Whole30 Diet Review – Before & After Has Us Shook!

Hi guys, my name is Zena. I’m the Senior Content Manager here at HUM. And I’m Sarah, the Director of Education. And today we are talking Whole30. Yes, we are. Actually, I’m trying Whole30. I’m terrified. Whole30 is essentailly, if you’re unfamiliar
with it, an elimination diet – or an anti-inflammatory diet. What you’re going to be doing is eliminating
sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol. So many things. And essentially anything if you read and it’s
a long list of ingredients, basically anything processed. So the idea of Whole30 is that it’s a 30 day
challenge of whole foods. So we’ll check in with Zena throughout the
next 30 days and see how she’s doing… for better or for worse. So scared. Alright so what we did to start and to kick
this off was we took some body parameter measurements just to be able to see what changes are going
to happen over the next thirty days. Because while you’re doing Whole30 it’s recommended
to not weigh yourself, to not think about your body, just do it in the beginning and
then at the end. So that’s what we did. We took some measurements and we’re going
to see if any of that changes over the next thirty days. Do you notice any issues with your energy
levels or digestions or anything? Yeah, I feel like I definitely get moody and
cranky. I’m sure that could be sugar crashes. As far as my skin goes, I keep having weird
breakouts that are just under the surface and I can’t get rid of it or figure out where
it’s coming from. And then I feel like sleep can always be improved. Cool, so those will be really good parameters
to be able to track and see how you are at the end of this. Yes. Okay, Whole30 challenge, I’m ready for it. Here we go. Wish me luck. Good luck, Zena! Yay! So it is Day 4 of Whole30. I still really miss sweet chocolatey things. So I found this Eating Evolved chocolate. There’s no added sugar. There’s no dairy in it. It’s just pure dark chocolate. And it’s super bitter. It’s so gross. I am one week into Whole30. It’s actually going pretty well. I thought this was going to be really, really
hard but once I kind of just hard lined the things I couldn’t have, I just started focusing
on the things I could have and now I feel like I’m very used to that. Not having sugar I thought was going to be
really, really difficult. But having fruit instead, is actually pretty
satisfying once you get over it. I did discover freeze-dried fruit which I
kind of feel like is cheating because it’s so sweet and delicious that it tastes like
candy. I was also really nervous about not being
able to drink. You think that drinking really isn’t a huge
deal in your life but most social settings as a young adult in a big city revolve around
bars and drinking. But it really hasn’t been that bad. I went out to a karaoke bar on Sunday with
my friends and I still sang a song. So guys, you can karaoke without drinking. Who knew? I will say for all the things I’m not eating,
I thought I was going to have drastic changes in how I feel and I was going to be on top
of the world with energy and glowing from the inside… I don’t think that’s the case yet. My skin is one of the concerns I was hoping
to see better… So that’s my update for now. We’ll see what happens in the following weeks. Hopefully some big changes to all make this
worth it? Stay tuned! In case you’re wondering how hard it is to
order takeout on Whole30. It’s really freaking hard! I thought I was being really smart and was
like “Oh, I can get a poké bowl with greens instead of rice and it will be no problem. And then I got to the sauces and I was like
“Ooooh. A lot of these probably have sweetener.” So I had to call and check. But then I forgot soy is not allowed! So that means soy sauce is not allowed. And all of the sauces had either soy or sweetener. Not a huge deal! I’ll order from somewhere else. I can get a salad with steak or some other
protein but just a good reminder of how hard it is to eat out. So it’s funny. We did this check-in last week and I was feeling
like “I’m a recovered sugar addict. I did it! I don’t need sugar ever again.” And then I went grocery shopping at Trader
Joe’s. I bought a bag of dried mango and ate the
whole bag in one sitting, which I then read has 90 grams of sugar in the bag which is
way more sugar than anyone needs in a single sitting – I don’t care what it’s made of. So I’ve decided to try and avoid the dried
fruit because part of Whole30 is about being aware the things that you eat and why you
eat them and I think I do turn to sugar as a snacky bored thing instead of sitting down
