Winner winner chicken dinner! I made it through the whole30! Actually, I’m on day 31 of the whole30 turned whole-rest-of-mah-life. The whole point of the program is to figure out what works for you and your body and for you to feel like the best version of yourself. That said, it’s not just about completing the 30 days it’s about changing the relationship you have with food…for life.
What I’ve found really interesting is that this time around, the program was almost…dare I say…easy. My sugar cravings were certainly not as intense and I felt as though I had come to terms with my diet. It wasn’t about what I couldn’t eat, but was about what I could eat and how I could fuel my body.
When I started the program I really wanted to see how it affected my half-marathon training. I can say with 100% certainty that it has made all the difference. I don’t feel sluggish during my early morning runs from whatever I ate the night before and I feel properly fueled for my long runs. It’s kinda AMAZING.
Aside for the health benefits of this program, it was also fun! Finding new foods to eat, making yummy recipes and stepping outside of your-food bubble is pretty fun. I could spend hours walking the aisles of Whole Foods and checking out all the interesting products. Luckily, this program made that a totally acceptable thing to do 😉
Do I think there will be times when I eat things that are not so great? (preservative laden, coated in sugar, deep fried, etc.) Absolutely! I will probably (read: definitely) share some recipes from my Nana that are anything but whole30 compliant. But the beauty of it is, this program has taught me how/when to indulge and how to get back on the bandwagon. It teaches you how to listen to your body and make smart choices.
So what are my highlights from this whole30?
- Food really is fuel. As I said above, eating clean with lots of protein and veggies has made a huge difference in my running. I don’t feel weighed down and sluggish. I also don’t get side aches like I used to – thank goodness!
- I know it’s not all about the number on the scale, but I did lose 5 lbs (no complaints here!) and my tummy is looking flatter – hello bikini season!
- Ummmm, I like it. When I’ve talked about this with others, I’ve had multiple remarks about how it sounds “too complicated” which I find hilarious since it is just the opposite. It actually makes eating easy because you are eating whole, nutritious food. What’s not to like about that?
- Mood lifter. Overall, when I eat better my outlook on life is better and I’m a happier person. If I’ve been extra nice to you lately, you can thank the whole30 😉