I Am Officially Insane: A memoir of doing the Whole 30 during the holidays

This weekend, I officially went off the deep end. Like, officially. Head first. No life jacket. I feel like recently, I’ve heard so much talk about dieting. Which makes sense, considering it’s officially holiday season. So after doing hours of Googling, I decided to do the Whole 30 Program. Right before Thanksgiving.

Now, you’re probably thinking doing the Whole 30 in general is nutso. More on that later. But doing it around Thanksgiving is down right torturous. I know.

If you don’t know about The Whole 30 program, it’s basically a 30 day elimination diet where you limit the types of foods that you eat. The items you cannot eat are: any added sugar (honey, Stevia, Splenda, etc.), alcohol of any kind (ugh, cya later moscato), grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan/MSG/sulfites, and baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.

Food items that are okay: Ghee or Clarified butter (the ONLY allowed dairy item), fruit juice, certain legumes (green beans, snap peas, snow peas), vinegar (gross), coconut aminos, and salt.

Did I mention you’re not allowed to look at the scale either?

At first glance, it sounds easy. After about two meals, I realized ohmygodionlyeatbreadandmilkandcerealandrice.

So, why am I doing it?

My energy levels feel like they’re on a rollercoaster. One minute I’m energetic, the next I’m lethargic

My headaches are terrible, horrible, awful. 

My arthritis-ridden body is begging for a healthy lifestyle

The Whole 30 Program has helped some people lose weight (which, woo! Sounds great), but is actually not known for drastic weight loss. The Whole 30 Program is more about changing your mindset than the number on the scale. I am not being paid to write any of this or promote any products. I just want to share my experience with y’all in hopes that it can inspire you to get a handle on your health & what you put into your body.

 

My journey so far:

  • Finding Whole 30 recipes that are easy to make has been sort of tough (tonight I accidentally burned clarified butter in my pan!!).
  • I’m already much more conscious of what I put into my body. As the saying goes… “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.”
  • I found some organic Plantain chips that are legitimately SO GOOD that I may never go back to regular chips.
  • I’m not dying without dairy or bread
  • I’m probably going to cheat a little, which will truly impact my results, but I’m okay with that, because I’m not here for weight loss.
  • I’m so much more cognizant about nutrients and where to get them.

 

I’ve done a ton of research at this point about Whole30. Some common questions I’ve heard… “but where will you get fiber? Where will you get your vitamins?”

An avocado has 10 grams of fiber, and the average fiber intake for adults is 15 grams a day.

I take plenty of vitamins and am still basically eating how I ate before (fruits, veggies, lean meats) just without the unnecessary carbs (fries, pizza, etc). I’ll be fine.

 

1 Comment

  1. yes you will be fine, in fact better than fine. listening to your body is like the top of heap!! you Always have listened to yourself so this is not at all a big surprise. during the holidays … maybe. but actually megan when it is time to grab hold the time is what it is.
    and btw avocados are one of johns every day staples. whole one.
    can you eat kale, spinach, blueberries, celery, pineapple? thats my 5 days a week smoothie with coconut water. weekends i cheat.
    love you lets talk soon!❤️❤️👍🏻