and having a satisfying meal. I’ve still maintained a pretty good social
life, which again, is something I was really worried about. It’s been great. I go out to bars and just order a hot tea
like a ninety year old woman and I kind of love it. I checked my bank account this week and it
was exactly where I left it, which is not usually the case after a weekend. You know, you spend $15 on a drink at a bar
and you don’t think anything of it but when you cut that out you really notice how much
money you’re saving. So that’s something I’m really enjoying about
Whole30. We had an office temptation yesterday. Evidence of things I can’t eat at the office
on Whole30. This is torture. But I just kind of knew, okay, I’m not doing
that this month. So it’s Week 2. Things are going really well. Honestly I could see myself incorporating
some of these things long term into my diet. I don’t know. Is that crazy? Stay tuned. Who knows? Maybe Week 3 will be the week that I crack. Okay, so it is Week 3 completed of Whole30
which means I only have one week left to go. Which is really nuts! It’s gone by really fast, I think. All things considered. There are definitely some challenging moments. I went to another potluck party on Sunday
and brought some prosciutto and melon – but there were so many yummy looking things there
like chocolate galore and cupcakes and brownies and that really is the hardest part. Going out to eat you’re just in charge of
your own plate and your own order, but anytime you go into a situation where there’s just
a stack of free delicious food that’s chocolatey and sugary and full of non-Whole30 approved
ingredients – that’s the toughest part, for sure. My skin has been clearing up this week. It was really breaking out a lot last week. I think skin takes a while to show a difference
when you change your diet. I kind of felt like my skin might have even
been purging from not having processed foods and sugar, that my skin was breaking out,
getting rid of excess but it’s maybe, hopefully, starting to tone down a little bit more now. One week left of Whole30! Let’s see it goes. Get ready to see what the final results are. So curious. Hmm. The thirty days are done and now it’s time
to take some measurements and see from a anthropometric and data standpoint how Zena did. But really what’s more important is how you
feel. Pretty good! I don’t know. I thought this was going to be torture and
it’s been fine! I feel good. I’m very curious to see. 30 inches! What you were before was 33! Woah! You lost three inches off your waist! That’s huge! Which is amazing! That’s so weird. Hah! Alright let’s see what you weigh. Okay, 149 lbs. Thirty days ago you weighed 152.2. So that is a three pound difference, which
is amazing! What next? Now we’re going to do body fat percentage! Body fat percentage is 23.4%. BMI is 23. A month ago, thirty days ago, your body fat
percentage was 24% so you lost 0.6% of your body fat which is amazing. And then your BMI went down as well from 24
to 23. But you did lose 3 inches off your waist. Which is crazy! So that to me is the most amazing change that
you can notice in that timeframe. Because that just signifies that you’re digestion
is probably working better. You’re not as bloated. That some of the fat that you were carrying
around from your waist, you’ve lost – 0.6% of it. And it’s just a really good indicator for
overall health. The Whole30 Challenge is complete! Yay! So I am done with Whole30. Hurrah! But also… I feel like I could just keep going with this
for a while. My skin definitely cleared up a bit. I think I’m dealing with a little bit of hormonal
acne and I still have some blemishes here and there but the first two weeks it was really
bad. It was full breakouts all over and I think
eliminating sugar really helped to clear it up. So now there’s just a few here or there but
they’re not as extreme. Definitely a good lesson in how the foods
that we eat really affect our outer appearance and our skin, not just digestion stuff is
an obvious no brainer but really eliminating sugar and dairy did help to clear my skin
up a lot. The best thing about Whole30 is just knowing
that I have some will power. I’ve never thought of myself as a person who
has a ton of willpower. But I do! And I think I learned a lot about reading
your body’s cravings and satisfying it with something healthy. Very glad I did the Whole30! Thanks for following along. If you like this video, go ahead and give
it a thumb’s up! Comment below with anything else you’d like
to see. Are there other 30 day challenges we should
try? And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel! Bye!


