Whole30: Halfway Through

15 days.

15 days of no dairy, sugar, alcohol, grains, or beans. I’m halfway through my first #Whole30 detox and if you read my last post at the seven day mark, you know I was pretty much raving about it. You know what else?

Nothing has changed.

Well, I mean everything has changed, but as far as progress, it’s still two-thumbs up, full-steam-ahead, go-team-go, and all that jazz. I’ve had no slip-ups—not one grain of rice, one sip of champers, nothing. And I feel absolutely incredible.

An Instagrammed photo of me on Day 12 of Whole30, wearing jeans that I’ve haven’t worn in two years!

What’s so great about Whole30?

Here’s what I’ve felt and noticed so far:

Amazing skin. Skin so glowing that with a little powder and blush, I’m good. Lovin’ that!

Decreased appetite and no cravings. My post-work, pre-workout hunger pangs? Gone. I have almost no desire to snack between meals, and no cravings for peanut butter, cocktails, chips, any of it. This is like an act of God, since I have—er, had—a voracious appetite. I could eat as much as my 6’3″ husband.

Sound sleep. Deep, delicious, sleep. No alcohol-induced heatwaves. And some days, even waking up before my alarm goes off, fully rested.

Plenty of energy. Enough to work, go to the gym, go through every day doing all the usual things without the morning coffee kickoff, or the afternoon coffee pick-me-up. Just pure, clean energy. Ah.

Weight loss. Committing to this program also means committing to not stepping on the scale the whole time. And I haven’t. But I’m wearing all the “skinny” clothes that have been collecting dust in my closet for years! Even Hubby and my parents have noted the obvious weight loss I’ve experienced in just a couple of weeks.

More efficient fat burning and weight loss.
How do I know this, other than what I wrote above? Although you’re not supposed to count calories during the program, I have been counting them since March (using the My Fitness Pal app) at the behest of my trainer, so I needed to continue.

From March to June, with a lot of sweat, effort, some hunger, some falling off the wagon, I lost 10 pounds working out at least four times a week, and eating 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day. Then I regained two pounds. That’s when I started Whole30. Now, eating the same amount of calories as before—but food that’s closest to its natural state—I’m losing weight. Think about that. Same calories, but clean food with healthy fat like olive oil.

Reports have surfaced in the last few years that prove it’s not how many calories you consume, but the quality of those calories that matters3. I’m your guinea pig. I just accidentally tested the theory and I’m proof: a “low-fat” approach to weight loss isn’t nearly as effective (or satiating) as a whole foods/good fats approach, even when eating the same amount of calories. 1,200 calories in the form of processed deli meat, salads with sugar-loaded dressing, some whole meats and veggies, and coffee with non-fat milk and Splenda equated to a long, slow, arduous weight loss that was not easily sustained. 1,200 calories in the form of organic eggs, vegetables, avocados, fruits, fish, chicken, beef, and some nuts, is filling, satiating, and drops weight faster and easier than low-fat or low-carb approaches. That’s been my experience.

Since I’ve got your attention…

You know how people get diabetes, develop high cholesterol, have a heart attack, or get cancer, and then decide they need to change their diet and get some exercise?

Why wait until you're fat, sick, or depressed? Get healthy now.

Seriously. Why wait? Juicing your own veggies, eating organic, whole food, and investing in a gym membership may seem expensive, troublesome—and hey, you’re busy and tired. We all are. But if you think organic food is expensive, you may need to reconsider your point-of-view. The average cost of a less severe heart attack is, $760,000; a severe heart attack, $1 million1; diabetes, $6,000 a year2—and you still feel horrible through all of it! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend that kind of money on an amazing vacation that I can actually enjoy because I’m healthy and fit.

How is your health and fitness? Any questions about Whole30 you want to ask?


2 http://www.consumerreports.org/health/conditions-and-treatments/type-2-diabetes/controlling-costs/diabetes-costs.htm

3 http://www.boston.com/dailydose/2012/06/26/right-diet-not-just-reduced-calories-could-help-maintain-weight-loss-study-finds/mls7rx4jXD5yjf9cyttgIL/story.html


  1. I’ve been doing a modified version of the paleo diet since I was diagnosed with an MS-like disease earlier this year. This type of diet is good on so many levels. I have been slipping into cheating a bit more, and haven’t given up the alcohol. But you are inspiring me to consider it! Keep it up, you look great!

