Whole 30 (A Review!) + Golden Milk Tea with Date Syrup

Drinks, Whole 30

OMG Whole 30 is officially out of my life and I am happy but still sort of doing it? Yes, I know that’s strange, right? Like if I’m so happy it’s over why keep doing it? The truth is that eliminating some foods for me has been a huge plus.

Ok let’s start at the beginning. I’m going to breakdown my feelings and sentiments thought the process because they weren’t always happy and they weren’t always glowing. There were many times when I really hated Whole 30. And not just because I missed sugar.

I will say that flat-out, if you don’t eat that much meat (I don’t), there will be times where the thought of meat will make you sick.

Ok but let’s start at the beginning:

Day 1 to 5:

This is the part when most people want to die. Haha. You’re sort of in the hangover stage because you miss sugar and alcohol and carbs. But surprisingly this was my easiest time. I think because I was genuinely SO excited to start that I didn’t miss many foods during this time. I ate a lot of meatballs and spaghetti squash.

Day 5 to 10:

Day 5, for me, meant the weekend and I found it SO hard to not be able to drink a glass of wine and unwind. I’m honestly not even a big drinker, like, at all, but I craved wine so very much. (This was my biggest surprise craving.) All I wanted to do after a week’s worth of Whole 30 was to be able to go to a restaurant, order a glass of wine and have a normal dinner.

But after the weekend ended, I was a-ok.

Day 10 to 15:

During this time I really missed going out to eat. We still ate out but the list of Whole 30-approved restaurants is SO short but I still went because I needed to get out of the house and feel like a normal person. I also started working out more heavily during this time and was able to wean myself off of any dried fruit/fruit.

Fruit is totally allowed during Whole 30 but I will admit that I used it as a crutch to deal with my sweet cravings (a big no-no). Luckily this is the time when they started to go away.

Still a good 13 days of sugar cravings. GEEZ!

Day 15 to 20:

I went to Big Bear and was in a snow storm for much of this time. All I can say is, thank the heavens for potatoes because when it was cold outside and snowy, all I wanted to do was eat stuff that was super cozy and comforting. NO CAN DO! I stuck to the diet but was so happy I could eat roasted potatoes with chimichurri on ‘em.

Day 20 to 25:

This was by far the hardest time for me. I was just bored and over it. The news also made me want to hide under the sheets and eat doughnuts. I didn’t do either and it was so annoying. I started to get the moodiest during this time because I was just so bored. I also couldn’t stand the sight of meat.

So I started to drink more smoothies for my breakfast and eat eggs for lunch. There were also a few days when I ate just vegetables. I couldn’t handle any meat whatsoever.

Day 25 to 30:

I sort of lost my appetite during this time. There were some days when I felt like I would rather eat nothing than eat meat. Haha. I don’t know if this is normal. But I say listen to your body so instead I ate vegetables and eggs. I did make sure to eat an avocado so I was getting some fat but I really just wanted veggies and a salad. I also found it helped if the meat wasn’t the main part of my meal. Like if there was a small amount of meat in my salad, I’d be ok. I just had no interest in it being the main part of my meal, i.e., a steak or piece of chicken.

Let’s talk CRAVINGS!

They never fully went away for me. I always still wanted pizza. I always still wanted a bowl of pasta. All of that stuff sounded good to me.

I’ve always considered myself the type of food person who enjoyed the process of making food over eating it but I realize that’s absolutely not true. I LOVE EATING FOOD.

I love tasting different flavors. I love eating. Period.

I also learned about some bad habits I have while making food. I was making cookies a few weeks ago and I got a bunch of royal icing on my hand. I went to go lick it off and stopped myself because I wasn’t allowed to have sugar.

We all know that royal icing isn’t THAT great tasting. So I really don’t need to eat a tablespoon of frosting. Like, I will survive. It’s just a bad habit and totally unnecessary.

One of the largest positives about doing Whole 30 is learning your relationship to food. You realize why you eat at certain times and a lot of it is totally emotional. I don’t think all of it is bad.

