I started the Whole30 Program 14 days ago (check out earlier posts here and here). When I committed to it, I told myself that I would check in with myself at the 2 week point. Since we’re in this together, I figured I would share this process with you.
Let’s revisit my goals for Whole30:
- During the 30 day program, I am expecting to reset my system (hormones, cravings, metabolism, immune system) to ensure optimal system-wide health going forward.
- My starting weight is: don’t matter, not what this is about for me.
- I am hoping my ending weight will be: don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t matter.
Alright, now let’s check in with where I am at today:
- Weight: not relevant
- System-wide health: Physically, I feel fine and without issues or ailments (same as before). Mentally, I am feeling off kilter. I feel obsessed with food, meals, timing of meals, food prep, peanuts, soy, honey, quinoa, oatmeal, salami, etc. Many days I feel low on energy and chronically hungry (i.e. irritable).
As I mentioned before, I do not have major habits, tendencies, ailments or cravings that are keeping me from health. My diet and lifestyle are as healthy as ever. I am active and I eat very well. I know my body and what it needs to feel good and perform well. I am balanced. Or, at least I was balanced, I should say.
I’m two weeks into the Whole30 Program and I feel out of balance, from the inside out. It’s time for a course correction. I am taking what I have learned and going back to my healthy & balanced diet.
The experience was valuable. Here are some of my takeaways from the experience:
- Homemade olive oil mayo is awesome
- Added sugar is everywhere. I took the chance to clean out my pantry and rid it of anything with added sugar, including my trusted Stevia. I am sticking to honey and maple syrup (with the occasional coconut sugar) from here on out.
- “You are what your food eats”. Buy quality produce and meat.
- I could be eating more fat (the good stuff).
- My body benefits from healthy grains (oatmeal, sprouted grains, quinoa).
- Eggplant can be a breakfast food.
- I am not a rule follower.
Are you thinking, “Sissy, you just want to eat peanuts and drink wine!” You’re right, I do want to eat peanuts and drink wine. Really though, I am committed to healthy from the inside out. Whole30 has done wonders for others (which is awesome), but it didn’t jive with me. No big deal. Moving on.
I am into making healthy decisions, not following food rules.
I know there are many Whole30 devotees out there – what say you?