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Whole 30 – The Real Deal

THIS IS IT YOU GUYS!!!! THE FINAL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that I have completed the Whole 30, I wanted to share my thoughts and results with you. Whole 30 isn’t for everyone. I don’t think I am better than you because I was able to go 30 days without grains, sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, and processed foods. Some people have no need to cut those things from their diet.

For me, Whole 30 was about proving to myself that I could go 30 days without these things. Because if I am being honest, I haven’t really succeeded with anything this strict in the past. Not that I ever officially tried. I would say that I was watching what I ate or counting calories, but I would always have little cheats and no one else would know it…but I knew it. Whole 30 was proving that food does not control me.

I also have been having a lot of skin issues the past year. My cheeks are constantly broken out and I have never had it this bad my entire life. I knew something had to change and changing up all the skin care products wasn’t doing a thing for me.

Things I have Learned:

–You in fact wont die without cheese and grains. Crazy, right??? I was sure I would.

–I actually didn’t miss alcohol. Not even a little.

–I didn’t really miss much of anything after the first week if I am being completely honest. It literally got easier and easier as the  month went on. Sure, I would have loved to have some crackers and goat cheese or a cheeseburger or whatever, but I really didn’t miss anything. I even got to the point where I literally didn’t crave anything sweet.

–It is really helpful to have at least one friend doing this with you. Besides Amy and Laura who hosted The Breakup Challenge, my best friend Laura and her husband did Whole 30 with me. One of my coworkers joined me on week two and another joined us on my third week and we all three ate lunch in the break room every day and talked about all the fun things we have been cooking and how we have been feeling. I thank every single one of them for being supportive.

–If you already meal plan, this really isn’t much extra effort. The only thing that I have had to change while grocery shopping was that I really had to pay even more attention to labels than I already do.

–Eating super clean and healthy is more expensive. I think we all already knew this, but it was proven as our grocery bill has been higher since I started this. But to be fair, we are eating more meals at home than we did before. And I am spending zero  money on alcohol or coffee out…so I think that makes up for it.

–I can actually drink black coffee. You get used to not having creamer after about 7 to 10 days of straight up black. However, if I had to say one thing I missed the most…it was the creamer in my coffee in the mornings. It is just so much more enjoyable that way.

Myth or Fact:

Hanger – The second and third day I was a little tired and hangry, nothing I couldn’t get through. It was my fault for not eating enough the first week. Also, I had just got home from a vacation, that following week having to go back to the real world is a always a little trying anyways.

Tiger Blood – Yes, this is in fact true. While Tiger Blood didn’t last a full week or whatever for me, the feeling came and went certain days and it was euphoric!

Other than that, I didn’t really experience the other things that people claim that they go through. I wasn’t wanting to kill all the things or nap for days. I didn’t want to throw in the towel half way in. I honestly started feeling better after about day 5 or 6 and have been fine since. Ironically, my sugar cravings stopped around that time too. Go figure, right??


I wish I would have taken measurements, but I didn’t. So I can’t really give you facts like I shaved 2 inches off my waist and ass or anything like that. What I can tell you is that I fit into a top that I haven’t worn in a year. My “tight” pants aren’t so tight anymore. I had a male co-worker tell me “I was looking slimmer” and that “whole 30 was working for me.” One of my beloved Ahole Bros girls told me “You are looking fucking fabulous.” So yeah, there have been some body changes!!!!

As of this morning, I have lost exactly SEVEN POUNDS! That’s right 7 lb’s!!! Sure that might not seem like a lot to some people, but 7 pounds is the most I have ever lost in one month. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale this morning. Disappointment, perhaps? I mean that is usually the feeling one gets around the scale. I basically danced all over the house.

Also, and most importantly for me….my face has completely cleared up. Sure, I have been left with some nasty scarring that I am going to have to figure out how to deal with. Does Mederma work on the face???? But I haven’t really had any bad breakouts this entire month which is HUGE for me.

Sadly, that means that I am in fact allergic or sensitive to something that I had been consuming regularly. I am side eyeing you dairy and grains. Ohhhhh the day when I figure out which one it is will be a sad, sad day my friends.

Before and After 1Before and After 2These next two are both AFTER

After 1After 2That white shirt is the one that didn’t fit me very well a year ago. And you can see that my black work pants are too big on my legs, they are puddling behind the and under the knees. Granted, they are a wider leg flare bottom, but not supposed to be that big where the knees are.


You guys, I literally did not even cheat once during this 30 days…..intentionally. You see, Saturday after my nephews basketball game….we ate a late lunch at Logans. I made sure to order my sweet potato with no butter or sugar, just cinnamon, etc. I did, however, forget to tell them no cheese on my salad. I ate at least 6 bites before I realized why the salad tasted so fucking delicious and amazing. It was because there was cheese in it. YOU GUYS!!!! I literally almost started crying at the table in the packed restaurant. Chris and my sister laughed and made fun of me, “Oh no, cheese!!! You’re going to die!!!” But seriously, I was so sad and upset with myself that I didn’t even notice and had consumed a few bites.

Obviously, I quit eating it immediately. But still. I had to be very honest and say that I did consume just a few bites of cheese on accident.

