I have just completed my first Whole30, like, 7 hours ago. By now you might be asking wtf Whole30 is. It’s a 30 day lifestyle overhaul of eating GOOD foods and changing bad habits. It’s a great way to try out the Paleo lifestyle. It’s simple. Eat: meat, veggies, fruits and fat. Don’t eat: dairy, grains, legumes or sugar.
I have been thinking about trying Paleo for over a year. I liked what it was about and saw a lot of benefits, but was struggling mentally about giving up certain foods. You expect me to NEVER EAT peanut butter, Greek Yogurt, fro yo, blah blah blah again???
Sigh. But calorie counting stopped working. Or maybe I started hating it? It did work, for a while. But then I’d binge here or there, and 10 lbs of the almost 40 I had lost crept back on – while I was running and biking almost daily.
Brings me to early October. While doing more internet Paleo research, I happened upon Whole9Life.com, and thus my decision to complete a Whole30 began. I needed to take the approach that it’s only 30 days to give up those foods that I thought I couldn’t live without. One of the main points that stuck out to me was slaying my Sugar Dragon (cravings). I need that! Also weren’t allowed to “paleo-ify” any desserts – so no healthy pancakes or breads or whatnots. I also needed this restriction. The day after the Mankato Half Marathon, I began.
Basically I eat 3 or 4 meals per day – meat, veggies, fat, and fruit if I feel like it. The protein and fat help me feel full and satisfied until my next meal.
Here’s some things that went down:
– stopped relying on energy gels for the gym and still having great workouts
– able to eat 3 or 4 meals per day instead of 3 meals and 3 snacks
– eating good fat is awesome, makes you feel like your meal is complete
– have not been or felt bloated for 30 days
– much less gassy than I normally am
– only drinking 1 cup of coffee per day, instead of 2
– IF I happen to drink coffee in the afternoon, I will not go to bed on time
– I CAN say no to desserts
– tried new veggies! I like brussel sprouts! I want to like beets!
– vegetable that I haven’t always liked suddenly tasted better (looking at you, asparagus)
– lost my job a week into the program, instead of diving into a bag of chocolate chips, I hit the gym
– never felt guilty or bad about the amount of EVOO i used to cook my food.
– wake up easier
– a lot of people say they slept better, but that didnt apply to me, I have a 2 year old.
– drumroll please……. I LOST 6 LBS!!!!!!
Unfortunately I won’t be following the plan for reintroducing foods (grains, dairy, legumes), because well, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and imma eat and enjoy my parent’s food, dammit!
I’ll admit that I haven’t squashed my sugar dragon, but I feel in control, which is a good start for me. Especially heading into Christmas! Those who know me know that I tend to bake up a storm. This year IS going to be different, I swear.
Will I continue? You bet! I feel great! I won’t be Whole30 strict for December, but I plan on re-setting on Jan 6, after all of our holiday gatherings are done and we are back home and settled. Join me! Ask Santa to bring you a copy of It Starts With Food.
***So now it’s December. I am back to eating Paleo, but not Whole30 strict.
On Day 31 I incorrectly started reintroducing dairy, legumes and grains in my diet. As in I ate my saved Halloween candy, peanut butter, chocolate chips and pizza in one day. It. Wasn’t. Worth. It. I felt awful. Guilty, bloated (immediately) and heartburn. I did better the next few days – thank goodness Thanksgiving is a holiday built around meat. I’ll be honest and say that I ate Mom’s Chex Mix for dinner one night last week as well. What can I say? I’m a work in progress.
Now I am working my way through Practical Paleo (go look for it on amazon) and catching up on all the Balanced Bites podcasts.