Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I finished my 30 days of Whole30 Monday and am starting to add foods back into my diet to see how my body reacts. I have to say, I did the Whole30 without any slips and with very little trouble. The biggest change I noticed is that my cravings both for sugar and just to overeat in general practically went away. I had only one small complication and that was constipation starting at the beginning of the 4th week. I have learned a lot and have really enjoyed making new recipes. I had to learn how to buy, use and store Coconut oil (I like the Nutiva brand best), Coconut milk (Thai brand) and Ghee (Purity Farms). I donít feel like I need to add bread and cereal back into my life at all but I am going to introduce it as they recommend so I can tell if I have any sensitivities to them. I will probably add back cream in my coffee and yogurt from the dairy group but I have never liked milk so Dairy isnít a big thing in my life. Yesterday I added back legumes, so I had peanut butter and apple with my 2 egg mushroom and spinach omelet. peas and edemame in my salad at lunch and chili with beans for supper. Iíll be adding back sugar and alcohol just for the reintroduction days to be sure I donít have any sensitivities there. Otherwise Iíll be eating very little sugar and drinking only occasional wine and beer when I go back to my post Whole30 life. Why should I add back the things that were making my healthy life difficult?
I decided to do a Whole 30 because Iíd been reading several blogs of Sparkers who tried it. After losing 90 pounds over 2 years, I had been stuck at 10 pounds over goal weight for over a year. Then when I came back from my month long trip to Europe last year, I put on 10 pounds. I was getting worried that my old program wasnít working any more so I decided to shake it up. I read about it and thought that it didnít sound too crazy, was doable and only for 30 days so I started.
The first few days were really easy and since I weighed daily at first (youíre not supposed to weigh until the end) I know I lost 3 pounds of water weight right away. I didnít have any detox symptoms from stopping sugar, etc or eating low carb since Iíd been eating a pretty healthy diet for a long time. I didnít feel irritable but the first and second week I could hardly run or do my gym exercises. I felt like I had no energy, but I kept going. In the middle of the second week I got my energy back for running and other exerciseÖ.in fact I ran a mile straight without intervals for the first time in my 3 year running career! I felt like I could run like the wind! I did have a few episodes of feeling lightheaded. I think I wasnít drinking enough water or salting my food enough. Hydrating and adding salt improved my lightheadedness. The description of how you might feel on the program said you might have some bloating the 2nd week, but I didnít. On night 13 I did dream about eating chips which they said might happen. LOL! My IBS (Irritable Bowel) cramps improved! On day 16 I ate out with friends at the Cheesecake Factory and had dry grilled salmon, steamed veggies with no seasoning and a bowl of plain strawberries. It was delicious and I didnít feel deprived except that I didnít get to have a glass of wine with my meal which I enjoy when I am eating out.
I decided not to weigh daily on day 16 and didnít weigh again until I was finished on day 30. The morning of day 31 I had lost 12 pounds and a total of 7 inches! I was pretty astonished. My energy and stamina have been off the wall these last 2 weeks. I feel great. I did have a week of constipation, probably due to just changing my diet, but with suggestions from the Whole 30 web site that was resolved. (prunes, Natural Calm which is a magnesium supplement, and drinking more fluids).
Over the next week or so I will be reintroducing Non gluten grains, dairy, gluten grains, sugar, and alcohol with 2 days of Whole 30 eating between each of the introductions. I am looking forward to seeing I my body responds to that. The reintroduction of legumes is going well. I ate them yesterday and will stay Whole 30 compliant for 2 days before starting non gluten grains.
On the whole, itís been a great experience and Iím glad Iím giving it a try. My doctor is on board and my body feels great. Iíll keep you posted at the end of the experiment!