Favorite Friday: Whole30

It’s over! As of today, I am officially done with the Whole30.

I whined a lot, thought about cheese more than I should have and threw a tantrum every time I wanted to join my friends for non-compliant food.

But, I also learned a lot. I became more confident in the kitchen, learned to carefully read food labels and developed a weird affinity for sweet potatoes. The Whole30 is a lot of work. It’s a lot of meal prepping, a lot of willpower and a lot of washing dishes after you try and make a cauliflower creation that explodes everywhere.

Here’s the part I’m most excited about – my results.

I am sleeping a solid seven to eight hours a night, I can stay focused all day at work and I have energy to do adult things like clean my kitchen or organize my linen closet.  My energy isn’t all of a sudden through the roof, but I notice I have more of it. An extra little “boost” to be productive and not watch Netflix for five hours straight after work. Also my skin feels amazing. If it weren’t bad for my skin, I’d touch it all day.

I mentioned in my original post that I was also doing this to help with my anxiety and depression. I knew going into this that this lifestyle change would likely not eliminate my mental health issues entirely. I knew I’d still probably have to rely on medication/tools I’ve learned elsewhere to manage it. That is all true, BUT I think my increased willpower and drive are the biggest mental health gains I’ve gotten from this. In turn, that makes managing my health a little easier.

Now the good stuff: I lost 13 pounds (!!!!) and my stomach no longer looks like an unruly bowl of marmalade jelly. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s better. I didn’t take measurements before because I don’t know why, I’m dumb.

This was my second attempt at the Whole3o. It’s a commitment. Learning how to say no to non-compliant foods, trying to keep yourself focused and beating your inner sugar dragon are really hard things.

I don’t think I’m quite there yet, also. Late at night, I start craving non-compliant foods. Ask my boyfriend, I cried last week at 10:45 p.m. one night because I JUST WANTED ONE MOZZARELLA STICK.

My sugar dragon is wounded, but he’s still very much alive.

To help combat my sugar addiction and also to maintain (or continue!) my results, I’ve decided to stick with this Whole30 lifestyle, at least five days a week. I don’t go hungry at all on the Whole30. This isn’t a “starve your way into summer” kind of diet. I ate a lot of food – real food. It’s truly changing your ways, your mind and your body. I’m hooked. Sorta.

And no, in case you were wondering, I did my very best to not cheat. If I did cheat, it was unknowingly, and I’m OK with that.

I know this isn’t the typical beauty Favorite Friday post, but I really do recommend taking the plunge and trying this thing out.

It’s really neat to see what you can do in 30 days if you put your mind to it.

 

 

 

 

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