Jeff – 47 – Port Huron, MI

This is my dream–I come home and tell my husband about Whole30 and he starts with me the next day. Jeff IS the example to use when telling your other half about Whole30! Will I be casually showing this post on my phone to my husband in hopes that it’ll pique his interest. Yes…minus the bit I’ve just written here! –Jenny

How many times have you done Whole 30?
I have completed Whole30 once and I am currently on Day 10 of my second round.

When was your first round?
I began round one April 2nd, 2018.

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to do it?
I heard about Whole30 from my wife, Julie. On Easter, my niece brought up the fact that she just completed a successful round and my wife was hooked. Julie came home from Easter Dinner to tell me about it and we started the next day.

I was quite skeptical at first when she mentioned everything we needed to eliminate. But, after reading the book, which I highly recommend, it all made sense.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?
I have a couple NSVs – I have been on allergy medication to control my asthma and allergies most of my life. Astonishingly, I no longer need to take them. I also was having issues with my gallbladder and those symptoms have disappeared. I certainly have more focus and energy, too.

As far as a scale victory, I know it’s not about weight loss, but I have lost 30 pounds and really didn’t notice a big difference until I looked at some before and after photos on my phone.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?
Certainly my wife was one of the major reasons for my success. She prepared most of the meals for me and was extremely supportive.

Another big reason for my success was just thinking about how I felt prior to Whole30 compared to how I felt while on Whole30 that kept me motivated.

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

My go-to meal is Sweet Potato Hash containing compliant prepared meat, jalapeños, basil, power greens, coconut oil, and onions.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?
My life has changed by being more educated about the role of sugar. Prior to Whole30, I was unaware how prevalent sugar was hidden or unhidden in many foods. Almost everything I consumed prior to Whole30 contained sugar in one form or another. I’m also able to fit into some clothes that I haven’t worn in years.

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

More changes that I have made is getting out and walking on a routine basis. Also, making sure that I continue to keep myself educated on what is healthy and what is not. I devour any online or printed material on Whole30 or transitioning off the Whole30 Program.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?
Preparation is key, read the book plan out your weeks. If you wait to the last minute and your starving you may end up reverting back to old habits.

I always go back to what Melissa Hartwig says in the books. “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard…” and “The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy.