As I write this I am on day 21 and doing incredibly well. (I’ll be on day 24 when you read this!) This is my fifth or sixth try at the Whole30 and while I have never really completed one I don’t think of them as failures. Each time I have learned something and incorporated a few new foods and better eating habits for the long term into my life.
This time around I really tried to set myself up to succeed. I picked a 30 day span when we had no holidays or camping trips to make it as easy as possible for me. Bought some marinades and sauces from Tessemae’s and placed an order with Wellness Meats. In addition to planning dinners a week at a time I planned breakfast and lunch too. All this has really helped.
The most important thing though has been having the right attitude and specific goals. I am not cheating at all. I don’t even think about cheating but vowed to simply follow the rules. No “I am going to eat butter instead of ghee after the 30 days so what difference does it make now” sort of thinking. My main goals are to see how sugar and grains affect my joint pain and moods. So once I am done I will resume eating cheese and real butter. But grains and sugar will be done in small amounts with close attention paid as to how I feel. At least that is the plan.
As for how it is going right now, all my cravings are gone. My mood does seem more stable and some days I do think the joint pain is less. Sleeping is still an issue but I believe that is due to bad seasonal allergies and perimenopause. I guess hoping eating a clean diet would make everything better was an unrealistic expectation. 🙂
Another surprise was how well my last two dental checkups went. I had my semi-annual cleaning two weeks ago and the hygienist again commented on how clean my teeth were. I have always been good about brushing and flossing but she pointed out my gums aren’t inflamed anymore either. She only found a little soft plaque along the gum line. The only thing that has changed is my eating habits. Looks like avoiding grains and sugars is really good for your teeth!
The biggest change is now I only eat because I am hungry. The pleasure of food has disappeared which is kinda sad. I make nice meals and keep up the variety of foods but something has changed. I am not looking forward to eating, it has become a chore. Hopefully this feeling is only temporary. I am glad that I no longer snack and I really hope that habit sticks. And while I am okay with eating only when hungry I really want to look forward to meals again.
I am also feeling a bit disappointed that I am not feeling any “Tiger Blood”. Could be due to the bad allergies or it could be that my eating habits really aren’t that bad or that what foods I eat don’t negatively affect me. If that is true then I am happy I can eat everything but sad that I can’t improve any of my ailments via diet.
But I can’t lie, I am looking forward to Mother’s Day and making pancakes with my son for breakfast and having dessert with dinner. I have one last homemade peach crisp in the freezer that sounds perfect for a warm, sunny Sunday in May!
Our fruit family is Whole30 Compliant!