I’ve been on Whole 30 for almost 5 months now and started to feel the incredible benefits of eating whole foods since day 3. Below is a list of before ailments.
Before Whole30 body check-in:
- Allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing.
- Digestive issues; diarrhea, constipation, always irregular
- Stomach pains
- Joint pain; lower back, knees, spine, elbows, ankles, hips.
- Brain Fog
My short term goal was to complete 3 rounds of Whole30. I chose 3 months, when I’ve tried a new eating plan its taken 3 months for me to feel the full affects of the change. Inevitably I always fall off the wagon after 3 months so my long term goal is to do Whole30 for 2 years I’m 5 months in!
One of my favorite things about Whole30 is the “this isn’t easy” reputation it has, good, I don’t like easy! Gaining healthy habits takes work after years of bad habits, eating foods that provides little to no nutritional value and then quitting it all cold turkey takes dedication. As Melisa Hartwig puts it in her Whole30 book “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard.”
Here are some tips, things I’ve done on this journey to help make this a little easier and you know what friends after 5 months in it’s so easy now.
1. Visit www.skinnytaste.com she has a wonderful recipe database strictly for Whole30.
2. Don’t eat out, there’s not much out there that you can even eat and what you can is just sad and will always leave you hungry. I would pack a meal before going out to a restaurant with friend s or family or even just eat before. Now Austin, TX where we live now has a lot of restaurants that will make you’re meal Whole30 approved! One of the many reasons I love it here most people are leading healthy lives here so there’s a market for it.
3. Try to get your family to do it with you for at least a few weeks if not the whole month. My family started it with me and it really gave me the jump start I needed.
4. Focus on getting your eating clean first. I haven’t consistently worked out since starting Whole30 because I really wanted to focus on the food side of living a healthier lifestyle. Like they say it’s 80% the food you eat and 20% working out, tackle the bigger percentage first.
5. Lastly, tell everyone! In the Whole30 book they recommend you tell everyone that will listen. I posted it on my IG account @thehahnestlife and even my personal Facebook account for accountability and you know what? That’s when I actually got serious, I don’t think that was the only contributing factor but it definitely helped.
Okay so here goes my before and after photos. Disclaimer I have a hip issue one of them is tilting forward and the other backward so it’s misaligned my body and one of my shoulders is now lower than the other…working on it. The beautiful things labor does to a mothers body, I’m not complaining it doesn’t hurt.
Don’t be fooled, sharing this with you is very scary and this is a new level of vulnerability I am inviting into my life. If you have any questions feel free to comment here! I hope this helps/inspires/motivates you if you’re looking to make a change with your health!
After reviewing the symptom list so happy to report that I no longer suffer from any of them anymore. Next goal, continue Whole 30 and workout 4-5x a week.