Sorry I have been completely remiss in writing since day 17. It’s been pretty hectic and I have been working a lot on my other site. It makes this post very anticlimactic, therefore, because I’m done! I am officially done with the Whole30 challenge. Shall I sum it up with you?
The Awesome Things:
Oh lawd, did my intestines love me. This is coming from someone who has nagging intestinal issues that haunt my daily life. Eliminating dairy, legumes, and any possible allergens through eating little to no preservatives meant I felt consistently good for the first time in my memory.
My skin was flawless. Not a blemish could be seen and it had that “dewy glow” that pregnant women are always talking about (we get it and we’re not jealous of you).
Being able to drive home at the end of the night is awesome. Being able to get up the next day, run a 5K no problem, and be a productive human being is also awesome.
The Not-Awesome Things:
It’s a fact of life that certain situations require lubrication. Loosening a rusty bolt, certain sexual situations, and social confrontations. I’m not talking about being dependent on the sauce for all situations. I’m talking about first dates and the situation I ran into, which was working a charity event in which I had to walk around selling things. It turns out I’m not really a natural salesperson and a glass of wine does wonders to my confidence.
Not Eating “Normal” Stuff = Annoying
Cooking a separate Easter brunch was annoying, and buying three different types of dessert for a birthday was annoying, and I was sick, and I just wanted to put something in my mouth and it was annoying. Not painful or impossible. Just annoying.
Think Before I Eat, Stop Eating Unknown Ingredients and Unnatural Preservatives
We, or more specifically I, should be thinking before stuffing something into my mouth. Sure, I know it’s going to go through my body, but I’m not thinking of the possible effects it may have. I’m just thinking, “DAMN THIS BACONATOR IS TASTY!” Meanwhile my intestines are like, “What in the name of…oh COME on! I can’t digest this! We’ve been over this! And what is this…lecithin??? Dextrose??? I don’t even know what this is!!!” I think I have to stop thinking of my digestive system as a playground that I can accidentally turn into a landfill. Also, not feeling bloated is a surprisingly sexy feeling.
So now I read everything before I buy it or eat it, and if it’s full of stuff I can’t pronounce or know is not good for me, I just won’t eat it. It’s simple, and it makes me feel better.
Cooking Healthy Things Is Not Hard and Takes Very Little Time
*But you have to have ingredients. Whipping up some eggs over spinach or boiling sweet potatoes and having them with fresh vegetables takes 15-30 minutes max and it tastes amazing and is super filling. That said, the ingredients have to be there. Grocery shopping every week makes me excited about eating healthy things and keeps me planning my meals. It also makes me feel more regulated and in control.
Drink Water. DRINK. WATER.
I have been paying so much attention to my body lately that I can tell the difference between dehydration hunger and food hunger. If I don’t drink what seems like a constant source of water all day, I will be constantly hungry. I’m in the middle of training for a half marathon, so that’s really not that surprising, but still: lesson learned!
I highly recommend any eating plan the involves eating things that have a positive impact on your body, mood, and outlook on life. We should constantly be evaluating our food choices because it’s really easy to be fooled by marketing and no one is immune. Is whole wheat cereal good for you? Possibly. Foods low in fat tend to be good for your heart, this is true. That doesn’t mean eggs and bacon are necessarily bad for you nor that you should constantly eat sugary cereal because sugar coated raisins in raisin bran isn’t necessarily good for you either. Some things are no-brainers, i.e. McDonald’s is never good for you.
I also recommend any eating plan that encourages you to learn how to cook and forces you to try new things. It’s no joke that Whole30 is a lifestyle change because it’s not like there are fast food restaurants serving fresh, preservative-free dishes. This means you have to cook for yourself and branch out. I think that’s wonderful.
Congrats to anyone who has pulled it off and I definitely hope to continue applying the lessons I learned to my current lifestyle. Me and alcohol are getting back together, though. I just can’t quit you, social drinking!