Today marks 2 full weeks of being off Whole30! Not gonna lie, I went buck wild crazy for a few days, eating all kinds of things like chili dogs (what?!) and artisan ham and cheese croissants. But I’ve fallen back into an easy 80/20 Primal diet without any problems or weird cravings. Hallelujah.
So how was my Whole30 experience?
I ended up modifying it slightly so that I wouldn’t lose weight. In the past with The 21 Day Sugar Detox, I could only eat one green apple or unripe banana per day. It resulted in me losing weight that I preferred to have on me (mainly my junk in the trunk that I like, thank you very much.) So with Whole30, I ate at least two fruit servings per day, whether it was fresh pineapple, cashew butter apple slices, or a cacao almond butter & banana smoothie.
I know the folks over at Whole30 are against any kind of smoothies/sweetened concoctions that mimic the pleasure-reward feeling you get when indulging in a treat. I totally understand why that is too, because although drinking them helped me stay in my ideal weight (120 lbs) without dropping down, my psychological cravings to have something sweet kept getting triggered. I found myself almost obsessing about getting to drink a shake after a workout.
The only ingredients in the shake are: 1 frozen banana, 1 ½ tbsp almond butter, ½ tbsp raw cacao powder, ¾ cup almond milk, a dash of sea salt, and a dash of cinnamon. That’s it. Eaten separately it’s no big deal. But when combined (like Melissa Hartwig points out in It Starts With Food), it does something crazy to the mind. If there’s one thing I could change about my Whole30 experience, it would be to have eliminated the shakes and instead chowed down on more raw whole fruit instead.
Ok so I have to fess up and say that I REALLY only completed a Whole29. Yep. That’s right. The night before my 30th day I ended up falling off the wagon and eating homemade cupcakes at work. Ok, so maybe I didn’t “fall off the wagon,” but so much as took a flying leap from the wagon with an EF YOU MOTHAF*CKAS I’M OUT!
I ended up feeling awful and regretting it immediately because I was so close to the finish line. I spent what would have been day 30 eating clean so I could finish strong, but mentally I was beating myself up hardcore. Talk about being down in the dumps. Then I talked to a man who is just getting back on his feet this year after recovering from liver cancer and it put life back into perspective REAL QUICK. Jeez. Talk about high class problems. I got over my “slip”.
If anything, this Whole30 has given me a tough look at my relationship with food and the way I rely on it for emotional release. I’m grateful for my experience, and am looking forward to maintaining a stress-free, guilt-less approach to eating food that makes me feel good.
And let’s not forget about those #nonscalevictories! After 30 days I only lost a few pounds, but my legs and stomach really firmed up. Can I get a hells yeah for being able to eat a meal without having any food babies afterwards? Bye bye bloating. I keep getting compliments on my “radiant” skin- that’s the best part I think. Rosacea has plagued me my entire life, and since I went Paleo my skin has pretty much been cured. That is, until I indulge in too many non-paleo treats and then I get an awful flare-up. Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes it’s not. I also have enough energy to power a small village which is GREAT. I’ve renewed my love for Bulletproof Coffee made with ghee. And finally, I’ve accomplished my goal of jump starting the New Year by getting back to my prime with a healthy diet and renewed love for yoga. Oh and did I mention that I decided to finally drink the metaphorical CrossFit Kool Aid?! So far it’s been great and I’m loving my coaches. Shout out to Reebok Crossfit Miami Beach for helping me make some gainz!
Also, now that I’m a member of a gym that doesn’t offer yoga classes, I’ve resorted to finding plenty of freebie classes on Miami Beach throughout the week. My favorite so far is the Wednesday 6:30pm class at Yogiiza on South Beach. The people there are really chill, and they always do a pot luck dinner afterwards. Here’s to health, community, and happiness :]