I did it! 30 days without sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, or alcohol. And I feel amazing! 30 days ago, I would have never thought I’d be undergoing such a huge lifestyle change, and actually enjoying it. Cutting added sugars completely out of my diet sounded like crazy talk. But Dave and I can both vouch that it has been the best decision we’ve made in a while.
Last night, I decided to indulge in some of the no-no foods at Dave’s brother’s house – corn on the cob with butter, garlic bread with butter, hummus and pita chips, vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate hazelnut merlot fudge and a splash of bourbon (uhhhggg). I had been warned that going back to “regular” eating could have some adverse side effects, but I thought: How bad could it really be? And let me tell you, I would rather eat my body weight in any of those foods pictured above than eat another piece of buttered bread. It made me feel full and lethargic, not satisfied and energetic like food should make you feel. While our meal last night tasted great, on our drive home, Dave turns to me and says, “I just want to drink a huge glass of water and eat a green apple.” All this morning I’ve been trying to cleanse myself from last night’s foodie sins. The thing is, Whole30 didn’t make me suddenly sick of these foods; my body always felt this way when eating that stuff. I just thought it was normal to hate your life after a big meal and wake up feeling groggy and gross. Whole30 has opened me up to an array of food options that taste incredible and make me feel even better. I don’t think I have the discipline to be 100% paleo in my world of carne asada fries and In-N-Out burger, but I’m going to at least go 70% with the occasional non-paleo splurge.
On top of it all, I’ve lost 6 pounds, my skin has cleared up, I’m sleeping better, stressing less, and I can finally start working on my abs again now that my winter body has been shed. I know that first photo below looks like I’m pushing out my stomach, but unfortunately I was trying my hardest to suck everything in. Now I’m getting back on track to working towards a smokin’ hot bod ready for Comic Con. ;)
I can’t stress enough how life-changing this “diet” has been. Dave and I have pretty much become spokespeople for Whole30 and have been converting friends & family left and right to some of our awesome paleo recipes. If you want to feel better right now, I encourage you to start today! See my previous post about Whole30.
Anyone else complete the Whole30? How did it change your life?