  1. the real question is… can I take hum vitamins on whole 30.

  2. Zena looks SO good! Good on you for doing this! It is NOT easy haha!

  3. Looks like you had a great experience trying Whole30! To be honest though, some of the things you showed that you were eating are not compliant. There are things that are still against the rules even if the ingredients are technically compliant. All that being said, I would love to know which Hum vitamins are 100% compliant. I had to cut them all out on my round and would like to know before I start my next one if any are safe.

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  5. Did you work out during the challenge?

  6. I like you channel. I hope my channel can be as good as yours some day.

  7. What did you create? You don’t say

  8. It sounds like it's essentially the Atkins diet. ?

  9. I'd advise anyone thinking of undertaking the Whole30 to fact-check some of the bold claims they make.

  10. did you do any exercise during the whole 30?

  11. Currently doing whole30 challenge. I wanted to know what dish you made?

  12. What’s wrong with legumes ?

  13. I'm an Independent Consultant with Arbonne, and we have a 30-days to healthy living program that I would love to see you review and compare to this challenge!

  14. That's not really an "elimination diet." That's something different altogether, designed to introduce one food at a time in an attempt to identify allergens. That's frightening that you can become a registered dietician without knowing exactly what the fuck that is.

  15. Can I take probiotics during whole 30?

  16. Havnt don’t Whole 30 but I do want to try it sometime. I started counting macros a year ago. Lost 30lbs in 5 months. And after I realized there’s about 100 calories in a shot of alcohol I rarely drink it anymore. And I’m 26.

  17. I want to try this so bad just to see if I have any food sensitivities. I've had GI problems since I was a freshman in high school. I know there is a number of causes such as stress and genetics but the fact that I eat pretty healthy now and still have issues kills me. Wonder if some of it could be attributed to certain grains or dairy. I'm pretty sure I am allergic to lentils as I had a beef and lentil soup one time and it irritated by throat and now I'm afraid to try anything new like quinoa or couscous.

  18. This is a great video!!

  19. Your skin glows on camera and you look “healthy”. You exude clean vibes. Congrats on finishing. Not everyone does.

  20. To be honest, eating the sugary dried food would mean that she would need to reset & start all over again.

  21. No snacking unless you’re breastfeeding or working out. No recreating unhealthy foods using whole30 ingredients that you used to eat like a smoothie bowl. I love that people are trying the whole30 but wish people/accounts would read all of the rules and actually follow them before they influence others to do it incorrectly. Also it’s not a diet it’s a reset. But hey at least people are trying it. #foodfreedom

  22. Ok, you can't have that chocolate bar on a Whole 30, btw. That breaks the SWYPO rule.

  23. I'm planning to do the Whole30 this summer. Has anyone figured out how to do a decent cup of coffee that is ok while on this protocol? I like do add creamer and sweetener. I MUST have my coffee.

  24. Looks like she lost mostly water and muscle. She needs to start this over again. Eating that fucking dried fruit wtf.

  25. I can’t really relate to this girl since I’m alittle bigger, I’d love to see a bigger person go

  26. I lost over ten pounds doing this for one month really works I was never hungry lost the crave for the sugar… My skin was very clear this is now my go to diet!!!

  27. I like how honest and real this video was and it inspires me to try this out!

  28. I think that it´s not real Whole30, there were too many things which aren’t allowed in this program. For me it´s not clean W30, sorry…

  29. She probably had reasonably good gut health to start. Her changes were not super dramatic. Someone with really unbalanced gut health and bacterial over growth will have much more dramatic numbers, in a positive way.

  30. I love whole 30. I lost almost 20lbs last year and kept it off an entire year! Now I'm trying to incorporate Keto and Whole 30 noticing how certain foods affect my body and triggers migraines.

  31. Great video

  32. So much wrong with this. Stop suggesting this to me youtube

  33. The girl in the video was more concerned about her social life and skin problems…than the over-all effect of whole30. How was energy levels? What triggered cravings? How do you feel? Would you do it again? What did you learn? What advice would you offer? Also…she didn't lose much weight or have the success the diet promotes because she basically cheated with chocolate and dried and frozen fruit. Cravings are bitch! And that's one of the purposes of Whole30 is to break those food addictions. Can't do it if you're doing it.


    I noticed that when people do whole30 many of them try to find ways to curb their cravings by "cheating". Like eating the whole dried fruit in one sitting. Or making pancakes with paleo ingredients…or finding some yummy recipe that substitutes for what you were eating before. My thoughts are that to have the best success is to follow the plan as simply as you can without creating elaborate recipes and plan what you are going to eat ahead, then only have that food available. Forget take out. Forget shopping at the last minute. Forget going out to bars and potlucks. You are just setting yourself up for failure due to temptation. You'll also be creating undue stress by being around things you can't have, instead of being at home eating the things you can have. If you do fall off the wagon (eating a big ol bag of dried fruit that's not on the plan), then you need to start over. To have the best results…although admittedly more difficult, stick with the menu, keep it simple, and focus on getting healthy instead of worrying about your social life. Think of it as a food and recreational vacation/retreat for 30 days. Stay home or head to the gym or a walk/run/swim/ fresh air. Don't keep temptations in the house. Meditate and read a book. Spend quality alone time with yourself. Unplug and detox. It's only 30 day…you can do it and reap the rewards. And finally…have a plan for day 31 and beyond.

