My Whole30, Complete!

I did it! Made it 30 days without: Grains, Dairy, Legumes, Seed oils, Sugar or Sugar Substitutes, Carrageenan, MSG, Sulfites, White Potatoes, and Alcohol.  I also went 30 days without counting a single calorie, snacking, or weighing myself.

I learned a heck of a lot this month and couldn’t be happier I found It Starts With Food and made the decision to jump feet first into this program.  I cannot say a single bad thing about it and I would recommend it to ANYONE who isn’t 100% happy with their relationship with food/self-image.

I want to share some of the amazing positives that have come from my Whole30 and I also want to share my before and after photos because I am PROUD.  Before this program I thought I was doing everything right.  Eating “healthy”, working out 6-7 days a week, never getting fast food, drinking alcohol very seldomly, and counting calories to ensure I was burning more than consuming.  Calories in, calories out. Wrong.  

With the help of the Whole30 and the Heartwigs of www.whole9life.com :

– better sleep than ever before

– never feel bloated or uncomfortably full

– no more tummy issues, ever

– more alert, no more 3pm slump

– feel smarter and just brighter in general

– better complexion

– look toned (can see my arm muscles and abs for the first time ever) and get SO many compliments on how great I look 🙂

– never need to snack, can go 6 hours between meals without feeling hungry

– destroyed my sugar dragon! I don’t even crave all the sweets that used to OWN me.  Seriously this is the biggest change and the one that meant the most to me!

More that I just can’t think of right now but seriously, I never want to go back.  I fully plan on sticking as close to Whole30 compliant as I can for as long as I can.  I don’t want to reintroduce because I don’t miss it.  I am sure I will occasionally have a glass of wine or a few bites of something special (Weaver family apple pie!!!) but I don’t need to put food into my body that makes it less healthy.  I like healthy, it is wor. king. for. me. 

Now don’t judge my before too harshly, I am fully aware it is not a great photo of me! BEFORE:

So happy! AFTER:

All done in 30 days with MORE food, MORE fat, and LESS exercise.  

I am so willing to share this awesome program with anyone who is interested 🙂

Happy Wholeoween! 

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Comments: 4

  1. Kate @ Coffee with Kate February 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Hi, Rachael! Your progress is awesome. I’ve heard about this program and am interested in learning more. Can I find all of the info out online?

    • thefreckledfoodie February 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Kate, Thanks 🙂 You can find everything at Whole9Life! It is where I started and think it is an incredibly good place to begin! Good luck.

  2. amanda june March 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing your whole30 journey! I’m on day 19 of my first whole30 and it’s so helpful and encouraging to read about and see others’ positive results. It was a super rough first couple weeks for me (I think a combo of how poorly/erratically I was eating before I started, and other viruses/hormonal issues that are unrelated to food) but now I’m feeling way more energetic (but starting to have cravings for the first time since I began…oh man do I want a chocolate chip cookie). Anyway, your photos are great (although at this point I would be thrilled to look like your ‘before’!) and so is your site!

    • thefreckledfoodie March 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Amanda! 19 days in is great, I know you’ll feel even better by day 30. I definitely had cravings too, but you’ll be so proud of yourself for staying strong at the end 🙂

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