Well people, we made it through our family’s Whole30! We really had some great results overall. Sugar cravings are at bay. Bread really doesn’t look good to me anymore. I could probably never eat cheese again and not miss it. As a family, we eat more whole foods and do less snacking. It’s a win for everyone!
Now, down to the nitty gritty. How much weight did we lose?
I lost 5 pounds! That was with several slip ups/cheats including cocktails out and Thin Mints whispering in my ear all month long. Truthfully, I only exercised one day during the month. The day after I worked out, my legs hurt so much that wearing Uggs was a bad idea (aren’t they always a bad idea?) since they were so heavy on my feet. After the soreness went away, I just didn’t work out again.
My husband lost 6 pounds! Josh worked out a little bit and loosely followed the Whole30. If he wanted some bread or chips, he ate them, but for the most part, his main meals mirrored the rest of the family.
La, my 14 year old, lost 9 pounds!! NINE! This girl’s about 6 feet tall, gorgeous, and now her skin is glowing! She’s continuing to eat very much like she did during our Whole30. I see her eating smaller portions and choosing more fruits and vegetables. Snacking is down too; maybe an almond milk smoothie after school. I am so incredibly proud of her and the fact she stuck through the entire 30 days. What determination…La is my hero!
As a parent, I’m going to share a little secret with you. 14 year old girls are a little…….hormonal. My friend Dallas says 14 year old boys are as well, but I don’t have much direct experience with this. Their moods tend to be up and down like a roller coaster and you never know *which* kid you’re going to get. I always hope for the one who speaks in full sentences.
Anyway, Once La started eating according to the Whole30 plan, I saw her moods even out. I witnessed actual smiling and engaging in conversation (shock and awe, right here people!) She had more energy and played constantly with her little sister. It was an amazing transformation to see. I know that some Pediatricians recommend the Whole30 plan to parents who have children with behavioral issues and I can see why now! Remarkable.
Our plan moving forward is to continue our healthier eating with the concept of Whole30 being followed most of the time. Occasionally we will have a pizza, but honestly, the food we’ve been eating lately is so good, no one really misses pasta dinners or bread or macaroni and cheese. We’d all rather have a steak and sweet potato!
If you’re struggling with sugar or carb cravings or just want to clean up your diet, I highly recommend trying the Whole30. By all means – read the book first!! You’ll have so many questions if you don’t read it first.
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