Whole30 – Recap & Look Ahead

We're finished!! Or are we?

We did it. Whole30 is over!!

Wait – you didn’t know about this Whole30 adventure?

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

Read my Week 2 Recap here.

Read my Week 3 Recap here.

Back to Week 4… There were some frustrated moments… there were some moments of annoyance… and eventually, there was a moment of HOLY CRAP WE DID IT. What’s next? We’ll get to that. But first…

I just want to go back over why we took on Whole30.

It wasn’t about restriction or weight loss.
It was all about our relationship with food.
Now we get to work on figuring out which foods have an emotional or physical impact on us.

There are also some really worth it side effects.
Whole30 has a pdf of non-scale victories you might come across while going through your Whole30…. Jon and I took a minute and wrote down the ones we’re experiencing.

Non-Scale Victories

Physical (Outside)

  • Flatter stomach
  • No more bloating
  • Leaner appearance
  • Clothes fitting better
  • Less joint inflammation
  • Clothes fitting better
  • More confident in my clothes

Physical (Inside)

  • Improved regularity
  • Improved blood sugar (no sugar crashes)
  • Less back pain

Mood, Emotion & Psychology

  • Fewer sugar cravings
  • Fewer carb cravings
  • Improved body image
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Feeling in control of my food

Food and Behaviors

  • Healthier relationship with food
  • Practicing mindful eating
  • Listen to my body
  • No longer a slave to sugar/carbs
  • Can identify cravings vs. hunger
  • Fewer cravings

Other

  • Energy levels are more even
  • Don’t get cranky if I don’t eat
  • No mid-day energy slump
  • Recover from workouts more effectively
  • Eating seasonally
  • Learned new recipes

My Aha Moments

I have been having little “aha moments” throughout the past 30 days. It’s really interesting how taking away some food choices takes away tough decisions.

Cupcakes at work….

oooh.. should I have one? Do I “deserve” one? Do I “need” one? I don’t know. Will I regret it? I don’t know. Screw it. I’m eating it. Crap. That was fast. That wasn’t worth it. Darn it.

Guess what? You take sugar out of your diet and that decision just became SO MUCH EASIER.

Cupcakes at work?

Nope. Not eating sugar. Done.

And the further you get from eating excess sugar, the easier it is to say no.

We did have cupcakes at work. Everyone said they were TO DIE FOR. I went over, scoped out the situation and walked away. I felt FINE. Not jealous. Not sad. No FOMO. Just fine walking away from amazing cupcakes. I know this had to do with the fact that I wasn’t consuming sugary treats on a regular basis.

It was a moment for me. Usually I say no, feel a little sad, and then feel good about making a healthy choice that I know my body and mind will be happy with. This time, it was a simple “no thank you” and a genuine smile for my friends who were loving their treat (again, no FOMO) and I went back to my work.

It wasn’t “self control” or the discipline I get praised for. It was just an easy decision.

Another crazy side effect –

I haven’t felt the urge to have a treat after dinner.
No more nighttime cravings… no more “I need something sweet”. Woah.
That’s huge for me.

Reintroduction

But we are not done yet! What? I thought it was “Whole30”, 30 days and we’re done. Right? Wrong.

Once you complete your Whole30, then you move into the reintroduction phase. This is the phase that most people want to skip (myself included), but it’s also THE MOST valuable phase in terms of feedback.

In the reintroduction phase, you’re reintroducing the foods that you’ve left out for 30 days.

Jon and I are taking the “fast track” reintroduction – as opposed to the “slow roll”. You can read about the differences here.

Today was day 1 of reintroduction – first up, legumes. We welcomed back peanut butter, falafel and hummus. The next two days we’ll be back to a Whole30 diet and then have another day of reintroduction.

Here’s how we’re doing it:

Day 1: Reintroduce legumes

Day 2: Whole30
Day 3: Whole30

Day 4: Reintroduce dairy

Day 5: Whole30
Day 6: Whole30

Day 7: Reintroduce non-gluten grains

Day 8: Whole30
Day 9: Whole30

Day 10: Reintroduce gluten grains

The goal is to reintroduce a food group and then evaluate how you feel with them. Notice if they affect your mood, digestion or skin, for example. I’m excited to do a proper reintroduction and find out what foods might affect my energy level or tend to make me feel bloated.

I can’t guarantee I’m going to be 100% compliant on reintroduction, considering my birthday falls on day 5 😃  But I will do what I can!!

Check back here in about a week for a recap of how reintroduction went 😃

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