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  1. ashley stafford
    March 8, 2017 @ 8:12 am

    i love you and your heart. keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2017 @ 8:39 am

      Love you <3

  2. Brianna E
    March 8, 2017 @ 9:13 am

    What an awesome, thorough post. I’ve considered trying whole 30, but the simple fact that it’s so much work and there are SO many things that are off limits makes me think twice. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am

      You’re welcome! There’s a lot to learn from it, but I also don’t think that you HAVE to do it in order to understand what’s good for your body. Thanks so much for reading, Brianna!

  3. Caitlin
    March 8, 2017 @ 9:35 am

    Great recap post! And I just discovered two great new brands – Hail Merry and Siete. Thanks Lauren!

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2017 @ 9:58 am

      Omg, both are SO GOOD! Especially Siete – they can be hard to find, but their chips and tortillas are total game changers.

  4. Britney Crawley
    March 8, 2017 @ 9:41 am

    Lauren, I love your honesty about this (and also your Warby Parker glasses- aren’t they the best?). I haven’t tried Whole30, but partly because it is restrictive of foods I like. I do have some food sensitivities which make me gluten free and mostly dairy free already. I don’t want to say goodbye to even more foods! 😉 I think the best diet is a balanced diet, but I do like the idea of becoming more aware of what we eat and when as well as ensuring meals are high in nutrients. Great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2017 @ 9:58 am

      Totally!! It’s all about awareness – and health isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of thing! Thanks for reading, Britney!!

  5. Blair
    March 8, 2017 @ 10:04 am

    Love this breakdown lauren! I haven’t tried whole 30, but I agree with you on the point where it doesn’t allow you to eat foods you know are healthy. I’ve seen first hand how beneficial cutting back on animal protein can be for you and think it’s great you’re listening to your body!

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2017 @ 10:09 am

      Thanks, Blair!! It was so nice to catch up last night – as ALWAYS <3

  6. Brianna Connell
    March 8, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

    This is super helpful! I’ve thought about trying Whole30 and haven’t done all the research yet, but reading this makes me question why I want to do it. I love chickpeas, and quinoa, and lentils… and maybe instead of thinking I need to cut EVERYTHING out of my diet, I just need to be more focused on balance and moderation. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2017 @ 8:11 am

      YES! It’s ALL about balance and moderation! And there are definitely some awesome lessons in Whole30, so even if you don’t fully commit, some of the principles might be helpful for you!

  7. Madiha
    March 8, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    I love the honesty!!!! I loved it even more how you knew you wouldn’t be able to do Whole30 so you did whole15!! I’ve seen amazing resutls off it, but honestly..i think these plans are more of lifestyle changes. Your stomach aches were probably from all the meat you were eating if you hadn’t been before. Amazing how our bodies respond and adapt to our choices!! Thanks!!

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2017 @ 8:09 am

      Our bodies really are amazing, aren’t they?!

  8. Katie @ Live Half Full
    March 8, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

    My husband and I completed Whole30 in January. I agree with your list completely! It was a HUGE game changer for us though mainly because it got us in the same mindset. I’m usually the one wanting to do health challenges, train for races, etc but it was my husband’s idea so I said yes reluctantly. I’m glad we did it and now we’re trying to find a good balance. It inspired us to make a lot of small changes which are making a huge difference in how we eat!

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2017 @ 8:08 am

      See, that’s amazing! Doing something together for your health is so awesome. AND learning how to incorporate the best lessons from Whole30 into your normal everyday lives is really what it’s all about. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    March 9, 2017 @ 7:29 am

    I so agree with you! I cannot give up quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas and don’t feel like it’s healthy to do so. When I do Whole30, I find myself eating so many eggs and bacon, but that may be because of my lack of creativity. Every body has different needs!