Hello all. Thank you for following along on this little journey of mine. All-in-all Whole30 was a very informative exercise. Many things became clearer to me with respect to my relationship with food. And I will continue to think about and work on those things. Food is a wonderful thing. I enjoy it very much. LOL. But I now see how often I reach for food when I’m not hungry….stress, anxiety, boredom….and I think these, plus some other bad habits have contributed to my gaining weight over the years. This new perspective has also explained (to me anyway) why things like Weight Watchers and Atkins programs have not worked for me. it really is “all about the food.”
To anyone struggling with food, weight, skin problems…I would recommend this program (but of course, I’m not a doctor and perhaps you should check with your doctor first.) It’s not a scam to make money. All of the information you need to do the program is available for free on line at whole30.com. There are available supplementary books that I found fascinating to read (science stuff about hormones and insulin resistance, etc.) plus a cookbook with detailed meal plans for those of you who need a guiding hand, but those are extras and you can easily do the program without them. Plus forums…I found the forums especially helpful when I didn’t know if I could eat this thing or that.
Is it hard? No…I don’t think it was hard. I was happy to say that, unlike Weight Watchers and Atkins and any number of programs before, I stuck to this for 30 days without fail! No cheating at all and I didn’t feel hungry or deprived. I will say that planning is required. Read the suggestions and pre-program recommendations. Absolutely. And have fun with the food you can eat. You may find that you really do like food without cream sauce and butter! You do have to be prepared for a little bit of adjustments as you detox from sugar and grains/flour, etc. That was a little unpleasant.
All I can say is for me it worked. I plan on following the 10-day reintroduction plan which slowly reintroduces some of those foods you cut out to see if (now that you have a baseline of 30 days without them) your body reacts negatively. And then going forward I don’t seem me changing very much from what I’ve been doing for the past 30 days (pending how I feel after reintroducing cheese and breads, etc) except perhaps a drink or glass of wine here and there. And of course, maybe pizza once a month. I’d also love a piece of pie (just not half of the pie…you see the thread here?). It’s interesting. Not having had sugar for 30 days (or honey or maple syrup or any sweetener artificial or otherwise) many things seem sweeter anyway. I can’t imagine what will happen if I ate a candy bar…although I’d love a piece of chocolate. Bottom line. It’s only 30 days!
Most of all, I never want to feel that horrible “Thanksgiving” full feeling I so often had. And I think on a modified …. let’s call it #Whole365, plan, I feel like I can continue to lose weight (although true #Whole30 fans will say that the program is not about losing weight)…and feel better. That’s the whole thing. I feel lighter. My head feels lighter…I don’t crash at 3pm.
I tried to take before and after pictures, but I don’t think they show anything significant (except for some very puffy morning eyes!) Although I think in this un-retouched photo (today is the top photo and March 28 is the bottom photo both taken at approx 6:30 am in the same location in the apartment) my skin does seem improved and less blotchy, the circles under my eyes are a little improved.
And in this zoomed in photo, the lines on my forehead do seem less pronounced.
So here are the numbers
242 lbs (highest ever)
132/87 (blood pressure)–always just almost “high”
226.5 (15.5 lbs lost)
120/82 (on 4/15) – absolutely shocked my Dr.
I didn’t do body measurements but my pants definitely are much looser…
So a these are a great bonus to how much better I feel and how much better my digestion feels…