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My whole 30 journey… and why I hated it so much!

April 4, 2015

Above is a collection of some of the meals I made during my Whole30, some I enjoyed, but most I ate simply because it was all I was “allowed’, and lets face it, I needed to eat!

Well it was a long 30 days….I bitched, I moaned, whined and got angry… but I did it! I completed the Whole30.. Please remember this is my take on it, how I felt and feel about it all, we are all entitled to our own opinion and that’s what this is… my opinion, while some love the program and have benefited from it, I did not and hated everything about it! If your not familiar with the program (and that wouldn’t surprise me)Β  this quote was taken from the website “Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system”. I can’t say I was looking to achieve the above, the best reason I can give as to why I did it is… I was simply curious.. and I was putting my willpower to the ultimate test. I did not go into it hoping to change my relationship with food, I was perfectly ok with how I got on with food, If I liked it, I ate it..but I also taught myself when to stop, when to say “yes” and when to say “not today”, not “no” because that was not a part of my vocabulary anymore when it came to food. For example, If I took my daughter out for a froyo treat I would ask myself “am I going to have some” If my answer was yes because I felt I earned it that week, or I had barely touched my weeklies then I would enjoy it, track it and move on.. meaning don’t go home and eat half a pack of cookies because your mindset is now thinking you blew your week by having a frozen yogurt! Or maybe I decided “not this time” and instead make myself a treat back at home to keep me within my daily points. Either way you need to be able to accept which route you go, and if you struggle with this or you struggle with bad habits and think whole30 is the answer…I think most will be disappointed to learn its not.

Restriction is one of the unhealthiest and stressful things you can put your mind through when trying to lose weight. I spent 13 years battling that, saying no to certain foods that I felt was my reason for not being able to lose weight. It never ended well, all those “no” foods were on my radar and I just wanted to dive head first. Saying “no” is exactly what your doing on Whole30, and you say it a lot! You are given a list of “compliant” foods which is basically your proteins (meats, eggs, seafood, processed meats which have to contain no sugar or nitrates, sulfites etc) your vegetables, fruits and healthy fats (cooking fats and nuts/seeds). Everything else is a big fat “NO”! So that means no grains, no dairy, no alcohol.. NO FUN!!! So if you can’t talk yourself through a froyo treat then I don’t know how you think you can talk yourself into only eating of an “approved” list of foods. I knew going into this I was a terrible candidate, I disliked most vegetables and could never find a liking for eggs (although I really wish I liked them) yet I was still determined to try… I had a friend on my Instagram, Jessica that offered to tackle the journey with me, so we picked our start date and away we went.

Day 1 & 2 are a bit of a blur, I was eager and dare I say excited to start. All these people on my instagram were telling me how amazing I would feel soon, my sleep would improve and I would have so much energy. Day 3-5 hit me hard, I felt awful.. I spent more time in the bathroom than anyone ever should! (I know that might be a little TMI but I am just keeping it real, it was pure hell, nothing was agreeing with me) Unfortunately it didn’t improve much from there, I suffered upset stomach a lot, and then the bloating kicked in. I swear there were days I said to my husband “look at me, I look like I’m 5 months pregnant!” it was brutal.Β  On day 11 I had the worse night, I barely slept and felt awful and I was almost ready to throw in the towel, I was not going to do this if it was going to jeopardize my health! I couldn’t understand why I felt so bad, I mean I was eating all “whole” foods.. Anyway as day 12 went on I started to feel a little better, still bloated and bored to death of food but felt decent enough to continue on. As far as my eating went, I didn’t struggle much going from meal to meal but come night time I wanted to snack.. I tried to keep it to just a few nuts or raisins, but after 2 weeks I decided to stop with the nuts all together, people were telling me it may be causing the bloating and it did help tremendously. I was now left with very little to snack on. So over 2 weeks into it and all I was left with was feeling miserable.. I was fed up, bored and hated the thought of eating more meat! I had yet to have any of those “I feel fantastic days” I mean there were a few days I felt good but I am going to sum that up to a few nice spring like days we had and maybe the fact that Mumford and Sons released their new single “Believe” which I instantly fell in love with. πŸ˜‰ Anyway by day 20 nothing had changed for me, my sleep was the exact same, my energy level was no different and I saw no changes in my hair/skin, although I have never suffered bad skin so was not expecting changes there. I also did not experience one weird dream I heard so many talking about.. So at this point in my journey I just basically trekked on, I just wanted to finish, to say I finished. I figured after 20 days I wasn’t going to quit, even though I was confident it was not for me and I was not going to experience any of the “benefits” so many claimed they had experienced. I know some may say that maybe I should of continued on if I was not feeling those things yet and to that I say I seriously would of been concerned for my family’s health and safety if I continued on πŸ˜‰Β  plus I was not willing to give the whole30 anymore of my precious days, hours, minutes or seconds!!

