Day 30 came and went without too much notice. I had started to feel a bit anxious about what I was going to eat when the Whole30 was over, and partly for good reason. Matt and I were due to go to the Silverstone Classic on Thursday 24th July. We made it there in good time, but hadn’t really catered for a camping trip for the Thursday (our Day 30). We’d already planned to eat whatever we could rather than try to find compliant food when we were out and about, and I had deliberately started the Whole30 when we did so that camping wouldn’t be a problem.
Thursday morning was a bit of a rush, taking photos and measurements before work, but we got it done, and I am certainly pleased with the results, and I know Matt is pretty chuffed with his too. At the beginning, in my elevator pitch of Whole30, I wrote about what I wanted out of the 30 days:
Making significant inroads into breaking my problem with sugar
Learning more about what I truly benefit from and what does me harm
I won’t lie, some weight loss would be nice!
I’d also like to see if some of the skin problems I have are linked to my diet. I imagine that they probably are
Looking at it in a bit of detail, I think it was a worthwhile exercise.
I didn’t think I was really one to suffer with mid-afternoon slumps, but one thing that has really made itself known since we came off of Whole30 is that I do. My concentration is poor and I don’t feel like I am firing on all cylinders for a sustained period of time. On Whole30, I felt great. The world was my lobster and I felt ready to take on the challenges.
I’ve never been a bad sleeper. I’m a fidget and nuisance as I have restless legs and sleep walk and talk sometimes, but it rarely wakes me up. Poor Matt, on the other hand, can often be the victim of a randomly flung leg or arm. I wouldn’t feel like I would wake up refreshed and raring though. Whole30 didn’t change this for me much. I continued to sleep well, but I woke feeling a little brighter.
This, for me, has to be one of the greatest successes. I’m not “cured”, but these 30 days have helped me to sit out a craving, or find something else. It’s proved to me that I don’t need the sugar and that I work better as a human being with less sugar. I am still getting cravings every now and then, and although we’re not really following paleo or Whole30 right now, I haven’t slipped back in to my old ways of reaching for the first sweet thing I can find. I feel like I have made a significant inroad on this particular aspect, and one that I am very keen to continue.
My skin has never been great. Ever since I hit puberty, the dermatology gods decided that I was destined to be plagued with breakouts and problem skin. This has continued into my late 20s, though thankfully it isn’t as bad as it used to be. That said, I am still unhappy with it and I find it to be a source of self-consciousness. The Whole30 website says that improved skin can be one of the benefits of the 30 days, but I didn’t really find this to be the case. I must make a point of saying that I have stress related breakouts and July was a stressful month, so Whole30 might have saved me a couple of nasty spots, but I’ll never know.
I don’t think there is a huge difference between the photos, but there is a good difference on the scales. I started the Whole30 at 18 stone 9.5lbs and weighed in on Day 30 at 17 stone 7.5lbs, losing 16lbs and 8 inches. Is it water weight? Maybe. I don’t really know. I have really tried to make this more than just about losing the weight, but this is one of the best indicators for me. Something you can actually see.
Life after Whole30
Since finishing the 30 days, I have not stuck to any semblance of the principles of Whole 30. This has seen my moods go up and down, my ability to cope with stress is compromised, I’m not feeling as efficient and I’m bloating. I don’t feel great. I actually feel sad.
Matt has seen a return to bloating too.
We’ve discussed what our next plans are in terms of diet. We’ll be returning to a paleo/primal kind of eating soon, working on a 90% rule. We’ve loved most of the meals that we’ve eaten and definitely want to keep them in the meal plans going forwards. The issue is that August tends to be quite a social month for us, and eating out on paleo seems quite difficult, though not impossible. With that in mind, we’ve discussed doing another Whole 30 in September.
I’ve got a few more thoughts on Whole 30 that I will write down at some point soon, but I thought this post was long enough, without getting in to the rest of it.