see some of my favorite Whole30 recipes HERE.