what the whole30 diet taught me even though i dont use it

What The Whole30 Diet Taught Me Even Though I Don’t Use it

The Whole30 Diet has been super popular among my friends and a lot of the people on my social media accounts. They just love it and talk about it all the time. I’ve had a look at it – a close look – and it’s not for me. After all, no single diet is perfect for everyone. I just happen to be one of those people who won’t be using this strategy for my own weight management and overall health.

Still, just because I’m not planning to stick to this strategy, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn some valuable tips while I was reading into it. It’s a well thought out concept. It is basically meant to be a 30 day regime that forces you to avoid all processed foods, added sugars, grains, alcohol, dairy and legumes. Instead, you eat a tone of veggies, some fruits and a moderate amount of seafood, meat, eggs and poultry.

For me, that’s pretty extreme. I’m already trying not to eat much processed food and I’m working hard to cut out as many added sugars as I can. But I think whole grains are fantastic for my health and a bit of dairy is doing me more good than harm. I just wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything The Whole30 Diet would want me to do. Still, the following are some great things to take away from the Whole30 diet regardless of whether or not the whole thing is right for you:

Protein is important. Get enough of it. – While I do get enough protein in total in my day, I usually get the vast majority of it from one meal, with little bits peppered throughout the rest of the day. Since I read about Whole30, I’ve been shifting that balance so that I receive more protein steadily throughout the day instead of all at once. That way, it helps to improve the way my body functions, the repair of my muscles and even offers a longer feeling of fullness from my meals because it takes longer to digest.

Pay attention to portion sizes – I have been trying to get my portions right for some time now, but The Whole30 Diet places a very big focus on this that helped the concept to make more sense to me. The diet does not require any kind of calorie counting or restrictions. Instead, it points to the portions of foods such as meat. I’m someone who believes in calorie counting as a tool, not as a be-all-and-end-all to a diet. That said, the more I understand the appropriate portion sizes for foods, the less I have to fall back on counting the specific calories the foods contain.

Alcohol needs a smaller place in my life – I’ve never been a heavy drinker. Still, I like to have a few glasses of something in social situations. Despite the fact that I have been cutting down on sugars and processed foods, I’ve left my alcohol calories alone. That said, after reading into Whole30, I’ve started cutting back. Even though I only have alcohol once per week or so, I was still drinking too much. For a woman, one to one and a half glasses is actually supposed to be the maximum serving. For men, it’s two glasses. I was usually having three or four (over a period of hours, not all at once). That was messing up my digestion, metabolism and was bad for my health. Now, I’m down to one or two. It’s even helping me sleep better!

how i did veganism wrong to try to lose weight

How I Did Veganism Wrong to Try to Lose Weight

There’s an awful lot of web space out there dedicated to telling us that if we want to lose weight, going plant based is the best choice we can make. I’ve definitely been tinkering with the idea of vegetarianism, even though I’ve never really gone there. I do like the idea of a plant based diet, but it has a huge learning curve if you want to do it right and I’ve never really felt ready for that.

I’ve definitely been playing around with reducing the amount of meat I’ve been eating. I’ve had “Meatless Mondays” (or whichever day of the week suits me best) for quite some time now. I like that it’s healthy and reduces my impact on the environment. Cows may look like they’re being wholesome and natural when they’re out there in a farm field, but the massive industry farms are the top food-based pollutant the world has.

So I decided to try a 21 day vegan challenge, just to see what it would do to my energy, my overall feeling of wellness and my weight. I figured that I’d get pretty healthy and end up losing a few pounds along the way. Then I would decide whether or not I wanted to choose veganism for a longer period of time.

So for three weeks, I went without any products that were animal based. This included meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy and even honey.

Honestly, it felt like a great choice. I was very proud of it. As I was walking down the street, if I passed a bird or a dog, I felt oddly more in tune with them. It was as though I’d chosen the lives of animals over the pleasure of my taste buds (not that I would eat a dog or a cardinal, but they represented all animals to me). I loved the way I felt like I was respecting animal life and wellbeing.

I didn’t bother counting calories, but I did try to pay attention to my macronutrients. I wanted to make sure I kept a similar balance so I wouldn’t end up starving all the time or losing my muscle tone.

It was harder than I thought. I’d been under the impression that I knew some things about the non meat eating world. Apparently, I was wrong. I struggled to get enough protein through the foods I was used to eating, and I found myself at the supermarket at the last minute trying to find alternatives.

Everything took way longer to cook because I had to put a lot more thought into it. I couldn’t just fall back on my usual meals. I had to focus on getting my ingredients together and making them make sense.

I ate tons of food to try to keep up with my appetite, which seemed to double in size. Unfortunately, my appetite wasn’t the only thing that got bigger. In three weeks, I gained a pound per week! I’d expected to lose weight, but I gained, instead. My energy level started off strong, but over time I was getting head rushes when I’d stand up, and I was fatigued all the time.

Do I blame veganism? Not at all. I blame myself. I did it all wrong. I should have eased into it instead of going cold tofurkey. I should have learned a lot more before cutting all meat out of my meals. I also likely should have consulted with my doctor so I’d know what supplements I should use for backup.

I’ll likely try veganism again one day, but for now, I’ll just try to reduce the amount of meat I eat, instead while keeping a healthy balance. That should help me manage my weight much more effectively.

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How to Lose Weight While You’re Sound Asleep

If you were told that you could go to bed tonight and start losing weight until you wake up, would you believe it? While weight loss during your sleep isn’t powerful enough to make up your entire strategy, you may be surprised at the difference it can make when you add the right overnight techniques to your diet and exercise efforts.

Sleep, itself, is actually a fantastic weight loss tool unto itself. Getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis can be one of the best things you can do for yourself for making it easier to watch the numbers on the bathroom scale fall. Several studies have shown that getting enough sleep – not too little but also not too much – can greatly decrease the struggle associated with dieting. Keep reading this post

healthy beach foods for dieters

Healthy Food and Drink Options You Can Get at the Beach

Whether you’re enjoying your summer or are enjoying a tropical vacation, a day at the beach is a gorgeous, relaxing and fun way to spend your time. Unfortunately, unless you plan to bring all your food with you, you’ll need to reply on concession stands. Though delicious, the funnel cake and fried foods can be greatly damaging to your efforts to lose – or even maintain – weight.

Still, that doesn’t mean that you need to give up all the fun of having lunch or a snack at the beach. There are actually some pretty healthy options out there – comparatively speaking – as long as you know where to look and what to choose. What’s more, when you choose them, you’ll be able to enjoy something delicious without feeling like you’re bloating up and looking your worst in your bathing suit! Keep reading this post

When You Stop Snacking for 30 Days

What Happens When You Stop Snacking for 30 Days

Most nutritionists and doctors will tell you that even if you want to lose weight, snacking should remain a part of your daily eating habits. But many of us struggle to be able to stick within the limits of reasonable snacking. We’re used to plowing our way through a bag of chips or eating as much as we want of our favorite candy.

Would it be better to go cold turkey? If we can’t control how much we snack, is it better for us to simply skip snacking altogether? Likely not. It’s much better to focus your efforts on coming up with a strategy to teach yourself to snack within reason. Keep reading this post