Jay – 41 – Virginia Beach, VA

I love Jay’s grit and commitment to putting himself on a healthier path. It’s easy to look at the results on the outside and see what he’s accomplished but don’t discount the changes on the inside. We’re so pleased to bring you Jay’s success story! Enjoy and pass it along to those in your lives that may be inspired.

How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round?

My first round was in March 2016. I stayed strict with Whole30 for 8 months.

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?

I had been complaining of symptoms to a co-worker for a few months, like weight gain, fatigue, digestive issues, and cognitive decline. He explained to me that I ate terribly which was a shock because i thought I generally ate well. He told me about Whole30 and attempted to explain the science but I wasn’t having any of that. I told him just to tell me what to eat and I would follow it.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?

Within the first five days the internal “bloating” was diminished significantly. After the first 30-days i felt so much better, my clothes fit better, I had more energy, and I had a much more positive attitude about eating.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?

FOOD PREP!!!! Simplicity and efficiency were my keys to being successful, especially since I did it for so long. I ate the same thing everyday in the same amounts. This made shopping and food prep easy. I wasn’t sold yet on making meals for the whole week yet so i needed to make my meal fresh each time. Having my mobile “kitchen” with me saved me from straying more than a few times. I will also credit having found really good Olive Oil. The Olive oil was expensive but it made the food taste so much better.

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?

My power breakfast remains my favorite, after 2.5 years I still eat it the same way. 6-Eggs (3 yolks), 1-cup Spinach, 1/4-white onion, 1/4- Colored Pepper, 1/2-Avocado, 1- Jalapeño, 1- Tsp Olive Oil, 1- Sweet Potato.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

It has changed in so many ways that it’s hard to articulate. Aside from the weight loss (40lbs total in 150 days), my attitude towards food has become positive, I no longer “binge” and “regret” eating.

I am back to being physically fit, I am able to now do both Crossfit 5 -days a week and still complete a heavy weighting program 4 -days a week without any joint pain or inflammation. All of my labs and vitals are back in line, my cholesterol and BP were so far out of range my doctor was about to put me on meds!

Most significant for me is the repair of my gut, my digestive system was a hot mess. I was having to use the bathroom 10-12 times per day. It’s was annoying and embarrassing! This part of the journey took the longest, almost 8 months, but it was by far the greatest achievement of my Whole30 experience.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?

As mentioned above I am back to working out at a level I was at in my early 20’s. I did do it slowly, I didn’t work out during the first 30 days due both to work schedule and trying to stick to the plan. At around day 60 I started lifting weights again 3 -days per week. At the 120- day mark I started incorporating running 1-day per week.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?

Food prep!!! Or rather ingredient prep. You must have the tools with you in order to be successful. Buy a cooler or something that you can keep all the days food inside and have all of your utensils with you. I find cutting food with scissors is the easiest way to prep food.

Lastly, don’t get discouraged if you do not see progress right away. You will feel it, it may be slight but you will, just hold on to that and keep going forward. If you look at my progress pics, the major visual changes didn’t come until 90 days out and further, trust the process and trust the food!