Weight loss?

I’d be lying if I said losing weight wasn’t a goal of mine. Of course it was! I lost 5 pounds. I do feel much better, hence the reason why I’m continuing to eat mostly Whole 30.

Drinking water is super important. I drank a lot (or at least tried). I’m not the best at drinking water but I bought a water bottle and would fill it up each morning, place some cucumbers in it and get on with my day. I’d try to drink at least 2 of them.

Did you cheat? 

Umm…not on purpose but I think it’s honestly impossible to have a non-slip-up Whole 30, especially your first go-around. There are so many things that you don’t think have sugar/soy, etc., in them so you eat them and then are like GRRR! I had soy sauce a few occasion and had Sriracha. So yes, technically I did. But you couldn’t pay me to start over so I just kept going.


I’m starting to reintroduce foods into my diet that I eliminated. I already know that corn is not my bestest of friends. I had corn chips and felt AWFUL. I thought that was interesting because normally I would blame it on something else.

I’m most curious if I have a slight dairy intolerance. Last night I had a caesar salad that had parmesan cheese on it and I felt great afterwards. So probably not?! YAHOO! I still like almond milk in my lattes.

In the meantime, I’m sharing with you an updated golden milk tea that I drank in Big Bear. It has date syrup in it, a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom and is SO good.

I had it in during a snow storm and it was exactly what I wanted it to be: cozy and delicious.

And lastly, would I do it again? 

Yes? I think so. The only determent for me is the amount of meat consumption. I would definitely focus on trying to find vegetarian Whole 30 meals and eat those every other day so me getting sick of meat doesn’t happen.

If you’re thinking of giving it a-go, here are some posts throughout my process:

Harissa Chicken Meatballs

Whole 30 Prep 

Peruvian-ish Stew with Cauliflower Puree 

Whole 30 (A Review!) + Golden Milk Tea with Date Syrup

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 2


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2- inch knob of fresh turmeric, sliced into coins
  • 2 teaspoons date syrup, or more to taste*
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cardamom


  • In a small saucepan, set over medium heat, add the almond milk and fresh turmeric. Bring to a gentle simmer, remove from heat and cover, allowing to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the fresh turmeric and stir in the date syrup, cinnamon and cardamom. Place it back on the heat and warm. Divide amongst mugs.


*If you can't find date syrup, feel free to use coconut nectar or honey or agave or maple syrup.
You can often times find date syrup at Whole Foods or other health food stores.
Serving: 2g
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  • Reply y February 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    What a hearty winter breakfast!

  • Reply DessertForTwo February 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I love your recap! I need to do Whole30 at some point, but um, sugar is my livelihood. I have dreams of closing the site down for 30 days and just chilling and doing Whole30. Some day, some day.

  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities February 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Adrianna – I truly enjoyed reading your whole process of the Whole 30. I read the term before, but I never stopped to read and learn what was about the whole 30. I’m also trying to find out which food my body is not accepting, but I’m finding very hard to start and give up my favorite food. Thank you for sharing your wonderful process. I will read more your other post and keep my mind open to this new possibility. Thank you!

  • Reply Lindsay February 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    When I did Whole 30 I felt the same way about eggs as you did about meat. It took me *weeks* after finishing to be able to smell eggs without wanting to hurl.

  • Reply kate February 3, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I also did Whole 30 in January and I also REALLY missed the wine! I didn’t miss the gluten or dairy though which surprised me as I was a 2 a day yogourt eater and had to have milk in my tea. I feel great , have lost 4kg and had a whole bunch of money left over in my bank account from not going out! I think I’ll stick to this way of eating as much as possible. As for your possible lactose intolerance, I’m not surprised that the parmesan didn’t make you sick as hard aged cheese such as parmesan, gruyère and cheddar contain little to no lactose. If you really want to see if lactose upsets your stomach, try eating a soft cheese such as brie or camembert

  • Reply Jamie | A Sassy Spoon February 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Congrats on completing Whole 30! You are a brave soul! Also, loving the new update on the blog! 🙂

  • Reply Alice February 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I’d love to know what food shopping was like for you? I can imagine the cravings were even worse than going to the store hungry because you couldn’t eat/buy certain things at all.

