My Whole30 Five Facts Friday

Whole30.. You know how sometimes being on a ‘strict’ diet is either super easy OR super hard?! Well, I’m still trying to figure out what this one is to me.. Let’s talk about what I’ve been starting to realize while on this journey.

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1.  Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s hard.. Alright, so I know I already said that but hear me out.. I’ve been eating paleo for a while now, since February 1st to be exact, but there are things that come with eating paleo that are hard for my head to wrap around. I’ve read It Starts With Food, and I know how I feel after eating dairy, but there’s still a constant struggle for me to pick the right foods.. Which leads me to number two.

 

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2. I weighed less, looked better, and felt more in control when I wasn’t following the paleo lifestyle. Now, the question I ask myself is WHY. That’s were there the really hard thinking has to come into play.. When I was eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) I was already eating very clean.. Yes I’d have tortilla wraps, yogurt, and white potatoes, but those are things that I like.. AND things that don’t seem to tear apart my system! So I cut out a few things, but I don’t think those things were the culprit in the times I’d feel sick/gross/groggy.

 

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3.  I feel like I’m going to be letting a whole community down if I go back to eating the way I used to. I know, I know, I shouldn’t care.. I really do know that I shouldn’t.. But I feel like as a female we always try to please everyone, but this is one thing that I have to do for MYSELF and myself only. I want to feel fit/healthy/happy/toned, and if that means that I start eating a greek yogurt with breakfast, and have some mashed white potatoes with dinner so be it.

 

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4. After the Whole30, I’m going to reintroduce my body to some foods, one-by-one, and if they don’t upset my system there’s a good chance that I’ll added them back into my diet. To be honest, I miss oatmeal like crazy… I want to be able to have post-workout protein bars, or protein shakes.. Sometimes I like having tasty-sugar-filled creamer in my coffee.. Yes, I know that not all of these are ideal in any diet, but I feel like picking HEALTHY over strict PALEO might actually make me a healthier person.. As stated in #2, I felt/looked/was better when I was eating a CLEAN SAD diet.

 

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5. All of those things being said.. I’m NOT going to give up on my Whole30.. I’m on the 6th day and don’t want to give up just because there are things that I miss from my old diet that I didn’t see as being unhealthy. I’m going reintroduce, as stated in #4, and go from there..

 

So.. Those are my current thoughts on Whole30.. Who knows, maybe they’ll change in the next week or two and I’ll swear off all non-paleo foods all together.. I just wanted to share with you where my head is at after 6 days of Whole30 eating!
Thanks for listening guys, you’re the best!

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3 thoughts on “My Whole30 Five Facts Friday

  1. This: “I feel like I’m going to be letting a whole community down if I go back to eating the way I used to.”
    SO TRUE. That’s where I struggle with the paleo/SAD divide. Not sure if you saw my recent post about pedaling backwards.. like I delved into this paleo life and it’s great and wonderful, but maybe it’s not best for ME. And I hate saying that because I will preach paleo all day and night long.. lol.
    I think Whole30 is a great reset, but not sustainable.. and not because I lack discipline or anything; I can give up cake and ice cream forever for my health, but because it’s not suitable for my long-term goals of becoming fitter and stronger..

    Keep it up for the 30; then definitely find what works for YOU! 🙂

  2. I did the Whole30. I wasn’t perfect, but I was happy with the outcome and that is all that matters. I am thinking of doing another Whole30 in September, but this time around being a little more strict than previously. I love a good challenge! You can do it!!

  3. Dear B, I’m not exactly sure what a Whole30 is but i’ve been paleo for about three years now (accidentally). I began a candida cleanse because of some serious health issues that were arising only to find out over a year later that the candida cleanse is very similar to the paleo diet. Here are some things I have learned that may be helpful. #1 it gets worse before it gets better / #2 Cravings are funny and your body and mind will trick you into eating things that you aren’t good for you / #3 Easing into and low carb diet will help alleviate cravings and symptoms that occur because of your body detoxing (ex. giving up all grains and sugar all of a sudden will make you feel sick, but really your body is healing)… It can take up to 3 months to see any real benefits of eliminating certain foods in your diet especially if that food triggers an immune response the antibodies will be present in your body for at least that long. I personally gave up grains, sugar, nuts, fruit, legumes, dairy, and man made oils all at once out of necessity because I was so sick, and felt even more sick for a good three months before I started to really feel the benefits of eating this way. It was disparaging at times but after doing my research I knew it was the right thing for me. Ultimately there is no presciption paleo diet… do what feels right.

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