My January Whole30 ended three days ago. I must say I'm very pleased with how I managed my 30-day program. It went really well. I fought through sugar withdrawals starting on day 3, and beat that sugar dragon down with my sheer determination to make this the best 30 days I could. I felt amazing. Loads of energy, sleep was deep, skin feels better and I was able to make really good meals. I actually got into food prepping this time, which I'm normally not very good at. But I changed that story and did really well with it. The last few days I went through some strong cravings, but I was also a little emotional, too. I found that interesting that the more emotional I was, the more I wanted a cupcake :)
I don't personally use a body weight scale at home. I have to get on a scale at my physical every year, because my doctor makes me, and I use that number each year as a number to try and change by the next year, if necessary. I prefer to gauge any changes in my body by how my clothes fit and how I feel. I have a favorite pair of nice jeans I wear to work, and normally they are nice and snug. By the end of this, they were loose all over and just not my size anymore, so I need to buy a new pair. Time to go shopping :)
I use the Whole30 as a tool to get myself reset and on a better track both mentally and nutritionally. I came away from this one feeling so much different than I ever have before. Mentally stronger. More committed to myself than I have been in the past few years. During the reintroduction phase now, I am already seeing changes that I need to make. Seems the older I get, the less tolerant of foods I become. Today I added grains back into my diet. Sunday I will add back some dairy. Tuesday I give sugar a try. I'm not too eager to do that one though. I just don't want the cupcake right now :)
I have a food freedom plan I'm creating from this journey. One that works for my body. The goal is to simply feel the best I can, and be the healthiest I can be. I'm committed to doing this.
I'm running again! It feels so good, too. My body feels strong, and quicker than normal. My emotions are staying in check during mile 2 and 4, which were the ones that were kicking my butt around these past 5 months. I have a 10k tomorrow morning and feel so excited and happy to be back out there and giving it my all. It's been a fight, and I'm sure more fights will show up again, but for now I'm living in the moment and feeling strong.
Spicy deviled egg salad, loaded with tomatoes...cuz I love tomatoes :)
Beefy lettuce wraps with homemade avocado mayonnaise and mushrooms sauteed in coconut oil
Organic, grass fed beef patty with the avo mayonnaise again...it's a favorite :)
Snickerdoodle, cashew butter decaf coffee. I try to make my mornings as exciting to wake up to as possible. Looking forward to this yummy mug of deliciousness helped a lot!
This Nutpods vanilla creamer is now my favorite. It's just perfect for me :)
Breakfast for the reintroduction of bread. French toast topped with blueberries reduced in orange juice, scrambled eggs on the side.
Me and grandpuppy #2...I just love her xo
Have a great weekend, Sparkfriends!