  34. Comments like below is why I hate Whole 30. It's already so strict with the base rules. Then there's all those little rules the creator added and people are so uppity about it

  35. That chocolate bar is NOT allowed on whole30 so beginners get a real notion of what a 30 day reset is. That is not compliant, at all. Also, a whole pack of dried fruit really is a lot of sugar for a whole day 🙁 if you keep feeding your “sugar dragon” it keeps getting harder to stay away from sweets.

  36. 3 pounds in 30 days? Fuck that!

  37. What was the genius recipe you showed a picture of? I'd like to know what it is and how to make it. (Around the 6:20 mark)

  38. Totally off topic but.. Where did the woman on the left get her soft trench-esque coat?

  39. Starting off any plan/change by saying “I’m terrified…” is not a great way to start. 🙁 I highly recommend reading the Whole30 books to learn – and get excited – about all of the reasons you’re doing this plan. The Non Scale Victories are the biggest reasons to do this plan. 🙂 I lost over 100lb and having a positive mindset is the main reason. No fear, and positive self talk. 🙂

  40. I did whole 30. I loved it. Not being able to have sugar really made fruits taste like candy and now I hardly ever go near sugary snacks. My weight changed slightly, but my main goal going into it wasn't weight loss, it was changing my eating habits. I was addicted to sugar and soda and now I've almost completely eliminated both from my diet. I would recommend whole 30 for sure.

  41. All that work for such little results. Smh

  42. I have been doing keto and am down from 161 to 145 have been at a stall, i was going to start a whole 30 and yesterday I added a larabar and some plaintain chips. I gained 3 lbs overnight. since I have been doing keto I wanted to weigh even though cutting Dairy and stevia. I think I need to do a modified whole thirty or keto without dairy and stevia. Dont think I can do the potatoes and fruity treats, which is a bummer.

  43. Omg, 90 grams of sugar!!

  44. You read the bag AFTER you ate the whole thing?

  45. You are really pretty!

  46. did you do any form of exercise during the 4 weeks like fasted cardio for 30-40 mins…i would equate this diet to just very clean eating without sugar dairy or starchy carbs

  47. but isn't the point to find out what foods aren't right for you? It would have been cool to hear about the reintroductory phase. After all, it's not really supposed to be about weight loss., that's just a pleasant side effect

  48. Healthy eating dead animals? Ha!!

  49. It's nice that so many people had results. Mine were very minor. I was coming out of a depression, and read that it helped people with mh problems, so I tried it with a little too much hope that it would bring me out of it, and was a little disappointed when that didn't really happen.

    I didn't completely follow the rules to a T, because I can't always eat at work when I'm hungry, so sometimes I had to wait, but everything else was pretty much to the letter, save for the occasional RX bar (which is still compliant as long as you don't overdo it). But, I work in a bakery and went two months without eating any of the food there, so I was glad to see that I could challenge myself to do that and succeed. I did it for about 50 days and then another 14 for reintroduction, because my body tends to react slowly to things hoping that

    The best things about it for me was just that it got me to cook. I grew up in a family of non-cooks, so it forced me to put way more work into the food I ate instead of eating for convenience. I was also cooking for other people in my house who were sort of doing the diet, and adjusted some for a person who can't have any salt. It helped me realize that legumes make me extremely gassy(or at least lentils do), and that cheese wasn't having much of an impact on me as I thought. But, I didn't have the magical results a lot of people do. I actually gained a bit of weight, but my clothes did become looser, so I'm not putting too much stock in the weight portion.

    I'm open to any advice. The RX bars are really the only thing I can think of that weren't really the best choice(but even those I only had on occasion). I tried my best to stay in the spirit of the program, and maybe I could have exercised more, but I was hoping for there to be more positives than I got, especially with mental health, energy and certain dietary issues. I always assumed milk was what blocked my digestive system, but eliminating it for two months only helped me a small amount. I was hoping to have more energy and feel a lot better, but I was disappointed that after 64 days, my depression only lessened a little bit(and I was doing a lot of therapeutic-related things as well that have helped in the past while I was doing whole30, so the actual difference might be even smaller). I don't know if anyone else has had similar issues and found a solution, but if there's anyone out there who had a similar experience to mine and made changes that worked, I'm open to suggestions or insight.