So my final thoughts on the Whole30, I know some will not like this but honestly I just feel it is the next “in thing”, It seems to be the trendy thing to do within the weight loss community. Do you know that not one person I told outside of my instagram community that I was doing it had any idea what it was. I know some very healthy and active people and they had never heard of it before. I also think a lot of people do it strictly for the weight loss which is why I will also sum this up to just another “fad diet”! The question I was asked the most throughout my journey was “how much weight have you lost?”Β  I know the program states it is not suppose to be just about weight loss but please.. they know what their doing, the weight loss industry is one of the biggest industries out there and of coarse they wanted to tap in on that, and now they are laughing all the way to the bank!Β  People see the book and right away associate it with a 30 day program that will change their lives, they will lose weight and feel fantastic! Well let me tell you, it takes more than 30 days and a list of “compliant” food to lose weight and feel fantastic. You can still eat healthy and whole without all the restrictions, why shouldn’t one be able to enjoy a little creamer in their coffee, or come home on Friday night after a long week at work and enjoy a glass of wine with a little cheese. There is nothing wrong with that, and enjoying these things is not making you unhealthy, what it is making you is happy, happy with the simple things in life. Learning how to enjoy the foods you love in moderation is the key, and it can be done, I promise you! But whole30 is not the way to do it!

On a final final note, I have decided to completely eliminate the word “compliant” from my vocabulary, quite frankly it makes me angry, and I might spontaneously punch someone when I hear it πŸ˜‰

To answer some questions I know I will get..

1. How much weight did you lose?- I started on day 1 at 140.4lbs, on day 30 (weight watchers was closed day 31) I weighed in at 133.6lbs, so 6.8lbs. I also lost inches.. I went from (bust, waist, hips) 35,31,39 to 33,29,37.. so 6 inches.. however I emphasize I did NOT do this for weight loss and 100% confident I could of achieved this same loss following WW, it might of taken a week or two longer but I would of been much happier in the process, and mental state plays a huge factor on weight loss and maintaining it as well.

2. What was the hardest thing to give up?- I don’t know if I could narrow it down to 1 thing.. I really missed my breakfast foods, my yogurt,fruit & cereal mixes or my pancake creations. I normally would go to sleep knowing what I was having the next morning and looking forward to it, on whole30 I dreaded waking up and having to eat the same old same old. I also missed being able to snack at night, and as long as you keep within your points and again use moderation then there is nothing wrong with enjoying evening snacks.

3. Would you recommend the whole30?-Β  At this point I would only recommend to someone that may be experiencing health issues that they think are related to certain foods. Of coarse by eliminating them, and then re-introducing them it will give you an idea as to what foods might be causing the health issues you are facing. But if it’s to lose weight, or fix bad habits then no I would not recommend it, I don’t believe in restriction and using the word “No”, whether it be for 5 days, 15 days or 30 days.

