Whole30 – Recap & Results

We did it!!

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First things first.  I just want to thank Dane for doing this with me and for being an amazing boyfriend, partner and cook.  He was always open to anything I wanted to try and usually put his own spin on it.  I couldn’t have done this without him and I know he wouldn’t have done it without me.

Dane ended up doing Whole28 instead of Whole30 because he went with a group of guys to see a Spring Training game in Tampa on Monday.  He planned on this, so he weighed in on Monday morning.

Besides him quitting 2 days early, we didn’t cheat. ( He did have a Whole30 breakfast and dinner that day along with being compliant on Day 30)  Everything we ate was Whole30 approved and as you can see in all of my posts, everything was delicious!

My main reasons for wanting to try Whole30 were to develop a healthier relationship with food, get over my sugar cravings and of course lose weight.  I found myself eating out of boredom on daily basis.  Dane has always been a big fan of sandwiches, cheese and beer, so I knew this would be challenging for him as well.

Benefits 

  • Clothes are loose
  • Less swelling throughout our whole body
  • More energy
  • Sleeping great
  • Never starving
  • Don’t think about food every minute of the day
  • Don’t eat out of boredom
  • Happier
  • Smooth skin
  • Shiny hair
  • Rapid hair growth
  • Not having to measure or weigh anything we ate
  • Not having to track calories or points
  • No more “hangry” feeling
  • No bloating
  • No upset stomach
  • Improved digestion

Cravings

I really didn’t experience too many cravings, although I did think about wine more than once.  I’ve also noticed that I crave beef more than chicken now.  It just has much more flavor.

Dane craved a grilled cheese in the second week.

What contributed to our success

  • Reading It Starts with Food was very beneficial and I recommend it to anyone thinking about starting Whole30.
  • Having a partner made it much easier.  I imagine it would’ve been challenging if Dane was eating like his old self and I was trying to stay within the Whole30 guidelines.  
  • Dane is an amazing cook.  I never felt like I was on a diet or being deprived.
  • Stocking up on the weekends at the farmers market and grocery store.
  • Prepping on Sunday nights.  We always made sure we had sweet potatoes roasted for breakfast and hard boiled eggs for a quick snack before a workout.
  • Hiding the scale.  I’ve been an every day weigher for awhile now, so it helped having it out of sight.
  • We stayed home a majority of the time.  You certainly don’t have to be a hermit while doing Whole30 but we thought it would be easier for us.  The fact that it was Bike Week helped because we usually stay home during this time anyway.
  • Friday night was steak night and always felt “special.”
  • Not only did I blog everything we ate, I also kept a journal to document all 90 meals.

What came in handy

  • Crockpot.  We used this a lot during busy weeknights.
  • Food processor.  Dane just got this for me for Christmas and it was very helpful in making homemade paleo mayo and homemade horseradish.
  • Cheese grader made it easy to make sweet potato latkes.
  • Farmers Market is a great place to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at a great price.  (I know some of you don’t have access all year long but summer is coming!)

New foods/products we tried.  (Some of these weren’t new to Dane but they were to me)

Advice for someone thinking about trying Whole30

  • Read It Starts with Food. You can buy it here.
  • Try to focus on what you can have instead of what you can’t.
  • Clean out your fridge and pantry.  Don’t leave anything that isn’t compliant in sight.
  • Be creative – try new things.
  • Plan ahead.  Don’t come home from work and try to figure out what you’re having for dinner that night.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.  This was one of our biggest meals of the day and the one we were most hungry for.
  • Read labels carefully.  You’ll be surprised to see how many products contain sugar.
  • Have some cooked meat (chicken/beef) and salad ingredients in the fridge for when you’re in a pinch.
  • Homemade plantain chips are a great if you’re looking for something with a crunch.

Helpful resources

Struggles

During Days 1-5, we both had a bad headache along with being tired and cranky but  after the fifth day all of that was gone and we started feeling more energetic.  I also missed my coffee creamer and Splenda at first.

