About two weeks ago I was noticing that I was very tired, sluggish, my brain was foggy and I just did not feel motivated to do anything….and I mean anything! I knew that I needed to change up what I was eating because as much as I was loving donuts and muffins with coffee for breakfast every day I could feel the impact it was having on my body. I went into my pile of tools for getting back on track with healthy eating and decided it was time to hit up the Whole30 plan again!
The idea behind the Whole30 is that you take out anything that could potentially cause digestive issues (sugar and fake sugars, gluten, dairy, legumes and alcohol) for 30 days to let your body rid itself of all of these things and heal. After the 30 days, if you choose, you can slowly reintroduce each item into your eating plan to see how your body reacts to it. I have done this program once before and failed miserably at it. I knew that this time it had to be different. I knew that I had to plan out my meals because that is where I failed before. Because I did not plan before I got really tired of eating the same stuff. I hate thinking when it comes to food so I knew exactly what to do!
I sat down with the Whole30 Cookbook (borrowed from my fantastic friend) and planned out my meals for the first two weeks. I am now in the second week and will be doing my last two weeks of meal plans so on the weekend I just have to make my grocery list. It has been a success so far this time. I have stuck to the plan and I have not veered at all! The first few days were really hard as I went through sugar withdrawal and wanted nothing more then to eat a chocolate bar. But I didn’t eat a chocolate bar I ate a banana instead!
I am in the middle of the second week and I noticed a few things about my eating patterns.
- I do a lot of mindless eating
- I like quick grab food
- I LOVE sugary high carb foods
- I am not really a fan of water but drink it just cause – it is really boring and plain
- I really don’t like having to think about what to eat
I am learning though to conquer many of these. I have not once in the past week and a half done any mindless eating, mostly because everything I would mindlessly eat is high carb and sugar food and since sugar is out of the eating plan I am not able to just reach and eat. I have to think about it. By thinking about it I am realizing that a lot of the times when I would snack it would be from boredom, tiredness or just feeling blah. These are not valid reasons to eat. The only really valid reasons are pure hunger or necessity of life – you know those times you don’t feel hungry but eat because you know you need to eat?
It is amazing the changes that eating real whole food can have on your body and mind. I am in less physical pain. My joints don’t hurt as bad as they did. I feel less bloated and have WAY more energy. I feel that I can think clearer, I do not get agitated as quickly as I did before and I am generally content with life. It continues to amaze me the affect that food can have on your body as a whole.
I am looking forward to see what happens in the next two and a half weeks with this plan. I will definitely keep you all updated and post before and after pictures at the end of it all!
Have a fantastic first day of summer!