I did the Whole30 for the last 30 days and did the reflection piece recommended in the daily newsletter (see below).
My husband joined me, which made it so much easier than planning my own, special meals. We just ate all the same every meal. I started to exclude gluten, soy and peanuts from my diet after an elimination diet 2 years ago, and then excluded diary, eggs, soy, peanuts and almonds after doing an allergy blood panel end of 2013. I supplemented a lot with corn and rice and got really tired of my options.
I also had a lot of sugar and carb cravings not eating enough calories during the day, but then making up with big bowls of tortilla chips and gluten free granola at night. I know I am a sugar addict and wanted to get myself off. So, when I read about the Whole30, it sounded like something that seems to have it all. And for me it was just excluding corn, rice, potatoes, chocolate and GF junk food (there is a lot by now) on top of my long list. It wasn't too hard, but after the first bumpy week, it seemed to get much easier to eat really well. I especially loved grocery shopping and pulling up at the cashiers with a whole cart full of veggies and fruit. It really made me happy. Tomorrow I'll get on the scale (it's not allowed while you do the Whole30) and I'll see if I also lost some weight, but for me all the positive changes to my health where already worth it.
What went well?
Meal planning, more time spent for smart food choices and cooking, less headaches, pants fit better, clear skin, cleaning up process in general, good focus, sorting out healthy foods from rest, teaming up, kids ate same meals and liked it, new healthy recipes, walks, liked the guidance from the newsletter and my doctor, got more sleep (slept like a baby), no more hefty sugar cravings in the afternoon and at night.
What could have gone better?
First week's moodiness, same days without a set meal plan got stressful, kids didn't sleep well during this 30 days (would have helped), wouldn't pick start of school year (transition) again, partnership and talks about diet, still some cravings for fruit after meals
What I'll do in the future, to keep doing better?
Keep planning food, shopping healthier, exercising regularly, look for social fix for exercise, get family involved, educate others about Whole30, include some starches (like regular potato), staying on track.
For anyone who wants to try it, I highly recommend the daily newsletter. It is a great motivator to stay on track, read up on thinks, see the progress and also understand it.
Optimistic, curious, human bee.