What I learned doing the Whole30

Thursday, April 2, 2015
I went into the Whoke30 basically hoping for a few results. First: I wanted to get my relationship with sugar in check. I want to change my dependency and stop the cravings. Second: I wanted to stop wanting dairy. I loved cheese and sour cream. Third: I'm not going to lie, I wanted to lose weight.
I saw all these pictures of people with weight loss and life changing stories. I was stoked to get this party started.

The first week was a piece of cake. I had cravings but no bad detoxing period I read about.

The second week was tough. I ran out of creativity my energy levels were so incredibly low and crankiness set in. I wanted some damn grains and a glass of wine.

Week 3 was even worse. I couldn't stay awake. I had ZERO energy. Towards the end of the third week I could no longer stomach the sight or smell of meat. I so didn't have the results I expected and here is why; I was already eating super healthy. A lot of these stories are people who eat wheat and processed foods. I don't. I eat organic, non-GMO almost entirely homemade food. We eat out 4 times a month on average and that is almost always Chipotle. 

Whole30 is amazing and fabulous for people who eat a lot of processed and unhealthy foods, for people who have medical conditions that they need to get in check and for people who need a kick in the ass to help learn healthy food relationships. I learned that I already have healthy food relationships. I learned that I needed to work on my sugar consumption and until the sight of a cookie/cupcake/muffin no longer temps me I will not eat any sweets. I get my fix now through natural sweetness in apples, bananas and berries. I learned that I still don't like meat. I never really have and I never really will. I also learned that I need to make exercise a part of my life of this extra weight will never fall off. My goal now is to find a way with 2 kids and everything else crazy that is going on in my life to get an exercise regime in place and stick to it.

After stopping the Whole 30 saying no to some of the foods I used to eat a lot has been easier. The only dairy I am consuming is organic cheese and on a very limited basis. Potatoes no longer bring me the satisfaction they used to. I am in love with sweet potatoes! Every morning I STILL eat two eggs, a fried sweet potato and a sausage.

So... Would I recommend the Whole 30? Absolutely! Would I do it again? Most likely not. I will however continue to live a mostly paleo lifestyle in the way that it all works for me. Life is all about balance and when we can find it, it is a beautiful thing!