Whole30 - The End!
Friday, October 06, 2017
I did it. 30 days of rigorous efforts toward a simple goal: improving my overall health. I knew I could achieve it - but I’m certain I didn’t expect it to be that easy to follow. Yes, I had ups and downs but the downs were short-lived and the ups were constant. It felt liberating in many ways, a bit on the long side, eye-opening., great & I made some new friends!
Being 100% honest though, I expected a much higher weight loss. I am glad I had been talking to myself about the results; a 5 pounds loss would be okay, ‘cause that’d mean I was on track and losing as much as usual. Total, I got rid of 7 pounds in 30 days, it’s a bit faster than my 1.2 pounds/week average but not that much! I also lost a couple of centimeters to my thighs and belly but nothing major either.
It’s time for me to count my blessings and how it has improved almost every other areas of my life :
Reduction in psoriasis symptoms
Fall asleep more easily (thanks Ramona for suggesting no fruits after dinner - that helped a lot!)
No more sugar cravings
No more brain fog
More productive, more focus
Don’t need an alarm clock to wake up
Energy levels more constant and high
All in all, those 30 days were a great experiment and I am thrilled that I have made those changes. It makes life a bit busier because I gotta cook a bit more and if I want something such as a cracker, I have to bake it! I’m glad those 30 days are gone so I can eat some baked goods - don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to mimic everything from the SAD diet but I would like to have some crackers and muffins - they make life easier, they’re easy to cook with paleo-compliant ingredients and they are time-saver!
Now, “real-life” is around the corner and I am a bit scared of how I will present these life changes without it being a burden to my family. I don’t think it’s possible for this lifestyle to not raise some “problems” along the way because we gather a lot around food. I know Whole30 is not a lifestyle but Paleo is. And Whole30 is very close to Paleo - there are guidelines that I will keep following like the additives list, I don’t want to put those harmful things in my body so I’ll be on the lookout for those. Well, I can’t please everybody BUT me by saying yes to things I know aren’t good for me. The infamous “One bite won’t hurt you” will make its comeback, I’m sure!
Now, I’ve eaten a bit of old cheddar this morning with my breakfast and.. It’s been 3 hours and no signs of anything. I will eat a bit more tonight with my dinner and see from there. Oh and I’ve made ghee at home (from an unsalted block of butter) and added 1 tsp of it in my coffee this morning. I’ll keep monitoring how I feel and with some luck, I can eat cheese!
Thanks to all for your support through this journey, I hope it sparked you in some ways to improve YOUR overall health and to try new things. I firmly believe that the less “junk” you put in your body, the better. So whatever the method used, make sure to follow this simple yet powerful guideline to achieve your goal!
Love you all & have a great day!