The Whole30 Journey – Part 1

August 4, 2019
August 11, 2019

My Whole 30 Adventure…

Hi ALL! I wanted to share with you my day-to-day experience doing Whole 30. I decided to do Whole 30 after Dave and April recommended it to me and I was fed up with eating “healthy” and putting work in the gym to see the scale and the mirror not changing. I had tried every diet out there (keto, macros, calorie counting, slim fast, intermittent fasting, etc). We’ll be breaking up this journey into 2 parts. Today is Part 1 – so tune in next week to see the conclusion of my Whole30 story. Ok, so here is a short summary of the Whole30 Program from the creator Melissa Hartwig:

“What is the Whole30? From Co-Creator Melissa Hartwig

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. 

So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.”

So basically you eliminate alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and added sugar from your diet for 30 days to give your body a chance to flush out the toxins and reset. Then you slowly add back those items one food group at a time to see how your body reacts and determine if you should not be eating that food or not. 

Started 4 June 2019

Day 1: June 4. Here we go, FIRST DAY!! Got a decent headache towards the end of the day, and was very hungry around 3pm (my usual snack time).

Day 2: June 5. Felt a little light headed around 2pm. Really wanted a glass of wine or Moscow mule with dinner but obviously resisted, strengthening that will power muscle.

Day 3: June 6. Light headed around 2/3pm again, Dave said that’s normal, my friend said it’s my body switching from burning sugar to burning fat and part of the detox process.

Day 4: June 7. Woke up feeling pretty good, felt skinny! Felt a little foggy in the afternoon. Noticed my Number 2 was very smelly and dark green color, gross, sorry if TMI but it is part of the process!

Day 5: June 8. Woke up feeling lazy and not much energy. Looking in the mirror my stomach and back look leaner #winning!

Day 6: June 9. Seemed very sensitive to sound. Had some acne on my face but could be from being outside a portion of the day in the heat but fairly significant breakouts compared to normal.

Day 7: June 10. Noticed my stomach seemed bigger than normal which is common for this time in the program (Whole30 Calendar). Nothing else to note.

Day 8: June 11. Felt very hungry and tired around 3-4pm. Lots of cravings today. Had a friend comment that “I am looking skinny” #winning!!

Day 9: June 12. Nothing to add

Day 10: June 13. Spent some time in the bathroom today and very gassy the past couple of days, guess this is everything “flushing out” (pun intended). From reading the book “It Starts With Food” that is pretty normal throughout the elimination process.

Day 11: June 14. Acne still significant today. Ate breakfast and lunch out, asked for special cooking preps, not sure if it was 100% compliant but better is better than nothing.

Day 12: June 15. Still craving sugar in my coffee. Have felt kind of queasy this afternoon both in the stomach and in general. Stomach felt pretty upset especially after eating at True Food Kitchen. Acne is still a problem.

Day 13: June 16. My sleep has been pretty solid the past couple of days, woke up with a crimp in my neck causing pain so had a lazy Sunday. Felt like my stomach and back look smaller in the mirror. Made stuffed portabella mushrooms for the first time ever, thank you Pinterest. So good.

Day 14: June 17.  Felt very sluggish in the am. Had two PRs in the gym, 90# HPS and RXd the workout “High Heels.”

Day 15: June 18. Acne still bad. Pretty sore from the workout on Monday.

Day 16: June 19. Looked in the mirror and thought “dang I’m looking skinny”. Now very sore from the workout on Monday.

Day 17: June 20. Had a really good salad at a seafood place and it was delicious, had Cajun chicken, mandarin oranges and strawberries, with some pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. Got hungry around 4pm, had a little snack before heading to the gym. Had a good performance too, got complimented on my pace and the workout. Found out the coconut milk at Starbucks has cane sugar in it, SMH. Loving this coconut La Croix though, a new flavor I picked up at Aldi’s…

Next week I’ll document the second half of my journey with the final few weeks and my lasting impressions of the diet, where it took me, and what’s next!


-Coach Kristen

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