I have been struggling with weight for about 5 years now, in fact ever since I have worked from home!
I have done endless diets from the Cambridge Diet to Slimming World, and although both have worked at the time I have never maintained a healthy weight. So in 2019 I thought I would change my mindset, and rather than try and lose weight, I have decided to eat healthier instead. With the hope of course that I will also lose weight.
Why I am on the Whole30 Diet?
Now if I am completely honest, I had no idea that this diet even existed. All I wanted to do was to be gluten and dairy free and just eat more whole food. I posted this photo on my instagram feed and a friend asked if I was doing the whole30 diet! Well I wasn’t, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to investigate what this was all about.
Amazon is my best friend (I don’t get out much!!!!) so I trawled until I found out what the whole30 diet book was.
It arrived the next day, and it was almost like it had been written for me!
I generally suffer with bloating, constipation, anxiety, mild depression, lack of energy just to name a few, and this eating plan apparently helps!
Think of the Whole30 like pushing the “reset” button with your health, your habits, and your relationship with food.
Perfect, just what I need.
Now the other reason I loved this cook book when it came was the hard hitting no nonsense approach.
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.
I actually laughed out loud when I read this, so at that moment on I just knew this was the book.
So that was it, I read the book cover to cover and wrote my shopping list.
What to eat on the Whole30 Diet?
So I really went to town with this, I ordered loads of seeds, nuts, lemons and avocado.
Plenty of vegetables, I love cabbage, spinach, pea shoots and courgettes so this was not a difficult. Although I don’t think I have ever purchased so much green stuff in one go before!! Now don’t get me wrong I have always eaten well, and never really eaten frozen food or takeaways, but never have I eaten THIS much green before!
Now this was all new to me. Gluten and dairy free produce. Now according to the very strict people at whole30 you shouldn’t have soy, and you shouldn’t have quinoa nor houmous. BUT, as I am 41 years old and this is much healthier than I would normally eat I am breaking a few of the rules. I know I am such a rebel!
What is it like to be Gluten and Dairy Free?
Now my biggest issue before this diet was definitely bread. I absolutely love the stuff, and yes, it was always either a fresh white loaf that I had made, or the white sliced bread from the supermarket. I often would have 4 slices a day of the stuff. Now yes of course I am not stupid and I know that is a big part of why I am now fat, but it is definitely one of my weaknesses. (Along with wine, which is another issue!!) . So changing bread was definitely the hardest thing, BUT, the white gluten free bread in my opinion is not that great.
I think I was wanting an exact replacement, which it isn’t of course. However, the seeded bread, is actually really nice. I now only have one or two slices of this a day, but I top it with loads of delicious things. Such as poached egg, seeds, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes. Yummy. I haven’t tried it as a sandwich though as I think it would be too dry for my taste. But it is no where near as bad as I thought.
According to the whole30 diet I shouldn’t drink soy so I am pretty sure my Lacto Free milk is probably not allowed. But I am drinking it in tea anyway. No it is not the same as regular skimmed milk which I used to have (I drink a lot of tea!), but it is not that bad. I have been drinking it now for over a week and am not missing “normal” milk.
Last night we had the gluten free spaghetti, now I am not going to lie. I could tell the difference, however, I purposely didn’t tell the boys. They devoured it! They had no idea it was not “normal” spaghetti, so that is a definite win.
Will I lose weight on the Whole30 Diet?
Now it is still really early days, I mean it has been just over a week, so I don’t think I have lost anything yet. You are not allowed to weigh yourself on this diet. Which actually I think is for the best. If I don’t lose half a stone a week I give up!! However, my stomach is definitely less bloated and you will be pleased to know I am much more “regular” than before! So something is definitely working! In the coming months though I will update you on this, but I just wanted to share my experiences so far.
Overall Whole30 Book Review
I love the book, I love the fact they don’t mince their words, however, if you get easily offended it might not be for you! The aim is after 30 days to slowly (and I mean slowly) add another food group back into your diet and look for negative changes to your body. That way you will know that you are indeed allergic to dairy, gluten etc. Do you feel more sluggish? Are you more bloated?
I will definitely continue with this book for the next couple of months. In fact I am already certain I will continue to use this for the rest of my life. It is a great way to restart your body with a boost of healthy food.
Have you tried the Whole30 diet? Let me know in the comments.
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