Stephanie Brooks

Stephanie B.

Charleston, SC

All in all, I’d say it was a giant success!

When my boyfriend and I started the Whole30, I was a little overwhelmed learning what food was compatible for the 30 days and what wasn’t. It was a lot of label reading. Especially during a pandemic, which is enough to overwhelm anyone. It was my first time trying to navigate Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. It was my first time cooking multiple meals a day. It was my first time using a lot of new ingredients (which luckily only turned into a disaster once.. darn coconut milk explosion!)

But once we got a good understanding of the basic things to steer clear of, it definitely got easy within a matter of days. We settled into our new routine and the way we feel now isn’t just about a lower number on the scale. Some things we noticed are:

• Improved mental clarity/Better focus
• More productivity
• Sharper senses
• Less inflammation/bloating
• No more mid-day slump
• Improved dry skin
• Overall mood is happier
• Healthier relationship with food
• Clothes fit better
• Fewer cravings

All in all, I’d say it was a giant success! I absolutely need to give a huge thank you to my Certified Whole30 Coach, Meg, who was always around for any questions that I had and put together a great support group on Slack and conducted weekly meetings on Zoom to help us to all stay connected.

Published by Nuala

Danielle Nuala Schoen (Nuala), lives amongst community in the mountains of western North Carolina. She is a massage therapist (LMBT) and RYT-200 yoga instructor with a background in social work. Nuala is passionate about redefining health and wellness in order to center the self-determination and self-actualization of each unique individual, and thereby, the actualization of the collective.Nuala enjoys ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, creek dips, travel, and sharing Whole30 meals with her loved ones.