Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Whole30! Part 2

So I'm counting today as day 29 of my Whole30, but actually, on the third day, I ate fish and green beans that my sister cooked with butter, and it didn't even occur to me until after I'd eaten that my sister would of course use butter, and that she didn't know I wasn't supposed to have butter! Instead of starting over, I decided just to add 3 days, which means I'm really on day 26, and won't be finished until Saturday.

As I near the end of my first Whole30, I'm definitely getting interested to step on the scale, and see how my measurements have changed. My dad keeps commenting on how much thinner I look, trying to guess how much weight I've lost, and asking if I've weighed yet... but I'm excited about all my "non-scale victories" too (which is what Whole30 recommends focusing on) so I wanted to share a few of those with you.

I mentioned in my previous post that I was eager to try meal planning, and I'm delighted to announce that it's gone wonderfully! It's only been 4 weeks, but I can't believe I used to live without meal planning. How did I manage grocery shopping without even the faintest idea what we'd be eating for the rest of the week? And then, sometime during each day, the horrifying question "what should we have for dinner?" would pop up, and the daily process of scrounging around to see what we have, and trying to figure out what we could make would begin, often ending with disappointing and repetitious dinners. No more! Now I go to the store with 5-7 dinners planned, and pick up exactly what we need. If I see kale on sale, maybe I'll substitute it for the brussels sprouts I planned, or if, horror of horrors, there are no sweet potatoes, I'll grab an extra butternut squash, or sub in carrots instead. Meal planning is a MUST for me now, it has made "fixing dinner" take much less time, and go much more smoothly. 

My confidence in my cooking abilities has also increased exponentially. Before Whole30, I could cook some dinner foods well, but my specialties have always been baked goods: breads, muffins, homemade pasta, biscuits, homemade pizza dough, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies... Actual meals have always been my weakest point, and whenever I thought about the possibility of someday being in charge of my own kitchen, I felt slightly terrified at the idea of cooking dinners that weren't based on some kind of bread. Now I can cook a variety of dishes, and have confidence in my grasp of the basics regarding cooking meat. These Whole30 recipes will certainly stay in my meal rotation even after I'm done! 

I've discovered that I really enjoy wilted greens of any kind as a breakfast side. With a leftover salmon cake, or a boiled egg, or even scrambled eggs! 

We have a pull-up bar, and I went from being able to do 0 to 3 so far! Not 3 straight in a row, but one, rest a little, another one, rest a little.... I'm working toward 2 in a row now. 

My energy levels have been fantastic! Also, my mood has been really good. And I've definitely lost weight, though I don't know how much yet. Honestly, I'm really surprised, because Whole30 food restrictions didn't seem that different from my version of GAPS, so I wasn't really expecting to notice such obvious results. Maybe it was cutting out peanut butter (my last remaining food addiction) or maybe it's eating three complete, satisfying meals with no snacking in between. Perhaps it's just the greater quantity of vegetables I've been consuming. Or maybe it's just happiness from the obsessive organizer in me that is absolutely thrilled about meal planning and how helpful it is! I don't know, but I feel incredible, and I'm loving Whole30 so much more than I expected to!

Even though I do intend to follow the reintroduction plan to see what foods I might not be sensitive to, I think I will probably eat mostly Whole30 long term. My psoriasis is looking better, but still not completely gone, and I think it'll take longer than just to the end of this week to finish. We'll see though, maybe it'll be gone by Saturday!