Whole 30

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My name is Kelley and I’m a carboholic.  It’s never really been an issue for me because I just cover carbs with insulin.  When I was pregnant I would try to limit my meals to 50 carbs and my snacks to 30 carbs.  I have tried to maintain this but since having my second son, I’ve realized that I am just not eating healthy enough.  I do get in my fruits, veggies, protein and dairy.  I think overall I eat pretty decent meals.  BUT, I snack and have desserts way too often.  And those snacks are NOT healthy.  Instead of eating a healthy snack, I reach for a big bag of chips.  After my “healthy” lunches and dinners, I go for dessert, usually cupcakes or chocolate.  I am also addicted to Diet Coke and after a tough day of dealing with toddler tantrums, I often enjoy a glass of wine.

Well over the last few weeks, I have been thinking and I’ve decided finally that enough is enough.  I’ve decided I am going to do something crazy.

I’m doing the Whole 30 program.  For those of you who haven’t heard of this, it’s a program where you “cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-distrusting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.”  From my understanding, it’s like the Paleo diet on steroids. You can learn more here but basically you can eat meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, fruit, and good fats from nuts, seeds and oils.


I first heard about this from a friend who was looking for people to do it with her back in August.  I was only a few weeks postpartum, working to successfully breastfeed so I passed.  Then my sister decided to do it starting on January 1st.  After hearing my friend talk about how great she felt doing it and my sister deciding to sign up, I was intrigued.

I have never fed into any of the fad diets.  I thought people were crazy that did the Paleo diet.  I’ve always found that to lose weight, I just needed to use My Fitness Pal to track everything that I eat and by counting calories and serving sizes, I slowly lose weight (although I wouldn’t be eating the healthiest foods). When I did Weight Watchers years ago, I felt like I was starving myself and failed.  I was always scared to try one of these fads because I didn’t want to gain the weight back once I stopped eating so strictly (this is still a fear of mine with this program).  I also didn’t want to try to change my eating habits because I thought my body was good at handling what I fed it.  I didn’t want to cut something out and then have my body realize it can’t process it.  I guess my biggest fear is that I won’t be able to eat cupcakes again.

So then why am I trying this?  Well, I have been seriously lacking energy recently.  Granted, I have two babies who completely exhaust me but I feel like I am way more tired than is normal.  My friend and my sister piqued my interest but when I started to research the diet, I learned that people reported having a TON more energy.   The Whole 30 program is also good to identify if you have any food allergies or if any foods are inflammatory for you.  I don’t think I necessarily have any food allergies to discover, but I do find myself more bloated some days so maybe it is tied to my food.  My arms also are always really red.  I’m not sure the cause of it but I’m curious to see if the way I eat can positively affect them.

For the next 30 days (well started last week), I will be following these rules:

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
  • Do not eat grains.
  • Do not eat legumes.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. 

You also can’t weigh yourself for the full 30 days, but instead focus on the Non-scale victories (NSV) such as more energy (reason I’m doing it) and less blemishes.  Here is a sample of what I can eat:

What I can eat on Whole 30

It’s going to be hard for sure.  Daily, I eat string cheese, chips, desserts and drink Diet Coke and alcohol.  I must give all of that up.

I have thought long and hard about this.  I initially was worried for a few different reasons.  Right now I love my cupcakes.  I don’t want to do this “cleanse” and find out that I can’t eat cupcakes anymore.  I discussed my fear with my sister and she made a good point that if cupcakes do affect me negatively, I shouldn’t be putting it in my body anyway. I’ve always thought of cupcakes as a reward but I should be rewarding my body in better ways.

I’m also worried about the convenience.  Eating healthy includes a LOT of cooking.  I don’t have much time to cook as I’m busy taking care of my kids, keeping up with the house chores and trying to still find time to work.  How will I have time to cook?  I’m hoping that I can find time.  I’m also dreading all the dishes.  Another fear is how my diabetes will be affected by the different way of eating and how I will treat my low blood sugars.  I am also worried about how it will affect breastfeeding.  I am hoping my supply won’t decrease as a result of doing this.

I was really worried about giving up all of my favorite things but then my friend pointed out that it is only for 30 days.  True.  I should be able to make it 30 days, right?  Only time will tell.

5 thoughts on “Whole 30

  1. I applaud you for trying this. My type one diabetes started when I was 50. Always I had limited candy and seldom drank any soda, but I had six kids and had baked cookies, muffins, etc almost daily. Now I am in my sixties, and candy, chips etc. has taken over my diet. Yes, I take the insulin, but you know this is not ideal. This year I am going to get my diet and exercise back on track. I’ve signed up with a gym, and gotten the candy out of the house, and making vegetable soup and quinoa. My daughter developed diabetes at 15, and in her thirties she has had 2 healthy babies. She eats well, except for diet cokes and that is awful.
    If you find your milk supply down, old fashioned oatmeal will really help your milk supply.
    Best wishes for you and your family. You are an inspiration to this grandma.

  2. Good for you! I have Type 1 Diabetes, and two kids, and did 2 rounds of Whole30. It is AMAZING. My blood sugar has been SO much more stable. I actually got off my pump and back on to insulin pens because it’s just simpler. I finished my last Whole 30 January 31st and went off plan this weekend (superbowl = pizza and cookies) and my blood sugar was a roller coaster. And I was exhausted. I’m back on the Whole30 for a few days so I can try foods one at a time. I, too, am scared that I’ll discover that dairy is problematic for me, but I am reading the newest book. Food Freedom Forever, and even if something is problematic, it’s not like I can’t ever have it again.. I will just need to decide if it’s worth it. My aunt’s homemade chocolate chip cookies will always be worth it. Stale storebought cookies at work, not so much. But, anyway, I cut way back on my insulin, lost weight, felt more energetic and more stable mood-wise, and I’m thinking I’ll probably be Paleo most of the time from now on. If you google “easy Whole30” and “crockpot whole30” you can find easier recipes. And there are great people to follow on Instagram too. Best of luck!

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