A week after finishing my Whole30, it’s probably about time to do a recap…
This March, I challenged myself to complete the Whole30. This is, in a sense, a restricted Paleo diet: no added sugar, no grains, no legumes, no dairy and no alcohol. To my surprise, I was able to stay on track with the exception of one pre-determined cheat day. The week before I, the lover of lists and planning, mapped out my entire month of meals. Needless to say, I ended up not following this, which ended up being a good thing. It showed me that this plan and lifestyle does not need to be controlled. You just need to first become conscientious of the food you regularly ingest, identify any additives, sulfites, etc., make some adjustments, and then just know what you can eat.
– Physical: No change in weight, but loss of 1% body fat, and 1.5 inches over all.
– Digestive: No problems here anymore. I’ll just leave it at that 😉
– Psychological: I know I have the willpower to follow through with a semi-long term commitment.
– Hunger pangs: Disappeared! I now feel satiated between meals.
– Sugar cravings: Always one with a sweet tooth, this stopped my after lunch sugar cravings. No longer do I feel like I need that Reeses chocolate or a sample session of our Chuao chocolatier chocolates.
– Sleep: Is better. I might not get the best sleep every night, but I know I can always count on a 20 oz iced coffee to make it through the day.
– Recovery: Is incredible! I can run 10 miles one day, and the next feel like it was no big thing.
– New favorite foods: I’ve been converted. I now love red meat!
– Working out in the initial phases: This was very difficult, as you might have read. It made me question if this whole plan was throwing out all of my prior training. Towards the end, I began to respect my capabilities, and even PRed in a 5k!
– Eating out: This was difficult the couple times I did it. I was lucky and found a Paleo-friendly restaurant, and another place that was easily modified to be Paleo-approved. It’s much easier and less of a hassle to just cook for yourself! Plus more delicious!
Overall, I am so happy with my choice to try out and explore the Whole30. Up to this day I’ve still been abiding by the lifestyle. Why? Because I feel great! My body is finally starting to make sense. I don’t feel like I have constant bloat. I go to sleep knowing that when I wake up, my body will shrink again to its morning size. I don’t feel the deprived in the slightest. I eat exactly how much I want, sometimes even more than I used to, and I don’t worry I’m going to gain weight. My life just feels more balanced. I finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food.