This is the last egg in the carton, but it’s the third carton of eggs this week.
I assumed that I would shudder with depravity every time I glimpsed a pastry or a wedge of heavenly cheese.
I thought I had no will power. I come in contact with Whole30 no-no foods all the time, especially at work where breads, pastries, cookies, cheese and other amazingly delicious victuals I have always adored surround me . I am under no illusions about how great they taste. I know, what I am missing. But after 10 + days, I can also tell you what I have gained (not a single pound, that’s for sure!):
1.) Energy. I’ve noticed an increase in my day-to-day energy. I also have better stamina while running. No energy or sugar crashes. Most days I have felt great all day long, and have been sleeping better and waking up feeling more well rested. Everything, It Starts With Food, said would happen is starting to happen! Yay!
2.) Redistribution of Weight. My tummy started to flatten after just a few days! Now, that is amazing! Something I was eating regularly was causing me to bloat. My sense of balance is totally different AND I flattened out just enough to squeeze on my pre-Charlie Baby skinny jeans. I haven’t been wearing maternity clothes (with a few exceptions…) but I have been wearing my “fat pants” often. Now that I can get these more flattering pants on I know this Whole 30, is doing something – something really fantastic to my body, without a doubt.
3.) Weight Loss. While I have not stepped on a scale, I am fairly sure I have lost weight, just a little. But that’s a start. And yet I scarf down the biggest meals, EVER. And I can fit into my skinny jeans!
4.) Will Power. If anything, learning that I really do have will power and control over what I eat has been a very empowering experience. One that I don’t want to end after 30 days. I want to buy more skinny jeans!
5.) Understanding My Natural Diet. I know that I actually ate a ton of healthy fare before this Whole30. However, I ALSO regularly ate foods that messed with my hormones and blood sugars, so much that it probably cancelled out some of the benefits of eating all the good stuff I was consuming in the first place. So I feel good that the way I am eating now is not that foreign to me. I’m eating many of the same foods I used to, but in a different way and with different ratios.
6.) An Eating Philosophy That Makes Sense. I want to eat to fuel my body, not as a means for entitlement and indulgence. For example, I had a hard day with the kids so I should have a glass of wine. I’m throwing a nice dinner party so I need the best cheeses, I’m going out to a nice restaurant, I better eat everything I can! I deserve this ice cream after today. I need this cup of coffee. I can’t say no to a good pastry! These are all things I have thought, done, said or felt before. Now I really feel like I can desire a food but look at that food with a little less emotional attachment, a little less entitlement and understand what it is that I really want. “I deserve that bowl of ice cream” is to say “I deserve to get a little fatter!” Or “a little more insulin resistant”” Heck no, why am I going to work out if that’s what I’m going put in my body? What was I thinking? Oh yea, I was thinking that it tastes awesome!
But all the foods I’ve eaten during my Whole30, thus far, taste awesome too.
First World Problem: Pouting Over Ice Cream
Today is Day 11 of my Feb/March Whole30 experience. To recap, here are foods I am NOT consuming:
ADDED SUGAR of any kind, real or artificial.
ALCOHOL in any form, not even for cooking. ( no tobacco products of any sort, either, which is easy because I’ve never been into smoking.)
GRAINS. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. For the purposes of this program, corn is a grain. This also includes modified versions of these like bran, germ, starch and so on.
LEGUMES. All kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin). Green beans, snap peas and snow peas are an exception because they are more pod than pea.
Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life. – It Starts With Food, Hardwig and Hardwig
DAIRY. Indiscriminate of animal or format: cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
CARRAGEENAN, MSG & SULFITES. These flavor ‘enhancers’ and preservatives are not Whole30 compatable.
WHITE POTATOES. White, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes are off the shopping list.
No Paleofying any desserts or above mentioned items
One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)- It Starts With Food, Hardwig and Hardwig
Well then, what am I eating?
meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of healthy and delicious fats.
All foods I love.
My only complaint is this: