My Whole 30 Experience

Alright, here’s the deal.

I’ve heard of friends doing Whole 30, and their comments and complaints left me hesitant to try it. I listened to Melissa Hartwig talk about it with Jen Hatmaker and I was intrigued again, but I so struggle with the balance of only wanting to buy the weird healthy foods, and then only wanting to eat ramen so I can save money. It’s v hard for me. But, I decided to finally jump on board a month ago. Guess what? I freaking loved it. I feel so good.

What is Whole 30?

For those of you who don’t know what it entails, I suggest you read up on it here. In short, it feels very similar to an elimination diet, where you cut out dairy, sugar, legumes, and grains. I was feeling like I needed a reset on my body. I had this one pesky area on my face that was being eaten alive by acne due to sugar and stress, and there’s real great pair of jeans I wanted to fit into a little better. Not sure if y’all have heard… but Nashville food is really good. So yeah, here we are.

The Beginning

The first week I had a headache like everyday. I was honestly pretty confused by this, because I don’t eat that differently than Whole 30. And I RARELY get headaches. I’d say for the most part I’m a pretty healthy human, but I love food and portions are… negotiable, yeah? Anyway, I was surprised by the headaches, but I also recognize that those could have come from other things as well. IDK.

The Hardest Things to Cut Out

  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Ice cream
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Eating out in general
  • Late night snacking (i.e. the popcorn, the ice cream).

The Easy(er) Parts of W30

  • Meal prepping
  • The actual daily cooking
  • Enjoying the food
  • Saying no

Recipes That Got Me Through


This was a LIFESAVER. Made a version of this a million times.



I loved experimenting on this one, and changing some of the ingredients with the things I had on hand.



This stuff is straight up crack. I had this on hand the entire month.


Two other things I ate a lot of because it was soooo good:

  1. Banana, Blueberries, and coconut milk whipped into cream. (!)
  2. Cabbage, mushrooms, chicken, cooked in avocado oil and sesame oil, with tahini. (omg)
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Positive Benefits

  • Weight loss
  • Significant decrease in bloating, inflammation, and stomach weight
  • Renewed energy
  • Significant clearer skin
  • Decrease in 2pm slump
  • Decrease in sugar cravings
  • Satisfied by natural sugars
  • Decrease in snacking

Post Whole 30

I’ll say this – I ended probably 2 days early because I had friends in town, so we were exploring the city and trying new restaurants and drinks. I wanted to be all in with my friends, so I ended early. My body did hate me a little bit. But also, it hasn’t been hard to say ‘nah man’ to sugar since they left. I’m not going to be crazy strict or anything, but this chick is going to Jamaica in like a week and a half so I am still sticking to it pretty closely.

Tips + Final Thoughts

The cooking was freaking fun. I love trying new recipes and getting creative with food. I actually enjoy cooking vegan at times, too. I’m someone who lives for the grocery store. And if you follow this little blog of mine, you know that it’s therapeutic for me. So it wasn’t annoying to me to have to go to the store when I was running low.

Pro-tip: Make a few batches of things you can freeze. This saved my life when I got back from traveling out of town for the weekend. I would’ve had to fight the urge to go out to eat, and I didn’t really enjoy eating out on Whole 30, tbh. It’s just so particular and I felt like a nuisance and a diva when asking for alterations to my meal.

Pro-tip: Check yo labels! The garlic salt I’ve been using forever actually has sugar in the ingredients. I’m. Not. Into. That. Who do they think they are sneaking sugar in my SALTY foods? Get out. Get out, get out, get out!

Pro-tip: When you’re cooking dinner, do yourself a favor and make some extras for lunches! If you’re not a cooker, or have more time commitments than this single chick, I’d definitely recommend having some quick go-to’s to have on hand for when you last minute make plans, have to work late, or just don’t have it in ya to make something fancy.

I had such a positive experience with Whole 30. If you want to chat further about it, hit me up! I’ll give you all the deets. Whole 30 is so much more than eating a salad 24/7. Challenge yourself! Try it and let me know how it goes!

cheers and happy health!

11 Replies to “My Whole 30 Experience”

  1. I love this! We are doing another round starting April 1st just to encourage ourselves to try new recipes. I already have about 20 printed. This fired me up, I’m so excited for our next round! Another tip you kind of mention, for anyone else about to start, when you make a dinner, double it! You can then use the ingredients or meals for lunches and other dinners so it doesn’t feel like you are cooking ALL THE TIME. We do this with lunches. One lunch lasts us 3 days or one dinner makes two more lunches. I have loved reading your blog!

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    1. I already can’t wait to do it again! I know it’s not feasible for the rest of my life, but I loved the reset, the clear mind/skin, and renewed discipline. Let me know how yours goes! And I want all the best recipes! I’m gonna update this post with your suggestion about making extra because it’s SO TRUE. Thanks for reading – seriously means the world!


  2. I really enjoyed this article! I am currently on a weightloss journey and have been trying to figure out what kind of nutrition plan to follow. So many people have recommended keto, others swear by gluten free/dairy free. And I have heard good things about Whole 30. I bought the book back in May and still haven’t started. I turn 30 next month in over 30 days and I think you have convinced me to start whole 30!
    Thanks a bunch!

    ❤ Alana


      1. Hi! I haven’t had a chance to do Whole 30 yet. I joined a gym and started focusing on working out. This past month I have had success with sticking with a plan nutrition wise. This is my 3rd week of intermittent fasting and 2nd week of Keto. I am enjoying it so far! How are you doing with your fitness and nutrition goals?

        ❤ Alana

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      2. Nice! I’ve heard good things about Keto. Would you do it again? I’ll be honest I don’t have many goals right now – I just moved and am in a lot of transition so this is a flexible time where i’m just trying to make sure I eat a vegetable, you know? 😂

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      3. I am really enjoying the combination of keto with the intermittent fasting. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what to eat so they both give great boundaries. I also feel like I can think more clearly. A move is a huge change and big transition! I totally understand. I just got out of a period of transition myself. You can’t go wrong with eating veggies and staying hydrated 🙂

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      4. I would love to try intermittent fasting. What’s the time frame that you fast? I’ve listened to podcasts about people that do like week long fasts. I’m like…. dang. That’s HARD

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      5. I AGREE that is HARD! I don’t think I could do a week long fast or even a day long fast yet 🙂 I have been doing a 16:8 fast where I fast for 16 hours then eat within an 8 hour window.

        I eat from 1-9 then fast the rest of the time. It was challenging the first week because I love breakfast, but once I got past that it got a lot easier.


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