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whole30 week 1 recap & why I’m doing it

Wow. Week one of the Whole30 kind of went by fast.

Wait, first let me take a step back. A week ago I started the Whole30. There quite a few reasons, and I’ve been wanting to do one for a while. It just happened to make sense a week ago. A random Tuesday, just went for it. Whole3o time.

If you’re not familiar with Whole30, here are the basics:

  • Eat real food (meat, fish, eggs, fruits, veggies, fats)
  • No sugar (real or artificial), no booze (wah!), no grains, no legumes, no dairy

Here’s why I’m doing the Whole30:

  • I’m all about keeping my health in line, sometimes I need to reevaluate and get it back on track.
  • Aging seems to change how your body responds to everything, including food. I find it just doesn’t like some things it used to be fine with (like I can’t eat artichoke hearts anymore). Or maybe I just wasn’t as aware. But I really think there’s a shift every so often (clearly I’m not in my 20’s anymore…). I’d like to know more about how my body is responding to all the foods that are being cut out for 30 days. It seems like a good way to test things.
  • I’ve noticed more inflammation and bloat over the past two years. I not only want to reduce that, but like I say above I’d like to figure out why it’s happening.
  • I want to get rid of some habits I’ve accumulated. I had a toxic job last year, which led to loads of anxiety, which I solved with a couple glasses of wine most nights (along with working out and other actual healthy ways of dealing with stress). I quit that job, but the habits and anxiety have had a hard time going away. It sure takes a toll!
  • In the book, which I totally recommend if you’re even remotely interested, they mention that tendonitis has all but disappeared for some people. I’ve suffered from it in my knees since college (years of soccer can do that to you). It would be life changing to see this issue subside.

Week 1 Whole30 recap:

Theres a pretty great little Whole30 timeline here, that gives you a heads-up about how you might be feeling at each stage of the process (and it’s funny, so that helps). It’s different for everyone, and for me, I only aligned with some of it.

  • Overall, I’ve felt really good. Not really THAT different, but really good. Not sluggish, which I felt I was constantly working against before. More even energy and just content. If that makes sense.
  • I’m kind of bored. If you’ve done this before, did you feel that?
  • Because I already ate quite healthy/whole foods, I didn’t experience the headaches, fatigue and general discomfort they mention. The first few days just kind of felt normal, but actually less tired.
  • Then there’s a couple day phase of real cranky. Mine wasn’t a couple full days, but definitely moments in there with some short temper action that was more than slightly hard to control. Ask Chris, he wasn’t fond of this part.
  • Then you’re supposed to have an exhausted couple of days. Nope, didn’t experience that either. Just even energy and a bit of pride I was still going strong. I made myself work out too, which always helps me with energy levels.
  • Perhaps TMI, but man, you poop a lot more. We’re mostly moms here, so that doesn’t scare anyone, right? Just gotta get real with you. It’s legit.
  • They mention that bloated/inflammation can actually increase, and definitely not improve. This was consistent with what I’ve been seeing in my body. Annoying, and a could be defeating as well. But, because I read the book and timeline, it’s cool. No giving up. And I’ve done a juice cleanse or two, which does something similar. Just got to have the determination to work past it. It also makes so much sense that you shouldn’t weigh yourself. I mean, if you don’t see results after a week of being all healthy and restrictive, it can be a total mood killer!
  • I know that the way I feel has been a slow process of a couple years of on and off taking care of myself and not taking very good care of myself. So, it’s going to take more than a week to get back on track and feel great.

So, my advice after week 1? Read the book, It Starts With Food. See if it resonates with you, and give it a go if it does. You’ve got nothing to lose except some inflammation and bad habits!

I’ll have some more posts on my favorite recipes. Because I’ve been cooking like this for a long time, it’s not a stretch for me and it has been forcing me to get even more creative in the kitchen!

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