Coincidentally, or maybe not so coincidentally, I woke up Sunday morning with a pimple on my cheek. Just one. I am not sure that a few little bites of shredded cheddar could do that, but who knows. I mean, I doubt there was even a piece of it in every one of those 6 bites anyways.

What Now?

I am still trying to decide 100% what I am going to do now that I am done with Whole 30. My plan for now is to drop down to Paleo during the week and allow myself one full out cheat meal on Saturdays and perhaps a half a cheat for Friday lunches. Who would have thought that I would say something like “Drop down to paleo” in my entire life??? Not me friends….not me. And yet, here I am.

What is my first cheat meal?

Laura and I plan to try out a new restaurant later this week and that will be the first “real meal” that I will be having. Does someone smell a cheeseburger?

Will this be me on my first cheat meal?

Time will tell!

I plan to update you guys in a few weeks after I have gone through “reintroduction” and let you know my thoughts on all that and what I will be doing after. You know….the whole “lifestyle” thing.

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  • Reply February 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    kudos to you for making the 30 days! woo hoo!! thank you for sharing your experiences with us! i’m so proud you stuck it the whole time. ooh that black coffee though–i couldn’t do it. i’d just give it up altogether i guess.

  • Reply Tricia Coniglio February 2, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Congrats on following it for a full 30 days. I can totally see a difference in your complexion!! It is truly amazing what our bodies tell us and if we are paying attention we can give it exactly what it needs. I have been noticing that I get tired after lunch and I have been paying attention to what I’m eating but I haven’t noticed a pattern yet. I am thinking I probably have to follow a strict log and watch patterns for a few days.

  • Reply Laura February 2, 2016 at 8:19 am

    You’re a fucking badass. I wish I could just leave it at that, but I won’t. You look amazing, and I’m so so proud of you for sticking to it! We get our reward soon!!!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston February 2, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Congratulations on completing this challenge!! So happy to hear that you’re thrilled with the results not only physically but mentally as well! The best part is proving to yourself that you can accomplish this! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine February 2, 2016 at 8:51 am

    So very proud of you Nadine! I love the line food does not control me and 7 pounds is a lot girl. You look amazing! I love that picture of you in the white shirt, a skinny mini, but you look so fit and so good, even your skin looks beautiful!! The most important part is that you feel good and that you know you are in control of your mind and your body! I think we all need to ask ourselves; could we do it? Yes we can, it’s just a matter of putting your mind to it and having the confidence to stick with it! You are a true inspiration for so many of us! Enjoy that cheat meal my friend!! 😉

  • Reply Christina February 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Congrats!! I know sticking to something new can be really hard, so it’s awesome that you saw it through!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  • Reply Rebecca Jo February 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I would be so afraid I’d get sick going back to eating regular or a cheat meal… be careful 🙂
    7 lbs is FANTASTIC! That’s great! I’m sure its a boost to really keep some of these methods of eating ingrained in your daily life.
    I couldnt go without creamer. But I hate all the creamers with crap in them. I love the Natural Bliss that is just cream & sugar – not healthy by any means, but so much better then the extra junk.
    You did a fantastic job lady! You should feel proud of yourself!

  • Reply Stephanie February 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Congrats on making it all 30 days, that’s seriously amazing! Go you! I imagine it’s so expensive because of the meat. I can’t do it because I eat vegan, and my grocery bill is cheap. Meat must be the killer, it is when I have to shop for John!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots February 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

    That is so awesome , congrats!! I know I could never do it, I’ve started and failed several similar diets before.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer February 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    So proud of you! That is awesome and you look amazing. I can’t wait to see what you do next! I used to drink my coffee black but the stuff we have at work needs it and so I’m addicted to creamer again. Giving up grains would be incredibly hard for me… But I know you can do it! Dairy has not been an issue since I feel so much better without it.

  • Reply Amy February 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I am so proud of you! 7 pounds is awesome!!! I know the hardest part of your first Whole30 is committing and starting. I am so glad it was easier for you than you thought. you look great! Can’t wait to see what you discover as you go through the reintroduction phase. Totally enjoyed rocking this together!

  • Reply Carly February 2, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Ah yes! Congratulations! You totally rocked it!!! Whole 30 is def easier when you have someone doing it with you. I can’t wait to do another round!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis February 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Congrats girl! You look awesome! I loved reading about your and it was great you had friends that joined you so you had a good support team throughout the process. That is excellent that you didn’t cheat once except the cheese incident but that wasn’t your fault so it doesn’t count.

  • Reply Mattie February 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Way to go! You are glowing in the after pictures!!! I was really excited to read this post. I know there is no way I could do this unless Michael did it with me. I am super impressed with how you even made non-Whole 30 stuff for Chris/went out to eat with people not doing Whole 30 and you didn’t give in!

  • Reply kristen February 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    seriously girl. all the happiness for you right now. you really do look fucking fabulous. and 7lbs is AMAZING. i’m sorry you ate a bit of cheese, but your willpower and dedication is so inspiring and fabulous, i wish i could be as awesome as you. like, if i could just give up sugar at least lol.

