Well, today is day 29 of the January Whole 30 (kinda sorta...considering our cheat issue...) and I figured that I'd take a moment to reflect upon my favorite parts of the program. Though Walker and I were not able to finish the entire 30 days start to finish, we found that we really enjoyed certain aspects of the Whole30 lifestyle and are planning to continue eating paleo as much as we can.
+ Both Walker and I agree that our bodies felt really good on Whole30. We made it past the "carb flu" and the first few days where we felt totally starving all the time and got to the sweet spot. We were sleeping well, feeling energized, and the majority of our cravings were gone. I'd love to live my life in a place like that.
+ I loved knowing exactly what I was putting into my body. There was no question about what "soy lecithin" is or if phosphoric acid is harmful. We only ate whole foods, period.
+ The program exists for good reason. I read the book It Starts with Food and was very impressed by the research that went into all of this. I feel much more informed about the havoc that certain foods can wreak on the human body and am much more interested and motivated to make better choices.
+ I learned that I function well with rules. At first, I thought that moderation was the key to my dietary happiness, but I've since discovered that I need structure. I wasn't tempted to eat sugar because the diet said no sugar. Simple as that!
+ The dinners were not much different from what I was used to cooking. We had meat, veggies, and maybe a type of potato. I did get a little tired of burgers & homemade fries, but that's because we were poor at planning.
Again, I know that I didn't do the Whole30 the way it's intended to be completed, but I still feel like it taught me many important things. Come back next week to hear what I didn't like about the program.
Have you done a Whole30? What were your favorite parts?