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Whole30 Finished–update

I did it!

Actually I finished 5 days ago, but I’ve been having trouble getting around to this blog post.  30 days with absolutely no added sugar, no legumes (no peanut butter!!), no grains of any kind, and no dairy!  No processed foods at all. The first 3 weeks were a challenge, especially with Thanksgiving in there, but the last week was easy-breezy.   Once I got the hang of the menus, the cooking routine, and past the cravings it really seemed almost effortless.

Even now, five days after Day 30, I’m still eating generally the same things.  It’s just a relief to be ABLE to eat other stuff, even if I don’t WANT to.  I have added one or two things back a day–in very small amounts–with no ill effects.   I’m watching my face like a hawk, checking for hints of a oncoming break out…nothing yet.  But there is a lot still to “test”…peanut butter, soy, wheat, for example.

Sorry to say that my neck still hurts…it may be a smidgeon better, but still hurts, tweaks, and twinges.   My head definitely feels clearer and my energy level is excellent.  I had been at a weight loss plateau for months, but I lost a total of 9 pounds in 30 days, putting me at 121…I don’t remember when I last weighed 121—maybe when I was a teen?! It is nice to be able to SEE the muscles I’ve been working on at the gym for the past 2 years. 🙂

The subtitle to the book It Starts with Food is “Discover the Whole 30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways”.   Well, it’s waaaaaaaay to early to tell if I’ve changed my life in the long term, but things are definitely different in the short term!  I’m so excited to be off of that daily acne medicine!!

Was it easy? NO.  Was it worth it?  YES. A hundred times YES!

Day 27 – Whole30

Bowl o' Fruit

I begin today’s Whole30 update with picture of my after dinner snack.  Fruit.  Marvelously delicious dessert-like fruit.   I’ve tried to go easy on the fruit during this 30 days just because of the sweet factor.  If I’m trying to break a sugar addiction, it won’t be incredibly helpful to eat a ton of fruit.  Especially after you remove all other added sugars from your diet and “wake up” your taste buds!   But, tonight I was hungry and I just wanted these yummy cherries, and my new favorite, the kiwi fruit, and the ever present banana.

3 more days.   3 more days and I’m done.  I have no intentions of going hog-wild on day 31, but I’ll be glad to stop thinking about what I’m eating and not eating all the time.  Today I came home from work and spent 2 1/2 hours baking spaghetti squash, butternut squash, turkey meatballs, a sweet potato, and making a delicious beanless beef chili–Yay!  Whew.  A lot of work, but I have easy food for the next 3 days.  Should make for an easy weekend.

Neck pain showing dramatic improvement today…could be wishful thinking, but I don’t think so. 🙂  No more breakouts.  Face clean  and bright. 🙂  Sleeping great.  By and large, I am extremely pleased with this endeavor.

Day 24 – Whole30

I hate to discourage anyone that is even considering doing a Whole 30 for health reasons, but in the interest of full disclosure, I must report progress the last couple of days. Now, granted, I started my period yesterday, so much of the unpleasantness of the last couple of days could be blamed on that.

Anyway, neck pain yesterday was bad…better today, but yesterday at work all day, badness.   Small, but not insignificant breakout ensuing on chin.  Again, could be blamed on the cycle, but <insert sad face> nevertheless.   Sleeping ok, but having a little trouble bouncing out of bed for those 6am workouts. And I’m sad to report that my hair is still growing in gray…I knew that was a ridiculous dream. 🙂

Just for journaling purposes, I had a burger patty yesterday made with fancy grass fed beef.  It was an indulgence because the meat was considerably more expensive than ordinary grain fed cow beef.   Eh…it wasn’t anything grand.  Kinda dry, I guess because it was so lean.   Then today I tried to make my own breakfast sausage as we were having breakfast for dinner.   Blah…not great at all.  In fact, we’ll go ahead and put that in the “Fail” column.

Here’s what I had for a snack after I got home from a full day and evening of work…steamed vegetables.  yum. That’s what every woman enjoys after a long tiring day of work-so NOT a comfort food.  However, I did follow this bowl with a bowl of kiwi, strawberries, and grapes (not pictured)…that was MUCH more enjoyable.

steamed vegs

Day 23 – Whole30

Today was grocery day.  We recently got a Sprouts in our town and Kevin loves to go with me while I load my cart with fresh vegetables, fruit and MEAT.   I noticed today that it is easier to decide what to fix for meals…and I don’t worry about NOT eating the fresh things that I bought.

Usually, when I would buy fresh veggies (with good intentions!) I would stick them in the crisper and forget about them until they went bad.   In fact, the first couple of times I went Whole30 shopping, I made a list on paper of all the things I had bought so I wouldn’t forget to use them!  Today my crisper is packed and overflowing onto other shelves and I am not worried about using it ALL!

I used some leftover chicken breasts and a package of broccoli slaw to make this Chicken Pad Thai to eat during the football game. (GO SOONERS!)

Chkn Pad Thai

Still feeling really good.   Face still looks clear and bright.  Neck pain is still a little better.  Sleeping soundly. Clear headed.   I’m kinda liking this new healthier, skinnier me.