Results

Dane has never attempted to lose weight at any point in his life, so this was all new to him.  I was so proud of him for sticking with this for the entire 30 28 days.

Starting weight ~ 253.4

Ending weight ~ 225

Yes, you read that right.  Dane lost 28.4 lbs in 28 days!!! 

Our friend posted a picture of him with his first beer in 30 days when they went to the baseball game.  I instantly did a side by side with another picture I had of him.  It’s unfortunate that he has a beer in his had but you can see the difference.

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He said he definitely didn’t feel as good the day after having half of a Cuban sandwich and a few beers.

Workouts  – We have a treadmill at home that Dane uses at least 5 days a week.  He typically walks for an hour and he’s been playing softball 3-4 nights a week.

My starting weight was ~ 183.4

My ending weight ~ 171.8

I lost 11.6 lbs and am very happy with that.  I also took measurements and lost almost 2″ all over.  

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I would also like to get all of my blood work done to see if there were any changes.

Workouts - I didn’t workout as much as I would’ve liked to.  I did incorporate some weight training and did cardio a couple of times a week.  Now that we’re done with Whole30, I plan on coming up with a workout plan and sticking to it.  I would even like to attempt running again since I gave it up before my surgery in November.

What’s next?

We don’t plan on changing a whole lot with the way we’re eating.  We definitely don’t want to go back to where we were before Whole30 but we also want to have a day here and there where we don’t worry about it.

My body appears to be very happy without gluten, dairy, legumes and sugar.  Does this mean that I’m never going to have frozen yogurt or a piece of bread again?  Of course not, but for the most part, I will continue to eat this way.

Day 31 was just like any other Whole30 day. I think Whole30 is now ingrained into our brains although, I’m still looking forward to that glass of wine.  :)

I’m so excited that several people have told me they want to give Whole30 a try after reading all of my posts. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions and let me know how it goes!

Want more information on Whole30?  Find it here.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Way to go, Kim! You guys look great and I’m glad you feel great, too. And I agree, my food processor has changed my life! It is so helpful to make things from scratch.
    Carrie @ Season It Already! recently posted..Nicollet Island Inn – Minneapolis (Wine Pairing Dinner)My Profile

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    Christi Cosgrove says:

    Wow Kim ! You both look fantastic and it sounds like you learned a ton. Way to go for sticking with it. You should be very proud of yourselves! xox

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    Courtney says:

    That’s amazing! It’s awesome that you were able to stick with it and not slip AT ALL. You both look great, and I’m actually considering trying something like this after reading about it for the past month. Thanks for sharing the process and results with us!

  4. 7

    Great job both of you! I am on day 21 of my Whole30 and I’m noticing a lot of the same benefits!! You can check out my progress as well as some recipes at my blog:) http://tarak-alwaysunderconstruction.blogspot.com/
    Tara Miley recently posted..Smoothie Kind of MorningMy Profile

  5. 9

    Nice job! The food you have been eating looks so good! I think at some point I want to give Whole30 a try as well. Maybe I can get my husband on board by showing him Dane’s results! :)
    Shelly recently posted..Food for ThoughtMy Profile

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    Kim,

    Thanks for this great recap. I am on Day 23 and feeling a lot of these benefits too. I had to comment because I could so relate to your Daytona 500 day post. I recently went to a World Baseball Classic game. Packed up a nice piece of grilled salmon and some veggies and brought macadamia nuts and some other snacks. But I wanted a hot dog and garlic fries so badly. Everything smelled so good even though I knew what I was eating was so much better for my body. Once I ate and wasn’t hungry, I felt better, but it was hard!

  7. 12

    Awesome results!! WOW. Glad that it’s worked so well for you both, and even more happy to hear that you’re keeping it up. It’s definitely made to be a lifestyle rather than a temporary fix, so keep up the good work! Great inspiration.
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