I have been embarking on a new “diet” after taking a couple months off from all things weight loss. For anyone out there trying to lose weight let me say that is is okay to take a breather. Mine lasted longer than I had intended but losing weight can be physically and mentally exhausting and sometimes you just need to breathe. Also, life happens and if you’re so stressed out about not having your fitness tracker charged or spending more time counting calories than actually enjoying a meal then you need to take a step back. Losing weight is not just about fitting into skinny jeans – it’s about a mind body connection and when things get obsessive you’re no longer achieving optimal health- and isn’t that what this is all about anyway?
Anyways, I am currently on day 9 of Whole 30 (which is a 30 day program) and wanted to share my thoughts on the first week for anyone who is thinking about stepping into these waters.
Whole 30 is extremely restrictive so if this doesn’t appeal to you than move along. However, the science and point behind the book totally makes sense. Things aren’t restrictive just because these authors enjoy torturing people….their based on what works and what our body needs to be healthy and work with optimal energy. You basically cut out everything except protein, veggies and fruit. This sounds like “the worst thing you’ve ever heard” (and it can be) but in 30 days when you look and feel better you’ll be singing a whole different tune.
Personally the first 5 days were super rough which was a surprise to me. I’ve done restricted diets before and never felt too bad and they became habits uber quick. Therefore, I felt like this one would be easier as well. However, I had a massive headache for 5 days, went to bed every night hungry, wanted to “kill all things,” moaned, groaned and carried on like a whiny toddler, and literally was ready to throw in the towel halfway through day 2. I suffered through days of watching my kids eat buttery dominos pizza, my husband having wine, the kids having chocolate and having to feed a toddler all sorts of delicious foods. (Hint why I wanted to kill all things) The headache was the worst because it was difficult to distract myself and concentrate on work. My energy was extremely low and so I also had difficulty keeping up with the workload and all three kids when I really just wanted to take a nap by 10 am. My gym time was cut in half since not having carbs was making it extremely difficult to last more than 5 minutes on the strider. Sounds fun, right?
On to the good stuff. After day 5 I actually felt really good. The strangest thing happens to your body when you embark on a whole new lifestyle such as this. It ADAPTS! These amazing machines we have do find a balance and will eventually stop torturing itself. You brain learns to survive on less food and adjusts to fueling your organs with real food as opposed to the caffeine and sugar that we poison it with. It leads that it doesn’t need 5 helpings to be full but rather just 1. It also starts to adjust your hormone levels and everything else so that you wake up with energy as opposed to waking up as a zombie. Yes, it was super hard to make it those 5 days but the payoff has been worth it so far. The gym time is still difficult but honestly chasing after 3 kids is a workout in and of itself. Celebrate small victories when you can, people!
As far as food….well I’m getting bored with the same old stuff, but again been there done that before. The recipes I’ve tried in the book are actually really good and all the kids and hubs have approved. WINNING!! The mayo recipe was an epic fail that needs a blog post in and of itself but I finally found a compliant alternative at the store. I literally had a dance party in the aisle when I found it. On this diet it’s definitely the little things. I’ve been Betty Crocker in my own kitchen making all sorts of fun things from scratch and cooking things I never thought I could ever pull off. I even impress myself. HAHA
Having said that you MUST BE PREPARED when you start this diet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about preparation. As soon as we don’t have things prepared we end up eating out or grabbing processed crap that just isn’t good for us. So definitely take that part of the diet seriously, otherwise you’ll never be successful.
Week 2 is going strong and I’m ready to see how I feel next week. You can do anything you set your mind to!!