One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


I Survived a Week on Whole30!

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In true #wycwyc fashion I’m writing this at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. My days have been jam packed from morning to night this week and I don’t see it letting up in the next, oh, 10 years or so.

The kids seem to be at the peak of neediness. Neediness in a good way but neediness all the same – – especially this little guy, who I will be registering for kindergarten soon!

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I mean wasn’t this like last week?

In true cliche fashion I’ll say…  it’s going so fast! So so fast. I know some people say the days are long and the years short for parents but I find both are flying by me in a fashion that’s almost incomprehensible.

So back to my first ever Whole30 week. Well, it’s actually been eight days and I can’t lie, I’m doing great! Much better than I expected.

I can’t help but think the past 10 years of slow diet changes are the reason it’s been easy for me. Do you guys remember this post? I am a true believer in slow and steady progress and my diet (as in the food I eat) is a really good example of that.

The changes I’ve made would have never happened overnight. Someone doesn’t just start loving avocados and kale when they grew up on pizza and pasta. But those little nudges I have been giving myself to eat better, try new things, cook more, etc. have really paid off.

One of my biggest takeaways so far (besides all the mindless bites I would normally be taking throughout the day) is the lack of cravings. According to MyFitnessPal my sugar intake is the lowest it’s ever been. Besides some fruit I’m eating almost no additional sugar and I can’t help but think that may be helping.

When I make it through the 30 days I can’t wait to start adding back in foods like beans, oatmeal and wheat just so I can see how they affect me. I’m motivated just to stick with it for that experience alone.

There is no doubt that prep is the absolute key to doing something like this. I’m not only grocery shopping at odd times, I find myself cooking when ever I get the chance. Yesterday morning before work I made another huge batch of my Whole30 chili. It takes a good 20-30 minutes to cut all those veggies but that’s totally worth it for quick meals I can grab and bring to work.

Right now I have to run and make some breakfast before I hit the gym because in another #wycwyc twist of faith, I’m gong to see The Revenant at 10:30 this morning with some friends. They asked, The Husband doesn’t have tennis and this way I get some alone time before spending the rest of the day with the family. I love being responsibly selfish. :)

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    January 9, 2016

    That’s awesome that Whole30 is going so well for you!

    For me, it did not. My general takeaway from trying the program and from all of the Whole9 propaganda is that most people do not need such a strict regiment. Most people who do not have some other significant underlying illness would see great improvements by merely switching their diets to a low(er) carb, high fat, quality protein diet.

    Obviously, the main things that significantly improve people’s wellbeing is cutting out the sugar, dairy, and alcohol. A typical LCHF (low carb, high fat) diet cuts out the sugar, but still allows dairy. Unless someone has some other stubborn “thing” that hasn’t gone away from removing the sugar, there really isn’t any good reason to remove the dairy (that I can see anyways, please tell me if you know something I don’t!). For me, dairy provides another avenue to create more meal options with better flavors and satiation.

    Whole30 is definitely a YMMV and is NOT for everyone (truthfully, I was a little disappointed to read that you had gone all #Whole30 on us, but am sincerely glad that its going well for you). And, I would never encourage anyone to go straight from a typical SAD and jump into a Whole30. I think it’s a recipe for disaster and has a very high probability of creating a yo-yo diet affect.

    I just wanted to offer a differing opinion and I figure that this will be a case where we agree to disagree and I’m totally ok with that! It’s working for you and that’s all that matters! :)


      January 9, 2016

      I’m pretty sure we agree to agree. I don’t think this is for everyone. I know for sure it wasn’t for me even a few short months ago.

      I also don’t think I need a strict regiment. In a weird way, I wanted on right now. And I agree, most people will see drastic results just limiting processed carbs, watching portions and moving a bit more.

      As for dairy, I don’t think it’s a must have in diets. I’m not anti-diary but I’m also not pro. Cow’s milk is, well, cow’s milk. It’s a necessity for cows not humans. Tasty? Yes. A possible good source of protein? Sure. But not a required part of our diet, in my opinion.

