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Whole 30 & Alcohol

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What happens if one continues to eliminate everything that is suggested by Whole30, but decides to continue drinking alcohol (1x a week)?

Obviously, I know the feedback is going to be that I 'should be concerned that I find it tougher than expected to not drink alcohol at all for JUST 30 days' - but I am being realistic here. Most of my and my husband's outings and social circles involve drinking - especially during Super Bowl weekend.

A little FYI - I am on Day 5, and so far, I have found that I get pounding headaches every single night, and I am told that it is due to sugar withdrawal, so I have resorted to eating a little bit of fruit at night to subside it and avoid Tylenol. Overall, I feel less puffy and bloated without grains, and processed foods. I already knew I was allergic to gluten, but I never took it serious enough to do anything about it. Besides, this, I find that I am a little groggier in the morning so far, but I do feel more mental clarity throughout the day. The last time I drank was two days before I started the Whole30.

I have not found it difficult to continue with every other rule and eliminating everything else, except the drinking part. I know Keto, Atkins, and I believe Paleo (not sure?), allow some drinking of tequila or distilled vodka, but I need to hear from Whole30 professionals what the ramifications may be if I do the same on Whole30. I have the book (I know how strict this is intended to be), I have read many inquiries about alcohol and Whole30, but I still can't seem to find an actual case of someone cheating on Whole30 with alcohol while continuing their journey without restarting to see what their results were/are. So here I am! Please share your expertise with me!

Any and all positive, constructive, negative feedback and smart opinions are welcome. Thank you all in advance!

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You can drink and follow all the other principles of the Whole30 but you would not be doing a Whole30, you would be doing your own program.  If now's not a good time for you to give up drinking, that's totally fine and we're not here to judge but rather support you when you're ready.  There are lots of discussions around how to navigate not drinking on Whole30 even with a richly scheduled social calendar but again, the final decision is up to you.

As far as the headaches, if it is sugar withdrawl, feeding yourself more sugar in the form of fruit isn't going to be a great solution.  You'd be better off to take the tylenol and kick the sugar withdrawls rather than dragging them out by giving yourself that bit of sugar every night.

It's likely you wouldn't find many stories of someone doing Whole30 with alcohol and then reporting their experience on a Whole30 platform because we keep the topics around the successes of Whole30 on topic to those who have completed them within the rules.  You do raise a good point tho, for yourself, you're never going to know what the difference is between doing it with alcohol and doing it without until you do both - we have no way of knowing how much or little alcohol affects your system, your cravings, your willpower, your energy, headaches, bloating etc... 

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Thank you so much for your prompt and informative response. I appreciate the fact that you were kind and not judgmental about my concerns and situation, etc. Your response was very helpful and encouraging. Have a great weekend!

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I agree with the above. Plus, keto, paleo etc are all diets which expect you to stay on them until you've at least lost the weight you want to lose, or even as a lifestyle change. The W 30 is for 30 days. That's it.

I get it, my husband and I drink a fair bit, especially on weekends and our social occasions are always alcohol-centric. I put off my W30 for a week because I had a housewarming and a birthday party. I deliberately set it for a 30 day period when we had less than usual social engagements but my husband still drinks on weekends and we've still had to go out (including an important work lunch when it was expected I'd have wine and didn't) and I just... didn't.

I'm actually finding it easier than I expected. And I think that drinking would definitely make it harder for me to make good choices, both while drinking and the morning after. 

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Let me weigh in here. I'm a wine connoisseur with extensive education in wine. I have a dedicated cellar in my home with some pretty special bottles. I really, really, REALLY love wine. Initially we thought we would do a Whole30 plus wine thing but then we decided that, if we were going to do this, we were going to do it all in. 100%.

The first few weeks were really tough. Lots of headaches and brain fog. I agree with taking some tylenol and getting over the sugar withdrawal ASAP. By Friday night, I could hear bottles calling me by name. It was so tempting and so, so hard.  It was, in fact, the only thing I craved. But, now on Day 31, I am so glad we did Whole 30 as designed. In fact, I am so convinced of the benefits of the program, that I committed to an additional 10 days so I don't muddy the waters of re-introduction with serious jetlag (travel from Toronto to Adelaide jetlag). That means a Whole 40 without wine AND I'm travelling to South Australia where some of the best shiraz and reislings in the world are made. Even I can't believe it -40 days without wine.

I don't think wine causes me any problems. Despite my love of it, I don't drink to access and didn't have any kind of withdrawal from it besides sadness and missing it. But, something has been messing with me because, after 31 days - I feel amazing. The best I ever have in, literally, decades. I am really looking forward to reintroducing it in 9 days - because, I don't think it's causing any problems but, I won't know that for sure for 9 more days. That's how this works afterall :) 

If I find out wine causes me problems, I'll have choices and decisions to make. I'll cross that bridge in 9 days. If it's fine, I'll carry on with Paleo plus wne.

I encourage you to choose to have this whole experience  - 100%.  It's been an absolutely phenomenal for me and my 2 famjam members who did this with me. 

Good luck however you decide. 

 

 

 

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Hi all.  Day 29 and I can’t wait to introduce my first food group - Gin (with soda and a slice of lime!).  Prior to W30 I added a splash of Roses lime juice, which is pure fructose, but o know I’ll have no problem Eliminating.   Just rally looking forward to a cocktail - but not 2-e each night. 

My problem still! Is HEADACHES!!. After lunch almost daily, and now after dinner.  I’ve added salt, drank more water, made sure to balance meals.  After 3 days of intro I plan to add a little bread to see if this helps. If anything I’ve gotten even more compliant. My husband is very supportive and amazed, but glad I’ll be off the wagon soon.  

‘Thanks all!

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Monita,  I finished my first Whole30 on January 31.   Like you, I considered doing a Whole30 plus a drink here or there - but decided not to.   I LOVE wine, and love me a good IPA.   

I am SO glad that I did.    I almost caved on day 10 - but then Sweet Melissa popped up on my Facebook feed telling me that most people, if they are going to quit, quit on Day 10 or 11.  She convinced me to push through.  

It was hard.  I had cravings.  But sometimes, I would just have a little bit of compliant Kombucha in a wine glass or a cup of herbal tea.  And guess what?  The cravings got to be less and less.   By about the two week mark, cravings were gone. 

The most noticeable thing was that I slept better than I had in a long time, and woke up feeling refreshed and happy.         

Anyway, I am going to encourage you to give this 100% for 30 days.  If you don't, not gonna judge, but I encourage you because I want everyone to experience feeling the way I do now, and for me I KNOW that it wouldn't have been possible with alcohol. 

Also, are you eating enough carbs?  Maybe have fruit earlier in the day, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes?

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!

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I find that after giving up alcohol for multiple Whole 30 stints it is amazing how much better I feel not having it. I have learned there is a difference between 1-2 glasses of wine and beer vs. adding a 3rd...my system does not like it. I eat on whole 30 for 90 percent of my time the last 2 years. I truly don’t miss the alcohol. I’ve done 6 hardcore Whole 30’s and at the end i have learned alcohol does not make my body feel very good. My sleep suffers (proven by my sleep tracking), my exercise also performance suffers, and my hydration reduces greatly. I actually go to social functions and get a club soda with lime. This makes me feel social and sipping and at home I drink a carbonated water etc...

hope this helps and understand how hard the social aspect can be but i can tell you the pay off at the end when you discover how your body feels without it will outweigh any negative social situations etc...

Good luck and many of us have been where you are so don’t feel alone 

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