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Whole30 – Day 31 (The Big Reveal)

9 Nov

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Hello again to those of you who have been following along in my Whole30 journey, and to those of you who are just now reading my blog for the first time.  It’s been a crazy 30 days, some ups and some downs, but mostly ups I think.

I started off on the Whole30 because my doctor recommended I change my eating because my body isn’t working right.  Who knew that your gut and healthy gut bacteria had such an impact on your hormones, immune system, and general well-being?  I sure didn’t.  I figured as long as my food digested and went on through I was doing okay in the stomach area.  Unlike some people I wasn’t experiencing indigestion or heartburn so I never made the food connection to my health.  But of course, what good is a engine if you throw junk in it all the time?  Not so good.

One of the big things Whole30 does is to switch your body from being a sugar/carb fueled system to a fat fueled system (the way nature intended).  This is supposed to really increase energy levels because, as we know, excess foods get stored as fat, not sugar/carbs, so your body will have a lot of excess stores of fat to run off of in an emergency (or just when it needs it).

While I don’t feel super energized after completing the entire 30 days, I know it has a big part to do with other health issues I’m having, like hypothyroidism, low B12, and adrenal fatigue (to name a few).

One thing I think has really changed for me personally is that my mood is more stable.  I’m not going to lie, I can be pretty moody and I tend to just be grumpy a lot for sometimes no reason at all.  Now G might not agree with me (but he doesn’t read my blog so I guess he can’t refute what I say) but I feel like my moods are much more even and stable.  Do I still get upset?  Of course.  Do I still get annoyed?  Yep.  But when I do I think it’s for a pretty good reason not because I need some sugar.

What did I gain from Whole30?

Better sleep!  I “usually” fall asleep quickly and stay asleep which is a big deal since I work nights and sleep through the day.  Anyone who has tried this knows it’s not always the easiest thing to do.  My sleep has been screwed up for years prior to this.

Better relationship with food!  My old way of eating was very carb heavy.  I loved carbs.  My typical Friday night might look like me going to the grocery store for a bottle of wine and a sweet or salty snack like ice cream or chips and I would eat and drink it all.  I felt like I had had a hard week and I deserved to put this crap into my body because it was a reward for me.  Obviously I haven’t been drinking any wine the past 31 days or eating ice cream or chips but I no longer reward myself with food of any kind and that’s a pretty big deal.  I had always seen those images online that said something similar to “Don’t reward yourself with food, You’re not a dog”, but I really liked those rewards, lol.  Now I only eat when it’s meal time and I really do love the food I’ve been eating.  I forgot how flavorful real foods and spices could be.

Skills! I have learned to prioritize cooking and cleaning into my routine.  As much as I’d like to not do either of these things ever again I also know that it is crucial to my health.  If someone wanted to send me a personal chef I’d be okay with that too though…just a thought!

Knowledge!  The first time I went shopping for Whole30 approved foods I felt like it took me forever at the grocery store and reading the labels was a challenge.  Luckily I brought a list with me of what additives in foods I could and couldn’t have so referencing that was easy, but time consuming.  After that first week I pretty much knew to stick to the vegetable and meat isle and only go down the other isles for spices and things like that.  My shopping times greatly reduced as the weeks went on.  If you think you can pick up any pre-packaged bottle of sauce think again.  it’s amazing what companies will put sugar in.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Why needs sugar in their tomato pasta sauce?

Willpower!  It’s a good thing I’m a strong person because my willpower has been tested many times in the last 30 days.  From G eating all kinds of sweet, salty, alcoholic treats in front of me, to handing out Halloween candy and not eating a single piece, to free-for-all cookies and candy sitting on the counters at work.  I made it through each and every one because I set my goals from the beginning and I knew the disappointment of giving up on my goals would far exceed the minimal temporary satisfaction gained from eating any one of those things.  If you make up your mind going into this (or anything) you won’t give in when temptation looks you in the face.

Planning!  I have a crazy schedule and this is something I know about myself.  I knew if it were up to me to cook every meal, every day, at the time I was supposed to eat the meal, that I would not succeed.  Did that stop me from doing Whole30?  Nope!  I spend one day of my weekend doing shopping and cooking for the week.  Other than making my eggs every morning for breakfast my food is ready to go and that has been something that has really helped with the stress and time management of this plan.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I would not have been successful had I not cooked my meals ahead of time.

Okay, I know those things are all great, but what you all want to know is how much I’ve lost right?  Well, at first I was a little sad over the numbers but when I stopped to think about the fact that before Whole30 the scale was gradually climbing higher and higher, I can be quite happy and proud of the fact that I’ve lost 4.6 pounds in the last 31 days.  It’s not the number I had hoped for in my head but it is better than gaining!  What’s more impressive to me is that I lost a total of 9 inches off of my chest, stomach, hips, butt, and thighs.  9 inches is nothing to scoff at!  And, I have to be honest with myself, I just didn’t have a ton to lose going in to this.  I still struggle with what society has put into my head about the ideal woman’s body type and to me it’s what I was for years, super thin.  Now I know that being that super thin person who ate like crap and never ate enough fat to sustain my body functions I know that my ideal is not healthy.  It’s still tough to get around when it’s been in your head for so long.  So, I’m learning to love my healthier body.

Keep in mind that my results did not include working out.  I had enough going on to be successful with this that I didn’t need to add something else too.  Also, with adrenal fatigue, until your body starts working correctly you can actually do more damage than good by working out hard and stressing your body.  One thing at a time, which I struggle with.  I just want to be better now!  Is that too much to ask?

Okay, here’s some progress pictures!  It’s a bit tough to tell because the lighting seems different (even though they are all taken in my house under the same lights) but I can really see a difference in my stomach area (less pooch), and where my swimsuit ties cross agains my back area they don’t sink into flabby skin nearly as much as before.  Overall I think my complexion is better too.  My cheeks look more rosy and healthy rather than washed out and pale.

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It should come as no surprise, if you’ve been reading along with me, that I’m not done with this way of eating.  For my health and in hopes of having a long life ahead I’m going to continue eating this was as much as possible.  I already have my reintroduction of alcohol planned (which has been planned since before I started), because G and I actually have a day off together and we’re going to go wine tasting!  I can’t wait to go out and have some fun.  I’m not sure how the wine is going to affect my system but I’m interested to find out.  I’ll be blogging about how that goes and other progresses along the way.  I’m not done with my blog but I’m thankful to take a break from daily blogging.  Who knew, it’s a lot of work!

Giveaway!!!

Okay, as promised I have details for the giveaway!  I have really enjoyed talking with so many of you throughout my journey.  It makes my heart happy to be able to help people be healthier.  That being said my giveaway is a copy of Whole30!  One lucky winner will receive a hardback copy of Whole30, which includes extensive information on how to eat certain foods and why as well as beautiful color pages of recipes.  The recipes are fantastic by the way and they break it down so anyone can do it!  The copy will be shipped directly to you from Amazon.  As far as I know I can ship it anywhere in the world so this giveaway is open to anyone and everyone.

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To enter simply leave a comment here on this blog post.  In the comment tell me 1) which of my Whole30 blog posts was your favorite and why 2) one thing you learned from my blog 3) why you’d like to do a Whole30 for yourself and 4) include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!

Comments made elsewhere (Facebook or other blog posts) will not count for the giveaway.  Incomplete comments will not be counted either.  Each entry will be assigned a number and I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.  The giveaway will close Friday November 13th (such a lucky day!) 2015 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time and a winner will be announced shortly after that.  In the event the winner does not respond to the e-mail I send within two days a new winner will be selected and so on until I have a winner to send the book to.  Good luck all!