So I started my Whole 30 a little early, the day after the chocolate pie post actually. I thought it might be interesting to log my first 7 days on the Whole 30. I am not the kind of person that likes suprizes or the unknown. I will always research anything I’m about to do, to the Nth degree. So, I thought this might help some of you who are thinking about starting the Whole 30. My results probably won’t be quite as dramatic as someone cutting out wheat/gluten for the first time (since I didn’t add gluten/wheat back into my diet). But, cutting out the sugars, and some of the dairy I had added back in, oh, and of the paleo treats was reason enough for me to do the Whole 30, so here goes:
My WHOLE 30 Log
Day 1 – Mentally, I feel SO much better just knowing I’m starting this. And, no cravings to boot! I think I was still super motivated after my pie eating yesterday. Mental note: cheating the day before a new diet provides motivation. But also, don’t have too much sugar or you’ll have blood sugar issues to deal with the next day.
Day2 – When I woke this am, I had no appetite and was not as tired as I have been lately. Good start. After lunch I had a craving, so I had an apple and it actually helped. I am limiting my fruit but if you need a little something, reach for a green apple or handful of berries. They are relatively low in sugar. Fruit is allowed in Whole30. I’ve just decided to my limit fruit, well, try at least.
Day 3 – Still not very hungry. Amazing! I ate when I needed to eat. Believe me that is rare! I think the more you do something like this, the easier it gets. (I just totally jinxed myself, didn’t I???) Also, girls, be sure to not start this, say, a week before cravings are at their strongest point (in your cycle). I think I definitely started at an optimal time.
Day 4 – Somewhat low appetite again. Yay! Let’s see if it lasts. Slept like a rock, as I have been all week. Clothes are starting to feel better. Time to cook more. Still not super hungry but just ate a bag of broccoli and some chili. Feeling so good and happy and strong (mentally and physically)! And I just had one of the best runs I’ve had since early November!
Day 5 – Feeling great. A little hungrier this morning, and I even have a little sweet tooth (ahh, I may have spoken too soon!) so had an apple after big breakfast. A little harder with the cravings. Went on a bike ride with the family this AM and it helped. I then had another apple. It helped with the cravings, then, made them worse. Now, it’s evening and the cravings are tough. There’s something to be said about accountability.
Day 6 – I woke up hungry so had a sweet potato before exercise because I thought I needed it since I’ve been running more lately. But it does raise insulin levels, so cravings are still here, maybe worse. Thought it would be fine before working out, and, usually eating them before a good workout isn’t an issue for me, but I think that craving thing (monster) in my head still isn’t quite gone. Around lunch time, I had some salted seaweed and nuts so had cravings again. Gave in to 1 apple, then another later in the afternoon. I thought it helped, but again, I learned it only made the cravings worse. The cravings have been there all day so clearly I need to change something.
Day 7 – My goal for today, low salt and no fruit. This morning, I woke up with lower appetite, thank goodness. Felt great and no cravings for sweets, finally!! Great run too. Didn’t eat lunch until late and that is so not me. Blood sugar levels have been great today, and actually all week. Got through the whole day without a single craving. It was very liberating! I think I’m on the right track now. I know this isn’t the end of it. Cycles will come and go and so will degree of cravings, but hopefully I’m off to a good start.
Day 8, today. So easy to wake up! Easiest day by far, even though it was the earliest. I had to get up to get the kids ready for school. My mind feels clear, and I feel great. Ready to take on the day and finish writing this post!
I’ll tell you, days 4 and 5 were hard. I think what hurt was (1) not eating quite enough the days before and then running a good bit more than usual; (2) the apples, I knew they were not a good idea for me, yet it had been awhile so I tested. Now I know, for sure; and (3) lots of salty things. I ate some roasted seaweed, and that has a lot of salt and I also had a few of my kids salted pistachios. Again, I think the salt can increase appetite, and also, my body was so use to getting a sweet after salty, and the salt just kicked that craving into gear.
Everyone is different so days 2-4, or 3-5 or whatever might be the toughest. Either way, there are likely going to be some tough day(s) that first week. But you can do it! By the way, I think the accountability really helped me this time, so please feel free to share. A good friend of mine just called and said she was on day 4 and not feeling as great as she did the first 3 days and wondered why. It turns out she’s not eating enough so she’s going to try to add a couple of different things. Anyway, I think we can learn from each another so please, feel free to post under “comments” so we can all learn!!!
My conclusion after a week on it: I feel great. Amazing actually!! I do have to say, cutting out the sugars I was sneaking has made a huge difference. This may, or may not be a bigger challenge for someone who is cutting out some of the other things for the first time, but I can bet you, the overall difference you will notice will be incredible!
With all of this said, I would like to consider if there are good other options besides doing just the Whole 30. I will post on that later this week!!!!