My Review: Whole 30 Diet – Why I Tried It and Why I Quit Early

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I hate dieting. It’s something I’ve never really done, or stuck to for more than a week or so. One of my friends told me about Whole 30 and how she lost a ton of weight doing it. I thought, hey maybe this is something I could do. I enlisted my two roommates to join me on this crazy diet and August 1, we decided to go for it.

What is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is technically not a diet, but “a way of life” as the creators call it. It’s basically an elimination diet for 30 days. Here are the rules:

-No sugar
-No dairy
-No grains
-No legumes
-No alcohol

Now, that’s a pretty extensive list of what NOT to eat. Not to mention all of those categories are daily staples in my diet. So now that I listed what you can NOT eat, here is what you can eat: whole foods; vegetables, fruits, and protein (meats and seafood). That’s about it. Also, another rule of Whole 30 was you shouldn’t snack. They wanted you to eat 3 meals a day, breakfast lunch and dinner. That’s it. Did I follow this? No. And I’ll tell you why below.

And so it begins…

The first day I thought, wow this is a piece of cake. I can totally do this. I was excited to try this new diet out and more excited to see the end results. But then day two rolled around and I was already starting to regret it. I had BAD cravings. I realized I was seriously addicted to sugar. Not to mention all I wanted was an ooey-gooey cheese quesadilla. The first week was rough, and even the second week was pretty bad. Every day was OK until I hit around dinner time. I’m a huge snacker, with a big sweet tooth. After dinner, I’m always craving some sort of dessert. I substituted my usual desserts with a lot of fruit. Now, I know snacking isn’t a part of Whole 30, but I had to, I was driving myself nuts with the sugar cravings.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Around the beginning of week two I started to feel a little lighter. Maybe I’m losing weight, I thought. This could all be worth it! Then a couple days later, I felt so bloated and gross. My body was certainly going through a big adjustment period with all the whole foods I was eating. A lot of people mention having extra energy while on Whole 30, I unfortunately didn’t experience this. If anything, I felt more tired. One of my roommates agreed with me on the lack of energy, while the other was the complete opposite. I also had weird food dreams, almost daily. My one roommate said she also had weird food dreams about cheating and eating something she shouldn’t have. It’s crazy to see how much restricting yourself on the foods you normally eat can affect your psyche.

At the half way mark of Day 16, we all decided to weigh ourselves. You’re technically not supposed to weigh yourself until the end of the 30 days, but we were dying to know if this was working. When I stepped on the scale, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost 7 pounds. Woohoo! But here’s where is went down hill. A week later on Day 22, I decided to weigh myself again. I thought, this is great I lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks I surely lost a few more pounds. Nope. I lost .2 pounds. In one week. Granted, I did cheat one night at the movies with a pack of Sour Patch Kids, but I highly doubt that was that detrimental. I had plateaued. My friend who had previously done this diet also told me that she plateaued after the first couple of weeks.

How cheating lead to quitting.

Day 25 was the day I ended my diet. I know, I know, I was so close to the end. But at this point, I knew my body had already plateaued and I probably wouldn’t lose much more weight. And by this point I was hating my life, and this diet. I had never been so restrictive on myself before, and honestly I hated it. On Day 25, it all started with a coworker bringing in donuts. We had meetings all day and donuts are one of my favorite snacks. I was stressed and depressed from not eating sugar and I caved. I had a donut. And honestly, it was worth it. Then that night, we had a work dinner at Baltaire (if you live in LA and haven’t been to Baltaire’s yet, you are seriously missing out). My boss ordered us the lobster mac and cheese for the table, knowing it’s one of my favorites. Seriously, it’s the best mac and cheese in all of LA. Once again, I just couldn’t resist. I already cheated earlier in the day, why not just keep it going. The next day, the same thing happened. We had leftover donuts and leftover mac and cheese. At this point I decided, I was done with this diet.

After eating pretty crappy for a couple of days, I decided to step back on the scale. For sure I had gained atleast half of my weight back, I thought. But to my surprise, I had only gained half a pound back.

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Overall thoughts.

Did I enjoy the Whole 30 diet? Yes, and no. Yes, to the fact that I had lost 7 pounds. I was able to squeeze into my favorite pair of jeans that I hadn’t been able to wear in a year. But, other than that no. I really hated being so restrictive on myself. I also hated that it really took a toll on my social life. I couldn’t go out to eat with my friends, like I normally would. And our weekends, were pretty much just sitting at home watching Netflix wishing we could eat some Ben and Jerry’s.

