Jay and I have been following the Whole30 plan for a week. Initially, we struggled with the grocery store. But after I spent time prepping food and planning meals, it eventually got easier. We made it through the first week! Here’s the recap:
Day 1 – Feeling energized, excited about following the Whole30 plan. After the first few hours, the reality of changing my food habits and behaviors set in: major headaches. Major fatigue and “flu”-like symptoms. Overall unhappiness about how sick I felt and how far I had digressed. It’s so easy to get into a negative mind-space, thinking, “wow, I really let myself eat so much crap that I feel THIS AWFUL changing my habits.” Trying to stay positive and looking forward to feeling better.
Day 2 – Increased headache and fatigue. I think they call it “Carb-Flu”. Trying to drink tea and enjoy the foods I’m eating.
Day 3 – Hadn’t gone to the bathroom in 2 days. (if you read this blog and know me in real-life, please don’t look me in the eye after hearing about my bathroom-issue!) Ate a peach. It was the sweetest, juiciest peach I’ve ever had in my LIFE. Really noticing the effects of sugar and processed foods.
Day 4 – Finally feeling better (and went to the bathroom). Went to a hot-yoga class. Thought I was going to DIE. I’ve never sweat so much in my life. I’d like to think I was sweating out all of that sugar and processed food crap still left in my body.
Day 5 – Made it to Friday. My usual “treat myself” habits were raging – the urge to have Caribou coffee and a “treat” lunch were in full force. Instead, ate the planned food and looked forward to having an awesome friend spend the night. Went to Good Earth for dinner and was IN LOVE with my meal – Edamame, a corn-chowder, and a spinach, grapefruit, avocado citrus salad. Amazing. So delicious.
Day 6 and 7 – THE WEEKENDS ARE HARD. Trying to stay on track with healthy eating and regular meals. Reminded of how many times I would “grab something quick” because I was “on the go” – caribou coffee and muffin, a quick granola bar or snack. Trying to listen to my hunger cues and not eat just “because”. Went to the Mall of America – hardly any Whole30 foods available. Reminded how many times I’ve made a “grabbing lunch” or “having dinner” a focus of making plans – trying to shift my mind-set to NOT have all my plans revolve around food.
And here are some of the lessons I’ve learned in the past week….
1. There is such thing as the “carb-flu”. It feels like the flu. Miserable. But it DOES eventually get better.
2. I LOVE HOT SAUCE. And I never realized it before. The only thing I can think of, is that I had been eating SO MANY processed foods, that I wasn’t used to tasting “real food”. I actually went to a specific hot-sauce store at the Mall of America… it was amazing! Row after row of hot sauce, salsa, wing sauce, BBQ sauce, and all things hot. My taste buds were in heaven!
3. I LOVE COSTCO. That’s right – I am an official card-carrying Costco member. And as much as I would love to buy all Farmers’ Market Organic food… my budget simply won’t allow it. Last week, we made 4 separate trips to the grocery store for more food. And so this week, we took the plunge and joined Costco and I couldn’t be more happy with the items from Costco – the meat, veggies and fruit has been fresh and delicious. (thank you to everyone who recommended Costco via Twitter and Facebook!) Plus – bulk shopping is COOL.
4. Working out is hard. Much harder than I anticipated. My body is feeling the effects of no sugar/no processed, and It’s really difficult to get moving. The hot yoga class on Thursday was a good reminder that ANY activity is GOOD activity, and I’ve set some goals for this upcoming week to improve my activity levels and get movin’ again.
5. My body is confused. Between not going to the bathroom for a few days to my menstrual cycle coming 1 week early, it’s feeling the effects of being “shocked” by all natural foods.
6. That being said…. I cheated. I cheated the plan. One of the recommendations is that you don’t get on the scale.
But I couldn’t help it.
I was dying to know my progress……
AND IN 1 WEEK, I’VE LOST 10 POUNDS!!!!
The book says the average is 6-15 lbs in a month, and I am SO surprised that my body has responded as well as it has! I know there will be some flux, water weight, adjustment to less calories and more natural foods. But holy-guacamole!! 10 POUNDS!!!
7. Overall, I’m looking forward to continuing the Whole 30 challenge. It’s tough, and it pushes me outside my comfort zone, but I am learning so much about my body and the way I view food, the way I eat food, and what “healthy” feels like.
Win. Win. Win.
I couldn’t be more pleased.
(As a reminder, I am not a medical professional and cannot recommend or advise for any changes to your diet or exercise plan!)
I’ll be back with some additional information about the Whole 30 plan, as well as some exciting home renovations and a final Gard-Ann recap. Have a wonderful week!