We are on day 15 of the Whole30, and we’re still kicking! Here’s some revelations from the past week or so.
- We do not feel deprived. Although there’s foods I’ll eat when this program is over, they no longer seem to have that same hold over me that they previously did. I don’t feel attached to them. It’s hard to consistently crave junk food when your diet is comprised of nutrient-dense foods such as these:
- Strict Paleo really does provide an increased sense of well-being. I can’t describe exactly what I mean by this. Going into week 2, I’ve become more adjusted to improved digestion and the notably absent sugar-induced highs and lows (read: mood swings). But it’s hard to put my finger on exactly what I mean by increased well-being. I just feel more settled. Something feels right about it.
- Whole30 makes you hott. Part of the Whole30 entails not stepping on a scale for 30 days, but I’ve leaned out way more than I’d imagined in just 2 weeks and so has my caveman. It’s kind of addictive.
- Eating Paleo improves recovery. I’ve worked out a lot harder in recent weeks than I’m used to, and although I still get some DOMS, it’s WAY better than it should be.
- Whole30 is probably more difficult socially than anything else. Going to brunch and having to explain why you can’t have one of those delicious-looking brownies. Packing a cooler before a seminar and hoping you won’t have to sit in your car while everyone else goes out to some diner during the lunch break. I’m lucky in that I’ve found myself not exactly getting invited to restaurants everyone’s meeting at, since I’d have had to turn it down anyway. And who knew everything in Chipotle is cooked in soybean oil?
- Lots and lots of dishes! Strict Paleo is definitely time-intensive. Although there are some good quick meals, and the Everday Paleo cookbook is great about providing time estimates for both prep time and cooking time, there are days when we feel like all we do is cook and do dishes. Splitting the sink in half may be one solution to this, and trying to plan meals (in the future) based on how much time we’ll have would probably be one way to minimize this.
- We may want to hunt and gather twice a week. When you cook ALL your food, don’t go out to eat and don’t grab quick to-go meals on the run from the corner store… it’s a LOT more food. Instead of spending an hour compiling ingredient lists, going to the grocery store for an hour, cramming so much food in the fridge it’s impossible to see it all and letting some of it go to waste..it might be easier to only shop for 3-4 days worth of food at a time, a couple times a week. We’ll be experimenting with this.