When I first realized what it was about and what you were suppose to do, I was like "NO WAY! I could not do that!" Yet, always the cheerleader for health and holistic living, I proclaimed to my friend who was saying she was going to do it, "I will do it with you to support you!"
September 30, after 10PM I ate my last 3 Tim-Tam cookies, fully dunked in a creamy cup of tea, saying a sweet farewell to sugar, grains and dairy-laden drinks for my next 30 days!!
And what an adventure it has been....
|Typical Whole30 breakfast: I have always eaten eggs and coffee,|
but now I was omitting cheese, toast, and cream!!
We are so driven by emotional and faulty psychological rational and we are blind to it. For example... here are some thoughts I have caught myself thinking through this denial of sugar, dairy, and grains:
"I am not feeling well... such-and-such a treat would make me feel better."
"I am not pretty, I need to eat this (fill in the blank with favorite comfort food)...."
"I have had such a long, hard day... ginger snap cookies and cup of tea/glass of wine/cheesy whatever, is what i deserve...."
In the midst of this program, you begin to have dreams of "cheating"and they seem so real!! I would wake to a sense of guilt and question if I had really taken a bite of whatever sugary treat my dream had formulated.
What I did not expect...
Lots of cooking! I found this to be fun and therapeutic. Since I have been quite frustrated with how little energy I have at the end of a day at work, this surprised me! Of course I would be hungry, and I could not just do something quick, carb-ful, and easy. I HAD to read a recipe and get to chopping! This picture on the right is one Monday evening explosion of healthy food prep!
I also discovered some new foods I really enjoy: sun-dried tomatoes in oil and spices are the bomb!! Also... Bella mushrooms!! And oh the avocados... I have always loved, but they have been a huge part of my diet these last 30 days.
Other revelations have come... as I have walked this journey: I often make decisions based on emotional and faulty impulsive rational! Instead of recognizing the heart/soul need, I am prone to quickly, mindlessly go for dealing/expressing, or resolving the discomfort with an impulsive purchase, entertain false assumptions and descending further into a pit of despair or isolation. Woah... what an eye-opener to a lack of self control!
So, it's been a
I did this thing! YOU CAN TOO! If you decide to take on this challenge, I would HIGHLY recommend getting the Whole30 cookbook; it has fantastic recipes, helpful information and tips and it's very inspirational...
To steal the best line from the book:
"Fighting cancer is hard, having a baby is hard, drinking your coffee black is.NOT.Hard."
Here's to health!