My whole30 recap: paleo love affair

A whole30 graduate, cheers to me. 

Last week marked the end of my whole30.

I made it through 30 days of no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no alcohol and no legumes.

Why did I decide to do whole30? In short, I wanted to kick off some unhealthy eating habits, give my system a good cleanse and get back on track. I wanted to feel healthier again, more energised and be more mindful of what goes into my body.

I loved whole30, it’s the best challenge I have ever done. It has taught me so much and it was so good for me not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I feel more healthier, well nourished and in control.

I was super nervous at the beginning, it all seemed extremely restrictive and I didn’t think I would actually finish it. The first week was by far the hardest for me, I had major withdrawal symptoms and cravings. I missed the freedom of eating what I wanted without restrictions. But things got a whole lot better after the first week.

I started enjoying the program more and more in week two and by week three I was loving it. I also started seeing changes in my body and the way I felt which was a huge motivation to stay on the program. I felt less bloated, more energised, more mindful of my eating habits and I was sleeping like a husband.

Whole30 isn’t hard. Living without certain foods isn’t hard. Infact, you learn to love food that is better for you. You discover that raw zoodles are delicious, and that you can have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.

Here’s what’s hard,

“Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime”. – Read more at: http://whole30.com

Let’s get into what you really want to know. How much weight did I lose?

After a challenge like this, everybody wants to know how much you have lost. The thing is though, I could tell you how much I have lost and put up a before and after photo to show you the physical changes but that wouldn’t accurately show everything that I have achieved from doing whole30.

The reason I decided to do this challenge and what I have walked away with goes way beyond weight-loss. I have mental clarity, my relationship with my husband and kids has improved, I have loads more energy, and I smile more. I’m more mindful of what I eat, more passionate about nourishing my body, no more cravings and mindless snacking, I have got my exercise mojo back, I feel sexy,and I’m more patient with my kids.

However, I know you really really want to know how much I bloody lost. So without further ado, I did lose a whooping 3.5kg and I look slimmer and feel amazing. I weighed in a few days after I completed the whole30 because after moving houses, I couldn’t remember where I had put the scale. You really don’t want to know where I found it so will spare you the details.

I’m grateful that I wasn’t allowed to weigh myself on the whole30. You do a weigh in at the beginning and another one on completion. Usually, I weigh myself quite often and if I had weighed myself during the whole30 and discover that the scale wasn’t moving I might have become discouraged and given up on the whole challenge. Staying off the scale really helped me to focus on others ways my body was changing.

Paleo doesn’t seem weird after doing whole30

Would a cavemen eat that? Do you hunt your own food?

Yes, I know it sounds weird coming from me. I admit that I have had it in for paleo for quite some time. I hated it, I really did. But as it turns out, I just didn’t know much about it. I pretty much just assumed that it was weird. It turns out that I had some misconceptions about what paleo was and I had ruled it out based on that. I assumed that it was all about what the cavemen ate but it’s much more than that.

The Paleo diet is about eating real food, and nourishing your body with nutrition dense food that make you feel your best. And that’s what healthy eating is all about, choosing what works for you. And I’m finding that eating the whole30/paleo way works well for me, and my body is loving me back for it.

Total food freedom

When you read the list of the off limits foods on the whole30, it all feels very restrictive. But when you focus more on the foods you can have and less on the foods you can’t have, you realise that the options of what you can eat are unlimited.

After the first week or so, I didn’t feel restricted anymore. And towards the end of week 2, I could feel this way of eating becoming a new normal for me. I started enjoying it more, and no longer craved the foods I couldn’t have.

I’ve fallen in love with my body

We all have insecurities about our bodies, right? You know those bits and pieces we dislike about our bodies and wish we could change. I had them too prior to doing the whole30. I didn’t enjoy shopping anymore because I didn’t like how I looked. Nothing could really fit me well enough. I didn’t feel sexy.

But after the whole30, I’m so in love with my body. I still have a muffin top and love handles but there has been a mental shift. I now feel comfortable in my own skin and embrace every part of me.

This body of mine has housed two beautiful little humans, and for that I owe it love and kindness. The whole30 has been an incredibly beautiful experience of self-love, self-acceptance and self-confidence

I got my exercise mojo back

Before the whole30, I hadn’t had a workout in months. I was just not that motivated. I went from working out almost everyday to 3 days per week then 1 and then 0 unless squats and lunges before shower counts as a workout.

However, two weeks into the whole30 I started getting my mojo back. I have been working out 3-5 days a week since, and it feels so good. What’s left is to hit the pavement because running is my best form of exercise. I’m so excited to get my fitness back.

Where to from here? 

Well, today is day 39. I have extended my whole30 to a whole60. Why? Honestly, I’m a little nervous about the reintroduction phase. I feel thirty days is not enough to completely change one’s habits. I’m afraid that if I stop now I might fall right back into my old eating habits.

It is also simply because I’m in love with whole30. It has transformed my life in many ways. I keep telling people about my experience and it’s almost as if they don’t believe me because it all sounds too good to be true. But it is true, whole30 is life changing.

If you have been thinking of trying the whole30, you should totally go for it. I HIGHLY recommend it.

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rudo says:

    This so interesting,am beginning to love this whole 30 life style,I have become a bit more creative in my foods,learned a lot about mixing up my meals,swapping meals depending on wat I feel like eating,have finished week one and reading this will change my mind to do whole 60

    1. Yeukai says:

      Thank you Rudo. I’m pleased to know that you are enjoying the challenge. It is truly like-changing, you will learn so much more along the way.

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