      Part of the reason I wanted to do something like Whole30 was to push myself out of the “everything needs cheese” mentality I found myself slipping back into. Again, this is my opinion and based on my personal history. Cheese is a trigger for me for sure!

      I’m not sure why you would be disappointed in something I find helpful and motivating for me. I’m not declaring it the ideal diet or pressuring anyone to do it. Just sharing my personal experience which is the whole reason for this blog.

      That said I’m glad you shared your opinion! But as I said in the beginning, I think we agree to agree. :)


      January 9, 2016

      I’m glad we agree to agree! :)

      The thing that bothers me about the dairy is that the Whole9 crew make it out to be so much more evil than it is. Definitely some people do better without it, but for lots of people, it does open up worlds of possibilities for food options and I feel like Whole30 loses all those great options! Obviously its not *required* on a diet, but lots of things aren’t required but we still include them because they are tasty, such as butter. :)

      I’m really glad that you explained that you were having issues with the “everything needs cheese” mentality. It makes so much more sense why you would want to try Whole30 (not that you have to justify anything to random people reading your blog, it just makes sense now).

      The reason why I was disappointed was because it did feel like a departure from the person who doesn’t do extreme things with her food. One of the things that I love about you and your blog is that you approach everything with so much common sense, which is sorely lacking in the diet community. There always seemed to be a wonderful sense of balance where if you wanted cheese, you had cheese and you found a way to make it work.

      To me, Whole30 isn’t balance (hence why it’s only 30 days, heh). So, it seemed hypocritical to me, especially given the January rollout. Now that I realize that you were also struggling with some other things happening behind the scenes, I now understand that it’s NOT you being hypocritical; it’s you working to refind that balance, even if the tool to find the balance is unbalanced… If that makes any sense… :)

    tamara lee

    January 9, 2016

    I was really surprised to see that you were doing whole 30, since it cuts out entire food groups. It seems like this is the very thing you’ve talked so many times about not doing.. It seems just like those extreme, quick fix diets you’ve wrote many posts about. Please don’t feel I am criticizing you, just seems a departure from your philosophy.


      January 9, 2016

      I needed to shake things up and it’s only 30 days. I’ve been feeling really unmotivated and this helped re-inspire me. Again, not for everyone for sure but it was the kick in the pants I needed. Scratch that… wanted.

      It’s only 30 days. I’m not swearing off any food group forever — that’s unrealistic — but frankly, I think I was bored. My philosophy has always been to do what works for “you.” Well, this is working for me. :)


    January 9, 2016

    I think it’s great to give something (healthy) a try and shake it up… especially because as you’ve said many times, this is only 30 days. I’ll be so curious to hear how you feel when you re-introduce beans etc. For me, the starchy foods have never sat well with me… I love them and always regret it after eating. I’m thinking of giving the Whole30 a try purely because you’ve mentioned it’s “only 30 days”. Why not.

    Missy Koeppel

    January 14, 2016

    I’m starting Whole 30 on Feb 1, so your posts are very timely for me. I have a pretty strong sugar addiction I need to kick, and I have a feeling dairy is contributing to the horrible eczema flair-ups this year. I’m intrigued to see what, if any, changes I experience, but I’m also excited that because of you, I have some tasty new recipes to add to the Whole 30 repertoire. So thanks!


    January 26, 2016

    I am on day 1 of my second round of whole30. I did my first one about 6 months ago and felt amazing while I was on it. A lot less bloated, slept better, and had a lot more energy! I was back to my bad habits of eating lots of processed foods and using half of a bottle of creamer in my coffee every morning! I needed to reset and I hope to keep eating clean after this 30 days with maybe a little milk in my morning coffee. And just adapt the plan to what works for you! And I admire Roni for trying whole30. Whatever motivates someone to eat healthier is worth it!