Hey guys, it’s been awhile. I took about a month or so off to sort of regroup
and get my self together. I’m sure you know the feeling. While I’ve been gone
I’ve been making some really great self improvements that I’m excited about.
Just know that I’m telling you these things as just me, not a fitness or health
instructor, but a flawed human being who has PLENTY of her own struggles with
body image, weight, not feeling good enough and generally just trying and trying
and trying again (anyone know the story of Atlas? Yeah that’s what it feels
During April, my friends and I decided to do Whole30 aka a “lifestyle change”
where you give up dairy, legumes, sugar, grains and alcohol for 30
days. On the outside, I was not pleased. If you follow my Instagram you
know how much I love French pastries, burgers, brunch foods and yummy drinks.
But on the inside, I knew it was time for a change from what I had been doing
and time to feel like I wasn’t dying when doing fitness activities.
Nevertheless, I threw myself into pouring through Pinterest recipes, scouring
shopping lists and making sure to have all the things that people recommended
for Whole30 (which for me was akin to going into battle or running a marathon).I
spent ENTIRELY too much money and time on that. It wasn’t really that
complicated. It was tough, but it wasn’t complicated.
If you’d like to see documented proof of things I ate and thought during this
process check me out on Instagram: @ChokingonVeggies
For the first week, I was doing okay. I was pretty sleepy and pretty moody
(mostly because I was doing a lot of after-work volunteering and it’s near
impossible to get something to eat quickly while on Whole30 from most normal
restaurants) and since I wasn’t at home, I couldn’t cook.
The second week I worked, and I slept. My roommate came home, and I was
already asleep because I was just so wiped out. I didn’t really work out much
that second week.
During third week, I traveled out to visit my boyfriend in Colorado. I packed
a MILLION snacks. Guys, if I have one piece of advice: Don’t get as many snacks
as I got…just don’t. It’s not necessary. Your pre-whole30 self will think that
you need to do this, but you don’t. Just make your own! The third week I was
feeling pretty good. I had WAY more energy, which I’ll talk about later, but I
was still pretty unhappy that I traveled all the way to see my bf and wasn’t
able to do what we usually do: Netflix and eat. Still, I bought my groceries and
made some pretty bomb meals and he even felt better during my almost two weeks
The fourth week I was still with Matt and NARROWLY didn’t cheat my last days.
I think some serious serious will power was in place there, but I did not give
in and drink a beer or eat a cookie or even use my free drink coupon on my
flight back. On May 1st at 12:30 am, I ate my first taste of the real world.
Chocolates that I had saved, bought at a local British store. They tasted
Here are some of the things I
Mostly eggs. If I told you that you could eat bacon and eggs for breakfast
for the next 30 days and lose weight…you would probably laugh in my face. But
that is legit what happened.
Non-Scale victories…or whatever:
- Fitness gains: One of my first times in Colorado (and a few subsequent
times) Matt has taken me hiking the flatirons in Boulder. What is “technically”
a foothill is far bigger and steeper than ANY single mountain we have on the
East Coast. Did you climb Old Rag…well good job, now climb two more and you have
a FlatIron! They’re a difficult hike that Coloradoans think is basically kids
play (they RUN up them…RUN! Guys I’m not making this up). When I first attempted
this climb I was bigger, less fit and definitely not acclimated to the elevation
(which as you’d imagine gets even less oxygen-y at the top). I had to stop half
way and thought I was literally dying. This time around, I’d been working out,
doing my Whole30, was actually physically much lighter by this time and FINALLY
finished the whole thing. It was hard, I had to take breaks, and I’m not as
swift as my completely-different-body-type boyfriend, but I did it. That was my
main goal. Finish the damn mountain. See the view from the top and know that I
can do it. I may not be the fittest, I may not be the thinnest or the fastest,
but I can do everything I set my mind to. I know it’s a dumb metaphor, but I
guess you could say I conquered my mountain. YAY!
This screenshot of my fitbit stats from the day sort of puts into
perspective how hard climbing mountains is on your body. No wonder everyone in
Colorado is so darn fit!
2. More wardrobe choices! Stuff that didn’t fit me for at
least a year before hand, now fits me. Including this cute dress I kept “just in
case” I lost weight…so I guess that actually DOES work out sometimes. Cool!
