Make time for meal prep
Bonnie St. Pierre grew up in a time where she was served large plates of food and lots of sugary and salty snacks, resulting in extra pounds. Though she tried fad diet after fad diet that severely limited her calorie intake, she never could shake off the pounds once and for all.
At 208 pounds and size 18 at the age of 54, she read about Whole30. Determined to get into shape, she convinced her husband to join her, bought and read the books, and found herself dropping the weight and to a size 12 in a month. “The most important thing we learned is how to avoid processed foods, and enjoy healthy and satisfying meals,” she shares.
To keep up with the Whole30, meal prep is essential. To make it easier to stay the course, St. Pierre uses RealPlans, an online subscription meal planner. “The food guidelines of Whole30 are the way we should be taught to eat when we are young before we build those horrible, unhealthy habits that plague us as adults,” she shares.
Strike a balance
courtesy Danielle Page
Writer and editor Danielle Page found herself not only extremely overweight but overworked, stressed out, and taking out her anxiety via boxed macaroni and cheese, ice cream, Beefaroni, and other comfort foods. That’s when she noticed a pal post on Facebook about doing another round of Whole30 after completing a successful cycle the year before. Given this friend was also a writer and knew the work grind, she decided it was worth a shot. These days, Page has completed three rounds with another underway and has lost more than 30 pounds in total.
“My go-to post-workout weekend bagel used to be a bacon-egg-and-cheese or one slathered in bacon scallion cream cheese. Now it’s a mini whole-wheat everything bagel with two eggs and tomatoes,” she explains. She makes the occasional exception to eating “Whole30ish” for brunches or happy hours. “It might seem strange that such a ‘restrictive’ diet taught me balance, but I was never able to strike the right mix of eating healthy and making exceptions until I realized how good my body felt when I was doing the right thing for an extended period of time.”
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