Adhering to Whole30 involved staying away from almost everything I loved. Wine? Forget it. Bread? No way. Even foods I’d assumed were healthful were verboten, including peanuts and chickpeas. (There went my hummus habit.) Other no’s included: no wheat, no dairy, no soy and no sugar. For one whole month I subsisted on air and water (just kidding).
My problem with the Whole 30 is that it still has tons of carbs, which is tons of sugar. For me, that’s why I couldn’t sustain it. I never kicked my sugar habit. Sure, I ate Larabars instead of traditional candy bars, and potatoes instead of bread. But even though I felt all high and mighty for doing it, my body didn’t feel a difference. Like, at all.
And it’s no wonder, since your body pretty much uses all sugar in the same way. It does so at varying rates and in moderately different ways, but really sugar is sugar.
Also, where the Whole 30 is based on ideas, keto is based on science. (I’m sure I’ll get backlash for that one.)
This list may feel punitive, but it's not. And it's 30 days! You can do it!
Overall, my results were really positive. I felt lighter, happier, and had some extra energy to burn. All very welcome things!
Whole30 is a restrictive dietary program that promises to "change your life" in 30 days through some tough-love nutritional changes. These include: no dairy, no grains, no added sugar, no alcohol, and no legumes. For 30 days straight.
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But like anything, the Whole30 isn’t perfect. It’s as good as we can make it; designed to have the most significant impact on as many people as possible. We’ve tweaked it, adjusted it, and made it better as the years went on. But it still doesn’t work exactly the same for everyone, and it’s still not a miracle—despite the miraculous results some people do experience.
Created in 2009, the Whole30 program is nothing new, but if hashtags are any indicator, the Paleo diet's shorter, more in-your-face cousin is having a major moment.
Whole30 has been changing lives since 2009, when co-founder Melissa Hartwig blogged about a 30-day life-changing dietary experiment she recently completed. Since then, millions of people have transformed their health, habits, and relationship with food through the Whole30 program; eliminating cravings, improving energy and sleep, relieving medical symptoms, and losing weight healthfully and sustainably.
Follow along with me as I turn 15 years of treating my body like garbage into something good. The first year is in the books, and I am moving on to maintaining a healthy diet (Paleo) and focusing on fitness.I am making my body healthy again and hopefully along the way offering inspiration for others who have decided to make a change in their lives as well. Come on in and take a look!