It has been about 4 weeks since I ended my Whole 30 challenge. I have managed to continue to eat fairly true to the guidelines of the program. I do allow myself to stray from the program on the weekends but for the most part I am sticking with it. The graph below will show you why.
I never thought I could easily maintain a weight under 130 lbs! What is even more amazing is I am hardly exercising right now. I broke my collarbone 3 weeks ago and have only managed a couple of walks on the treadmill since my injury. There are a few effects from doing Whole 30 that I think are helping me maintain this style of eating.
- I read EVERY label on my food. I am very conscious of what I am eating.
- I found many good Whole 30 meals that I love (eggs with avocado for breakfast, tuna salad and veggies for lunch, and meat and roasted potatoes for dinner).
- Skinny feels better than cereal tastes!
- Coffee with full fat coconut cream is awesome! I don’t miss the sweetness.
- I found some Whole 30 treats that keep me from feeling deprived (milkshake made from coconut milk, cream and frozen bananas, apples or bananas with almond butter, dried apricots, good prosciutto, and coconut date bars).
- Massive support at home. This way of eating is working for Stuart as well so he understands when I am picky about what we eat.
- I have a highly decreased interest in drinking beer.
There are a few things I miss that are not easily substituted, but I allow myself these items in small quantities on the weekend.
- Yogurt and granola
- Ice cream
Once this collarbone is healed I will begin training for Oceanside 70.3 in April. That will increase my need for food while training so it will be interesting to see what works best for me at that time. But for now, if I can keep this style up, I think I can keep my weight down which should be really helpful while racing.
I did the Whole 30 challenge and it was both a success and a failure. It was a failure because I didn’t make it all 30 days. It wasn’t because I couldn’t have made it all 30 days. Stuart and I ended up going on an impromptu vacation and I really wanted to enjoy it. So all in all I made it 28 days. Except for one mistake where I took a sip of the wrong cup of coffee, I was 100% true to the program.
My goal of the program did not have to do with identifying any food allergies, but instead I wanted to reduce and cut out the unnecessary sugar in my diet. For that, it was a total success! After abut 2 weeks on the program I no longer wanted sugary processed carbs anymore. And continuing on I don’t plan on bringing them back into my diet.
Weight-wise I dropped around 6 pounds over the 4 weeks. My husband Stuart managed to lose a bit of weight as well. We both got ourselves down to numbers we never thought we could maintain easily. That wasn’t one of the reasons we did Whole 30 but being able to maintain those lower weights was really nice. For doing the long distance events that Stuart and I do, it is really helpful not to carry around 5 extra pounds over the miles.
So now what you may ask. I plan on eating Whole 30 around 90% of the time. I plan to keep excluding bread, pasta, rice, and added sugar as much as possible. I do plan on drinking beer again. That was the one thing I really missed. I picked up the habit of drinking my coffee with coconut cream so I don’t think I will allow much dairy back in my diet. The exception to this will be the occasional cheese and sausage dinner with Stuart.
The challenge takes a lot of planing ahead and you will spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But it is totally worth it! Getting off the sugar and processed carbs is going to serve me well in the long term. Skinny has felt so much better than cereal tasted!
If you are going to do Whole 30 I highly recommend buying the book. It has a lot of good recipes. I found myself cooking from it 4-8 times per week. I also recommend doing Whole 30 just because it forces you to look at what you are eating and what you are most likely feeding your family. You will be SHOCKED to see how much crap is in our food.
I started the Whole 30 diet 11 days ago and I have to say, so far so good! The premise of the diet is to remove all possible food allergens and all added sugar from your diet. My goal with the diet was to try and reduce my sugar cravings and crappy food intake! That is happening perfectly! I never knew I get so excited to eat a date bar, fresh fig, or banana!
The diet has also forced me to embrace cooking almost everything; but I am loving it. Things I have cooked/prepared from the book so far:
- Clarified butter (lots of it)
- Stuffed roasted peppers
- Shepherds Pie
My breakfast staple has been scrambled eggs with green chilies and avocado.
I have accepted coffee with full fat coconut cream (I actually like it!).
Only thing I find hard is drinking enough fluids. I am kind of tired of water and you don’t have too many other options (in my opinion).
I did figure out that quality no-sugar added grape juice mixed with coconut water makes a good electrolyte drink for running/cycling.
Dessert is a frozen banana blended with some coconut cream and coconut milk…YUMMY!
We have broken one rule and that is we have been weighing ourselves. Stuart is down 5-6 pounds and I am down about 3!
I will share some recipes later but you really should get the book. It is fantastic!