We did it! We finished the Whole 30. I’m so proud of my husband and myself. Honestly, when we started, I didn’t think he’d make it.
We went through:
11.5 kg (25ish lbs) of chicken
6 kg (13ish lbs) of beef
3 kg (6.5ish lbs) of fish
500 g (1ish lb) of shrimp
7 cans of tuna
2 3/4 kg (6 lbs) of almonds
4.5 kg (10ish lbs) of cashews
Insight I’ve gained:
- We tried soooo many new recipes, and I would make any of them again. I’ve found several that will be regulars in our rotation.
- Eating super healthy is a lot of work, but I feel so much better!
- There’s a lot to say no to every day. And when I don’t say no, it adds up to a lot of extra (unnecessary) calories each week.
- I don’t NEED soda or sugary coffee. And as much as I’d like to make Diet Coke a “sometimes” food, I think I need to leave it out altogether. It’s not good for you. Like, at all. #chemicals
- It’s ok to be hungry. I heard a long time ago that if you’re hungry, but not hungry enough to grab a piece of fruit to satiate, then you can push through (OR GRAB THE FRUIT).
- Salads are good, even if they’re not smothered in ranch dressing! I knew this, but I’d forgotten.
- It’s ok to eat out. But not so often, and it’s ok to make a healthier choice.
- It’s ok to indulge. But not often.
- I should rule over food and my food choices, not food ruling and controlling me.
Pounds I’ve lost:
I didn’t weigh before, and the Whole 30 stresses that it’s about your RELATIONSHIP with food, not how much you loose. I really wanted that to be my focus. However, based on my last known weight, I lost about 20 pounds, or 9 kg.
So what’s next?
Well, we won’t continue at 100% Whole 30 diet. It’s simply not financially or hours-in-the-day feasible for our family with 2 working parents and 2 small toddlers. But we will limit our intake of gluten, watch our sugar even more carefully (saying no to treats sometimes), and pay more attention to the foods that we put in our mouths. We’ll eat more salads and greens, and less of them covered in creamy fatty sauces. We’ll feed our bodies primarily for fuel, and occasionally for fun.
We really enjoyed this in the end, and learned a lot. We’re doing a sort of phase 2 that the Whole 30 site suggests, but instead of leaving 2 days between trying foods, we’re only doing 1. We really want to evaluate how certain food groups make our bodies feel, and do the best we can to keep ourselves (and not just our kids) healthy!
Up tomorrow, links for our favorite Whole 30 meals!