I mentioned that one of my goals for January is to clean up my diet. So how exactly am I doing that?
Yup, I’m right in the middle of Whole30.
What is Whole30?
It is a nutritional reset with the goal of ending cravings and getting in touch with your natural appetite. For 30 days you cut out sugar (real and artificial), alcohol, grains, legumes, white potatoes, carrageenan, MSG and sulfites. You are also not allowed to pale-fy desserts or junk food. There is no cheating allowed! So with all of those things you are cutting out, what are you eating? Lots of healthy proteins (beef, chicken, pork, seafood…) and a ton of vegetables with some fruits.
Why did I decide to do a Whole30?
Last year I read a lot of success stories from people that felt like they got a lot out of doing a Whole30. I was interested in it, but I was training for Great White North and cutting out sugar just wasn’t an option. Fast forward to the end of the year and Neil told me he was interested in cutting out sugar from his diet for a month in the new year. I looked into the sugar detox program, but I figured this would be a good opportunity to give Whole30 a try.
What am I hoping to get out of Whole30?
I’m really hoping to get in touch with my appetite and listening to my natural hunger cues. I have a tendency to eat whatever is put in front of me, somewhat mindlessly. I also have a fairly wicked sweet tooth and often feel like I need something sweet to eat in the afternoon or after dinner. I’m hoping to get away from that need to regularly have something sweet! I think that these two things alone will really help me to improve my diet. I am also interested to see if any of the things I have cut out bother my gut, hence I’ll have to be very mindful of how I introduce things again.
Where am I at in the program?
We started our Whole30 on January 5th and we are on day 11 right now.
And how is it going?
Really well actually. I didn’t experience any headaches, stomach issues or cravings when I started the program. I was on a course at the University of Calgary for my first few days on Whole30. I had to be prepared and bring my own breakfast and lunch with me which definitely garnered some comments from my classmates. I was glad I brought my meals with me though because my choices for food at the course were not as healthy as I’d like. I didn’t feel the desire to eat any of the sugary pastries or desserts and I also didn’t experience that typical 1:30/2:00 pm slump in energy.
With all those foods I am cutting out am I eating enough?
You bet! With the right amount of protein and healthy fats bulked up with veggies I haven’t felt like I’m restricting how much I’m eating. I’ve had no issues feeling full and satisfied from meal to meal.
The only time I really noticed an effect on my every day life was at my first spin class on Whole30. I ate before class but my legs felt like they had no energy that day. I couldn’t get out of my granny gears and I couldn’t get my cadence up. Otherwise I’ve felt like the rest of my workouts have gone pretty well.
My initial experience with Whole30 was definitely unique in the household though! Neil had issues sleeping and suffered from headaches for the first few days.
So there we go, that is my plan for cleaning up my eats in the short term. I’ll continue to check in on how the program is going over the next few weeks. Have you ever tried a Whole30? What was your biggest challenge on the program?