I am sitting here writing on what is officially 60 days since making the change to clean eating through the Whole30 program. Before getting into the meat and sweet potatoes of this post I’ll make it clear that Ben and I ate strictly Whole30 compliant for 33 days (we did a 3 day extension to celebrate the completion on a weekend) followed by the last 27 days eating mostly paleo with a few exceptions.
If you missed the reasons why Ben and I chose the Whole30 over some of the other diets out there, check out this post to get our story from the beginning.
The 30 Days of Whole30 Eating
The decision to start the Whole30 was somewhat drastic. We knew this was what we wanted to do, but we could never decide on a start date. Ben made the decision for us one Sunday morning that we would start the following day and we needed to purge our house of all tempting sugary foods, and shop for good whole foods. Our cabinets looked pretty bare without our usual staples of Tim Tams, pasta boxes, breads, and bags of flour and sugar. We stocked up on fruits, veggies, nuts, and meat, and meal planned using the Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook and The Paleo Kitchen Cookbook.
The Whole30 was hard, there is no sugar coating that (because there is no sugar). We were tempted many times over those 30 days… Ben’s mum had a big birthday party and we celebrated Labour Day in Sydney with picnics and then there were all those other invites to dinners and pubs we turned down because of temptation, or for the sheer fact that we didn’t want to drink water and face more taunting.
We survived the temptation by planning ahead and making our own snacks. We brought our own food to the birthday party and Sydney, as well as stocked up a cooler full of sparkling water and 100% pure fruit juices for the weekend in Sydney. I should have kept count, but I am certain Ben was offered a beer at least 35 times during those 30 days.
The Weigh In
Can I tell you how incredibly nerve wrecking the weigh in was? I wanted to change my clothes and make sure they were as light weight and tight as possible so there could be no mistake in measurements. Ben wasn’t having that and just said, “let’s do this.”
The night before we started this challenge we measured ourselves in 6 places: neck, arms, breast, chest, waist, and hips, before stepping on a scale to document our starting weights. On day 30 we measured each other again in those six places, weighed each other, and kept those numbers a secret so we could reveal the results to each other in dramatic fashion – we sat next to each other and had one another guess how many inches we lost in each place. Ben went first and he would guess and I would reveal each number until we finished all 7 of the measurements.
Then it was my turn. Ben made the dramatic pauses even longer, I would guess and he would reveal the results. I gave very conservative answers of half inch and 1 inch for most areas on my body… and then we got to my waist. I knew my clothes we fitting better than they had when we started the challenge, so I guessed 2 inches. Wrong. 1 inch? Wrong. 3 inches? Then Ben told me I lost a total of 7 inches off my waist in 30 days! My jaw hit the floor, and I started to cry. I’m not sure if I was crying tears of joy, or crying because I thought he was lying to me. I made him measure me again. The tears came back, I had really lost 7 inches off my waist.
30 Day Results:
Ben: -12 inches and -2.1kg (4.6lbs)
Andrea: -14 inches and -1.9kg (4.2lbs)
Combined Total: -26 inches and -4kg (8.8lbs)
Interested in doing a Whole30? Check out why we decided to take on the Whole30 challenge in this post.
The Next 60 Days
Now that we could finally eat normally you’d think we would go straight back into our old habits right? Wrong!
We finished the Whole30 on a weekend, and planned to get Grill’d burgers for dinner as our first meal out. We kept things as close to what we were used to eating as possible by ordering our burgers on gluten free buns and sharing an order of sweet potato fries. But we also ate paleo pancakes, chocolate cake, and french toast too! I documented that first weekend of food in this post, A Very Foodie Weekend.
Since then we have kept things mostly Whole30, with the occasional ice cream, cracker, and pizza. When we do eat those items we keep it gluten free or paleo as much as possible. As for foods we make at home… we never find ourselves reaching for honey or maple syrup to sweeten a dish, so all meals cooked at home remain Whole30.
The Gluten Problem
It’s no secret in to my family, Ben, and now to you that I am a gassy person (I can’t believe I just wrote that)! For the past few years I always thought this issue was attributed to dairy, and although I was a soy and almond milk drinker I just couldn’t make the very obvious problem stop. Every day I would have a problem with gas… every day until I started the Whole30. Slowly over those 30 days my problem seemed to disappear.
After 30 days there were a few times where I had a little bit of gluten, case and point: The Melbourne Cup. I couldn’t help but to eat cheese and crackers and mini apple pies on a celebration day! Wanna know what happened after I ate those pies? I won’t say it but I think you can guess. And what happened the next time I had gluten?.. yep! You guessed it. A quick google search, the results confirmed my suspicions. Since figuring out that gluten was what my belly didn’t agree with, I have remained almost completely gluten free.
The 60 Day Weigh In
As the 60 day mark approached I noticed something about the clothes I was wearing… they were getting too big! Over the summer I purchased two pairs of shorts that were one size too small, by the 60 day mark those same shorts required a belt to keep them up. As for Ben, he could pull his jeans straight off without unbuttoning them, and had run out of belt loops to keep his pants up. Although our clothes were fitting better, and falling off, I was not expecting the weight and inches lost after 30 days of paleo eating to be as great as they were after the Whole30.
We did this weigh in the same way we did the 30 day – measuring each area, taking notes, and having each other guess the results. As expected, the results were not the same as they had been the first 30 days.
60 Day Results (Days 30-60)
Ben: – 2.5 inches and – 1.4kg (3lbs)
Andrea: – 3.5 inches and -2kg (4.4lbs)
Combined Total: -6 inches and -3.4kg (7.4lbs)
Overall Results (Days 1 – 60)
Ben: -15inches and -3.5kg (7.7lbs)
Andrea: -17.5 inches and -3.9kg (8.6lbs)
Combined Total: – 32.5inches and -7.4kg (16.3lbs)
What did I learn in those 30 days of eating whole foods? Hop over to this post for the 10 lessons I learned while completing my first Whole30.
Have you ever tried the Whole30? We are starting the next Whole30 Challenge on February 15th. Let me know if you are interested in joining in with us.