    1. Thank you, Lissy! I have been a big fan of regular cocktails for years…I’m sure I’ll have them again after Whole30, on the weekend. BUT, it’s only 30 days, and it really is incredible for your body. You should do it!

  2. I so want to do this but I really don’t think I can. I know that feeling when you haven’t eaten any bread or pasta for a while. So much more energy. Haha… I just realised I’m writing this with a glass of wine in front of me. Looking good V

  3. Quality of Calories! Yes! I think this is so true!!! When I eat clean I don’t have the weight struggles I do when I fall off the wagon.

    I am sooo excited for you and this process- it seems to have been amazing!

    1. Thanks sweetpea! It’s definitely been an revealing experience, that’s for sure. But I’ve learned so much that will help me stay healthy for the rest of my life. That’s invaluable.

    1. Donna, it’s time to explore new veggies, cooking methods, and seasonings. Google, and you shall find. I always say to people who don’t like veggies…you haven’t had GOOD veggies! My hubby used to hate them. I got him hooked on roasted vegetables, or things like greens with dates or figs, and now he eats his vegetables first, almost all the time!

      The folks at Whole9 would probably give you a dose of tough love…you know veggies are good for you. Time to be a grown up and figure out how to eat them!

  4. Awesome.
    I would love to start this month, but with two bachelorette parties in front of me. I’m going to have to wait till October.
    Thanks for chronicling your progress.

  5. V! You are such a GODDESSSSSS!!! I’ve been following along your detox plans and I have to admit I’m friggin’ sooooo amazingly inspired! I eat pretty well, exercise regularly, but it’s the late night munchies that I’m trying to wean off of…sooo hard, but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. Love that halfway through, you’ve detailed all the hi’s/lo’s…it’s not all skinny jeans and awesome skin, I’m sure.

    Keep up the amazing work, you ROCK honey!!!

    p.s. Would love to get your thoughts on my most recent hotel renovation when you get a chance! Hope to see you soon lovey!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

    1. Thanks lovely! Your comments are always so sweet…I feel like you’re my own personal cheerleader. Thanks for always supporting G&G.

      And I DID check out your hotel reno and OMGeeeeeezy, woman, you are super talented! I posted some of the shots on Pinterest. Amazing. Love it!

  6. Damn, gina! You look amazing! You have truly inspired me to get moving and get healthy. With heart disease on both sides of my family, it’s going to be my motivation. Thank you and keep going strong!

  7. V you are looking HAWTTTT! Absolutely AWESOME! So inspired after reading your post. Although, I will have to find a close enough alternative for vegetarians. Though, I have been doing more juicing than carb-ing and it does feel much much better. Great going.

    1. Aw, thanks Tanvi. I think there is a forum or resources on Whole 9’s site for vegetarians who want to do Whole30. And yeah, the juicing? It rocks.

  8. Koukla, you look freakin’ amaaaaazing! Good to hear this is working for you! Can’t wait to hear more… will you be continuing to cut things out regularly?

    1. Thanks, sweets! I know that after Whole30 I will not be picking my Splenda habit up again. I will continue to eat organic and juice as much as possible. I will probably continue to avoid milk, legumes, and bread when I can as well. I’m thinking I will avoid it all except for special occasions. And I figure by then, I will be so unaccustomed to sugar that I’ll have two bites and it will be overwhelming.

  9. V, you are so amazing and you look like a total babe. Your posts have really inspired my boyfriend and I to adopt some healthier habits. I stuck to a vegetarian diet from January 2011 to February 2012, but my body was telling me it wasn’t quite right for me. My boyfriend and I are now eating mostly fruits, veggies, fish, poultry, nuts and can’t get enough of our new juicer. We’ve completely cut out processed foods and have significantly cut back on grains, dairy, sugars and alcohol. We’re done with foods that have those long, hard to pronounce lists of ingredients! I couldn’t agree more with you that it really is all about the quality of the calories.
    Looking forward to hearing all about the second half of your program! XO

    1. Thanks, Brooke! You know, I admire people who try vegetarianism and can either be on board 100% or admit it’s not right. I was a vego once for 40 days, for lent, and like you, my body told me it needed more. We all have to do what is right for us.