3. No more heartburn: Before Whole30 I was taking heartburn
medicine every day. After whole30 and even a few days into it, I haven’t been
taking it. It was getting really bad and actually really starting to worry me. I
had been dealing with it for over a year before this point and had little meds
with me everywhere I went. Since heartburn meds are pretty expensive, and also
heartburn is VERY painful, I consider this a pretty huge win.
4. Skin: My skin really cleared up quite a bit. I had some
stuff that just wouldn’t go away, which I’m pretty sure was entirely sugar
based, because it cleared up pretty dang quick. Now I know to keep my sugar and
grains to a minimum, and actually have the physical ability to do that. Which
leads me to…..
5.Surmountable cravings. Before I used to have cravings for
things and then just eat them. I think I’d sort of just given up. Now I have
cravings for sweet stuff, but I know that I can just eat something like an apple
or maybe just drink more water or actually know when I’m really hungry. What the
writers said about eating fat is actually really true, and they have some pretty
solid groundings for things they say. Also, I find it easier to follow a program
with stricter rules, rather than something like WeightWatchers with flexible
Guys I lost 13 lbs in one month. That is unheard of in other
programs. If all of the non-scale victories didn’t convince you that the food we
eat in the US is completely garbage, that should. It’s not really about the
weight loss, but it’s an added side effect of learning about all the crappy
stuff you’re eating and getting perspective on really how bad it is.
I didn’t work out THAT much, but when I did it was SO much
easier. Not just because I was losing weight, but also because my
insides were happy and my mind was happy (mostly…except for all the pictures of
food I kept seeing).
On Whole30 you cook basically all your own food, and that is
pretty much the only way to eat in America. What does that say about the way
that we do food here? Why can’t I just find some grilled chicken and greens at
any restaurant? Because the food we eat here is engineered to make us unhealthy
and we don’t even know it. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s real. Look at the food
you eat and see if any of it has sugar..guys…WHY IS THERE SUGAR IN THINGS THAT
AREN’T SWEET??!!!! Just little stuff like that you’ll realize when you do
Whole30 and see all the random compounds in even “healthy” foods. It’s awful. It
will make you want to throw things. I feel like I’m basically the only one I can
trust to cook when making healthy food which sucks.
- Not everyone supports you. You’ll learn who to filter out and you’ll also
learn that people get jealous that you’re making this decision and will try to
make you feel as horrible as they (probably) feel. Don’t stop doing good for
yourself! Lead by quiet example and try not to get so down when it feels like
the rest of the world is having SO much more fun. Definitely try to do this with
a friend or two who you know will be supportive and not give up! (Shout out to
Hannah and Mary for being a frands!)
- There is sugar in everything….try to limit added sugar so you can enjoy
sugar treats in it’s REAL and delicious form: chocolate and wine.
- Our food is trying to make us unhealthy and give us leaky gut and diabetes.
Educate yourself about that…and at least try to understand the cluster-frick of
just awful stuff out there and how it affects your everyday feelings, moods,
looks, and pretty much everything. It’s actually very alarming and not at all a
conspiracy theory. For instance: All bacon has sugar in it. Gluten isn’t the
only thing that messes you up in bread, and your body actually wants you to eat
more healthy fat. Crazy!
- Eating vegetables make you feel good. Weird.
- A lot of health concerns and minor annoyances in your health are actually
diet related. Like heartburn and crazy skin and weird hair stuff.
- ALWAYS eat a low carb, high (good) fat breakfast! I didn’t really do that
before and it was lame.
- If you attempt Whole30 you will probably have dreams about cake or burgers
or mac and cheese or pizza. You will also feel guilty in your dreams. For
consuming a cake you did not eat. Sigh.
- Whole30 is better than a cleanse. Don’t do a cleanse. Cleanses are
Have you ever done Whole30? Does it sound crazy? Should I do a round 2? Let
me know in the comments below or on any of my social media channels. Have
questions or need suggestions…I’m not an expert, but I can steer you in the
right direction. Plus my sweet potato soup recipe was ON
*All facts and fictions stated here are imho. If you don’t agree, comment
below. If you do agree, also comment below.*