I did it! I finished my first round of Whole 30 as of yesterday! I really do feel much better in my body, as the program says you will, and I’ve noticed many positive changes that don’t even include my number on the scale (although that’s a huge perk!). I originally did this to support my husband’s decision to give it a try but it’s safe to say that I became slightly obsessed with the program and learning all that I could about it. I’m a huge fan of what it can do for you but there are still misconceptions about what the Whole 30 actually is. If you’ve never heard of it, never done it, never looked it up, many of the things that I would share sounded down right crazy to some people. I’m here to bust the most popular myths that I encountered while doing my first round.
- It’s just another fad diet. – This far from true because it’s NOT a diet. The Whole 30 is not meant for weight loss. Weight loss is simply a perk that goes along with eating a cleaner, more natural diet. Also, I did ZERO calorie counting, weigh ins, or food logging. Getting on the scale is actually discouraged for the duration of your 30 days. The Whole 30 calls itself a “reset”. You are literally pushing the reset button on your health to figure out what groups of food cause issues for you such as gastrointestinal problems, breakouts, bloating, etc.
- There’s no way you can maintain that. – And you’re right! You’re right because the program was not meant to be maintained for life. It’s meant for 30 DAYS (hence the name). It’s meant for you to find out how different food group effect your body and decide what foods you’re going to completely eliminate from your diet, which ones don’t effect you, and which ones you’ll choose to indulge in sparingly.
- Aren’t you so hungry? – Nope. Just because the types of foods are restrictive doesn’t mean that your portions have to be. Remember, you’re fueling your body with the good stuff, not filler. You’re not calorie counting here, add an extra scoop of veggies or pack on a little more protein.
- Well, I guess you can’t go out for a month. – Of course I can. Doing a round of Whole 30 does not mean you have to become a hermit. Now that would, of course, be much easier and less use of willpower but it would also be a little (ok a lot) miserable. All you have to do is prepare. If you’re going to a party, bring your own snack or eat before you go so you’re not starving and more likely to cave. If you’re eating out with friends, find the menu online (thank you Google!) and call ahead with questions if you want to avoid being “that person”. Or, do what I do, call yourself out to the waiter, tell them you’re gonna be a little crazy with the questions. I hardly ever mention that I’m on Whole 30, just that I have dietary restrictions and I’m being safe.
I hope that this is helpful and even gets you more interested in trying a round for yourself. The more you know, the better off you are when giving this a go so be sure to do your own research, talk to your doctor, etc. before starting. It’s also makes the entire process much easier and takes the stress out of a lot of situations.