Thoughts on my latest Whole30 endeavor
I am on Day 29 of my third Whole30. Technically it's my first Whole30 since the two previous times were laden with unknown forbidden foods.
I've been dabbling with paleo-eating since 2011, and I'm a believer in it. I have no food allergies (other than two self-diagnosed allergies to pineapple and mango), I have never had any serious gastro-intestinal problems, I'm not overweight, and other than a plaguing case of mild acne, I have no auto-immune issues that I'm aware of.
Here are some things I've learned or noticed throughout this Whole30:
- Planning meals is not that hard. It's not. It takes maybe an hour and a half a week if diligent. The most time-consuming part for me was going to the store.
- If I keep a food journal, I eat less. I kept a journal for the first 18 days, then I stopped and while I remained within the Whole30 guidelines, I consumed too much nut butter. That is a fact.
- It might be possible to eat too many sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes. I could, and sometimes did, eat them at every meal.
- After you let go of breakfast having to be what it always was, your mornings open up. I probably had eggs 90% of the time, but I love eggs. If you don't love eggs, branch out. They encourage it.
- Some people will not stop asking why you do it even if the answer is "I like it."
- Buy the book for the recipes alone. There are so many delicious meals in the Whole30 book. My favorite is the Shepherd's Pie.
- The more veggies, the better. I'm going to do another one sometime this year and my goal will be to eat veggies (other than sweet potatoes) at each meal.
- Go easy on the nut butter. See number 2.
- The first time is probably the hardest. Even though I didn't do a truly compliant Whole30 the first time, it was definitely harder than this round.
- My goal wasn't weight loss, and that's good because I think I gained weight. THOSE SWEET POTATOES. And nut butter.
- Each time is different. My skin cleared up 100% last year when I was doing a Whole30. That didn't happen this time.
- I miss rice/sushi more than sweets. I really like eel, and I don't think eel sauce is compliant.
- Drink more water. My water intake has gone down since I lost my Nalgene. Even on my Whole30. I think I only drink water and tea anyway. Maybe juice when I'm out for breakfast.
- Incorporate exercise. I picked up a twice-a-week yoga habit and a daily walking habit, and it helped.
- Don't think about it so much. When I do my next Whole30, I'm going to give it a lot less constant thought. There were days where it was all I could think about, and I don't think that's a good thing. At first it will be in the forefront, but by day 12 or 13, it should take a backseat because it's a habit.
- Don't go crazy on Day 31. That's in the book, that's on the site, that's common knowledge. I went crazy one time and paid the price. The second time I went crazy about two weeks into it and paid the price even more.
- Remember it's for your own good, and maybe the good of others. I believe in inspiring others by example. Sure, changing your lifestyle isn't easy, but it's worth it. And you never know who you might help out in the process.
I was going to list out 30 things, but I think 17 is good.