Well, it’s down to the wire.
Down to the end of my Whole30, anyway. I can’t even begin to tell you how worthwhile this process has been for me. What a gift. (I didn’t feel that way during the first week.)
Between all the prepping and cooking and what I’m going to call foraging – not to mention starting a new job – my plate has been full in more ways than one.
So now that my Whole30 is nearly over, I decided it was time for an update.
Actually, it’s not really over until I’ve reintroduced key foods back into my diet. So in another 10-12 days, I’ll really be done. And this is where it gets really interesting.
One example of how this works comes from my recent decision to take in more white potatoes. I was looking for sustained energy for tennis and, let’s face it: I missed something filling and starchy.
Anyway, last year, the Whole30 authors allowed potatoes into the diet, however reluctantly. In the last few days I found myself eating more of them, and it became very clear very fast that they are not my friends.
So we are breaking up.
Not the one for me
It took about three days to realize my fatigue, mental fog and pronounced aching in my joints (which I hadn’t felt as much since before Whole30) were all tied to my increased potato consumption. That’s how it is with Whole30 – and this was with on-plan food.
Other things I’ve learned on Whole30
- So many new cooking techniques. If Whole30 doesn’t make you creative in the kitchen, I’m not sure what does. It’s been great in teaching me new things – flavorful and easy.
- I’m stronger than I thought. Actually, I wanted results from this so badly, it became my sole motivation, and that beats will power any day. So it was easy to say no when I was around off-plan foods.
- Eating out is really hard on Whole30. Many say it’s impossible, but in the right restaurants – sometimes mom-and-pop shops and at least at our local Carrabba’s – the staff will happily custom-make your meal. Our Carrabba’s went out of their way to make sure my Johnny Rocco salad didn’t contain any sugars or dairy. Made my meal so much more special.
Things I have fallen in love with since starting Whole30:
- Coconut water
- Coconut milk
- Sweet potatoes
- My new energy level
- Looser-fitting clothes
- New lifestyle-changing knowledge that is likely to help me sustain gradual weight loss over time
- Good, healthy food. I told the hubby today that not only am I eating better than ever, I’m enjoying what I eat more than ever. Not too shabby, eh?
Bringing it all back?
Not really. As part of my reintroduction, I am on the fence about how much I really miss alcohol and dairy.
But my smart hubby reminded me that since I’ll be traveling soon, I should know how I’m going to handle the dairy, at least.
So over the next 10 or so days, I’ll be testing the following:
- Legumes (I can’t wait to eat edamame and hummus again.)
- Non-gluten grains (Man, I miss me some oatmeal.)
- Dairy? (I don’t miss it at all, but it might be my only coffee creamer option when traveling over the next few weeks. I guess thin-crust pizza with some cheese would be nice, too.)
- Gluten grains
Before Whole30, I was like the Pillsbury dough girl. I have always loved bread and bready carbs. Now, I might appreciate them now and then, but not every day and hopefully never again in the quantities I consumed them before. This decision will just make me feel better – pretty much a no-brainer.
As a way to discover what foods work and don’t work for you, I strongly recommend you and your medical provider look into Whole30.
While I always hate claims like “let us change your life,” I’ve gotta say: This one really did.
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