My second Whole30 is complete! For the past 30 days I’ve been quietly forgoing all grains, dairy, legumes, added sugars/sweeteners and alcohol. So how do I feel? I feel healthy, but I also feel nervous to regain my food freedom.
Contrary to what you might believe, watching what you eat is easy when entire food groups are eliminated. Once my reintroduction period is complete, I’ll have free reign over my diet, which means having to consciously choose whether or not to have whatever sweet treats are brought into the office on any given day. I’ve developed really good eating habits over the past 30 days, like not snacking while watching TV or movies just for the sake of doing so, and I hope they carry over into my “civilian” life.
When I finished my first Whole30, almost everyone asked whether I’d lost weight, to which I replied, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” This time around, I am proud to report than I lost four pounds, at least according to the scale at my gym. That said, I’ve also been going to the gym more than I ever have before. I think improvements to my diet and workout routine combined have also contributed to a flatter stomach and an overall toned look. It’s hard to tell under all the layers I’ve been wearing (COME ON, MOTHER NATURE!), but trust me.
I want to end this post with a book recommendation. If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a fan of anything written by Whole30 co-founder Melissa Hartwig. Food Freedom Forever is no exception. It’s intended to be used as a post-Whole30 (or other reset) resource, but I think anyone could benefit from it. It’s all about eliminating the negative feelings we associate with food. I’m about three-quarters of the way through and it’s due back at the library tomorrow, so you know what I’ll be doing tonight. Seriously, give it a read.
I did something today I don’t think I’ve done since before my Whole30. I snacked between breakfast and lunch. The worst part about it is I bought something from the vending machine at work with very little, if any, nutritional value. Animal crackers.
I figured they would do less harm than a bag of greasy chips or empty carb pretzels. I haven’t restocked my desk drawer with healthy snacks yet, and I got hungry a good two hours before I planned on taking my lunch break. I’ll chalk it up to an earlier than usual breakfast and one that contained less protein than it should have. I had sweet potato toast topped with a single egg, strawberries and almond butter. I should’ve added the salami like I’d originally intended. I have to remember that my Whole30 breakfasts always kept me full until lunch, whereas what I ate before the Whole30 usually did not, most likely because of minimal protein.