Holy crackers, I made it! I didn’t die as I suspected. I survived all the 30 days without grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol and sugar! Instead of that I focused on whole nutrient foods, like meat and veggies, with occasional little treat in form of nuts and fruits. And it wasn’t so bad after all. What seemed really hard at the beginning turned out to be pretty easy over the time. The hunger faded away. The cravings got smaller. And even though I had 3 (sometimes 4) meals a day, I don’t have the urge to eat every 2 hours anymore.
But I won’t be telling the truth if I said that every day was easy. There were days I didn’t even realise I’m on a “diet”. And then there were those days when I wanted to throw in the towel and just have a piece of cake. Accompanied by coffee with milk. The mental effect of food definitely playing it’s part. I also craved meals that I don’t eat normally. I dreamt about sweets several times. Then I started questioning this program, if it actually makes any sense and if I’m the right person to do it. And after that I looked in the mirror and found out that I am a bit leaner. And maybe a bit happier. So I stuck to it. And here I am now, on the last day.
Celebration breakfast for me. Enormous portion of brekky salad. Or you call it dinner for breakfast. In any case it was delicious and I ate it all, without blinking twice. That’s a great fact about Whole30 and eating vegetables in general. You don’t have to worry about getting a bellyful of food. No bird feed portion sizes here.
And when I look back, I think I had zero problems with breakfasts on the Whole30. I never really liked sweet brekky anyway and I switched to veggies and protein as a first meal of the day months ago. So that wasn’t as big change for me as it can be for some people. Especially those eating muesli, toasts etc. in the morning I guess. But give it a try. It’s great to find out that you don’t have to reach for the energy bar before lunch avoid falling asleep on the work desk or dying of hunger. And that you can actually have leftovers from dinner for breakfast, reducing the time of nutritious brekky prep to few minutes. It definitely doesn’t have to take too much time to make tasty Whole30 meals.
We went to see the beautiful apartment again today. As we had to drop off some documents for the application there, we could take a quick look in again. And it was even nicer this morning. We left with such a good feeling and great mood, that James even agreed to go to Ikea. And I had to grab that chance before he would change his mind. But he got a coffee and a hotdog, while I was getting furniture ideas, so we were both happy. So now I would be really disappointed if we don’t get the unit. Because I already have a shopping list ready.
Anyway, because I also desperately needed to check out couple more furniture and homeware places (I couldn’t even sleep how excited I was this morning), we came home pretty late after lunch time. And I obviously didn’t have the hotdog during the shopping (well, maybe I had half of papaya), so I was very happy that I made enough of the pork roast with sauerkraut last night and reheated some this afternoon. Getting it with the leftovers here?
Having quick meals and leftovers in the fridge saved this Whole30 few times. Because there is nothing worse than being hungry (or in my case hangry) and spending next hour or so by food prepping and cooking. The cookies in the pantry and milk in a fridge looks extra good at these times. So if you are thinking about the Whole30, I would totally recommend to try to think ahead and plan a bit of the meals. And clean the pantry if possible. Couple times I didn’t plan my meals, got quite cranky afterwards and also had a hard time looking at the sugar filled demons while going through the cupboards to get the Whole30 ingredients.
Dinners were mostly easy on the Whole30. Not much different from our standards I would say. For the last night of the program I made Indian curry. Because I think that’s a great meal to finish this thing with. Although I can’t wait to have at least a paleo version of a naan bread or either my Coconut Flour Savory Pancakes with it. But cauliflower rice is good too. Very popular item in our kitchen during the Whole30.
So what else did change during these 30 days?
- I can’t say if anything changed for me healthwise. For few years I used to have quite bad hypertension, but that got solved about an year and a half ago already, when I went paleo-ish. Otherwise I’m quite healthy I guess. I still have occasional headaches and my neck and upper back muscles and ligaments are funny. But I need a chiropractor for that more than anything.
- I lost weight, but as stepping on the scale is not allowed on the Whole30, I don’t know how much it is yet. And I don’t really care. I feel great in my skin and that’s more important.
- When talking about skin, my face seems clearer and more radiant. Unfortunately the eczema on my hands is not getting any better (it got even worse at one stage).
- My exercises got bit easier. But I guess the persistence plays it’s role in there too.
- I finally finished few recipes I had in my head. And I though maybe about another hundred of new ones. But I guess I just need my own kitchen to go nuts, make a lot of mess and try all the different things. But I’ll post them, I promise.
- I discovered new veggies and fruits and tried different meats. And I honestly don’t know how I could live without papaya the whole time! I tried it years ago (at home in the middle of Europe) and didn’t like it much, so I didn’t worry about it anymore. But I thought that I would give it one more try here, as they are everywhere. And OMG, it’s the best fruit ever! I’m not joking, I already said that ate half of one for lunch today… So don’t go with first impressions people.
- I also feel better about the food choices I’m making. As I said, I think I was eating pretty healthy before the Whole30 already. But now I’m even more aware what I’m putting into my shopping basket. And I also know better when I’m full.
- And last, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the Whole30 by writing this journal (almost) everyday. Which not only kept me busy while I’m waiting for my visa, but I finally got over my introverted self a little bit and shared my personal story with other people. And met actual human beings because of that. That’s one of the best parts of the whole program for me.
And that’s about what I can think about right now when finishing the last day. I still have the reintroduction in front of me and I think I will see the real results after that.
But what I know now already is that I will try to keep my diet better, inclining to the Whole30 options even after this. Because I feel good. Not crazy energetic like some people describe it, not even overly happy. I guess it has different effects on different people. If you eat donuts every day and then switch to whole foods, you would probably become a new person after the month. It didn’t change so many big things for me, but there are definitely quite few little ones and I am happy for that. Happy I did the Whole30.