I have currently undertaken one of the biggest challenges of my life. I have committed to the Whole 30 plan and wow is it harder than I thought. For those of you not familiar with the Whole 30 (that was me just last week) it is a program not intended as a diet but more a lifestyle.
The Whole30.com website explains it as this:
“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?”
You heard correctly I will not be eating sugar, dairy, grains or legumes for 30 days. Those of you that know me know that I struggle with my weight and honestly have been on one diet or another since I was ten years old probably. I struggle with belly fat and a fairly sedentary lifestyle. I like to think I eat fairly healthy but will splurge and overeat on occasion. I love CARBS and chocolate, and cheese.
Since Rich was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and my cancer past and recent scare, decided to do something drastic. It has been challenging but doable. You don’t realize how deep your food addictions lie until you try to restrict yourself.
On October 1, 2014, I started my first Whole 30. I hadn’t been to the grocery store yet and that was a definite struggle.
Day 1 I ate 3 apples, an orange, a piece of chicken, some lettuce and a salad. Needless to say I was starving and was not sure I could even accomplish this. According to fitness pal I only consumed 743 calories that day. The biggest struggle I found was drinking my coffee without cream and finding Whole 30 compliant foods already in my house.
Day 2 I was still unprepared and had not been to the store. I ate apples and oranges again, chicken and salad for lunch and meatloaf for dinner. I did have a tremendous success this day because I went out for my weekly girls night out and consumed only water and carrots and celery. I really wanted a beer and a piece of pizza but I made it through. I did feel fuller this day because of the meatloaf for dinner but I still did not have any vegetables.
Day 3 I stopped at the store on my way to work and bought some peapods, baby carrots, almonds, pineapple and watermelon. I had also brought my meatloaf from home. I was satisfied all day but felt like I ate nonstop all day. I went grocery shopping on the way home from work and got a bunch of items for our menu for the week. I made salmon in coconut oil and a big salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and rice wine v vinaigrette. I really wanted a drink this day. Friday is usually a glass of wine or two but the salmon was delicious and I learned I love coconut oil.
Day 4 The hardest day by far. I was home all day and I didn’t realize how much I associate boredom with eating. I had a scrambled egg, blueberries, strawberries and pineapple for breakfast. I had a salad with the rice wine/olive oil vinaigrette for lunch and coffee marinated pork chop with arugula salad for dinner. I ate really well and didn’t feel hungry per se but felt like I was missing something.
Day 5 So far so good. I had a banana and pork chop for breakfast and I am making a shrimp salad with avocado and lime for lunch and we are going to have some delicious chili. I hope this gets easier as time goes on but I really miss cheese, and bread, and pasta, and wine J Today wasn’t too bad and I found that if I am prepared it is a lot easier.