    I think I’d go crazy and just run out, … cause I can imagine walking past the bread, the wine, the ice cream has to be tough. Or maybe I’m just weak, lol.

    +++ The pics look so dreamy and I’m loving the redesign! 🙂

  • Reply Mary @ The Kitchen Paper February 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

    “But you couldn’t pay me to start over so I just kept going.” Ha! Thanks for the honest review! I’m starting on Feb 15 (post birthday, post Valentine’s day…) so starting all my planning/learning now. Have fun eating ALL THE THINGS!! <3

  • Reply me&tea February 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

    glad you’re finally done! I’m vegan but I live on carbs and I also love deserts- that would be hard to give up. I would die if I couldn’t have my avocado toast! (well, maybe not, but honestly I love bread so much). glad you’re feeling good now! change is good for us sometimes. p.s. love the new website! it loads much faster now, and I love the design 🙂

  • Reply Jackie M. February 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Was Whole30-ing in January too and had been keeping up with your hell30 posts and couldn’t wait to hear the verdict. I’ve done it 4x and I agree with everything. I still want pizza . I still want cheese and crackers. But the urges aren’t as nearly strong as they were before. And I just feel so much better, not as congested or heavy in the chest maybe? And it’s nice to eat until full and not feel gross and bloated and sick. And a big yes on the meats– not a big meat eater at all and focused more on fish and was a lot happier. Almond Crusted Tillapia Piccata? Yasss. Mustard crusted Salmon? More yasss. I think as I get older I’m weirder about meats. I just love my dog and cat and all animals so much! When anyone asks I don’t want to put myself in a vegetarian or pescatarian category just yet so I just say “oh yah I’m weird about meat”. Anyways thanks for the posts always! And good job on all the willpower with your continued delicious posts while on Whole30.

  • Reply Katie February 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Also I forgot to mention your harissa meatballs with spaghetti squash have been a lifesaver – they are now a staple in our house!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

      oh that’s amazing! i still might do food prep and include those. 🙂 yay!

  • Reply Katie February 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m on day 26 of my whole 30 and this mirrors my experience so much. I went into it having been a mostly-vegetarian (eating chicken or turkey maybe once or twice a month) so eating as much meat as they recommend has been a big struggle. Like you said – sometimes I’d rather not eat at all. Once it’s over I’m definitely going to switch to only a few times a week. But I think I’ve learned a lot about some bad habits and my clothes are fitting better!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

      oh congrats! 4 more days! yes definitely switch back. i haven’t had much meat since it’s ended and i feel great. haha.

  • Reply Mollie February 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I loved how comprehensive this post was and how you tracked each day through stages. So interesting! I have been hearing people talk about the whole30 a lot lately, so I loved getting a thorough account! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipes, they do sound really yummy, and I love anything with spaghetti squash!

    xoxo Mollie

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2017 at 7:51 am

      some of the recipes i made were so good i’d make them even if i wasn’t on whole 30! haha.

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker February 3, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Ohh interesting to read your thoughts about this! I’ve considered doing a vegetarian Whole 30 (bc I am not a real vegan, tbh) but I have a hard time letting go of carbs and whatnot. BUT everyone I’ve heard talk about it says it’s a good way to figure out what works for your body, so that’s always an upside. It’s been cold AF here, so golden milk all day, every day. xo

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

      it’s amazing to find out what works and what doesn’t. today i’m going to eat something with all-purpose flour. we’ll see what happens!

  • Reply Lori February 3, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Interesting to hear your Whole 30 thoughts. Congrats on the 5 pounds and feeling better! Also, the first photo is especially gorgeous 🙂

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