      Glad to know my posts have inspired you and Aaron. The changes you have made are diet and lifestyle that is easy to maintain…not overly restrictive. Just good, clean food. My husband and I have done the same. He’s not doing Whole30, but he watched a couple documentaries with me, and has seen my progress and he’s on board. It’s nice to be a like-minded team, right?!

  10. You have my attention and I may try it, BUT! I can’t give up my coffee. I JUST CAN’T! Maybe I can, but I get anxious thinking about no coffee.

    1. I didn’t want to give it up either! But you don’t have to. You can have it. I gave it up because I hate coffee without sweetener. If you take yours white (you can do coconut mik) or black, you’re good!

      1. Awesome!

        I was excited about it, but I did some more research on the Whole 9 website, and it seems like they’re program isn’t exactly vegetarian-friendly. BUT I think this is the catalyst for me to eat more whole foods and less processed foods! I’ve been doing good so far.

  11. Wow! Ok, now I’m really intrigued. I’m just really scared to start one of these programs! I have a whole family to feed, and they’re picky…

    1. Scared?! Lady, feed them what they want and make something cleaner for yourself! If you’re making them spag and meatballs, you just have the meat with a salad. Meat and potatoes? You can have meat and sweet potatoes…they’re allowed! It’s not that hard, really. I know you can do it if you want to.

  12. Wow you look amazing!!! I’ve been seeing style activist posting her breakfast online. I totally think i can do this, as long as i’m able to cook a lot head of time! Thanks for posting your journey!

    1. Thanks, Michsi! If you’re interested, you should know it’s really not that hard. I’m not kidding! People mistakenly think there are all these foods they can’t eat instead of seeing how much they can! Fruits, veggies, meats, fish, some nuts, coconut milk, clarified butter, olive oil, vinegar…there are so many options.

  13. That is amazing V! So happy to hear this is working for you. I am seriously considering an eating plan along these lines in the very near future. Also love you in that rocker tee 🙂

  14. Vahni, I’m so happy for you! You look absolutely amazing! For the last 1 1/2 years I’ve been on a similar diet, called the Slow Carb Diet, which is quite similar to the one you’re doing and I can absolutely recommend it to everyone. While it is quite restricting and needs some time until you fully adjust to it, it had also such an amazing impact on my body and physical energy. I lost more than 20 pounds, felt so energetic, never hungry and my skin improved a lot, too. There’s a book by Timothy Ferriss, who developed this diet, which is super interesting to read, totally recommended: “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” (gotta love the title, right?!). Anyway, wishing you all the best for the rest of your Whole30 journey.

    1. Irina, thank you so much for your sweet comment! Slow carb is supposed to be good too…I’ve heard of it. Sounds like you really turned your health around as well, and that is fantastic! Congrats!

      I may need to grab that book. I guess turning 40 has really resonated with me. I’ve dedicated this year to getting fit and healthy inside and out, so everything I can read to be better informed helps.

  15. Hey 🙂 Not sure how, but I stumbled on this blog and ended up buying the ‘It starts with food’ book… and now I’m considering doing the Whole 30. I can give up grains & sugar, just not sure about my greek yogurt and maybe alcohol once in a while, on the weekends… But I think I’ll try it and I’m sure I’ll be able to 😉

    Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    1. Hi Karine, welcome! Glad you stumbled on over. ISWF was a great read, and Whole30 is amazing. Remember, it’s only 30 days! You CAN give up Greek yogurt and alcohol. I have, and I feel incredible. You should do Whole30 just to prove that those foods DON’T have a hold on you! That’s partially why I did it. Alcohol and Splenda were taking over my life!

  16. I have gained about 2 of my Whole30 pounds back, but I am pretty sure I am going to get back in the saddle on the 15th (don’t want to potentially gain all the weight I lost to wait for October!). I was counting my calories pretty religiously as well. In my opinion, even on the w30, it really is essential if you are trying to lose weight!

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