Whole 30: How It Did and Didn’t Work For Me

by Bobbi from nhershoes on September 22, 2014 · 7 comments

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have ended my Whole30 journey early.

The Whole30 plan says if you slip up even once, you must start all over again. I completely understand why, but for me my Whole30 journey needed to come to an end.

I really love the intention of the program, which is “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”  Cleaning out the foods in your diet that may cause some serious health issues by cutting them out and possibly gaining some added energy and a healthy gut sounds perfect!

I have always encouraged others to try out the Whole30 plan, especially if they need to really clean up their diets and/or have experienced some major gut issues. I thought it would be a great idea to try it for myself and get my own opinion about the program. Granted I didn’t finish, but I know for my phsyci 15 days was good for me.

Why I enjoyed Whole30:

1. It got me back on track with eating more whole foods. 

I typically eat pretty clean, but now with a one-year-old and an unknown schedule most days, I started to dine out for lunch more often while running errands or meeting with clients. Not only was I spending more money than I needed, I was eating more processed foods than I should have. Whole30 helped me get back to doing true meal preps and having more healthy whole foods on hand to enjoy.

2. It help me quit my toddler snacking. 

I try and give RJ fruits and veggies to snack on during the day, but she does enjoy the occasional Annie’s crackers which then ends up me doing the ‘one for you, one for mommy’ thing. Not that they are bad for me by any means, but I was mindless snacking with RJ. I wasn’t enjoying them for nourishment, but more out of habit.

Now I enjoy more almonds, avocados, mini carrots and almond butter on the go. Glad to be back on track.

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3. It gave me back my balance. 

I think through the summer I got in the groove of drinking wine more than normal and having more desserts than I have had all year. I don’t really have a ‘sweet tooth,’ but somehow I got sucked into having ice cream and/or chocolate almost every night of the week.

Yes, there is nothing wrong with enjoying desserts as a treat once in a while, but my waistline is not a fan ;) This mama wants to have energy and feel great inside and out.

4. It helped me feel great while on vacation. 

Normally when we go camping, I eat way too much sugar and junk food (but it’s vacation… I give myself a pass). However, this past camping trip I stuck to the Whole30 and left feeling lighter and less bloated. It was hard to say no to the s’mores and drinks every night, but in the end, it was what I needed at the time.

What I didn’t enjoy about Whole30:

1. I didn’t have a ton more energy. 

I was hoping that by following the plan I would start to feel like I had more energy, but honestly I had way more energy doing the Crazy Sexy Vegan Diet.

Now, granted, I know I didn’t do it for the full 30 days, but there wasn’t a big change even for the first 15. Maybe if I would have done the full 30 days I would have noticed a big difference, but I think that because I eat pretty clean now, that it didn’t have as great of an impact on my energy levels.

2. I started to think that whole grains and legumes are bad for me. 

When thinking about adding back things like grains and legumes to my diet, I started to think these foods were “bad” for me. I personally don’t have any issues with these foods and they are part of my healthy diet.

I know for some people they cause inflammation or an allergic reaction, but as I slowly added them back I started to have a negative connotation about them and I realized that I don’t want to label these foods as “BAD.”

3. My relationship with food began to become unhealthy. 

I don’t believe (for me) that the Whole30 Plan is a sustainable lifestyle (and it is not meant to be), but I think it is a great reset, which IS their intention.

However, food started to take over priorities in my life and becoming an unhealthy obsession. I like to eat for nourishment and not obsess over every meal, snack and treat. I want to enjoy food and not feel like I may be making a wrong choice. I know this is not Whol30′s issue… it’s mine. I know for me sticking to clean eats and enjoying a treat once in a while, is something that I do well with and has been the best way of life for me.

4. I had more meat than I would have liked to.

During this, I heavily reduced my veggie intake. I mean, I had veggies, but because I could have bacon and other meats, I didn’t always have room for my salad.

I wasn’t ever ‘hungry’ except a few nights that I would stay up later and would crave a dessert, but I was still eating more meat than I would have liked to. I think that is what I loved about the Crazy Sexy Diet. It taught me to be more creative in the kitchen with veggies, grains and beans.

I think for me, I am more of an herbivore than a carnivore… but I do love me some BACON!

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My Thoughts:

My conclusion is to TRY IT! It may not be the right way of eating for you forever, but it is a great RESET!

However, if you have struggled with eating disorders in the past (as I have), it can be difficult and may not be the best plan (in my own opinion). For now, I am glad to be back to eating oats again and enjoying the occasional adult beverage. More than anything, I am glad that I am eating for nourishment and getting back to the clean eating that I love!

For those of you who are interested in my Whole30 Meal Plan that I took on for those two weeks, I will be posting later this week.

Questions: Have you done Whole 30? What did you think? 

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Five Minute Friday: HOLD

by Bobbi from nhershoes on September 19, 2014 · 2 comments

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If you are wondering what this whole 5 minute Friday thing is all about, check it out here.

The word for this week is HOLD.

When I think of the world hold, the first thing I think of is how I DSC05127_edited-1hold on to my life. I think that is something I try and do way to often. I went through a season, where it was so easy to let go of all my plans for the future and just trust God with whatever he had in store for us. But now days, I find myself holding on to these dreams that are clearly my dreams and I am not even sure why I even want them in the first place. I need to let go.

One things I can let go of is my schedule. I used to hold on tightly  to my schedule, these days the goal is to thrive and enjoy each moment of whatever the day has in store for us. Whether I get to cleaning the toilet bowls or blogging or not. I am not afraid of having a long list of to-do’s as long  as I have that list. Maybe one day, I will let go of that to-do list, but it was keeps my sanity!

Holding on to things can also be a great thing, but for me in this season of my life…than anything I need to let GO and walk in God’s freedom!

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