WHOLE 30: What I learned, Why I quit, and Why you need to try it
In case you missed my post at the beginning of the month: I started Whole 30 on July 1. I had the intension of lasting the entire month. But 15 days in I decided to do a bit of tweaking to make it right for me. So I modified. I cheated a little. And I learned a lot about my eating habits.
1. You learn to cook healthy. And it’s easy.
I was a pro at making healthy breakfasts and lunches. But once dinner rolled around I relied on seamless or raiding my pantry. But Whole 30 forces you to cook. It forces you to meal plan. And it forces you to buy groceries. I’m now a pro at making hearty, healthy dinners. Some of my favorite recipes: turkey meatballs over zucchini noodles. spicy chicken bowls. Cauliflower rice with protein.
2. I don’t crave junk food anymore!
When you deny your body of artificial sugars, you stop craving them. Since I started Whole 30, I noticed I don’t reach for the chips or the cookies anymore. My brain doesn’t even crave it.
3. Eating clean is filling. Who knew?
The Whole 30 diet recommends eating 3 filling meals, with no snacks. Eating a hearty breakfast and cutting the in-between snacks left me with such long lasting energy that I’ve never felt before.
1. So. Much. Protein.
Since grains and legumes are out of the question. Meat and eggs are the star of the show. I felt a little heavy eating that much protein. So I started adding hummus, greek yogurt, and whole grains into my diet. Which is technically “cheating.” But whatever.
2. Socializing just got so much harder
It’s not the actual diet that made this so difficult. It was the socializing. In a city like New York, alcohol and food is the center of every social function. So saying “no” to everything, all the time, gets old. So I caved and had a cocktail or a glass of wine here and there at work events.
Although I started “cheating” halfway in—the first fifteen days really changed my eating habits, my taste buds, and my brain’s relationship with food. I stopped craving the bad shit. And when I did indulge in it, I really felt the difference the next day. When you know how good you can feel from eating clean, eating junk just isn’t worth it anymore.
I was fairly healthy to begin with, so it only really took me 2 weeks to have a positive experience. If you try it, definitely aim for the full 30 days!! You won’t regret it.
For more information and details on Whole30, visit their website whole30.com
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