I did my first Whole30 in January 2017. I made it all 30 days with no cheats, save for a single and entirely accidental bite of cheese on day 28. I certainly had moments where I hated everything and everyone, wanted food – any food – more than I wanted to remain compliant, and considered just how great a spoonful of peanut butter would taste at least twice a day, but ultimately, I can honestly say, once I got past the first week or so, that I have never felt better than I did while on Whole30.
I wrote in detail about my first Whole30 experience, including a post with results photos. While I did lose some weight on Whole30 (7lbs), the improvements I saw with my lifelong stomach issues were the real win. I also slept better, my skin was clear, and my gym performance skyrocketed. When my 30 days were up, I had some peanut butter and vowed to never return to my old ways of eating.
And of course, I did, in fact, return to my former ways. Breakfast this morning involved a helping of cheese in my eggs and I’ve had at least half of a blueberry biscuit and a cookie as of writing this – and it’s barely 11 AM. Such is life during the holiday season.
Real talk? I don’t like the way I’ve felt since Thanksgiving. My stomach is unhappy, and I feel puffy and blah. The scale has remained steady (I don’t pay much attention to the number anyway) and my clothes fit just fine, but I still feel just a little too out of sorts for my liking. Enter, Whole30, 2019 edition.
Whole30 isn’t for everyone. Many people find it too restrictive. My friend Liz calls it “Whole Horrible.” Whole30 also required a lot of effort – grocery shopping, reading labels, meal planning and prepping… And if you’re trying to go out to dinner? I imagine planning a war is a similar experience. I spent half of January 2017 in a grocery store, and when work sent me to Washington, D.C., I hauled around a bag full of Whole30 snacks and pre-planned my meal at Sweet Greens days before driving to D.C.
Despite the extra effort involved in Whole30, I can truly say it has been worth it for me each time I’ve done it. It came up at work recently and a few of my co-workers decided to do Whole30 in January. That inspired an idea – what if I put together a private Facebook group for those of us doing Whole30? A place for support, tips, recipes, whatever? I found its easier to stick to the full 30 days if you’re doing it with people and after I floated the idea on Instagram, I got a lot of “Yes” responses.
And so, we’re doing it. Whole30, Sarah style.
How You Can Join Me For Whole30
If you’re ready to jump into Whole30, but don’t want to go at it alone, Whole30 with Sarah is the place for you. I’ll be checking in daily, sharing some of my favorite recipes and tips, complaining about how badly I’d like a spoonful of peanut butter (it’s a theme…), and offering up support.
You can find my Whole30 group right here. It’s completely free to join, and while you can start Whole30 whenever you’d like, I plan to start on January 2 – ya girl has to have her annual New Year’s meal of greens, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, and cornbread.
And to get us started, I put together a couple of resources: 7 Whole30 Tips For Beginners and a Whole30 Grocery List – a (noncomprehensive!) list of some of my own go-to Whole30-friendly grocery items to make that grocery trip a little easier. Get them here and here.
So, whose in?