Today I completed The Whole 30 and, to be honest, I'm really proud of myself!!
I have long been interested in Paleo because it seems to make sense for so many other people who were in my same position once: overweight, but yo-yo-ing, hungry when cutting calories, trying to track every BLT, etc....
But this has felt so good, so right for me. The first couple of days I was low energy and had to resist reaching for food. It took a few days to figure out I had to have a healthy carb with my high protein and healthy fat breakfast or I would feel hungry and out of sorts all day.
The second week I had to contend with mild headaches, but I felt that my energy level was increasing. Also, I gave up coffee on Day 4 because it just wasn't good without the Splenda. But the important thing is I wasn't hungry at all. I mostly ate 3 meals a day and an occasional snack if hungry.
And by early week 3 I was feeling great. I started getting a lot more done around the house and have felt a lot more energetic. I lost about 2 lbs a week (and that was with very little exercise. I know it won't always be that way, but that's the next step for me).
This week, #4, has been more of the same and I honestly see no reason to give it up. This has been like a reset button and I'm so grateful for it. I'm prioritizing healthy foods over pretty much everything else except my kids, of course. It's becoming more of a habit to think ahead and make sure I have a plan for healthy lunches and eating out.
Going forward, I do plan to experiment, very slowly, with other foods. I miss that sprinkle of blue cheese on my salads, you know? So I'll give it a try and see how it makes me feel. Interestingly, I had more fruit on Sunday night (at a party) than I have in a long time and I felt it the next day. I was slowed down and didn't feel right all day. That was a lesson, for sure.
But, now I feel like I have a framework in place and it's going to keep headed in the right direction.