Rather than sharing the same meals I have been showing you all month, for today’s “What I Ate Wednesday” I’ll be reviewing the Whole30, interview style. I came up with some general questions about the experience which I will be answering. I also had Rob (my husband, who also completed the Whole30 with me) answer the same questions.
I’ll start with my own review. A little background in case you’re new here: I’ve been eating mostly paleo for about 6 months but was still enjoying wine regularly up until I started the Whole30. I went a little overboard with treats (sugar, wine, etc) around the holidays and was looking to clean up my food a bit. I wasn’t having any food-related issues but was interested to see how I felt after 30 days of no sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, and legumes.
Why did you decide to do the Whole30? I wanted to clean up my diet after the holidays. I also wanted to push myself to try eating more nutritious, whole foods than I had been before. Also, I love a good challenge:)
What was your favorite part of the Whole30? I learned to really look forward to certain meals! As I talked about here, I learned to really love my breakfasts. I also think it was really good to get out of the habit of eating “dessert” every night like we used to do.
What were some of your favorite foods/meals during the Whole30? I have been sharing them on here along the way, but I definitely enjoyed these Bison Bacon Burger Sliders as well as these Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes. Also, plantains chips and apple chips!
What was your least favorite part of the Whole30? Not being able to drink wine. We also avoided eating out as much as possible over the 30 days, which meant cooking every. single. day. And hours of meal prep on the weekends.
What did you miss the most? At first I really missed peanut butter, but then I grew to love the freshly ground almond butter that we started buying at Whole Foods and Fresh Market. There were times that I wanted a “treat” (even a paleo baked treat would have been fine) but that seemed to get less frequent as time went on. Of course I missed wine, but I think it was really good to take a 30 day break from alcohol.
Did you notice any changes as you progressed through the 30 days? I noticed that I never experienced any stomach aches, bloating, etc which happened occasionally before. My skin was clear, but that’s not usually a problem for me…however, it’s been really dry this winter and that didn’t really change. I was really hungry between meals during the first two weeks, but when I started eating bigger breakfasts and lunches I was able to stay full for much longer.
Is there anything you will continue from the Whole30 once its over? I’ll continue eating mostly paleo as I had been doing, maybe even more so. I have found a few new recipes that I will make again, and I think I’ll stick with almond butter over peanut butter most of the time.
Were there any negatives about doing the Whole30? It would have been really hard to do this if we had any social obligations or plans to eat out. As I said before, it was also a bit time consuming. I also found it to be more expensive. However, since we weren’t eating out at all I think that kind of evened everything out.
If you were to give some advice to someone starting the Whole30 next week, what would it be? Plan ahead and make sure you will have time to meal plan and prep! It’s really tough to “wing it” when you’re doing the Whole30. Also, eat lots of fat!
Ok, so now for Rob’s perspective. He also enjoys wine as well as beer. He likes to be spontaneous with his eating, although I do most of the cooking around our house. He was eating alot of grains for breakfast before- Cheerios, Honey stinger waffles before a run, and occasionally a bagel when available. He also loved eating a huge plate of pasta on Friday night before a Saturday long run.
Why did you decide to do the Whole30? Couples bonding? To say that I did it? Try something new? (maybe a mix of all those things) …. Lisa said she was going to do this and that if I wanted to I could also do it. I figured dinners were taken care of and just had to figure out something for lunch….I’m also pretty sure she told me I was going to be able to run through walls … but I have not attempted this.
What was your favorite part of the Whole30? … the real answer is “when it’s over”….if I have to say something positive… I found that almond butter tastes pretty good.