I got on the scale this morning.. 12 pounds total I've lost so far. I am very hopeful that this is the key to my finally releasing this poundage. I'm learning a lot about myself and how food affects me.
Although I do think about the foods I have cut out. I don't crave them at all.
I'm learning and seeing there is a different way to relate to food.
Before. food was anything but fuel. I used it when I was sad, bored,nervous I would sooth my emotions.. and a lot of times it was just a habit.. having that ice-cream late at night.. or the beer with cheese and crackers. Or carbohydrating it up at every meal during the day... and feeling hunger in a few hours... meaning pasta, bread, rice.
So I know this does not work for everyone. But for me it has made a world of difference.
I've learned that physically , and energy wise , and mentally I am so much in a better place.
I realize that all those cravings have to do with my hormones and regulations of my body.. When I eat "those" foods. It seriously changes my thought process , it lights up those pleasure centers in my brain that make it almost impossible to stay away from those foods. It really is difficult to explain. I'm not finding it hard at all to stay away.. from them. I kind of look at them like they are poison to me. I am almost afraid to re introduce them into my diet. which is the point of whole 30, to see what affects you in a negative way.
So going forward. I have another 9 days to go. I will do the trial testing at the end of 30 days and see how my body responds. I will obviously include some of these foods into my life again, in a very limited way. Hopefully I will see what works well for me.
One thing that stands out to me, Is only eating 3 full meals a day.. There is not any snacking , you give your self a good 4-5 hours between eating which gives your body an opportunity to dip into using your fat storage. Otherwise , you never do that if you eat every few hours.. you are providing the energy from the foods you are eating directly. So that was a big eye opener to me.
Also Protein at every meal really satisfies you for many hours. I know that most of you know that. but for me I know see it and feel it. I know going forward all my meals will have protein , along with lots of veggies , and possibly 1 serving of a carbohydrate.. MEASURED/WEIGHED the pasta or rice or potato needs to be a LITTLE side serving not the main meal! Yes I've read that too, somewhere here on sparks. But until I was to get rid of the cravings I had trouble doing that..
What I need to do now is get back moving again. Going for walks, the gym This week I will shoot to do 3 days and do that for a while..
Thanks for stopping by, any and all comments welcome.. what are your experiences? Does this ring a bell for any of you? I have always wondered will I ever get to a point I can do this. Finally I feel i've cleared the carbohydrate cobwebs out and can finally release this extra weight.