Whole30: My review

The Whole30 is controversial amongst many; is it just another quick fix diet? I do not believe so, but refer to the professionals for the answer to that question. All of the improvements I noticed were non-scale related; I did not lose or gain any weight, but I did feel great mentally and physically throughout the entire experience. Prior to completing the Whole30, I didn’t cook for myself, eat much variety, or know what it felt like to consistently eat whole ingredients. I learned more life-skills during the Whole30 than any other experience I’ve ever had; I cooked most days, and always had enough food because I prepped the Sunday before.

I have included a list and pictures of foods I would make and prep for the following week:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Buffalo chicken tenders in air fryer
    • 1st bowl: hot sauce, egg, almond milk
    • 2nd bowl: coconut flour, paprika, cayenne pepper
    • 6 mins, flip, 6 mins at 400 degrees
  • Regular chicken tenders in air fryer
    • 1st bowl: egg and almond milk
    • 2nd bowl: coconut flour, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground cashew (I used the Ninja to ground cashews; this isn’t the exact one I have, but it is a close match.)
    • 6 mins, flip, 6 mins 400 degrees
  • Crispy potatoes in air fryer
  • Diced sweet potatoes
  • Chicken drumsticks
Crispy potatoes
Chicken tenders
Philips Air fryer

Many foods irritate my stomach and cause digestive issues, so completing this was never about losing weight. As a result of my sensitive stomach, I didn’t eat very many foods. My diet before this consisted of mostly “kid foods” like dino nuggets, Annie’s Mac & cheese, grilled chicken, baked potatoes, turkey burgers, and tater tots. I found that while on the Whole30, I barely had any digestive issues or feelings of an upset stomach and tried many different foods and recipes. As a side note, all recipes and meals I tried included only chicken, turkey, and seafood because of preference. The transition from pre-Whole30 diet to Whole30 was surprisingly very smooth. I didn’t experience any mood fluctuations and never seemed to face the “sugar dragon”. I accredit this mostly to my bland and limited diet before. Some of the recipes and meals I tried during my Whole30 are included in pictures below:

Chicken and broccoli
Eggs with spinach and mushroom, chicken apple sausage, crispy potatoes, and banana & blueberries
Cauliflower rice, apple, chicken tenders over spinach
@iheartumami orange chicken, nom nom paleo’s fried cauliflower rice, and blueberries

I have included a list of my go-to Whole30 brands that I still use regularly post-Whole30:

  1. AppleGate Uncured Turkey bacon
  2. AppleGate Turkey Hotdog
  3. Wegman’s Chicken Sausage, Sweet Apple
  4. Wegman’s Crunchy Almond Butter
  5. Whole Foods Roasted & Unsalted Cashews
  6. Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk
  7. Sir Kensington’s Ranch
  8. Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup
  9. Frank’s Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

As a personal preference, I didn’t eat any pre-made snacks during Whole30; however, I do enjoy these snack foods post-Whole30 that are compliant:

  1. Wildway Grain-free Granola: Banana Nut
  2. RXBAR, chocolate chip

I hope this blog post is helpful in deciding whether or not the Whole30 is right for you!

*This content is all my personal opinion and is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the brands mentioned


julia grace

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