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Okay. Here we go. The whole truth about the Whole30 after 10 days. It's. Hard. They say giving birth is harder but, I have yet to do that, and while I'm sure it sucks, giving up foods you've eaten for the past 26 years is VERY FREAKING HARD. Do you know how many delicious things have dairy, added sugar and soy!? The best things.
With that being said, how much it has already made me change for the better may be worth it. At first I thought if I have a gluten intolerance, I may, in fact, kill all of the things. But, after 10 days of almost black coffee and no cheese on my chili, I'm going to have to go with dairy. Being intolerant to dairy would be the worst. Which is unfortunately what I'm thinking is my problem food.
I've been, cough, regular. And that, in itself, is a huge accomplishment. My stomach is always so messed up that I thought it was just how people are. I literally assumed everyone felt bloated and full all of the time. And that bathroom issues every other day were the norm. Boy, was I wrong. Honestly, I have not felt the energy though....yet. And it's possibly because I picked starting my Whole30 the week before lady time of the month. And for me personally, the week before is when I sleep 12 hours, cry because FEELINGS, and get angry that the cat looked at me funny. Oh, and when 5 cookies isn't as good as 6.
The biggest lesson I learned in week one, as far as how to successfully do a Whole30 goes, is don't over complicate your meal plan. Because A) it over complicates your grocery list leading to $200 a week in spending, and B) our favorite meals have been the easy steak and grilled potatoes, meat with some pico and guacamole, and eggs. Yes, my experimental meals have been DEEEElicious, but I like prepping to take 20 minutes and not 1 hour. I also don't like buying 7 different types of meats. So, if you're thinking of doing this, you don't need to get "fancy" the first week. If you do, you'll start to resent the Whole30 for how much effort it's taking to eat decent meals when you're already resenting it for taking away beloved sugar. Buy crap tons of chicken, a few steaks, and a thing of pork and call it a day. Lots of veggie sides, fruit and sunflower seeds and you're good to go!
I'm loving fruit. I come from always trying to eat a strict low carb diet which means no fruit except the occasional strawberry. Fruit. Tastes. Better. Than. Ever. I've been eating 2-3 servings a day. And if I'm being very honest here, which I am, we have been snacking when necessary. Because, back to the trying to over complicate things, sometimes you over complicate it so much that you somehow only end up with a half serving of lunch and you feel like you might die before 4. I don't think I should be starving. So, on the days I messed up, I thanked goodness that I had Larabars and sunflower seeds.
Eggs. I'm all about eggs. They're delicious. And I've always been obsessed with breakfast food. If you're a fan of breakfast, you can totally make the Whole30 work. The nights when I felt like cleaning dishes only to cook and clean them again would send me packing, I whipped up some eggs, hash and fruit. And it was super satisfying. Also, thank you, Whole Foods, for carrying paleo bacon, not cured with sugar. I love you.
Last tid bit for this post. I know it's against the rules to weigh yourself. But I'm a rebel rouser. And I wanted to give you guys an idea of some changes I've noticed. I've lost 5 pounds so far and Mike has lost a few, too. So, the fact that I've clearly cut out some stuff that does NOT agree with me gastrically, AND lost some poundage, well, to me that is reason enough to keep on truckin' baby. Also, headaches. You'll have em. But they're not terrible. And they'll pass. Make it over the hump. WE CAN DO THIS. Below are some random food photos from our first week.
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