Our Whole30 Journey – From a Teen’s Perspective
In our journey to become healthier, we have been working hard at it. We’ve made changes in our daily lives and even some of us are trying out new things. I’m talking about my sister Kelly and myself.
My sister was diagnosed with cancer recently and she hasn’t had much time to work on her health lately so she has decided to try out the Whole30 program along with other lifestyle changes like going vegan. She’s been following the whole30 program since February and we’re all very excited to see how it goes!
Myself and Kelly are both 18 years old and although we don’t really eat anything but fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans), dairy free milk/cream cheese etc., we do drink water. We haven’t eaten any animal products or processed foods yet though.
So far everything has gone well for us and so far we feel great!
I wanted to share with you what we’ve learned from the Whole30 program and if there are any tips or tricks that might come in handy while trying it out.
What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is a program designed to make your life easier when eating healthy. You will cut out certain foods for 30 days and then reintroduce them into your diet during the next 30 day period. During the first 30 days you will cut out ALL diary, grains (such as wheat, rice, corn, etc..), legumes (peanuts, peas, beans, etc..), alcohol, and more.
What are the benefits of doing the Whole30 program?
A lot of people do the Whole30 program to lose weight and while this is definitely true for some people, many others don’t experience this weight loss. It’s more important to do it for health purposes than weight loss, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight as well.
Other benefits of the program are increased energy, clearer skin, better sleep quality, improved digestion and more!
What foods are off limits on the Whole30?
As mentioned above, you will not be able to eat any grains, legumes (beans), dairy, or alcohol. This may seem very difficult at first, but trust me, you can do it. If you feel like you’re starving at any point, eat an apple or some bell peppers. These are both great sources of fiber and will keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.
What can I eat on the Whole30?
You can eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, healthy fats (coconut oil, Olive Oil, etc), and some nuts/seeds (only unsalted). You can use various oils and spices.
Remember, you can’t have grains or legumes (beans).
What should I do if I’m eating out?
The first thing to remember is that on the Whole30, you can’t have ANY grains or legumes. If you’re at a restaurant, ask the waiter/waitress if they have any healthy options for you. Usually, they’re more than happy to help because they want you to come back!
You can eat most meats (even fish), eggs, vegetables, and fruits. You can’t have any grains or legumes (beans) however. This means that things like pizza, pasta, and chips are out of the question.
Most of the time you’ll be eating a salad without the dressing (which usually has unhealthy oils in it), some type of meat, and steamed veggies.
What if someone wants to go out to eat with me?
If someone wants to join you on your Whole30 adventure, make sure that they read this guide first!
Most of the time when people go out to eat they’ll just pick whatever they feel like eating at the moment. This could be a huge mistake because maybe the only thing they have that you can eat is a salad…and even then it probably has cheese and croutons on it!
If you call a place ahead of time and explain your situation. They’ll usually tell you what you can and cannot eat there. If not, it’s probably best to just avoid going out to eat with them at all.
Not to mention everyone will be a lot happier if they can eat whatever they want and you can’t!
What should I do if I get a craving for something I can’t have?
This is definitely the toughest part about the Whole30. The first thing you should do it be grateful that you even have a craving for something because not everyone does. A lot of people feel like they’re living a deprived life and they don’t really miss anything they can’t have. If you really want something, you can have some fruit or even an unsweetened ice pop, but this is as far as the exceptions go.
Think of all the things you can eat: Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, olive oil. When I think about all the delicious food I can eat it makes me not even want the things that are off limits!
Are there any websites I can go to for tips and tricks?
There are tons of resources online for anything related to the Whole30. Here are some of the most popular:
Whole9: The creators of the Whole30, it has a wide variety of articles about the program.
Ruled.me: Starts on January 1st, it’s an online Whole30 program that can help you prepare and track your progress.
The Whole30 Forum: Ask any questions you have here, chalk full of veterans that can help you out.
Pros and Cons:
It’s important to remember that every strategy has both pros and cons. No matter what you do, there will be things you like and dislike. Here are some important things to think about before you make your final decision.
Your results from the Whole30 may last much longer than 30 days. Many people find that after the first round, they don’t experience the same problems they used to. This means greater long term results for you!
You’re more likely to reach your goals. We’ve all seen it. Someone does something extreme and never has to do it again or they do it for a while and then fall off of the wagon.
Either way, you’re more likely to reach your goal if you do the Whole30 because you’ll tackle the psychological and mental part of your addiction too.
You will have “bulletproof” willpower. Think of the last time you had McDonald’s, or something else you’re not supposed to be eating.
Remember how many times did you think about going there?
If you’re like most people you thought about it a lot, and that’s because your brain was used to sending the signal that it wanted that food. Once your Whole30 is over, you’ll find that your brain doesn’t send those signals any more, in other words, you’ve conditioned it.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Nourishing Soul Co. by MIE Journey – thenourishingsoulco.com
Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by R Lyons – 2019 – books.google.com
Writing fiction for dummies by R Ingermanson, P Economy – 2009 – books.google.com