We made it! If you’re on the fence, I definitely recommend the program.


  • Take photos and measurements! We weren’t sure if we’d changed physically, but comparing photos in the same location in the same clothes we both look much less puffed up. We lost over an inch in our guts, natural waists and hips.
  • Willpower. This is less tangible, but we’re way more comfortable passing up mini snickers or junky beer than we were before.
  • Shopping/kitchen habits. We don’t let produce go bad anymore even though we buy a lot more veg and fruit. I’m also reading all the labels and throwing back anything with unpronounceable ingredients or unnecessary soy/corn products.
  • Mental Health. I think my anxiety has simmered down a wee bit. Frustrating circumstances don’t make me jump to break downs quite so fast.


  • The book says there’s no such thing as a perfect Whole30. Try as we might there were some things that had confusing ingredients lists – a bag of nuts that listed cashews, almonds and sea salt as ingredients in large font, and then in teeny font somewhere else said ingredients: almonds, peanut oil, cashews, sea salt made me soooo mad that I’d accidently broken the rules.
  • Meals. Whole30 stresses no snacks. Have five meals if you need to, but don’t just snack. I was terrible at this rule. I definitely like to have a piece of fruit when I wake up, get dressed and then make breakfast. Once I’m at work I have coffee, and an hour in my second cup of coffee usually gets some prunes and almonds with it. I supposed I could call each of these times I eat a tiny meal, but I’d end up with nine meals some days.
  • Miracles. I’d read so many amazing transformation stories I was a bit disappointed when my skin didn’t clear up, my hip pain remained and my IBS symptoms stagnated. We were already closer to Whole30 than to the S.A.D. when we started, and I’ve outlined a couple little ways I didn’t totally follow the plan, so I’m not shocked it wasn’t a cure-all, but still a little disappointed.

Next Steps

We are taking baby steps. One day I had milk in a latte. Justin had cheese. We’ve tried oats, popcorn, rice and scotch without major issues. I’m trying to do 80/20; mainly stick to Whole30 but allow for 20% of life to be coloring outside the lines.

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