November Whole 30 Update!
Hey friends! So as some of you may know, I am doing a Whole30 for the month of November. If you aren't aware, the Whole30 is a 30-day long strict Paleo protocol to reboot energy and rule out food sensitivities (the main reason I'm doing it) and bad habits. Not only does it mean no grains, dairy, sugar, soy, legumes, alcohol, but it means no "paleo-fied" desserts, treat foods or any food replacement, especially if the food is something you can't really control yourself around. For me that basically just means low-sugar, as after all this time I don't really have typical cravings of fried or sugary foods. I crave sweet potatoes, dark chocolate and avocado toast. Sooo 2016.
Anyway, I am on day 12 of my Whole30 and it's going awesome. I haven't had any dairy, grains, soy, eggs, sugar (well...ill get to that in a minute), alcohol or legumes. It was basically just a tune up to what I normally eat, with the addition of eliminating eggs and limiting nuts. This is really for digestive issues as I think they cause trouble. I'm waiting to heal that gut before reintroduction so hopefully I'll be able to eat eggs again!
I think the difference between this Whole30 and most of the others I have started and stopped has been that I haven't had many obstacles to face. I buy all my groceries and can easily say "no" to eating out and social situations where I wouldn't be following Whole30 guidelines. It's easier to not drink when you eliminate yourself from the situation completely, right? Obviously this isn't a permanent situation as I value my social life, but for the sake of committing for 30 days, I've been hermitting.
Per usual, I've been eating meals consisting of protein (usually organic chicken, beef, turkey) with tons of sautéed veg (or roasted) with some avocado or coconut, or both. I cook all my meals in coconut oil and ghee and add tons of spices (either savory rosemary/thyme/basil blends or more warming turmeric/cumin/coriander curry-ish spices). This meal template found on the Whole30 website has been filling, satisfying, and totally Whole30 compliant.
Sooo, have I cheated? No, not in my sense of the word. I've stuck to the Whole30 compliant foods 100%, I've limited snacking by sticking to 3 full meals a day, I've centered my protein meals with tons of veg and healthy fats. I haven't made Paleo pancakes or muffins. I haven't eaten much fruit, simply because the berries I love aren't really in season, but also because if I don't buy it, I don't have it and I'm not always tempted by it. That being said, I've had to satisfy by sweet tooth somehow. This is totally against Whole30's central dogma that we must be killing our 'sugar dragon', but I've had some dark chocolate after dinner just to not feel like this is a deprivation diet, because that's not my style. I'm still doing a Whole30, in my eyes, with having some cacao and coconut oil after dinner. Just because it's put together to form a sweet rather than just on its own, doesn't mean its not benefitting me. I'm not someone who is triggered by a piece of dark dark chocolate to then go on and eat a whole chocolate cake. I got my little piece, then I'm good. So yeah, I've had a little bit of 'dessert' you could say, but whatever. I'm not spiraling downwards into the abyss of sugar. I'm fine and I'm okay with this version of my Whole30.
How do I feel? Pretty good! I feel happy and proud that I've gotten past the first week mark. I've felt way way less bloated. I'm surprised I didn't have the typical 3-day bloat session that most people feel doing the Whole30. Maybe that's because I already eat pretty similar to the guidelines? Not sure, but I've been feeling good. My skin is slowly, but surely, clearing up. I think because it's a bigger, deeper issue it's going to take my body longer to heal. But it's been making progress and hopefully by the end of the 30 days I'll see more changes. My sleep? Crazy deep. I haven't been getting my ideal 8.5 hours, but more 7-7.5. I've been waking up from deep sleeps only in the morning when my alarm goes off. I've been falling right asleep around 11/11:30 at the end of a long day (trying to get to bed earlier). I'm feeling pretty tired, worn down. I think this is still the detox process and my workload catching up to me. This week is going to be full of sleep, let me tell ya. This week has been wild (read: US election, deadlines, terrible weather). Meh.
There's my update on my November Whole30 at day 12! I hope to finish the 30 days as squeaky clean as possible, in the way that best benefits me. I love the way this type of eating makes my mind and body feel and I will without a doubt be keeping it up.
Anyone doing a Whole30, done one before, or thinking of doing one soon? I'd love to chat and give you any tips or advice! I like to think I'm a Whole30 veteran as my first one was over 4 years ago!
Happy weekend from The No Grainer!