(Closed) Whole 30 – any advice !?! EEK!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Helper bee

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

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.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  Meglin.
Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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!

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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.

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