Today I’m going into some detail on the results of my Whole 30. Please know what while today’s post is about my Whole 30, it’s not about the Whole 30: it’s about making whatever changes you suspect you need to make in order to feel good. Thanks for reading!
Two weeks ago, I wrapped up my Whole 30. Here’s a refresher on what that is:
The Whole 30 is a short-term (30 day) nutritional reset. I eat this way (whole foods, and for me, low glycemic index) most of the time already; the big changes for me are no coffee, no wine, no cheating.
I already told you I felt amazing. I told you it was complicated. And that I was looking forward to drinking my first cup of coffee in a month.
Now it’s been two weeks, and I’ve assessed my (shocking) progress and experimented a bit with adding foods back in to my diet. Here’s what I’ve found out so far:
The second cup of coffee gives me a headache.
Prior to my Whole 30, I’d been having frequent headaches. Common triggers are wine and coffee, so I chose to give up coffee for the month even though it’s not part of the official program. When my Whole 30 ended, I resumed drinking one cup a day in the morning.
I didn’t have a single headache on my Whole 30. I’ve had two headaches post-Whole 30, and they’ve been on the two days I had a second cup of coffee in the afternoon.
Conclusion: I can enjoy one cup–and one cup only–per day. More than that makes me feel horrible, even if it’s decaf.
A glass or two of wine is fine.
Before my Whole 30, I had a habit of one or two glasses of red wine a day. I’ve had several glasses of wine post-Whole 30 and felt fine afterwards. Hallelujah.
Conclusion: Wine is fine, but I won’t be resuming my daily ritual. Keep reading…
Sugar gives me morning sickness.
I had an ounce or two of dark chocolate last week, and felt horrible half an hour later. Nobody wants to feel like they have morning sickness when they’re not pregnant; therefore, no more chocolate for me. (I’d rather have red wine than chocolate anyway. Thank goodness.)
Conclusion: It’s possible I’d be okay with just a little bit of sugar–like maybe a tiny bit of chocolate instead of 2 or 3 ounces. But for me, I’d rather skip it entirely than try to indulge in moderation.
Let’s talk about the numbers
I actually have some hard numbers on my Whole 30: weights and measures and stuff like that.
I’m hesitant to go there, though, because I broke up with my scale a long time ago. It’s only coincidence that I even know. If I hadn’t been to the doctor right before my Whole 30 started, I wouldn’t have weighed in beforehand.
I didn’t do the Whole 30 to lose weight–I did it because I wanted to feel better. And I do, and I don’t want to make this about weight loss instead. But I wouldn’t be telling you the whole story if I didn’t share these details with you.
Now that that’s out of the way, can I tell you about the numbers?
I lost 8 pounds. And 2 1/2 inches off my waist. In 30 days.
Those numbers took me totally by surprise. (But yes, I can totally tell: I look thinner and my pull-ups are easier.)
I’m happy with the outcome, but I’m horrified at the idea that I lost 8 pounds in a month because I stopped drinking wine. (I don’t know for sure if that’s why, but it’s my theory. And if that’s really what happened, that was too much wine!)
Here’s what you wanted to know:
1. What did you eat? I ate a ton of chicken, beef, eggs, avocados, fresh vegetables, oranges, and grapefruit. I went through bags and bags of frozen broccoli and spinach. I snacked on almonds and apples. I drank a hundred bags of herbal tea.
2. Was this a huge adjustment for you? Not really. I went gluten-free several years ago on the advice of my physician, and I’ve eaten paleo for long stretches in the past. The big changes were giving up coffee and wine, which were built into my daily routine.
3. Was it hard? The first two days were hard. After that it was fine. Really.
4. Was it hard to eat out? It depends. At some restaurants it’s a breeze; at some it’s literally impossible.
5. What did you miss the most? The coffee. Definitely the coffee.
6. Did you have caffeine withdrawal headaches? No, but I’d only been drinking about one cup of caffeinated coffee per day before the Whole 30.
7. Would you do it again? Definitely. I’ve never felt better.
8. Could you really tell that big a difference in how you felt? YES.
9. 8 pounds? 2 1/2 inches? In a month? Seriously?? I know, right? Seriously.
10. I want to find out more. What resources do you recommend? Check out the book It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. I also love the recipes in Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
What changes do you suspect you need to make in your life in order to feel good? What’s holding you back? How can you get started?
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