Utilize the support of the Whole30 community
courtesy Judith Forman
When Judith Forman says her life changed because of Whole30, she isn’t joking. The first time she tackled this tall order, she was inspired to push past her post-pregnancy weight gain and collect control on her body and health again. “What I discovered during that first round was that when on Whole30, I felt the best I had ever felt in my life. My thinking was clear, my energy was sky-high, my sleep was deep and rewarding, and my fitness levels exploded. I could run faster, jump higher, squat lower, and lift heavier when I was on Whole30,” she shares. And she says she couldn’t have done it without the good vibes from the Whole30 Facebook support group, of which she’s now an administrator. Racking in more than 35,000 members (and growing), she now eats, lives, and breathes Whole30 (she’s completed five 30-day rounds of Whole30, and one 60-day round), and serves as a guide and cheerleader for newbies. “It is one of the first things I talk about when I meet someone and I am always recruiting people and coaching them along when they decide to jump in,” she shared. “I am teaching my four-year-old daughter about the importance of eating healthy and that, to me, is priceless. It’s given me my strongest, leanest, and happiest body yet—at age 41!”
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Celebrate the non-scale victories
Courtesy Laura Gonzalez @lgsworldcrush
As life-changing and inspiring as traveling the world is, Laura Gonzalez knows what an impact it has on your body. Six months into her trip around the world via the digital nomad program, Remote Year, she realized what a toll being constantly on the go was taking on her overall health and wellness. Her energy levels were dropping, she was always hankering for sweets, and her psoriasis was acting up. That’s when a fellow traveler on her trek suggested she try Whole30 as a way to recenter, balance, and prioritize her health. She ended up pulling off an impressive feat: completing Whole30 not once, but twice—first in Spain and then in Colombia. She’s now trying it for the third time and coaching others who are first-timers.
Shedding weight was motivation, but she’s also learned how to celebrate victories that don’t translate to the scale. “When someone changes their eating style for the better, a main driver might be weight loss, but there are multiple victories that should be acknowledged throughout the process. These smaller victories keep you focused on overall health and happiness versus losing a few pounds,” she says. (For Gonzalez, it was the added benefit of watching her skin clear up and having more energy.) “I now focus on consuming foods that contribute more energy to my body than they require to digest, which helps me maintain extraordinary levels of energy all day long.”
You can follow a ‘loose’ Whole30
Courtesy Susan Palladino
Susan and Thomas Palladino used their youngest son’s departure as the opportunity to do something for themselves. Realizing they weren’t exactly leading a healthy life that would allow them to live well into their golden years, they decided to give Whole30 a chance. It was a move that turned everything upside down and around—in a great way. During their first month, they both dropped 20 pounds and felt so rejuvenated, they’ve continued to adopt a “loose Whole30” mentality. This means they’ll complete strict 30-day sessions every once a while, but mostly keep to the rules of the program the rest of the time. It’s also an experience that’s brought them closer together, since it’s a shared hobby where they motivate one another and keep each other accountable. “Whole30 has been nothing but a success. At the time I was seriously considering gastric bypass, but decided to give this new diet a try. I am now down more than 40 pounds and I truly feel like a different person,” Susan says. “I have noticed how much energy I have and how when I do cheat, I feel sluggish after having a cookie or cheese. It has changed my lifestyle for the better, I have more energy, my cholesterol is 52 points for the better, my skin is cleared, and I have fewer aches and pains.”