First things first. If you haven’t read It Starts With Food, you should. This book changed my way of thinking about food.
For 30 days, I removed grains, sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, legumes, dairy, and seed oils. I only ate vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, meat, seafood, and seeds.
The main reason that I did this program was to see if it made me feel more energetic, help with digestions, and all that jazz.
I feel like my diet is pretty healthy, but there is always room for improvement right?
We all know I love a challenge.
Honestly, the hardest part about the program was all the prep work involved! I felt like I was always in the kitchen. I spent more time preparing my meals than actually eating them.
Not having my favorite foods was hard at first, but it became easier over time. The cravings stopped around day 20. By then, I was just ready for it to be over so I could have a bowl of cereal. Not because I wanted it, but because it was EASY and FAST.
How do I feel?
I felt pretty good on day 30, but it was definitely a struggle to get there. Throughout the program, I had mood swings, low energy, and extreme tiredness. Everything seemed to randomly vanish in the third week. By then, I felt absolutely amazing. I was waking up well rested before my alarm clock the last two weeks. FYI, my alarm is set for 4:45 AM. I normally have to bribe myself to get up!
My energy was fairly consistent during the day. Of course I had a few slumps, but that’s life.
I sort of went all out on day 31.
Grilled Turkey Sandwich
I don’t think it’s realistic for me to eat “Whole30” all of the time. In our culture, socializing is based on food. That’s not something that I want to miss out on.
I plan to eat a lot of Paleo based meals, but there are a few things I just can’t give up. Peanut butter, cheese, and bread. Oh how I love thee.
My goal going forward is to eat as unprocessed as possible, but I won’t let it get in the way of my life.
It really was a great program to do for 30 days. I’ll most definitely be doing it again in the future!