  50. I loved your video! Thanks for sharing your experience with Whole30. I think I’m ready to try it. I’m sure you’ve tried all kinds of different products for your skin, but I would recommend a lotion called “Kiss My Face” (the one with Vitamin A & E). Not only do I love the name of it, but I’ve been using it for over 20 years now and people always say how young I look for my age. You’ll want to apply it to damp skin or wet your hands first because it is a bit too thick on its own. It says body lotion on the bottle but I use it on my face and everywhere else. It’s non-oily and won’t sting after you shave. Yes, it is very kissable because there is no taste and it smells naturally great with no added fragrance. Good luck with your diet!

  51. Great video! Zena looks great after finishing her Whole 30. She looks like she lost a lot more than 3lbs. NSV victories☝️

  52. It would have been nice to see what you were eating and to see the reintroduction phase – which is the essential purpose of Whole30 – how certain foods affect your body.

  53. Order a poke bowl then keep some coconut amino's near by it's not that hard. Sheesh.

  54. Is legumes and grains not "whole" food? Seems a bit misleading…whole foods just means foods that are as little/no processed as possible and closest to their natural form. Whole fruits, veggies, GRAINS. Basically, for a 'whole food' diet, if it had a nutritional label on it, it should contain 1 ingredient to be a truly whole food. If processed/packaged, it should be minimally processed, have a short list of ingredients, and every ingredient should be easy to understand what it is.

  55. I'm on day 9 of the whole30 and my hardest part is craving sugar and candy. I'm fine for the most part and then I see peanut m&m and want to cheat. I haven't cheated yet. Must…have….willpower

  56. Fur miliar? I'm allergic to like like

  57. That chick with acne needs some choline and a liver detox if she really wants her skin to look better.

  58. I'm doing this diet and im about 5 days in and I have lost 3 pounds….and idk if that's a healthy amount weight loss.
    I'm 17
    5ft 10in
    177lbs (at the start of diet)
    15% body fat (I'm an athlete however not in season rn).

  59. Okay but 3 pounds & 3 inches is not worth the stress of this diet 😂😂

  60. Thank you. I am considering Whole 30 for health reasons (and if I lost some weight I wouldn't complain). I appreciate your honesty. Good video!

  61. Congratulations!!! I'll be starting my Whole30 on March 1, 2019 & this video is really encouraging. I'm 65, retired, live alone, and due to a chronic illness that mainly causes major fatigue, I have no social life (my own fault) so a totally different lifestyle BUT I also have a lot of that under the skin acne that I know is a buildup of sebum…yuck…probably because my number one vice is COLA (Coke or Pepsi) and I'm talking the real deal, not diet. Been drinking cola in various degrees since I was 19!!! It began in college because I don't like coffee so it's what I drank to stay awake pre-exams, etc. That's 46 YEARS of pouring sugar into my body. Thank God I don't have raging diabetes…not even pre-diabetic – that has to just be good genes. So, no Coke will be my #1 challenge – I don't drink, really don't have a sweet tooth except for the Coke – like the foods I can eat on it, etc.

    I decided to move toward a Keto/Paleo/Primal type of eating because my cholesterol is high for the first time in my life. In addition to all the Coke, I don't like to cook so for years I've primarily eaten frozen/processed foods. The beginning of January I began moving toward that diet and without any other changes, no exercise, etc. I've already lost around 15 lbs so I'm excited about positive changes continuing.

  62. Not helpful…did not show what you ate

  63. You can replace soy sauce with coconut aminos.

  64. Let’s do it

  65. 6:20 what is it?

  66. Day 1 if the wholen40😦

  67. “I feel like I get moody and cranky” you just described all women.

  68. Steve Wozniak's daughter? haha

  69. The body fat machine is bogus I'm a trainer and I know better than that

  70. Please do an alternate day fasting challenge

  71. I really thought they'd do the reintroduction

  72. You should do a follow up video where you slowly reintroduce foods to see if anything specifically was the cause of problems you experienced before. Acne, bloating, etc.

  73. Did u work put at all??

  74. You’re not supposed to eat fruit at all because it contains a lot of sugar

  75. She lost 3 lousy pounds in 30 days of good food deprivation???? That's crap

  76. Dark chocolate without sugar is made of all the tears…. it just doesn't taste good 😂😪

  77. By week 3 you could see she was glowing

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