I am almost past Day 28 of my Whole30, a 30 day nutritional wake up call. For the past 28 days, I have eaten nothing processed. No sugar, no alcohol, no dairy, no wheat, and no grains. I know, it seems like a lot. At first it can be a bit daunting. No cheese? No beer? No Cadbury Mini eggs? It all seems very, very sad. However, I assure you it was MUCH more than worth it. The benefits I have already experienced make it easy for me to say it was not THAT hard, and the pros outweigh the cons about 100 to 1. Even in my weak moments, I definitely had some go to foods that were my saving grace- Avocados, Eggs, Coconut Milk, Cashew Butter, and Paleo Hot Sauce. My victory goes out to those 5 fundamental foods.
1- Energy Level. Not only did I sleep better, but I now have very steady energy levels through the day. Goodbye energy rollercoaster!
2- Skin Health. As someone who swims a lot all year round, I get dry skin in the winter, and sometimes break out. Without processed sugar in my system, my skin is glowing and much more hydrated.
3- Mood. I am generally a very happy person, but I am not going to say I do not have my stressed or anxious moments. With expanding my business this month, stress is no stranger, and yet I feel just fine. I have to give the credit to my clean eating.
4- Performance. During my workouts, my performance went through the roof, almost immediately. My power is higher, my endurance more efficient, and my recovery is flawless.
5- Body Composition. Although it was not my primary reason for doing the Whole30, it is one of the results that you just can't ignore. My waistline got leaner, as well as the rest of my body. When I am not consuming inflammatory foods, I guess that is just what happens. You cannot argue with that.
6- Cravings. All of the things I assumed I would miss disappeared after the first 5 days. Eating quality food changes your tastes, and helps you kill those emotional cravings. I slayed the sugar dragon!
Overall, I feel great. I have decided I am going to continue on this path. I have yet to decide the exacts, but I think I am going to allow myself 1-2 meals or snacks a week that are not Paleo, and stick to the program otherwise. With the spring here and more locally grown goodies right around the corner, it should be quite a treat. It is the 3rd time I have done the Whole30, and it blows my mind EVERY SINGLE TIME. I have to give credit where credit is due, and if I can eat wonderfully delicious foods and feel great too, why not? If you are looking to try something different, feel better and more energized, and maybe get those abs back in the process, what are you waiting for? There is no time better than the present.
What does WHOLE30 Food look like? How about like Taco Salad and Chicken Avocado Salad..... YUM.