Whole 30, Whole Lotta Control!

What I learned from doing the Whole30


“Whew,” I thought on Tuesday night as I finished the Whole30.

I always seem to do these plans the wrong way. Everyone says buy the book, research, do it with a partner, blah blah...

I tend to go my own path and make it harder. J

I saw the Whole30 plan in my most recent Clean Eating Magazine. I thought, “I have seen a lot of people follow this diet and really like it, so let’s try it.” There were recipes laid out (helps a lot) and it seemed not crazy restrictive. More Paleoesque- no dairy, gluten, alcohol or processed anything (nothing from a box). I thought it was pretty practical.

I was doing well up until the point where I realized I probably shouldn’t have eaten some cured meat Rich bought the other week (oh well). Other than that, I really adhered really well to the Whole30 plan and was really proud of myself for staying on track.

Then the one thing that happens when I follow these types of regimens crept in.

I was lonely.

It’s really hard to eat out on any detox/elimination diet because you can’t always control how something is cooked. I ate out twice and was pretty careful. I didn’t have any sour cream at a Mexican place nor beans (that was rough) and at a luncheon if the vegetables were cooked in butter, I wasn’t going to nit pick. Other than that, every meal was prepared at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I eat the majority of my meals from home for health reasons. I typically budget 1-2 treat meals a week to get my leptin levels up and I try to make these not all-out binge meals-a nice dinner out, a drink or 2 on the weekends, etc. Typically, these are with my husband or with friends.

Since I had decided to do this in January, it was right after the holidays where we had already not really seen anyone and now we were really not going to see anyone.

This is hard for an extrovert like me.

Not that every get together has to include food, but it’s winter in Cleveland and many times, that’s what we do when we’re stuck inside.

That would be the only real con to the Whole30 other than not being able to enjoy a winter red wine at home and beans, (I love beans, especially in chili this time of year). I try not to eat a ton of dairy to begin with and it was nice going gluten free for a month. I do notice when I eat copious amounts gluten and dairy, my stomach gets puffy and I feel bloated and not well.

As I transition back into real life, there are some things I am going to carry with me from the Whole30 back into my regular nutrition. These include:

  • Limiting processed grains/gluten. I really like substituting zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash and cauliflower rice. You can find 2 out of 3 already prepared at the store. Winning!

  • I found my new favorite breakfast! Half of a sweet potato with cooked ground turkey and onions, some spices and then after reheating, half of an avocado on top. YUM! (I will be going back to protein shakes though too for my eat-in-the-car mornings).

  • Limiting dairy to 1-2 servings a day. I did miss eating Greek yogurt and sometimes cheese.

  • Limiting nuts. I ate way too many on the Whole30. Eating snacks such as hard-boiled eggs, hummus with veggies and fruit with yogurt again will be my go-tos.

Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in the Whole30! Rich and I found some amazing recipes that I am happy to share such as chicken shawarma, meatballs over cauliflower rice and the best burgers ever!

And now…we celebrate 37 trips around the sun this Saturday!



Laura Thomas