And 30 days later, we are done!
The whole30 wasn’t always the easiest thing, but I also realize that at the end of the day, it’s only food and drinks, which is such a small, insignificant thing in the grand scheme of entire your life. As the authors say, “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”
There were definitely moments when I wanted to quit, and moments when I just felt so frustrated and annoyed, but there were more instances in which I felt so good, I didn’t want to stop. As for now, I plan to relax the reigns a bit, but I hope and plan to continue eating this way for the most part. Here are some improvements I saw:
1. Physical appearance. I am so much less bloated. I honestly never realized how bloated I was until it went away. My clothes fit me so much better and some are even a little baggy. I also ended up losing nine pounds, but I had gained weight from the holidays, so I am pretty much back at my “normal” weight.
2. Sleep. In the past, I would never sleep through the night. Now? I rarely even move. I’ve been waking up before my alarm, when in the past, it would jar me out of a semi-slumber. I feel much more well-rested, despite the fact that I have not altered my sleeping habits.
3. Preferences. I usually prefer sweeter foods, as opposed to savory. However, the other day, I tried to eat a cherry pie larabar, and I couldn’t even finish it because it was so sweet. Keep in mind, the ingredients are almonds, dates and unsweetened cherries. No sugar or any kind of sweetener is added, and I still couldn’t tolerate the taste, because it was way too sweet. And the same held true for wines and ciders when I began drinking again!
4. No need for caffeine. It’s been a month without Diet Coke! While the first two weeks were tough, I now make it through my days sans caffeine with no problem. No morning pick-me-up, no afternoon slump. My energy feels very streamlined throughout the day.
5. Energy. I feel so much more energized. Fueling myself with good, healthy food has led to me feeling like a new person. I wake up feeling ready to tackle the day, not dragging. Overall, I just feel so much better.
It’s funny, before this program, I thought I felt pretty good, and I thought I ate pretty healthy. But by taking it to the next level and realizing how much better I could feel has really had a profound effect on me. While this program is strict, I think it was well worth it to feel how I do today.
Now, I just have to stay away from the Diet Coke …