Post # 1
So I was married almost a year ago and since then for various different reasons I’ve gained TONS of weight. I definitely stress eat and eat to contol my anxiety, which is mega bad, I know. I want to have a healthier relationship with food again and feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I’m thinking about doing the Whole30. I’ve never done ANYTHING like this before, but hey, to get big results you gotta make big changes, right?!
Does anyone have any experience with Whole30? Any advise or words of wisdom? Anyone try it and love it? Hate it? Ugggh. I just to be take naps, eat cookies and weigh 130 lbs LOL
Post # 2
Chance99: no words of wisdom but I am planning on trying it too in May! So im commenting to follow lol.
Ive been feeling gross lately and been having weird bloating and digestive issues that im fairly sure are related to something in my diet ( which could be greatly improved lol just been lacking will power).
Im most worried about food prep…I dont have a ton of time to cook ( i work a shit ton) but im gonna try!! We can do it!
Post # 3
I did it twice! First time, I lost 15 pounds and the second time (post-baby) I lost 25.
Make everyone aware of your allowed foods and not allowed as well as your goals.
And definitely lose the scale for the entire time.
Post # 4
No personal expierence with whole 30 but a co-worker used it with ok results.
I thikn the problem is that it is only a 30 day program and once you’re done, you may or may not see results.
IMO, it is a good starting point to help you get motivated, but long term results will mean changing your lifestyle permanently. clean eating and regular exercising will be your best best. walking around the block, short jogs, or hiking at low impact and good for the heart. stick to a plan to get results!
Post # 5
I did Whole 30 and loved the experience. It was difficult for me at first, but I lost all the bloat in my belly that wasn’t going away through other methods and I, more importantly, just felt better by the end of my 30 days. My roommate and I are completing our second Whole 30 May 9.
Have you read the book, It Starts With Food? This was very helpful for me to read before I started; I am actually rereading it now that I’m starting again in a few weeks. It helps prepare you for the logistics of why you are about to embark on this journey.
I also recommend journaling. It helped me immensely to write down what I was experiencing every day; I logged what I ate (not because I had to, but because it is helpful now to look back and remember some meal ideas) and how I felt each day. The first 5 days were BRUTAL for me; by far the hardest of all 30. My body went through immense sugar withdrawls.
Joining their online forum helps, too, especially if you join a group that is starting the same day as you. It is nice to hold each other accountable and share day-to-day experiences. 🙂
Pantone032: I highly encourage you to read more about Whole 30! The things you critique about the program are what I believe it actually encompasses. Whole 30 is NOT designed to be a diet or weight loss program; they are the first to tell you that! If you lose weight, it is a side effect of changed eating habits. Whole 30 is supposed to be a 30 day “detox” to help reframe your mind into viewing food differently. It is ALL about long-term adjustment of the way you view food and eating.
Post # 6
Boxerlover24: I’m in the same boat! I work ALL THE TIME!! Food prep is scary, but I’m hoping I can find some good recipes where I can make a whole bunch of stuff over the weekend for the following week. I think I’m going to start next week to give myself time to read the book and mentally prepare myself!! If you decide to give it a go maybe we can help keep each other motivated!
Post # 7
LoveAndLaughter: That is awesome!!! co on your success!! I’m hoping, if I’m lucky , to have a story like yours!!! I know that weight loss isn’t the primary focus of the program, but if I can change how I view food, I’m hoping ill have more success with weight loss in the future 🙂
Do you have any meal suggestions or food prep suggestions for a newbie like me??
Post # 8
Meglin: thank you for you’re response!!!! That’s awesome that you found it helpful and had success!!! I definitely plan on journaling too. That’s the only way I’ve had success losing weight in the past. I havent read the books for the whole30 yet, but plan on buying them today. I’m very interested in the science behind the program. I also have an auto immune disease and from what ibe read about the program already it might actually help me with that too!!! I know it’s going to be hard, and I’m def nervous about the detox, but I think it’s going to be a good thing no matter what even if I don’t lose a pound. I’m just thankful that I can still have coffee on the program, even if it’s black. I do t think I could make it without it LOL
Post # 9
I lost 48 pounds doing whole 30, and i felt great so i just didnt stop. It’s by far the healthiest “diet” I’ve done, and I feel like it’s really helped me break my poor eating habits. I hope you see your own amazing results!
My advice would be this: Don’t look at it like a weight loss thing, and dont try to cut calories your first week or two. Just focus on sticking with the plan, and eat when you’re hungry. If you starve yourself, you’ll be more tempted to cheat.
Also, before you start, clean and reorganize your cabinets and fridge so any tempting food is gone. If you live with others who aren’t doing whole 30 with you, consoder having a shelf or a cabinet of your own, so you don’t run into something tempting when you’re hungry and looking for a snack.
Also, prepare snacks ahead of time! Ziploc bags are wonderful for portion control. And check out RX bars and epic bars. Both (excluding the peanut butter RX) are Whole 30 approved, yummy and so convenient!
Post # 10
Chance99: Whole30 is awesome! I did one round in January, I actually made a thread about my results and posted pictures, click into my name and take a look! I lost 8 pounds and 8 inches from my hips and belly which tend to be my problem areas. I felt so great and liked the results so much that when I was done I decided to eat 80% whole30 style and 20% however I liked.
I’m on day 28 of my second round right now. My advice is definitely wrap your head around the fact that you ALWAYS need to be prepared. Food prep is just part of it to be successful. I spend about 2 hours every weekend preparing stuff for breakfasts and lunches for that week. Always keep a whole30 snack in your bag (a piece of fruit or whole30 approved bar). Once you get through the rough patches you’ll feel great. Once you feel great you won’t even care about foods you’re skipping out on. It’s 30 days you know? What’s one month of your life in the grand scheme of things. Yesterday was day 27, and my aunt’s birthday. Did I have cake? No. It kind of stung since I was 3 days away from being done, but there are a million birthdays you know? Cake comes and goes but I feel awesome!
If you don’t feel like finding the thread, here are pics from January-March. That’s one round of whole30 and then 80% whole30 style eating. Working out as well.