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Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 Months Post Whole30 :: Thoughts

Recipe for Summer Julienned Vegetables via SkinnyTaste
Well, its been 3 months since I completed my first Whole30. You can read my "final thoughts" here and see some of my favorite recipes here. (For those who don't know, Whole30 is 30 days of no carbs, sugar, alcohol, dairy, grain, legumes, processed food).

I wanted to check in because I was reading through some of the stuff that I said in those of which was "I won't say it changed my life or anything..." and I had to stop right there and bring it up again. Because 3 months post Whole30 I can indeed say that it has DEFINITELY changed my life.

I wish I could say that I've continued the Whole30 eating style consistently since then but that would be a total lie (damn you switzerland and your fresh baked breakfast bread with the chocolate chips in it right on the way to my train!).

But...BUT! The way I eat has changed. For the past month and a half I've had 2 sets of visitors, I've gone on 3 vacations out of the a week in Greece where i did not hold back on tasting the local cuisine - so its been difficult to plan meals (it takes a lot of planning to eat whole) and I haven't focused as much on it. But I find that I've maintained the 15lb weight loss (+4 more lbs after I finished)....I consistently choose menu items that are as close to whole foods as I can, dairy is non existent in my diet, desserts just aren't worth it anymore (they are an every now and then treat (or everyday if you're in Greece on vacation ;)) and I just crave that Whole30 feeling in general so I choose food that gets me as close to it as I can.

That detoxed feeling...and the feeling of only feeding your body whole pure healthy things is unbeatable. I can't get it out of my head. Everyday I want that again - even though I continue to "fail", I also choose that way of eating as much as I can and I know I'm better for it. And, I can't wait to do another Whole30 (when my last visitor leaves in August)...September Whole30, I'm looking at you!

So yes, it has changed my life...I will never look at food the same again. Because now I know that when I'm feeling tired and lazy and have no energy....that it is directly related to what I'm eating. And that, my friends, is control. I don't have to feel like that. And more often than not...I won't.

Are you going to try it yet?

P.S. Here are my Whole30 Pinboards:
Whole30 Breakfasts
Whole30 Lunches
Whole30 Dinners 

P.P.S. Maria at Shade of Whim has a lot of good discussion and info for Whole30..
Shannon Boyce said...

I think it's amazing that you've been able to stick to it and really change your eating habits. I wish I was as dedicated! Great job!

Amanda said...

So proud of you! And NO DAIRY in Switzerland is an amazing feat! For reals! OK, so you've kind of got me interested in doing a Whole 30. My weakness lately is sweets. I have been making gluten-free and dairy-free stuff, but still so full of sugar. I know I can stop, I just don't know if I want to, but I could really use the extra energy!!

rooth said...

I'm glad that the detox program made you feel better in general and it is really a change in lifestyle and not a 'diet,' which is how I feel about going mostly meatless. Yay for you

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Good for you dear! I'm not sure I could do it myself. i already limit carbs and sugar to maybe once or twice a week. But my husband and I have oatmeal with flaxseed most days and that is our carb/grain intake for the day. I know oatmeal is fibrous and aids in lowering cholesterol so though I'd like to have more eggs in the diet, I'm wary about having it every day. I'll definitely look at alternatives though now. Perhaps I can try a whole 14 first!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Fabulous Petite said...

This looks yummy. Whole30, oh my you are awesome ! I don't think I can do it. I always tell myself to do detox but never actually do it. Good for you Krystal !


Hollie Nickolls said...

I finally found my eating right groove and it feels sooooo good. I could never live without cheese though. I treat it like dessert, and I don't have it often, but I just can't imagine life without it!

little t said...

I've been following Maria and you with interest but haven't taken the plunge myself. It is such a lifestyle change, for sure. The weight loss is encouraging though!

Claudz said...

I really really need to do this. SUmmer is coming and I need to cleanse and re-align my eating habits
Thanks for being an inspiration!!

Lady Grey said...

While I don't think I could ever pull off the entire whole30 challenge like you did, you certainly do inspire me to try!
I think dairy is the hardest thing for me to let go of (not that letting go of carbs is easy either!).... man, do I ever love my yogurt in the morning!

...But it must be all worth it if you are willing to do it all over again :)

Gloria said...

The meals on your Pinterest boards all look really good!! This Whole30 thing is starting to look doable...

Leah Rife said...

This inspires me to try something like this again! We did a 29 day one that was similar back in the spring, but I really want it to become more of a lifestyle rather than a one time thing. I love cheese so much do you handle that??
Thanks for the boards too, those are awesome!

Reese Carrozzini said...

Wow! I've never heard of this way of eating but I'll definitely have a look. I can't imagine not having any of those things in a meal, especially living in Italy. It's all about cheese and carbs.

Congrats Krystal on sticking through it and really feeling the difference!

Jane said...

great for you! it must be an awesome feeling!

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Ashley said...

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

VERY inspiring!


Great post. I was reading a few blogs this week again about the Whole30, I did it once and it did make a huge difference with my body. I'm thinking about giving it a go, but not before the craziness with my work schedules. xx/M

Megan Lane said...

This post makes me happy! I feel the same way - I feel so much better eating a whole food diet. It's been trickier when loving at my parents, especially with all the desserts around! But still try to stick to it more often than not. And there are definitely good options when going out to eat. I order so differently now!

maria said...

lades! awesome post. I like your upfront, honest thoughts on this.
it seriously changes things.
I have started my #AugustWhole30
I failed slightly last month - tried to keep it up most of the way but my biggest no-no was that I focused on the weight loss!! Not a good idea.
this month it's all about the clean, lean beautiful feeling I get from eating simple and good, whole foods. and not aching and cramping through training. and getting my skin's glow back.
Bring it! ;)
Thanks for the mention x

LyddieGal said...

that is so great that you have really been able to change for the better and eat healthy!
Chic on the Cheap

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

I think reading this post has come at just the right time for me. I literally just pressed the publish button on a 'health and fitness' related post all about how I'm sick of feeling well ... sick and I know it's food related. I think this may be my answer. Thank you!

x Jasmine

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try this - but it's a huge commitment! And I can't ever imagine cutting dairy out completely. Big high five to you for sticking with it. Maybe I'll give it a go, after the Summer...

Tanya said...

That looks tasty.



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