4. What about eating out on Whole30, how did you do it? Simple, I didn’t.. I decided I would not eat out on my journey, that was not hard for me because I don’t eat out very often, maybe once every 8-10 weeks, its more of a treat that way, and quite frankly I prefer to cook at home. I could also not imagine having to study a menu for an hour to see what was “approved” and what wasn’t, not too mention pissing the server off in the process πŸ˜‰

5. Are you taking anything positive away from this experience?- The only things I am taking from this is that one, my will power has amazed me and I will never question it again! And two, I have an even bigger and new found love for all my favorite foods. πŸ™‚

6. Would you ever want to do the Whole30 again?- Hah, yeah right, about as much as I want to stick needles in my eyes!!! πŸ˜‰

On that note, thanks for reading.. and I am beyond ecstatic to get back to my ww lifestyle… its not for 30 days, it’s for the rest of my life… and it makes me happy πŸ™‚

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply [email protected] simple-nourished-living.com May 18, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Just found you and your website via instagram. I loved reading this post. I’m a fellow WW lifetimer too. I haven’t done the Whole 30, but have a diet/food obsessed fried who has a couple of times and talks on and on about it whenever we are together. I feel the same away about all these extreme approaches to eating that are just fad diets in disguise. I’ve found that slow and steady gradual changes without imposed restrictions was the only thing that ever worked for me. It took some time to find my way, but it’s so great to be free of my food demons, having finally found the happy/healthy balance. I look forward to trying some of your yummy looking recipes!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 19, 2015 at 2:31 am

      Hi Martha.. I had to laugh when you talked of your friend going on and on about it πŸ˜‰ I swear these whole30 crazy people think of nothing else.. and for some reason they think they are better than everyone else.. Ugh!! Slow and steady is definitely they way, and never restricting yourself.. I laugh at these people doing whole 30 meanwhile the whole time they are complaining about donuts being in the office lunch room and having to eat their lara bar lol .. I am happy to hear you have found your happy balance πŸ˜‰ That right there is key, so good job!! I hope you like the recipes πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lisa-Marie June 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I am back to WW after losing 40 pounds in 2012 right before getting pregnant. I feel so ready to be back… I came across your Instagram after searching for other weight watchers members. I LOVE your website and your Instagram and thank you for sharing so much about your experience with Whole30. I, like you, had never heard of it before seeing in on Instagram and I feel similarly to you that I don’t like to deprive myself ANYTHING. The reason I was so successful on WW before was because I ate all the foods I wanted, just in different ways and different portions. I can’t wait to try your recipes!!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 2, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Hi Lisa-Marie, Thank you for your kind words, and welcome back to WW πŸ™‚ I agree, WW works so well because we get to eat anything we want in moderation πŸ™‚ I hope you like the recipes, let me know and good luck on your journey!

  • Reply Garcinia cambogia diet June 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with
    my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
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    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 2, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Hello, Thank you, as long as there is a link back to my blog on any recipe/photo shared.. Thanks

