Julia’s Pre Whole30 Expectations

Pre Whole30 Expectations

I have never been a big fan of fad diets and Whole30 was no different. I saw lots of people on social media pumped to start it and 2 weeks later there was radio silence from most of them.

Before having my son in June of 2014 my body was a mess. After having him I knew I needed to get my life on track and I did. After losing the baby weight I lost an additional 30 pounds! I was feeling great, eating right and walking a lot. It took sometime but I was happy with the results I saw and the lifestyle we as a family we’re living.

Fast forward to August 2017 when I had our daughter. Still living a relatively healthy lifestyle and I told myself, “This will be easy this time around. I already did this once so I can do it again”. I even joined a gym for the first time ever to jump start my journey and start losing the baby weight faster.

After 5 months and not a lot of changes I noticed my body had different plans. My body hurt all the time, my face was riddled with acne and I felt gross all the time. This was not the normal life with a toddler and new baby. From migraines to depression and heartburn to constant fatigue I knew I had to change something. I assumed it might be a bit harder being older and having double the stress but things weren’t looking great.

It’s been almost 6 months since I had our daughter and I’m starting Whole30.

My goals are simple:

  1. Clearer skin – I’m almost 29 years old and I still has acne. Why? It’s one of life’s cruel jokes. So, if I could see any improvement in my skin and nothing else, I would take a win for the whole Whole30 experience.
  2. More Sleep – On average it takes me anywhere from 30-60 minutes to fall asleep every night. I also wake up numerous times throughout the night so sleeping better would be ideal.
  3. Less Bloating – I feel bloated all the time and it makes my mom pooch stick out even more.
  4. Less Heartburn – After just about every meal, you can find me reaching for the Tums. Not having to consume what feels like 100 antacids a day would be a great health improvement for myself.

I know a lot of people look at Whole30 as a potential weight loss solution(although the book suggests not to) and I am trying to not see it that way too. I do plan to measure my body in certain areas just to see if there is any difference.

I’ll be posting recipes, whether they are worth making again or not and I’ll be checking in as often as possible to report progress on our Instagram story @diydougherty.