That’s a wrap on my latest round of Whole30.
I woke up Friday morning with the knowledge that I could eat whatever I wanted. I didn’t, however. I ate Whole30-friendly meals throughout the day, but made the mistake of going to Trader Joe’s hungry and walked out with not just the bag of cauliflower gnocchi I went in for, but a tub of quadruple almond butter cookies.
Listen, they were quarter-sized cookies, and a serving size of 6 was just 130 calories. It seemed like a good choice. And it was. They were so good I had to get them out of my house. I shared them with my students at the studio. Get in a workout, have a cookie – balance.
Saturday was also a mostly Whole30-friendly day, except I baked cookies for a Super Bowl party and just had to sample them – you know, to make sure they tasted okay. Quality control, as my grandma would say.
And then Super Bowl Sunday happened.
I had a Whole30/Whole Life Challenge-friendly breakfast and lunch, but when I got to my friends’ house, the rules went out the door. I had pizza (two slices!). A ham biscuit (the good kind – with melted cheese). A cucumber and dill sandwich (on white bread). Cookies (several). And veggies (with ranch dip). I also sampled the buffalo chicken dip (using pita chips as a vessel).
Here’s a pro tip: don’t re-introduce everything all at once.
In the moment, that pizza tasted incredible.
The next day? Not so much.
My body does not like gluten or dairy. Pizza? Probably not the best choice, no matter how good it was. While I didn’t have an upset stomach (thankfully) I just felt gross all day – sluggish, foggy-headed, heavy… Not the best feeling. I’ve certainly transitioned back to a gluten and dairy-free diet since Sunday.
But of course, it’s the results you’re here for.
Notice there aren’t before and after photos this time. I took before pictures. But after pictures? They’re going to be a bit skewed. It’s “that time of the month” and ladies, you know how it goes – the scale tells even more lies, and pants just don’t fit the same for a few days. Frustrating? Yes. Temporary? Absolutely. And it’ll thankfully be behind me by this weekend’s weightlifting meet. All the praise hands. But “after” photos wouldn’t tell a true story this time, so I skipped them. Maybe I’ll take some this weekend.
Overall, I lost six pounds this round. That’s my second-best weight loss on Whole30, my best being seven pounds the first time through. I’m also down a half inch all over. My clothes are fitting better, and until the pizza incident, I felt great. My stomach issues cleared up (as they always do on Whole30, you’d think I’d learn my lesson), and my skin has been clear and bright, likely a combination of both diet and a new skincare regime.
In hindsight, while I was 100% compliant during this round of Whole30, I could have done better. I snacked a bit more than Whole30 recommends, and I was pretty bad about not eating lunch on the weekends, which translated into bigger dinners. I’m guilty of this pattern pretty consistently on the weekends, and Whole30 really shined a light on that as I couldn’t just grab a protein bar at the grocery store like I would not on Whole30. I’ve made it a goal to work on this habit moving forward.
This round of Whole30 was needed. I know I won’t be perfect, but I do intend to remain largely gluten and dairy-free moving forward. My body’s reaction to pizza was miserable, and while I can guarantee I won’t stay away from pizza for the rest of my life – or my grandma’s macaroni and cheese – it will be an even less frequent indulgence.
I’ve got several more weeks of Whole Life Challenge to help me continue to adjust my diet to
In my opinion, Whole30 gets a bad rap for being “too restrictive.” It is certainly restrictive, but if followed correctly, it teaches you a lot about how to fuel your body, and helps break bad nutrition habits, like reaching for the above mentioned protein bar instead of eating a nutritious meal.
And now… I’m going to go eat a spoonful of peanut butter.
Because I can.