I’m not going to lie…I totally thought I would’ve fallen off the wagon by now. I’m not one to try eating fads, which the Whole30 totally is. But here I am, 14 days later, still on the wagon and eating clean.
Days 8-14 of Whole30
Here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Sugar is in everything. There’s sugar in our meat (even the ones that say smoked!). There’s sugar in our sauces. Sugar lives everywhere. No wonder I had such a sweet tooth going into this little project. And here’s the icing on the cake (ha!): two weeks into this project and I’ve noticed that I don’t crave sugar nearly as much as I used to. I’m not looking for that piece of chocolate during stressful situations. I’m not sure that the sugar demon is completely gone or just temporarily detained, but it’s nice to know it can be controlled. I’ve found that the key here is vigilant label reading.
Now carbohydrates on the other hand, I’ve haven’t kicked that craving quite yet. I still dream of toast. My family generally follows the Mediterranean diet, which allows some carbohydrates. Unfortunately, we were eating too many of those simple carbs in my opinion. By resetting my clock with the Whole30, I’m hoping that I can go back to carbs in a very limited amount.
My one critique of the Whole30 is the lack of legumes. I’m a believer in legumes as a protein source and my research leads me to believe that they do have a place in a healthy diet. But I am a rule follower, so I will abstain from legumes for the next 2 weeks. I do, however, anticipate they will be among the first foods to come back into my diet.
Aside from the food issues that have come up over the past 2 weeks, I do have to say that I haven’t slept this well in a really long time. I am finding that I have deeper sleeps and feel so refreshed in the morning. While I am continuing to drink a cup of coffee in the morning, I don’t find that I need it to “wake myself up.” That cup of coffee is really there as a ritual- holding a cup of something warm in the morning is my jam. But the sleep…wow. I feel focused and energized as soon as I wake up.
Last but not least, I am starting to see a difference in how my clothes fit. My muffin top seems to have shrunk and I’ve broken through some walls in my workouts. These wins alone are enough to keep me going for the next 2 weeks.
Tips and Thoughts for Making it Through the Second Week of Whole30
- Stay strong. According to the program, this is the toughest week. By coincidence, I had a really stressful day on Day 10, which is the day most people quit the program. Knowing that statistically it was already going to be a tough day, I had already geared myself up to overcome the numbers. By putting the snack and food plan on autopilot, I was able to power through the day without looking for old crutches.
- Alcohol. Here’s the thing about alcohol. I miss it, but not as much as I thought I would. Having some kombucha to sip on has been good for those moments when I want something other than water, but overall, I’m not missing my usual nightcap. While I will not be completely dry when I finish this challenge, I do think that I will be reducing my alcohol consumption. I do think my amazing nights of sleep are related to not drinking alcohol.
Have you started Week 3 of the Whole30? How are you doing? Interested in starting? Check out my Week One Recap here.