  • Reply Elci January 9, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Hi there! I came across your blog while searching “While30 failures.” I am on day 8 and HATE it! The deprivation of food is making my head spin! I’m trying to be strong and stay committed, but it’s hard. My family can hardly tolerate my “tantrums,” and I feel like I’m going mad. I started the diet because I am addicted to fast food, so I’m trying to kick that habit. Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Hi.. I hear you.. Honestly there are better ways to help your fast food addictions.. I use to be addicted to McDonald’s, eating it 3-7 days a week! (no joke) I just gave it up all on my own, Have not touched the stuff in 2 years, the thoughts and smell turns my stomach now, yup that smell that use to lure you in πŸ˜‰ It can be done it you want it bad enough.. Whole 30 is not the answer when trying to kick bad habits.. All I did at the end of my whole 30 was BINGE… and I was out of control.. I had deprived myself so long that I felt I had to make up for it.. The only benefits I see to whole 30 are if you are trying to figure out what foods don’t agree with you or cause different reactions… I can probably bet the first thing you will want on day 31 is fast food.. and you will probably get way more than you ever would have before if you go that route.. Good luck to you but I would seriously ask yourself if its the best for you (and your family) πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jennifer February 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Girl, I HATE whole 30, too! You are going to laugh so hard-my husband and I lasted TWO measly MEALS before we quit. Neither of us were in it for weight loss. Rather, after hearing all the hype we thought it would be a unique, even fun, challenge. We spent tons of time and money planning for our 30 days and were a little nervous but mostly excited. Day 1 rolled around and I couldn’t handle it. All the whole 30 enthusiasts that swear that coconut milk tastes just as good as creamer in coffee?! That is a LIE. I was miserable from the get go, having poured my coffee down the drain. I’m sure it would have been good for us, but we love food way too much. We typically make healthy choices, but like to splurge occasionally. I hated all the rules. You’re telling me I can’t eat oats? We knew it wasn’t sustainable, and we would go right back to eating pancakes Sunday mornings and drinking a margarita or two with friends Friday night. We were essentially putting ourselves in social isolation with the diet, and that wasn’t worth it either. I am all for dieting in moderation, but whole 30 is on a whole nother level!!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 4, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Ha!! You made me laugh πŸ˜‰ I seriously sum it up to just another fad diet, it is definitely not a lifestyle and I think way too many do it for weight loss.. The only benefits I see in doing it is if your struggling with sensitivity to food and you truly want to see what is causing it .. Don’t even get me started on the rules… do you know how hard it is to find “compliant” foods.. ugh HATE that word lol.. I was miserable.. I missed my food, and I seriously struggled with binge eating afterwards, I felt I “earned” it πŸ˜‰ never will I do anything like that again.. Glad you only wasted 1 day unlike the 30 I wasted lmao πŸ˜‰ now go enjoy some pancakes and margaritas.. the things that make you smile πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nancy K May 31, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Kate! I loved your blog post on the Whole 30. I did mine last June. I think I tried it to get back to a clean eating habit. It was definitely NOT easy. I think I may have lost about 5 lbs. I’m not gonna lie, I did it for weight loss! I never measured myself before I started, but I do know I lost inches. Only 2 things really came of it, great looking hair and skin! My husband would tell me that I was “food aggressive” on Whole 30, perhaps he was right, I was very protective of my meat, eggs and clarified butter lol. I attempted several times to do another Whole 30, but, I always caved into snacking and bread and diet soda and beer and….. you get the picture! I rejoined WW this past April and have lost 15.2 lbs so far. I love your blog and your recipes!!!! Thanks for listening!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 31, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Nancy, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I think many do whole 30 for weight loss although they say it’s not that reason, also because it seems the trendy thing to do lately.. I just think it messes with your head more than anything and would never recommend it to anyone with an eating disorder.. way too restrictive and just not a healthy way to eat.. eating clean is great… whole 30.. not so much lol… good luck on your WW journey and way to go on the loss!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristin July 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    We are on day 12 of whole30. My 23 yr old daughter and I are doing it. I hate it. She hates it. I did it to figure out migraine triggers and jump start healthier eating again. I think more about food than I ever had. I am always hungry. She opened the refrigerator the other day and cried. my whole family isn’t on the diet. I just keep saying it will get better, but I can’t wait until it ends. If someone has time to spend hours and hours of planning and cooking maybe it works. We are so busy. I think I will die by the end. I hope I think it was worth it when it is over.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Oh no!! I wish I could tell it was worth it but it oh so wasn’t.. I binged for days, weeks.. afterwards πŸ™ Anyone I see on instagram doing whole 30 seem to only post about what they wish they were eating and I just have to wonder why so many do it.. I understand when trying to determine food sensitivity but I think so many do it for weight loss and unfortunately while sure you may lose weight, more than likely it will be back on so quickly, for me it caused more bad than good.. Eating clean is great and so good for you, but whole 30 is taking that to the extreme and it’s not healthy for the mind.. to make sure every single thing that enters your mouth is “compliant” is exhausting!! Good luck to you just be careful when your done.. πŸ™‚

  • Reply AndrΓ©a October 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Kate! I’m starting a Whole30 on monday. I have been a WW member for about 7 months now and I’m really happy about my weight loss (35 pounds). I want to try the Whole30 because I have a LOT of inflammation going on in my body and I’m desperate to find a solution (I have tried many things…). But i’m afraid of loosing weight on the whole30 and putting it back on the month after that. If I go directly back to WW, do you think i’ll still gain the weight back? That would be a bummer…