What I did enjoy about Whole 30 however, was learning to cook more. With the Whole 30 diet, you really have to prepare all of your meals. While this is tiring and can get old fast, I did find some really yummy recipes that I will definitely make again. My favorite go-tos for this diet was a Breakfast Chili (thanks Amy for sharing!) and Frozen Mango and Chia Popsicles (image above).

Moving forward, I definitely want to continue to eat healthier than I used to, but certainly not as restrictive as this diet. Have you guys tried the Whole 30 Diet? Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!



My Review: Shape House


I’m going to start a little series on my blog where I review new things or places that I try. First up, Shape House. Shape House is known to be “an urban sweat lodge.” I first heard about Sweat Lodge on Vanderpump Rules. Yes, it’s true. On the show Stassi and Katie go to Shape House to shed some quick pounds before a photoshoot. As Stassi described it, “you just sweat and you’re magically skinny.” Sign. Me. Up. Shape House has also been seen on the Kardashians, E!, Ellen and many more places so obviously I was intrigued. When I saw a Gilt pass for a session at Shape House, I decided to bite the bullet. I paid $30 for one session, normally one sweat session cost $45.

I booked my session and was immediately intimidated. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. They told me to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt, sweat pants and socks. Now I’m going to be honest here, I don’t own any long sleeve cotton shirts (I should probably invest), so I borrowed one from my roommate. This getup looked atrocious, especially in the 80 degree weather we’ve been having here in LA. Once I got to Shape House, I learned that I could borrow clothes, which they recommended since I didn’t bring additional clothes to change into. “Trust me, you’re going to want to change” the girl told me. And boy was she right.

When I first arrived to Shape House (the Larchmont location), I was immediately relaxed. The vibe of Shape House was so relaxing, it was lightly dimmed and smelled very herbal. I sat down, signed a waiver, probably stating that if I pass out it’s not their fault, and was handed a tall glass of alkaline water. I got changed into an orange long sleeve shirt and baggy grey sweats with some socks, it resembled a prison suit to me but hey we’re here to sweat, not look good. After I was all ready, they brought me to my bed. Each bed was divided by curtains so everyone had their own personal room. In each tiny room was a TV, where you could watch Netflix, HBO, Hulu or whatever else your heart desires. The girl who was helping me tucked me into my bed and wrapped me up. It was basically like being on a hospital bed, wrapped in a hot sleeping bag. I was sitting up so that I could view the TV, and it was surprisingly kind of comfortable…well as comfortable as being wrapped in a hot bed could be.

Now onto the actual sweat. The time surprisingly went fast. Thank God for the TV because it helped keep my mind off of the fact that I was profusely sweating. I was told the first twenty minute would be the easiest: correct. It went by very fast. The second twenty minutes would be slightly more challenging, this is where your body starts to work more: also correct. In the second half of the session, the girl helping me came by with a cold compress that had lavender toner in it. This was honestly so amazing. It was much needed! The last fifteen minutes were supposed to be the hardest. This is when your body starts acting as if you’re doing a cardio workout. I felt my heart racing and pumping hard to keep me going. I was actually very surprised because it really did feel as if I was doing an intense workout at this point. Before I knew it, my session was over.

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After your session, they take you to the “relaxation room”. It’s a small room with various chairs and they offer you tea, orange slices or more water. You can sit and relax while they play some mediating music. I rested for about 15 minutes before deciding it was time to go home. When you leave they recommend you don’t shower for at least two hours to keep your metabolism boosted for the next day and a half. Although disgusting, I decided to stick to their advice.

After my sweat, I felt a burst of energy. It was as if I had done a spin class or went for a run where I was now full of endorphins. I had a slight headache that lasted until the next morning, which I concluded was because I was dehydrated before my sweat. But after popping two Advils, the headache went away. I was told I would have a good nights sleep after my sweat but unfortunately I didn’t. I woke up numerous times during the night, but I’ve recently had some sleep issues so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. In the two days afterwards, I ended up losing about 3 pounds in water weight which was probably my favorite part. I felt lighter and healthier.

Overall, I really enjoyed my sweat at Shape House. I think this would be a great thing to do if you had an event to go to, or even just wanted to detox after a vacation or something. I would definitely go to Shape House again. If you live in the LA area, and want to check out Shape House visit their website here.