Hey, Hi, Hello. I’ve been done my Whole 30 (or W30, as I’ve become prone to typing) for a little while now, but have forgotten to blog about it. Errr… sorry about that. So! Here I am. Blogging. About it.
First and foremost: There are bathing suit pictures (of me) at the end of this post. Just so you know. So if you want to avert your virgin eyes, or are offended by stomachs, you might want to turn away before we get there.
Ok, so on to the actual thoughts and stuff, about the W30. I think I shall do this bullet point style, for funsies.
- The first week sucked. Hard. I had a really hard time cutting out the sugar (mostly) after spending a week + in Disney, eating mostly sugar. But after that craving went away, it was pretty smooth sailing.
- My meals mostly looked like this:
- Breakfast: 2 eggs & 2 pieces of bacon, sometimes with some veggies, sometimes with some fruit, and sometimes, by themselves. I didn’t eat bacon every day, sometimes I had scrambled eggs, and sometimes I completely skipped breakfast all together (this is ok on the W30, if you’re not hungry in the AM)
- Lunch: Big assed salad. Usually a “refrigerator salad” – so anything in the fridge went on. I usually put in avocado for fat and a hard boiled egg or tuna for protein. Then I would also put in whatever lettuce I had, and cut up a bunch of veggies, and drizzled the whole thing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. You’d think that you’d get tired of the same dressing every day, but I really found that I didn’t. The flavours in the salad changed enough that it didn’t taste like the same salad every day.
- Dinner: Usually a meat with 3 veggies, or 2 veggies and some sweet potato. There aren’t a lot of sauces that are W30 approved, but we did enjoy the basic flavours of what we were eating. There were nights when I would make everyone else some pasta, and I would have veggies instead, and that was ok. I didn’t want to do that often, but every other week or so, it was ok.
- Snacks: I would snack when I was feeling hungry, but tried to avoid mindless snacking, or boredom snacking. My choices were fruit (mostly berries, but not terribly often), nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans), veggies with guacamole. Most of the time, I picked pistachios because they are super duper awesome, and the cracking them open helped me to not just shove handfuls in my mouth.
- Beverages: I drank water. I also switched out my cream in my coffee for coconut milk, which turned out quite nicely. I suppose there is some level of coconut milk in this context not being W30 compliant, as it is a direct substitute for either a dairy or artificial creamer. I was willing to overlook that. I also enjoyed club soda with a bit of lime juice (NOT lime cordial, people) on occasion. I tried to keep it down to only a couple times a week. Either when I was really craving pop (it’s mostly the “bite” of the carbonation that I want), or when others around me where drinking pop/beer.
- I think I would do this again, later, with some caveats.
- Right now, I’m keeping about 90% Paleo, with the exception of cheese. I don’t believe that life is worth living without cheese. But I know now that my gut can tolerate small amounts of cheese (although it really hates sour cream). I have not gone back to drinking milk, which I don’t really miss. I have found ways to eat out instead of having to stay home. I have added white basmati rice back to our diet (rice is pretty much a hypoallergenic food, so it doesn’t usually irritate the gut. However, it’s a very nutrient sparse food, so it’s not usually consumed by people who follow a paleo/primal style diet).
- I found the biggest change that didn’t have to do with weight/size in my allergies and my eyes. I didn’t take any allergy medication for most of June. I took it very sparingly in July (when I wasn’t as strict). I also found that the bags under my eyes almost completely cleared up. I still have some dark circles because I’m not sleeping perfectly, but I have 2 small kids. Thing is, if I have ANY amount of grain (especially wheat), the black eyes come back with a vengeance. So I don’t get much stomach upset from cheating on my diet, I just get ugly. Ha ha.
- I will say that I have more energy. More stamina, really. I don’t have any more motivation than I did before – inertia is still my greatest enemy and my best friend. But after a day of cleaning the house, I’m not as tired as before. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that I still have some cortisol/adrenal wonkiness.
- I have lost, give or take, about 15 lbs. Without doing any form of exercise. I’m trying to get a bit more active now, so I can continue with the fat loss… so we’ll see how that goes. Since I took the pictures, I’ve lost a few more pounds, but not very much.
- I would guess that I have dropped 2-3 dress sizes, although the biggest change, by far, is around my tummy. If I haven’t had any “treats” (especially grains), my stomach is pretty fat. Not perfect, but not very round. I’ve lost weight other places, but this is the biggest difference.
- I really wish that I would have taken measurements, to really have a quantitative value for how many inches I’ve lost.
Ok, there is one thing I need to address about this, before we get on to the before & after pictures: Breastfeeding. Thing is – I almost completely lost my milk supply. I know that Birdie is getting pretty big, and that she doesn’t *need* to be nursing at this point, but I had really wanted to nurse her until she was somewhere between 18-24 months (as per the WHO recommendations). She only nurses 2x a day, and it’s working for us, so we continue to do it. Except that it stopped working, and she stopped sleeping very well at night. So I tried to eat more fruit. I tried to eat more fat. I tried to eat more carbs… but it didn’t seem to help. So on day 25, even after reaching out to Every Day Paleo for help as a last resort, I made a batch of No Bake Oatmeal cookies. I made them as paleo as I could get them. Used coconut milk instead of dairy. I used coconut oil instead of margarine. I even used honey instead of sugar. But the oats… they were the magic ingredient. So I had to keep them. I didn’t do this on a whim – I know that for me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, these cookies and a lot of water will boost my supply. And it sure did. Once my milk supply was back up (and Birdie was back to sleeping at night), I have been able to maintain a better supply by eating more carbs. I have found that by being more attentive to how MUCH I’m eating, and making sure I’m getting enough (it’s easy for me to skip meals and not notice), and making sure that I am getting on the higher end of carbs (150g + per day), I can maintain a supply. I still get some dips if I’m not eating well enough, but it’s been easy to boost my supply again. I guess all said and done, I would NOT do this again while I’m nursing. I would NOT recommend it for other nursing moms. If you want to eat a paleo diet, I think that is a GREAT idea, nursing or not, but I would not recommend the Whole 30 for nursing or pregnant moms.
This post has some pretty good resources in it, if you’re interested in reading further.
OK, HERE ARE THE PICTURES! THIS IS WHERE YOU EITHER LOOK AT ME IN A BIKINI, OR AVERT YOUR EYES. LOOK! KITTENS!!!
So there you go. Was it worth it? Well, the fact that I can wear jeans that I wore 10 year ago pretty much makes this a HUGE yes for me!