Whole30 Weeks 2- 4

 In Food, Lifestyle, Recipes

I DID IT! I survived the Whole30! I cannot believe that those 30 days flew by so so quickly. Overall, I am extremely excited that I decided to try it!

At the beginning, I really did not think that I would be able to stick with it, especially being a college student. I feel like unhealthy foods are all around me (think free pizza at meetings, late night munchies, etc.) But, I started cooking so much more at home and I would bring snacks with me to any event where food was served.

I feel so much better than I did before I started Whole30! This program truly worked for me and I’m really glad! Here are my top takeaways:

1) Fewer migraines– This is HUGE for me. I suffer from migraines and get headaches pretty frequently. Since being on Whole30, I’ve only gotten a headache once a week or less!

2) More energy– Putting good food into your body means you feel good. Instead of feeling stuffed and tired after a meal I feel energized and ready to work.

3) Way less bloating– Now I wake up in the mornings feeling refreshed, with no bloating at all! Artificial flavorings in foods definitely do not work for me.

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Contrary to popular belief, healthy/clean eating can be so yummy! Here are some of my favorite Whole30 recipes I found and saved on my Pinterest 🙂

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto 
Greek Chicken Salad
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl 
Plantain Nachos
Mango Chicken with Cauliflower Rice

Even though I’m done with Whole30 (well, in my reintroduction phase), I plan to keep dairy and bread mostly out of my diet! I also plan to only have dessert once a week (or less).  By doing Whole30 I realized how to listen to my body, see when I’m actually hungry, and eat things that give me energy.

I hope this inspires you to try your own lifestyle change! Feel free to comment with any questions or experiences you’ve had 🙂

Xx,

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  • Danielle
    Reply

    Yay!! You did it! Congrats lady! Sticking out 30 days takes a lot of drive and determination, so you should be super proud!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  • thomasfalkenstedt.com
    Reply

    Lauren, you MADE it girl! 😀 And reading about all the good things coming out of it I'd definitely want to try the Whole 30 concept out! Thanks for inspiring me to be more healthy in my life! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/

  • Stephanie Whitman
    Reply

    I'm really proud of you for making it through Whole 30! I keep hearing such amazing things about following this program, and while my seriously long list of allergies kind of prevent me from eating a good portion of the "typical" recipes, I'm still wanting to try several of the ones you've listed here! It sounds kinda fun to me!!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • Mylifeaslaurr
    Reply

    Thanks GF! 🙂

  • Mylifeaslaurr
    Reply

    Omg I know right!! YAY- so happy it inspired you 🙂 Thanks for the positive encouragement!!

    Xx,

    Lauren

  • Mylifeaslaurr
    Reply

    Thanks so much, Stephanie 🙂 There are so many good recipes out there, I'm sure you'll find some great ones!!

    Xx,

    Lauren

  • Bryanna Bach
    Reply

    Dairy is by far the hardest thing for me to kick out of my diet! It's seriously so good! I'm so happy with how well the diet plan worked out for you and 30 days is a pretty long time to keep with it. Most impressive!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  • Jordan Laurelle
    Reply

    Ahhh, I just ate a bunch of chocolate and feel so guilty reading this, haha. I totally agree though. I try to eat really healthy usually, and you feel so much better!! Congrats on making it through!!
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  • huyen tran
    Reply

    oooo girl congrats for completing 30 days! I need to up my diet plan if I wanna get abs but all them greasy food keeps calling my name haha. I never thought about removing diary from my diet because cereal seems like such a quick meal!! It is so hard to eat clean, especially when you're on the go and wanna grab something quick!

    – Huyen Tran
    https://huyentxo.com/

  • Sarah Tahami
    Reply

    This is awesome, congrats! I am so intrigued by this diet, I try to stay paleo when I can but Whole30 interests me. I also suffer from migraines so I'm so happy to hear your symptoms are getting better.
    Sarah // http://www.sarahtahami.com

  • Iliana Garcia
    Reply

    Yay congrats doll! You're making me want to try myself 🙂

    It always so hard to let go of the "good" food but you definitely are huge motivivation!
    Xx

  • Mylifeaslaurr
    Reply

    I know.. it's hard! But I've been feeling so much better!

  • Linh Dao
    Reply

    Wow! You made it! This is awesome! I love that you stuck to it! I need to try this and I am super excited for spring and summer time! I love all the beautiful picks you picked! Such cute bathing suits!

    Linh

  • Christin Suthard
    Reply

    I’m just starting the Whole30 today and am already lamenting the lack of good options near my office on campus for things to eat. I did a quick search online for Whole30 at UR and was psyched to find a blog from someone I actually know! Always glad to read a success story, too — any tips for good options on campus? Or did you find it was just easier to prep your own things?

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      I’m glad you found this! Whole30 was absolutely amazing and I felt so great after! I’m actually thinking about starting it again. I prepared a lot of my own meals and would do big meal preps on Sunday to get ready for the week. But, I found that Lou’s salads are a good option (just bring your own Whole30 approved dressing, or use olive oil and lemon juice). I really liked the Tessamae’s All Natural dressings and still use them now! Here’s a link to them!

      Xx,

      Lauren

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