Whole 30 for 30 Whole Days!

June 28, 2011 in Paleo

Last year when I started eating Paleo, I was really excited and commited to my new eating style.

I spent (and still do) hours online reading about food and how it affects our bodies. There are so many great blogs and websites that I follow and love. But in my typical “dieting” style, I was always looking for an out, an excuse to eat something not totally Paleo, but still not “bad.”

It was not long before I found Marks Daily Apple where I learned I could eat dairy and wine in moderation! Yeah!

And Heather Eats Almond Butter, she eats chocolate and oats and she lost a ton of weight. YEAH!

And Elana makes amazing desserts using almond flour. YEAH!

And Nourishing Traditions says I can eat grains as long as the are soaked. YEAH!

Do you see where this is going?

Slowly but surely, I found myself eating home baked treats, soaked grains, cheese, wine, and of course lots of dark chocolate!

While all of these are certainly BETTER options, they do contain things that are not great for me.
Like sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, etc.

The truth is, I am not great at moderation. Give me a little and I will go back for more!

Just before school got out, a few of my friends were doing a juice fast.
At first, I thought it sounded like a great idea. A way to recommit to eating healthy.
I was feeling bloated and my weight loss had plateaued. I needed something to get me back to feeling good.
But for ME juicing was not the answer for a few reasons:
• I don’t work well when I am feeling hungry and I have to work a lot this time of year
• Drinking juice filled with sugar seemed counter-intuitive if I was trying to cut sugar.
• I needed to do something that would leave me with long term change.

I started looking around at detox and cleansing plans. None seemed right for me.

In the end I decided to do a month of super strict Paleo.

The Whole 30.

No processed foods.

No sugar.

No grains.

No dairy.

No legumes.

No alcohol.

I highly recommed at least reading the Whole 30 program and thinking about it. Maybe you are not ready right this minute. But you could be. You could just start right now.


(click image to go to the WHOLE30 FB page)

A few favorite lines from their website:

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Giving up heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”

“Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of donuts, there is no “slip”. You make a choice to eat something of poor quality. It is always a choice.”


Tomorrow my 30 days will be complete, and I will fill you in on how it went.




9 Responses to “Whole 30 for 30 Whole Days!”
  1. Meredith says:

    Really excited to hear how your 30 days went!! Getting more and more encouraged to make the change!

  2. Brittany says:

    The “tripping-donut” line…is. hilarious.

  3. Barbara says:

    Eating this way is causing my LDL cholesterol to increase. I think it is all the organic eggs I have been consuming. I was eating 2 for breakfast about 4 or 5 times a week. No other time just for breakfast. I have a cholesterol test every 4 months and it went thru the roof. What can I do. I do not eat any wheat, cereal or bread or anything processed. I eat only good carbs and am feeling at a loss. Please help. I do not know where to turn to. I want to eat what is good for my body. Does anybody else ever get their cholesterol tested?

  4. Rebecca says:

    marla, totally doing this. July 1 = Day 1
    I’ve read our Paleo Diet book that I dug up. Turns out Andrew only really skimmed it way back when. So, we both jumped in. I’ve been making some of your recipes, and loosely eating ala Paleo. It’s really not been hard. A bit alarming at times. I’ve been following Weight Watchers for so long now. I added up the points in the honey nut recipe, and almost fell over. LOL But, I definitely noticed I craved coffee less, sugar less I wasn’t getting sleepy in the afternoon. AND, it happened so fast. My body immediately responded. Excited to get started!

  5. Terry says:

    Barbara – do a search on LDL increase on Robb Wolf or Chris Kresser websites. I believe I heard something about this not being a problem if eating whole30/paleo (i.e., LDL increase), but I can’t remember the reasons why. Give it a search! :)

  6. marla says:

    Barbara, I also recommend listening to this podcast:
    He explains how it is not the actual numbers that matter but the ratio of one to the other. Definitely worth listening to.

    Here is another link to a great post by Mark’s DAily Apple: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cholesterol/

  7. Ben says:

    Really enjoyed your message about expanding your ‘really not bad’ selections. So often moderation leads to proliferation! Good luck

  8. Jill says:

    I’ve heard you talk about this diet before – I am going to explore a bit more. I think I kinda eat like this already – no alcohol, very little bread (and it’s gluten free 9 times out of 10 if I do), lots of meat, eggs, veggies and fruit. My weakness is potatoes. Eat a ton of them. And yogurt with granola. But I tend to feel sluggish in the middle of the afternoon and if I could get through this with a diet change, it’d be great! Thanks for sharing your experience! Definitely have piqued my interest!

  9. Christina says:

    Is there a specific reason for no legumes? Loving your blog and anxious to make honey nut treats!

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