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle October 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Andrea, I understand your wanting to try and figure out what foods are causing the issues.. I won’t lie, after I finished the whole 30 I spiraled bad, I wanted everything and anything and I binge ate for days.. We are all different though and you might be fine..my biggest frustration with seeing those that do whole 30 is all they do is complain about the food they “can’t” eat, and I think a lot of people do it for weight loss.. If you are going into it determined to find a solution to your issues then maybe your head will be clearer and you won’t get caught up in the food your not allowed.. and just be ready for that feeling at the end where you feel justified going crazy and eating everything in sight lol.. if your prepared maybe you will handle it better than I did πŸ˜‰ Good luck to you

  • Reply Me October 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I completely understand the right to your opinion and fully respect that right. However I had to laugh when you kept saying that you didn’t believe in restriction or the word compliance because that is EXACTLY what WW, ANY diet and eating in moderation is. No matter what you choose to stay healthy there are restrictions and rules to follow whether you make them up talking to yourself or follow weight watchers. Whatever works for you in fine but unless you consistently go out and eat whatever whenever in any quantity desired you are restricting yourself! ??

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle October 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Well I disagree.. but if we lived in a world where we all agreed how fun would that be.. WW and Whole 30 are nothing alike and that is more my point, my whole argument on restriction is having to say no to certain foods as you do on whole 30, and a huge list of foods at that, with WW I don’t have to say “No” to anything, I may have to limit it but I don’t have to say no and restrict it.. and it is a lot of mental too, if I have to say no to something because the program I am following tells me so well then I want it 1000 times more, if I can say yes but just a little, I am less likely to even want it.. when I see people on my instagram following whole 30 all they are doing is complaining about what they can’t eat…. gee that’s fun πŸ˜‰
      Laugh all you want.. hey laughing is good.. but the 2 just don’t compare..

  • Reply Samantha Pellegrino January 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Hi, brand new to your site and its great! I’m a Whole 30er and love it. Funny eh, when we find what turns us onto good health and great healthy habits, we can just go for it. I love how you remind your reader that Whole 30 isn’t for weight loss. Thank you for that. Its only meant for 30 days anyway and a great jump start for weight loss following that. And like all things, not everything is for everyone. I love Whole 30 because eating to satiety is important to me. The journey is good, your a great inspiration in that. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m on my way into my 2nd Whole 30 on Monday. Excited to slay my sugar dragon that creeped back in. Cheers!

    • Reply Samantha Pellegrino January 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Also, just a PS…the restriction in a Whole 30 is only for 30 days. Anyone can do anything for 30 days. Its not hard.

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle January 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        Hi Samantha, I appreciate your opinion and my post is exactly that, my opinion, I just don’t feel restricting yourself to the extreme that whole 30 is, is the way to go.. anyone I see do whole 30 complain the whole time about what they can’t have, so why do it?? Most people I know binge eat when it is over so what is that teaching us… I am sure many have great results and kudos to them, I just don’t think it is right to restrict ourselves, our mind starts to take over and there are serious consequences.. but again just my opinion, good luck on your round 2 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nope March 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    You sound like an awful person. Whole30 isn’t that hard.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Haha, oh the joys of the internet, to express ones feelings..As I did exactly that in my post, whole30 made me an awful miserable person during it and that is what I was expressing in this, it is sad all you took from it is that it’s hard and felt the need to claim I am an awful person in my every day life.. Whole 30 was not for me, I hated it, that does not mean everyone else will and I respect the fact you did not find it hard.. and in all honesty no it’s not hard but it is something you have to want to do, and for the right reasons.. but I also think it is not the way to go, restriction is the worse thing you can do when it comes to food.. anyone I see doing the whole 30 are only complaining about what they “can’t” eat…
      I hope you have a fantastic day…said the very awful person πŸ™‚

    • Reply Paula Z. April 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Wow… I’m at a loss for words. This woman is nothing BUT positive on her blog and this site, with the exception of the Whole30, which she clearly stated in her disclaimer at the beginning of the article! And you say she sounds like “an awful person”?? Just wow…

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle April 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Thanks Paula.. I like to think I am not an awful person πŸ™‚ but those who can come on the internet hiding and bash other people.. I’m sure there is a term for that πŸ˜‰ Didn’t let it ruin my day..

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