Whole30: Peter’s perspective

I Finished the Whole30

When Sarah first approached me about beginning the Whole30 diet on January 1st, I was nervous. I thought that I could’t do it.┬áBefore committing to it, I tried to practice a few days beforehand. I had been visiting my in-laws out of state. The 250 mile drive back from Maryland was tough. It’s hard to get food that fits the Whole30 criteria at highway rest stops. Luckily, Delaware’s rest stop sold both bananas and hard boiled eggs. It was tough, I tell you. If this is what it was going to be like, then I was in for a rough time.

Putting my trepidations aside though, I agreed to go on the Whole30 diet with Sarah beginning on January 1st. Though we had one minor misstep on January 1st, we were off the ground by January 2nd. A day or two into the diet I came down with a cold. It was make or break time. Normally when I get a cold, I love to load up on carbs and all kinds of junk food. I guess it’s an old habit of mine where I try to soothe the lousy feeling of cold. Yet, I really wanted to succeed at completing this diet with my wife. I mustered up the willpower and managed to stick to the Whole30 regimen despite my feeling lousy.

Sarah made sure to cook healthy breakfasts and to make and pack lunches and snacks for me. Without her support, I would not have been able to do this. I am reminded of the old saying that anything worth doing takes hard work. While the Whole30 can be quite tough to stick to, it is worth doing.

I have noticed several significant changes since adopting the Whole30 diet. Since I have shifted from being a carb burner to a fat burner, I don’t feel extreme hunger pangs anymore. I no longer feel like I have to keep stuffing my face every couple of hours. My stomach doesn’t really get upset anymore as it frequently did pre-Whole30. I also have a newfound appreciation for the flavor of fruits and vegetables. I suppose processed sugars have a way of inundating and burning out your taste buds to point where you no longer taste the natural sweetness of veggies and fruits. After a short time on Whole30, this was no longer the case. Did I mention that I lost some weight too? So, you can see that the Whole30 was a positive experience for me.

Now that I have successfully completed the Whole30, where do I go from here? Well, I have decided that I want to continue adhering to the principles of the diet going forward. I feel too good not to continue. What this means for me is eating delicious home-cooked food with a minimum of eating out. I will also refrain from eating grains and dairy. There will definitely be no extra sugar in my diet. Of course I may occasionally treat myself to a little something but nowhere near the amount I used to before Whole30. I am pretty excited about this new eating lifestyle. I’d like to thank my wife, Sarah for introducing me to the Whole30 diet. If she hadn’t shown me this diet, I would not be where I am today.