Heaven's Journal

My Whole 30 Journey Pt. 1

I can’t believe I actually finished 30 days of clean eating!

Let me first start by saying I started this program to help my body feel better as a whole. At 5 months post partum (3 baby’s later) my body felt completely different than ever before. I started to notice that I wasn’t immediately shedding all my pregnancy weight like I had with my first 2 babies and the exhaustion of chasing 2 toddlers while having sleepless nights with a new born was reeeeeealllllly starting to get to me.

In a short summary- my over all health was beginning to make me feel terrible. Some of you may remember from a previous IG post that I had an MRI done due to headaches and pain in my right eye and right side of my face (tests came back clear, praise God!). I had been sick more times since January than I have been in the last 5 years… my headaches were constant,  I was fighting myself not to fall asleep by 3 pm every day, I went to bed bloated almost every night, and so much more! 

I was in no way overweight but didn’t feel good at all. I was in fact hesitant to even tell people I was doing this program because of comments like “shut up your already skinny you don’t need to do anything”. I truly want people to understand that the root of this program is for a LIFESTYLE change and MINDSET change. It is not a diet or quick fix. Whole 30 takes hard work, commitment, willingness to learn, and understanding that you are in control of your health.  If YOU are tall, short, overweight, skinny, pink, blue…. whatever you are and don’t feel good about YOURSELF then I want to encourage you to pursue your health! Do not be afraid of what others will think or say. 

I never considered myself a terrible eater. I assumed my worst habit was needing sugar/milk in my coffee multiple times a day. In an effort to become “healthier” before starting Whole 30 I switched to raw organic honey for a while because that mentally made me feel like I was “eating better”. I would also typically have a bowl of cereal at night after the kids went to bed, but it was “healthy” cereal because it was usually cheerios, right!? I usually always ate in moderation while enjoying a treat a few times a week. Not completely terrible, but not great either.

During my Whole 30 journey I had a huge wake up call as to what I was actually consuming on a daily basis and how it actually affected my day to day living.

In the last 30 days I learned these things in regards to my eating habits before starting Whole 30:

  1. I’m an unaware snacker– I snacked on everything…. especially while cooking. While making the girls lunch I would always snack on the chips, peanut butter, etc. 
  2. There is sugar in everything– trust me, I am not anti sugar. I believe that you can have these things in moderation, but I never actually realized how much sugar is added to the things we buy that are considered “healthy”. Peanut butter, cheerios, milk, craisins/raisins, bars, spaghetti sauces etc are a few example of items we would consider “healthy” but typically have added sugar to them. 
  3. I am a better cook than I thought I was– being on this program has given me the confidence to cook. I have always been intimidated by cooking and never liked it. I think knowing that what I was making was clean and fueling my body in the right ways while becoming creative with my recipes gave me a confidence I never had.
  4. I can live without sugar and dairy added to my coffee daily– anytime I wanted to eat cleaner I always said, “but I can’t give up my coffee”. Lies. One of the messages through Whole 30 is basically that you have overcome some very hard things and challenges in life…. losing a loved one is hard, beating cancer is hard, labor and delivery is hard but giving up sugar in your coffee for 30 days is not that hard. 

So typically I would not share things like this. I was the most self conscious person through high school and had HUGE identity issues that led to some unhealthy habits in my life. My goal through this blog is to be authentic, real, and raw with you all. I want to relate to you while being an encouragement to those who have been in a similar situation as myself. SO…. here is 30 days of clean eating.

Don’t mind the horrible lighting and facial expressions I was not sure that I was going to blog my 30 day journey.

I was honestly shocked by my results in just 30 days. I lost close to 10 pounds (hard to tell exact amount due to nursing) simply due to changing my diet and running 3-4 times a week.

When I start round 2 I would like to implement weight training in addition to the running and Whole 30 program!

 My in laws were already doing Whole 30 so it was easy to get on board and get started with their support.

So what is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is basically a reset program that is designed to change the way you eat and feel in 30 days. During the 30 days you eliminate potential inflammatory foods from your diet such as added sugars, dairy, processed foods, junk foods, etc. You can see the Whole 30 approved list here. After 30 days is complete you can begin to introduce foods that you did not eat in the 30 days to see what triggers your mood and health. I highly suggest reading this book  which gives you a bit of history and mission behind Whole 30. A lot of times you will hear people say I’m in Whole 30 round 1 or round 2, and that just means that after their 30 days was up they started another “round again”. 

A few major benefits from this program:

  1. Headaches subsided– although there was an increase of this during the withdrawal stage my headaches are almost non existent now. I just have to be really intentional about keeping up with drinking my water.
  2. My taste buds changed– fruit became sweeter, my coffee was not bitter, and the foods I was making tasted good. I actually went on a special coffee date with Brooklyn and ordered a “Skinny Vanilla Latte” instead of my regular “Vanilla Latte”and the skinny was almost TOO SWEET for me?! I was so surprised because it used to be on the “bitter” side for me, HA!
  3. I wasn’t bloated anymore– I went to bed bloated almost every night- now I am relating it to a potential dairy intolerance. I went from this being a daily thing to maybe 1-2x every 2 weeks!
  4. Glowing skin– My skin has felt and looked amazing!
  5. Tons of energy– I no longer felt like falling asleep at 3 pm every day.

I definitely had some hiccups along the way because I was constantly learning more about the program and what is or isn’t compliant. I mean I was literally eating banana chips that had added sugar for a week (I knew they were too tasty to be on the plan), I also had an unapproved Lara Bar flavor unintentionally and realized it was not an approved bar after my 30 days was up- ooooops!

I will admit I did “cheat” probably 4x out of the 30 days. Alex and I went out for an ice cream date, I had cereal one day, I had a cookie one day at a graduation party, and some of Alex’s chicken wings he ordered from Barro’s Pizza, oh and my coffee date with Brooklyn.

Overall I am really proud of myself and want to continue this lifestyle! 

Later this week I will post my Whole 30 Journey Pt. 2 where I will be sharing some tips I learned along the way, effective ways to meal plan, and some of my favorite recipes/foods & snacks I have found. I also want to invite you to join me when I start round 2!


CLICK HERE to read my Whole Journey Pt. 2- TIPS

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  • Reply Melissa

    This is awesome Heaven and so inspiring! Your transformation is incredible… you look so great! I could never have that much self-control so props to you. Thanks for sharing I’m excited to read part 2!

    June 6, 2017 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Sarah

    This sounds so great! I’ve been seeing this a lot and I’ve been wanting to try it!

    June 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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