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo February 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Hahaha I love, “step down to paleo” because that’s probably about what I’ll do too. Add some natural sweeteners back in my life and my coffee!! I am so proud of you and glad you had all the support you needed. It really isn’t all THAT hard right? And the difference it makes is worth it. Seriously, you ARE looking fab! Doesn’t it just feel good? I hope I can take it easy on the reintroduction stuff. I have a cabin trip this weekend though and I have a feeling all hell, and carbs, will break loose.

  • Reply B @ Sequin Notebook February 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Color me impressed! That is awesome that you saw such great results and felt the difference. I’m not sure I have the willpower to do it myself, but I’d really like to try…what were some of your favorite Whole 30 recipes?

  • Reply Dani February 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Personally I think you looked fab before, but now you look extra fab! I love that white top too. What’s tiger blood though? Congrats on making it through! I hope you find the skin culprit, and I really hope that it’s not cheese!

  • Reply Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire February 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    You did it! Mark it off your 40 x 40 list! Doesn’t it feel so good to accomplish this! So glad you had a good support because that sure makes it easier!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista February 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    You are a total rockstar my friend for completing this challenge without cheating even once. And I will agree, you are looking fabulous! I’m always so amazed when I hear those of you who have conquered this, your body must be loving you right now. I would love to try it, but may have to dip my toe in the water first <3

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter February 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I have to say that I am so impressed by this and you! I have never tried something like this. I think about it sometimes but I am such a sugar addict that I dont know if I would be able to do it! Overall, I think your skin looks fabulous and you do look thinner! Great job!

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization, Actually February 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    That is so awesome! Way to kick ass!!! I’ve never done a challenge that followed specific rules. I did try to break myself of the sugar addiction last year and was successful for about 2 months before I reverted. Lately I’ve been upset and ignoring all health ambitions, but that’s really not going to fix anything or make me feel better. And I’m interested to see if I notice any changes the way you did. But I’m not sure I have the conviction to follow through with it. We’ll see. I’ll mull it over. Whaaaaat is Tiger Blood???

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders February 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    That is so awesome that you were able to “survive” Whole30! I think that I would seriously miss wine and cheese a whole lot, but it sounds like you did too. And if you can do it, I probably could to. That’s awesome that you had such good results with it too! The feeling of being able to fit into clothes that were getting tight before you went on a diet is the best feeling ever! I do hope that you enjoy your big ole cheeseburger that you’re going to order on your first cheat day though!

  • Reply Jenna February 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    …and now I’m going to have to try this.

  • Reply Michael February 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Go you for completing this!! I know damn well I do not have the willpower or drive to complete this so I’ll pass. I could stand to start eating more green though. Not that I eat junk, just less butter, sugar, carbs – that sort of thing.

  • Reply Kay R. February 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    You look amazing! congrats girlie!

  • Reply Jess February 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Congrats on feeling better! Since I eat vegan, people ask me all the time how I can live without cheese, and honestly, I don’t miss it most of the time. Do I sometimes look longingly at a cheese pizza? Sure, but I have ways of getting around it. Also, dairy used to make me feel gross sometimes and I’m probably a little lactose-intolerant.

  • Reply Cara February 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Congrats girl! 7 lbs is awesome, and the fact that others are noticing a change is great! You look fabulous in that last photo with the white top! 🙂

  • Reply Nadine February 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Awesome job! 7 pounds is amazing, like really incredible! But the clear skin has got to be so validating! I tried weeks of paleo, and found no difference. I think my body has other stuff going wrong. But your month has really inspired me!

  • Reply Tracy February 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    You do look fucking fabulous! Not that you didn’t before, but 7 pounds seems like a lot to me and even if you hadn’t given a number, I could still tell the difference between the before and after. I so freaking proud of you for making it through this! Even more impressive that it was a good, positive experience that changed the way you think about food (which I know was your goal). YAY I seriously love this post!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says February 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Congrats on finishing!!! I’m so proud of you and your results are amazing. The nonscale victories are even better, aren’t they? But the scale victories are nice, too.

    As you know, i had many of the same thoughts at the end of mine. It’s a relief to know what makes you feel good and bad and how to manage your life around it.

    Enjoy your first post Whole30 meal! It’ll be one of the best ones you’ve had in awhile!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky February 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    girl, you KILLED it this month! i am so proud of you!!

    isn’t it mind blowing how food totally changes everything – skin, body, how you feel etc. i bet you 100% it’s the grains that wreak havoc on your skin…that’s usually the culprit. by why? WHY??? grains are so delicious.

    also, that REGRET NOTHING meme – LOL for days!

  • Reply Katy February 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    YAYYY!!!! I cannot wait to make it to Day 30!!! Whooo! GO YOU!
    (Um, totally feel you on the cheese, because I ordered Justins Almond Butter. Vanilla, at the last minute, because the classic wasn’t available on Prime Pantry at the time I was checking out. So, tonight, I get my box, open it all up and rip open the almond butter, put a like…. 1/2 centimeter on the tip of a knife to try it. And, as I’m swallowing I’m looking at the ingedients seeing Cane Sugar as the second one. I almost cried too.)

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