If you're not familiar with Whole30, the premise involves cutting out sugar and sweeteners of any kind, alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites and no recreating junk foods with "approved" ingredients for 30 days. It doesn't restrict calories or carbs and isn't about losing weight, but about eating healthy foods.
Fortunately, I was able to get my husband on board with the idea. I never could have stuck to it without his motivation.
We had kind of been in a dinner rut, making the same meals week after week, so this encouraged us to get more creative in the kitchen. It was actually quite exciting making new meals and we found a few recipes we'll be adding to our regular repertoire even though we've completed the program.
The first 12 days or so were a breeze. We were trying new foods, encouraging each other, and I really didn't feel that urge for the sweets. But right around day 12, that started to change. Days 12-16 were pure torture for me. Every time I was assaulted by the soda cooler and candy bars at the grocery store checkout, I was so tempted to just give up. Around day 16 though I realized something; the reasons those cravings came back were because my husband and I had hit a little rough patch. Those cravings were directly linked to the stress, depression and anxiety I was experiencing and one little argument was enough to set me off. Realizing this connection between my emotions and my cravings was able to put me back on the right track.
My Whole30 was not totally perfect (they say there's no such thing as a perfect Whole30.) While I didn't specifically break the rules, I did have more fruit than is typically recommended. However, being the middle of a Florida summer and being very pregnant, I think that is okay. I also took tums on a couple occasions which do contain sugar, but third trimester heartburn is no joke.
I completed my Whole30 when I was 7.5-8.5 months pregnant. I did not alter my workout routines (in fact, my only work outs are chasing my toddler around), but in the first 20 days I lost 6 lbs, which my OB was okay with. I was still eating tons of calories, just healthier ones. On day 20 I took a bad fall and broke my tailbone, which resulted in the toddler duties rolling over to my husband and me being mostly sedentary for the last 10 days. I did gain 2 lbs back in those 10 days, but I mean, there's a baby growing in there. I didn't notice any great changes in my sleep, the third trimester insomnia was in full effect. However, there was a definite change in the amount of fat on my body. And seeing that change is an incredible self-esteem boost, especially when you're already the size of a small whale. After reintroducing the foods that were cut out, my guy health has not been happy. While I still indulge in those sweets cravings on occasion, it is not nearly as frequent as it was before completing the program.
Overall, it was a great experience and we definitely plan on doing it again in a few months.