I love food. Food is one of the main reasons I run. Unfortunately, my love for food sometimes causes me to lose all self control and eat way too much/way too much stuff that makes me feel bad. Like donuts and milkshake like coffee from Tim Horton’s several days on vacation recently.
I got back from that trip over satiated and ready to make a change. I thought of my friend Missy, who did the Whole 30 a few years ago. I remember seeing photos of her beautiful easily identifiable food and thinking that’s how I want to eat. More recently, my friends Lori and Tricia did it and blogged about their experiences, so the idea has been rolling around in my head. I decided now was the time to act and began last Tuesday.
The gist of the Whole 30 is that you’re doing a nutritional reset–eating only whole foods for 30 days and then reintroducing the eliminated foods gradually to gain information about how food affects you personally. In the process people report higher energy, better mood, and clearer skin, among other things. Sounds great!
The tough part–for 30 days grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, and alcohol are out. I have a half marathon this Sunday–what better time than now to eliminate grains! LOL!
I went to Costco Monday and bought a bunch of compliant stuff. The same day I read on a blog post that you should absolutely not start until you’ve completely read The Whole30. I bought the book that night. We’re off to a great start!
Tuesday 10/11/16 – Day One
It’s incredibly tasty, but not compliant because:
- Vanilla extract contains invert sugar.
- Recreating non compliant foods with compliant ingredients goes against the spirit of the program; learning to battle cravings and retrain the way your mind sees food.
I’m using it anyway. It’s barely any sugar and I don’t like wasting food. Once it’s gone I’ll just use coconut milk.
First day thoughts: I can’t believe I didn’t eat between meals. That’s a first for me. And I wasn’t overly hungry.
Wednesday 10/12/16 – Day Two
Lunch: Same as Tuesday.
Second day thoughts: Wow I’m eating a lot of eggs. Today I was famished between meals. Stopped at Schnuck’s on the way home from work and consumed a Larabar as I shopped for fear I’d go into a fit of rage without food.
Thursday 10/13/16 – Day Three
Lunch: Giant salad.
Third day thoughts: I have a mild headache. I was expecting this, as I’m now well into the book, and this type of “hangover” is common. It’s also proportional to how you ate right before. Since right before I was in eat all the things mode, complete with a majestic performance at Olive Garden, the headache isn’t surprising.
Friday 10/14/16 – Day Four
Lunch: leftover enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes.
Day four thoughts: Almond butter is tasty and full of flavor. I used to think it was too bland. Also, this headache can go away any time now.
Saturday 10/15/16 – Day Five
Dates are delicious and so sweet it’s like I’m using Gu. I struggled through 8.5 walk/run miles. It may have partially been my change in diet but not running for 9 days (vacation) didn’t help.
Lunch: Leftover stuffed acorn squash and green beans. I can’t believe I’m eating squash.
Then we went to the movies. The movies have popcorn, which I love. Tracy had popcorn, because I don’t want to deprive her. I went to the movie super full and with zucchini chips (who am I?!) as a snack. I ate my “chips” and didn’t mind that much that I wasn’t eating popcorn. Small victory!Day five thoughts: this was supposed to be a “kill all the things” day but my mood was happy. I think I wanted to kill all the things earlier in the week, but that was work stress. Now I just have this headache.
Sunday 10/16/16 – Day Six
Lunch: another stuffed potato.
Then I went back to Costco! Costco has so many compliant foods and I have this blog post to thank for sending me in the right direction.
Day six thoughts: my 22.5 mile bike ride felt harder than it normally does. I was sluggish and sleepy.
Monday 10/17/16 – Day Seven
Day seven thoughts: I can’t believe I’ve done this for a week! I feel so happy, both from what I’m eating and the sense of accomplishment I get from making everything myself and knowing exactly what I am eating. I still have the headache but it feels like it’s lifting.
On to week two!