Guess what??? It’s January 31st, which means my first Whole30 experience is now over! How do I feel you ask? How much did I lose? Well before I go into all that, let me tell you what I ate for the last 3 days really quickly.
Day 28: For breakfast this day I had a banana since I was at work. For lunch I had some leftover chicken and peppers, a clementine, some nuts and raisins, and later in the day I had a Larabar for a snack. When I got home, I had some veggie soup. I had made it for Tom because he was super sick. I had to run to the grocery store in the morning to buy all the ingredients before work. I ended up taking 4 sliced carrots, 8 ounces of chopped mushrooms, 3 sliced celery stalks, 1 chopped yellow onion, 1 cubed sweet potato, and a handful of kale, and I threw all of that in my crockpot along with 32 oz. of veggie stock, and 32 oz. of chicken stock. I wanted to add some garlic cloves, but I didn’t add any seasonings because he wanted it to be plain. When I ate some myself, I added some Adobo on top for added flavor, but it was still pretty good on it’s own. I cooked it in the crockpot for 6 hours on high, but then he left it on warm for another 4 hours or so until I got home from work. It was pretty tasty, and full of nutrients and vitamins! For a snack that evening, I had 2 celery stalks with almond butter and raisins.
Day 29: Today, I had some nuts and raisins for breakfast. For lunch, I had some more chicken and peppers, with a Larabar, clementine, and a banana later on. I had to stop at Bed, Bath, and Beyond after to work to pick up a few things for Tom, and while browsing the nutrition bar section, I saw some of their Larabars were on sale because they were going to expire. I grabbed 2 carrot cake ones and 4 brownie ones(not Whole30)! They 50% off (score!), and I know we will eat them before they expire, so I was happy as a clam. For dinner I finished off the chicken and peppers, and I also had a big bowl of the veggie soup. I decided to trim and paint my nails this night, and I used “Backstage Pass”, which is one of the new Carrie Underwood Nicole by OPI colors. I absolutely love the color and the formula, and I finished off the look with a little gold diamond stud a the base of my ring nail and thumbnail. (And yes, that is a carrot I am holding in the picture, LOL!)
Day 30: The last day, the big finale. I had a clementine at work for breakfast. The day was super duper stressful and anxiety producing, so thankfully I had packed a big lunch to give me energy. I had some soup, a couple celery stalks and a carrot with almond butter, some raisins, another clementine, and a Larabar. For dinner, I managed to wrangle up the energy to make portobello mushroom “pizzas”. To make them, I roasted some portobellos at 400º with olive oil, salt, and pepper, face down on a baking pan for 10 minutes. While those were roasting, I cooked some ground beef with adobo, and I also wilted some spinach with garlic and olive oil. Once the mushrooms were done, I patted them down with paper towels to soak up any water that had released while cooking (be careful they will be hot!). Then I topped them with sauce and my toppings, which also included some black olives, and threw them back in the oven at 375º for 5 minutes. They were really good, and I think a perfect ending to my Whole30 experience. I had a carrot cake Larabar for dessert, and I did end up celebrating at the end of the night with 2 Angry Orchards. I know it wasn’t technically over yet, but it was close enough, and after the miserable day I had had, I deserved them.
So, how do I feel after the last 30 days? I feel pretty amazing, actually. Like I had mentioned in some of my previous posts, I am able to wake up early, without an alarm clock, and I am able to enjoy sleep more. I definitely have more energy than I did before, but I can still crash in high stress situations, which is expected. I don’t need to eat as much as I felt I did before. If I skip a meal, it’s no big deal now. I still crave non-Paleo things, but I feel like the craving is something that is more of just a thought, than an actual need to eat the substances. If someone had given me a cookie right after I said “I am dying for a cookie right now,” I still wouldn’t eat it. My body knows that it is not something it needs as much as my mind may think I need it, so I am happy with that. Now, let’s look at a couple of “Before” pictures…
Now, how much weight did I lose?? Well, after weighing myself this morning, I can say that I lost 11.4 pounds in 30 days!! How amazing is that? I am thrilled, and I definitely notice a change in my body. My tummy and face don’t look as swollen as before, and my clothes fit much better, or are too big now! Yesterday, I had to chase down one of my patients, because they forgot to sign something, and my pants almost fell down because they are too loose! I would call that a success, lol. I have to mention that I was able to lose that much weight with a minimal amount of exersize. It just goes to show that losing weight really is 80% what you eat. Now, I am not saying you should not exercise, not at all, because I wish I had. We tried, and Tom was much more successful in that department than me, but I just couldn’t get myself to do it. I want to challenge myself in the coming months to really try and become more consistent in working out. I may have lost a bunch of weight, but I am still not as tone as I was 2 years ago, which I want to change. And now, here are the “After” pictures….
However, my favorite part of my Whole30 rewards has to be the physiological benefits. My skin is super clear, and I only had 1 pimple the entire time, and that was during my cycle. I never had a lot of break-outs to begin with, but I would have red spots, and bumps on my face. Now, my face is pretty even toned, except after I am outside in the bitter cold for too long. My stomach is also feeling amazing. I used to get stomach aches every single morning and feel sick and uncomfortable whenever I had to leave for work. This feeling has been better since being semi-Paleo, but now, at the end of my first Whole30, my digestive system is very happy. I feel so much better in the mornings, and like I mentioned previously, I can actually eat breakfast before work without feeling nauseous. For me, these were 2 of the best outcomes of this experience!
So what now, now that it is over? Well, I am going to try my best to remain strictly Primal from now on, which will include some Whole30 meals here and there too. We decided that we should stick to almond and coconut milk from now on for drinking and cooking needs, but we both miss cheese terribly, so that will come back into our diets, but not as much as before. I have no plans of going crazy now that the Whole30 is over, because #1 that would be pointless and #2 I just don’t want to. Yes, I will treat myself here and there, but I feel like most of the treats I have been wanting to eat were Paleo one’s to begin with. For example, I bought Tom the “Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook” for Christmas, and we haven’t been able to use it yet, so I can’t wait to try some of the recipes from that. However, we are going to celebrate completing this experience by going to 2 of my favorite restaurants this weekend. If I want some white potatoes, or red wine, or whatever it is that I want, I will get it. I think that some reward is warranted after being good for so long, don’t you?
Overall, I am so happy with the outcomes of this experience. I mentally, physicially, and emotionally feel much better after completing my first Whole30. If you are contemplating it yourself, I would highly recommend it. I actually plan on doing it again in March or April, but I will let you guys know.
Talk to you soon!