I know it has been a while since my last entry. I have been busy focusing on my new crossfit classes as well as surviving (successfully!) my first round of Whole30. Yesterday was my last day of Whole30 and although I don’t plan to continue to be as strict as I was, I will be taking a lot of nutritional knowledge from the program which I plan to continue to use. Whole30 was an amazing experience. Because I already followed a Paleo lifestyle before starting, I found the transition much easier than I think most people do. The removal of sugar and preservatives from my diet made a huge, positive difference in my overall health.
My non-scale victories (NSV) included the following: less stressed, less bloating, clearer skin, better sleeping habits, more energy, less IBS symptoms, better relationship with food, less sugar cravings, clothing fits better, and stronger nails.
It was crazy to me how many changes I witnessed over only 30 days. I believe I also saw some weight loss, however I am not positive since I never weigh myself. Nonetheless I found the entire experience to be a success! Readers, throughout the 30 days I picked up some tips that helped make the process all that much easier for me and I want to share them with you. So here are my top 8 tips to help you successfully complete your first round of Whole30.
- Plan Ahead: Plan all of your meals ahead of time! Why? If you have a plan of what you are going to eat you are less likely to fall to temptation. Yes, planning ahead does take some time, but if you cook in bulk one night during the week and then separate all of your meals into Tupperware, you will save yourself a lot of time (and frustration) during the rest of the week.
- Stay Positive: The 30 days can be super difficult, especially in the beginning. It is extremnely important to stay positive! If you begin to feel overwhelmed or frustrated, remind yourself why you are doing this. Focus on all the positives each and every day!
- Buy Pre- Made Foods: Pre-made compliant foods that is! Costco was my savor! Their pulled pork was great to have on standby as well as a bulk amount of Aidell’s Chicken Sausage and Holy Guacamole! Have these foods in your home in case you don’t have time (or energy) to cook something from scratch.
- Always Carry a Water Bottle: This is pretty self explanatory. Having a water bottle with you at all times will help you drink more water. The more water you drink, the less hungry you will be between meals. Plus, you’ll stay hydrated!
- Keep Busy: I don’t know about you, but when I’m home doing nothing, all I want to do is binge eat. When I’m busy, on the other hand, I’m too focused on what I’m doing to be bored/hungry. Stay busy! Try a new hobby for instance (like I did with Crossfit!).
- Have a Support Group: There are numerous groups on Facebook to help you get through the experience as well as answer any questions you have. I also followed fellow Whole30ers on Instagram. My family and friends were also extremely supportive of me which helped a lot!h
- Remind Yourself Why: Do this especially on those days where you are craving Chocolate Chip Cookies. Every morning I would wake up and remind myself why I am doing Whole30. After a couple of weeks, I no longer needed to remind myself why- my results were enough of a reminder.
- Don’t Give In- Not even a little! No cheating! At all! Just do it CORRECTLY for all 30 days. Once you give in, who knows what will happen.
So there you have it, my Top 8 tips to Whole30 survival. Honestly, my new eating ways and foods have become such a habit, that I plan on keeping with it (except on special days like weddings, parties, etc. where I will give myself a break). After feeling the best I’ve felt in years, I have no interest in going back to my old ways. I hope this entry has motivated or inspired some of you to consider or even start Whole30! I am always here to answer any questions any of you have. Good luck!