Well, I did it! I completed my very first Whole 30!
After the first week of Whole 30, I learnt that my body prefers a solid meal postworkout vs. a liquid meal.
After the second week, I learnt that following the Whole 30 protocol really isn’t difficult to do even while travelling. So, I shared some tips with you here!
After the third week, I noticed that I had a consistent amount of energy throughout the day, my complexion improved, I began to sleep better than I ever had before, I gained some weight, and strength!
Overall, my experience with Whole 30 has been phenomenal and I am truly so happy and proud of myself that I completed it!
But, now I’m sure you’re all wondering… “Now what?!”
After completing Whole 30, one is now able to “test” foods that were eliminated from their diet by reintroducing them to see how their body reacts to them. However, you do not have to reintroduce the foods you’ve eliminated if you don’t want to. There is no rule saying you have to reintroduce the foods because you may feel better without grains and know you don’t want to add them back into your diet!
However, following the strict Whole 30 protocol for life isn’t realistic, either. So, this is my post-Whole 30 strategy:
- I personally was not consuming grains, legumes, or alcohol prior to starting Whole 30 and I know my body feels best that way, so I will keep that the same. However, I’m not strict about it. For an example, if an event presents itself that grains are on my plate, I can eat them. It’s all about balance and being healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- At the beginning of Whole 30, I anticipated I would be itching to get dairy back into my diet once March rolled around, but I was wrong! During the entire 30 days, not once did I crave dairy and now I feel that I function better without it. However, that’s not saying I will never have it again. My favourite types of dairy are Greek yogurt and cottage cheese and if I feel like having either of those (or any other type of dairy) one day I will have some! Again, it’s all about balance and giving your body what it wants and needs to be healthy!
- I may have some “paleo-fied” baked goods soon. I love Lori and Michelle’s plantain bread every now and then. So, I might make some soon! “Paleo-fied” baked goods have never been a staple in my diet. I feel better when I eat simple foods. Think plain plantains, baked sweet potato, avocado, and fried eggs. But, having plantain bread every now and then makes me happy and I enjoy it!
- I’m not going to worry about carrageenan. I like almond milk every now and then, too, and the brand I buy contains carrageenan, but that’s not going to stop me from having it! However, I do really want to make my own nut milks, which would have no carrageenan added. Making my own nut milk has been on my list of things to make for a while now – I just need to do it!
- I’m also not going to be strict about sweeteners. If I have protein powder and it is sweetened with stevia, I’m ok with that. However, over the past 30 days I haven’t craved anything sweet nor have I felt that I needed protein powder to supplement my diet. Real, whole food is where it is at and whole foods that are naturally sweet such as figs, blueberries, raspberries, sweet potato, etc. have just the right amount of sweetness for me!
If you’re interested in doing your first Whole 30 please let me know! I’d be happy to offer you my support and answer any questions you may have!
Do you have any additional questions for me regarding my Whole 30 experience? If you completed a Whole 30 of your own, what did you learn about yourself? What was/is your strategy post-Whole 30?
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