Firstly, this post is in no way meant to bring down or talk bad about the whole 30 program. I think the whole 30 is a great program and some of my closest family and friends have had great success with it. It just wasn’t for me. Did I loose weight? yes. But, all in all, It wasn’t the right program for me and I am not just saying that because I didn’t get to have creamer with my coffee or my beloved chocolate covered almonds. I completed 21 days out of 30 on the whole 30. By day 21 i had had enough and ran to the closest Starbucks to get my vanilla iced coffee that I missed so dearly.
- I slept better- Being a new mom, sleep is pretty scarce around here. But while on the whole 30, I slept like a baby (except not like my baby, because he doesn’t sleep). I was surprised by how fast I could fall asleep and stay asleep.
- I learned to cook better- Whole 30 taught me to take the time to cook my meals. Before I would just cook whatever was fast and that took minimal time on my part.
- It taught me to look at the ingredients label- Before whole 30, Jordan and I ate pretty healthy but once I started the whole 30 I was shocked to see so many things I used to buy had really bad ingredients added in them. Whole 30 has definitely made me more aware of what exactly we are putting in our bodies and has taught me to look at ingredient labels!
Okay, now that we have the good things listed about whole 30 out of the way, I am going to share the not so good things. This list is solely what I believe and how my body reacted to the program. I really do believe that the whole 30 works wonders for some people. The NOT so good things about Whole 30 (in my opinion)…
- Nausea, Tiredness, – I know I didn’t give it the full 30 days and they say that in the beginning people will experience lots of bad side effects because their body is detoxifying. But, even on day 21 I still felt like this. I would randomly feel nauseous and my workouts were not effective because I was so tired. I felt weak and my energy level was non-existent.
- I was constantly worried about food- I found myself constantly thinking and worrying about food. I remember thinking if we were going to someone’s house “what if they don’t have any compliant foods”, “what if I hurt their feelings by not eating their food” and the list goes on. It consumed me. In Matthew 6:25-34, it says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” For some people this may not be their problem but for me it was. I am naturally a worrier. I worry about everything. The whole 30 had me constantly worried about food. For example, I had every meal planned out for a whole month! I am not trying to give meal prep a bad rep either, I think that it is great, but in my case it was to excessive. The lord is good and has blessed us richly with food here in America. So why would I spend my day stressing over if the chicken I just ate had soy in it? The lord feeds us and has promised us to give us what we need. Worrying about my food is not going to get me anywhere.
- I am not allergic to dairy, peanuts, or bread- I am not allergic to dairy, peanuts, or bread so why would I cut it out of my diet? For some people i know this is a major concern and some people really do have bad reactions to these types of food. But, I don’t and I knew i didn’t going into it. After the 21 days of whole 30, when I starting introducing these foods back in my body felt fine, I had no bad reactions whatsoever. So for some people I can understand how the whole 30 would be extremely beneficial to them about figuring out what foods their body doesn’t like. The only dairy and grains I really eat is 100% whole grain, oats, creamer, and occasionally cheese. These are all natural foods that come from sources the lord has provided (except the creamer). Lord made cows so we could have milk and cheese. People in the bible ate bread. These things are natural and the lord gave them to us to enjoy (in moderation, don’t be a glutten) and to nourish our bodies. Of course, the bible also tell us our body is a temple and to take care of it. So by exercising and eating healthy I am doing just that. The occasional creamer in my coffee will not kill me and it is not evil
Like I said above the whole 30 works for some people and for some people it doesn’t. It was something I felt didn’t fit in with my family and my family’s needs. I have found much better peace and balance with food by watching what I eat, exercising daily, and enjoying the not so healthy foods in moderation. Most of all, I have found realizing and being thankful for the food I do have is important. I used to view food as the enemy. God has blessed us with an abundance of food, so in turn I will not stress and worry about my food. It’s just not worth it to me. All in all, I don’t think the whole 30 is bad and I am so happy for my friends and family that have had great success with it. It is just not for me and I am realizing that that is ok. I was beating myself up for not finishing the whole 30 and not having all these amazing results. But not everyone’s body is the same and we all react differently to different foods. I am still learning and finding out what foods my body needs to function at its bests. I would love to hear anybody’s feedback on the whole 30 good and bad!