A little over 30 days ago, my charming significant other decided that we would spend the month of August doing the Whole30. I  honestly thought he had quite possibly lost his mind. I mean, who voluntarily removes sugar, dairy, and wheat from their diet?? Not this broad. I never would have sought out this lifestyle change on my own; and while I had no intention of admitting this, I’m grateful my husband pulled me down this radical food journey.

When we started this experiment, I was a little over four months postpartum with our second son, and had about five pounds to lose in order for me to be at pre-baby weight from both pregnancies. If you have been following along over the last month, then you know I posted my starting health status from my first day on the program (found here). At the time, I had every intention of posting my “after” health stats, because I am sure you are probably wanting to know if it’s really worth giving up 30 valuable days of your life – but I’m not going to. Instead of telling you how much weight I have lost, I’ve decided to share with you what the Whole30 has taken from me.

MY SUGAR CRAVINGS. Shocker…I know. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but after bringing two incredibly handsome young men into the world, my sweet tooth was off the charts. I was chowing down on some form of sugar every day – whether it was chocolate, cookies, or ice cream, I was going to eat it. My first day off the program, I couldn’t wait to add cream and sugar to my coffee again. So much so, I had a little extra pep in my step on my walk to our Keurig. As I sat down and took my first sip of what was sure to be heaven on earth, I just about choked on my previously cherished cup of joe. I am in no way exaggerating when I say that it tasted like poison. Not that I have ever tasted poison…obviously, but never-the-less, poison in my book. I guess I am now a coffee and coconut milk kinda gal.

MY COMPULSION TO COUNT CALORIES. That in itself frees up so much time and stress. Since I got pregnant with our firstborn, I have been a counting calorie fiend. All day, every day, I would log every calorie consumed to the best of my ability. It just became something that I did, kind of like brushing my teeth or putting on clean underwear. Now that we have adopted a clean and natural diet (for the most part), I no longer have the urge to count my calories. That doesn’t mean I stuff my face until I can’t move, it just means that I know my body is able to process what I’m eating in a beneficial way, which allows me freedom from counting calories.

MY DESIRE TO STAND ON THE SCALE. After my Freshmen year in college, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I may have put on a few pounds. When I returned home, I couldn’t believe what I saw on the scale. I guess it made sense, all of my pants had become uncomfortably snug in the waist. I mean, where did I think all of those pints of ice cream from the student center were going?? Before I headed back to school that Fall, I had purchased my very own scale in hopes of keeping myself in check. It was all downhill after that. From that day on, I have weighed myself every single morning that have had a scale at my disposal. What started off as a harmless act, quickly became an unhealthy obsession. As if I don’t already put enough pressure on myself. If breaking the bondage of standing on a scale daily is the only thing I gained while doing the Whole30, I would consider that a win. I would also say, that if you currently suffer from this same ridiculous addiction as I once did, then you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO give the Whole30 a try. It is, without a doubt, worth the 30 days that you are devoting to it.

MY LACK OF SELF CONFIDENCE. Would you believe me if I told you that I hated looking at my naked post-baby bod? Just ask my husband. Ever since our first child was born, I have hated getting undressed. Hated it. I disliked it so much, I would change clothes on one half of my body at a time. I kid you not. Forget going clothes shopping, that was a nightmare of a different breed. I have read countless articles, witnessed numerous commercials and empowerment videos, all of which highlight the same message: “You are beautiful – exactly the way you are.” ...Neat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the message, and when I look at other women, I rarely notice a flaw; but when it comes to myself, I saw nothing but a list of imperfections. I am now here to say, the Whole30 has changed my way of thinking. I don’t know how else to say this, but I feel HOT. That’s right, hot! I get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and think, “Who is that smokin babe? Oh, who…you mean silly me? Yes. You are looking good girlfriend!” (That’s about how the conversation goes with myself.) So what if my thighs still touch and if you can see the fading dark line on my tummy from pregnancy. For the first time in over three years, I feel attractive! And let’s face it, when you look good, you feel good.

Now that our Whole30 journey is complete, I can truthfully say that our lives are forever changed. It may sound silly, that a book based on food choices actually had a significant impact in our life, but it did. Which is exactly why I have decided to do this giveaway.

(I would like to note, the Whole30 is not sponsoring this giveaway. I, personally, believe in this book so much and what it has done for our lives, that I couldn’t resist giving a copy of it to someone else!)


Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds is giving away a FREE copy of The Whole30 book.


How do you win this fabulous guide to total health and food freedom? It’s EASY. In order to get your name put into the drawing for a FREE copy of The Whole30, you need to complete the following TWO items.

1. “Like” the Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds Facebook page. (You can do so by clicking here!)

2. SHARE the Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds page via Facebook.

Once you have completed BOTH of these items, please post “SHARED” in the comments section on the Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds Facebook page. This is to make sure your name doesn’t get overlooked for the drawing.

**For ADDITIONAL entries in the Whole30 drawing, please share your favorite blog post from the Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds Facebook page! You have all weekend to do this, so don’t feel like you have to share everything at once.**

GIVEAWAY DATES: Saturday, September 5, 2015 – Monday, September 7, 2015

I will announce the winner of the FREE copy of The Whole30 book on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10:00AM.

*This giveaway is only open to Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds readers with a U.S. shipping address.


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16 comments on “GIVEAWAY and Outcome: The Whole30 Took More From Me Than Weight”

    • Shared. My husband and I are wanting to start Whole30 in about 2 weeks. We haven’t read the book, but we’ve been seeking out online help. It looks like the book would be wise. Your article is so good.

  1. I’ve attempted a whole 30 twice. The first time was derailed by my husband’s surprise month long kidney stone ordeal and the second time purely lack of effort. The attempts definitely made a big difference in the way we eat and what we eat. I’m not sure I’m gonna go for a third attempt, but the previous two experiences were worth it.

    • What an incredible story, Katie! I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to attempt the Whole30 while dealing with health issues. The Whole30 is enough of a challenge on it’s own, without throwing in other problems! Even though you didn’t complete the program, I’m still impressed that you attempted it twice. I think that’s a testament in itself!

  2. The Whole30 IS a gamechanger!! I totally get the cream in your coffee thing. I had already cut out the sugar- and welcomed drinking it black, but LOVE coconut milk in my coffee now. 😀
    One can only hope you can finish it but everyone has their breaking points. Regardless- I don’t know how anyone can not come away more aware of the food they eat and how it affects their bodies- no matter how far you got on it. I’m gearing up for Round 2 to start in October and am definitely going to be even more prepared. My last round hit during a heat wave in the PNW and we don’t have A/C- and that was something I wasn’t prepared for. Sounds ridiculous and I thought I was prepared- food prepped, meals planned… stifling heat is insane. So THIS time- even though it won’t be no where near that hot… I am even more prepared. But I would encourage everyone to do it. I’m still shocked at how much dairy affects me and makes me feel like crap. The minute I eat something with processed sugar and/or dairy in it , I swear it’s like overnight, my skin breaks out, dulls and my stomach is like “@$^%@%$@!!! you!” lol

  3. Shared. Thanks for the giveaway. I completed the program a few weeks ago. I renewed a library copy many times but plan to buy the book because I use so many of the recipes. It’s a little disconcerting after day 30 not having the strict rules but Zim basically eating the same things with a few exceptions now and then.

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