Clever Manka (clevermanka) wrote in primaleats,
Clever Manka

My experiences with Whole30

I did my first Whole30 in August, 2010. It was an amazing, helpful, enlightening, and overall fantastic experience.

I went through my personal LJ entries tagged with Whole30 and just copied and pasted stuff here for those of you on this comm who are considering doing a Whole30.

August 5:
Sugar and carb cravings are gone. Do I think ice cream or a sour cream doughnut would be tasty? Sure. Am I obsessing over how much I want them? No. In fact, I hadn't even thought about food cravings until a friend brought up the subject on her blog because she was suffering mightily from them. Oh, and it's that time of the month for me, so the fact that I'm not experiencing cravings or even thinking about them is amazing.

Once I put my mind to it, this is actually pretty easy. Of course, I'd already ditched six of the eight restrictions.

August 7:
And speaking of Whole30, today marks the end of week one. Things are going swimmingly. I'm enjoying what I'm eating (with one exception) and even managed to dine at a restaurant with no difficulty or compromises. I didn't intend to have the first week of the Whole30 experiment coincide with my period, but ah well. Nothing like trial by fire! As I reported earlier, I had no food cravings and the period itself wasn't awful.

August 9:
Overall, things are going well on the body front, but I'm having a hard time not stepping on the scale. It's so tempting to want that Validation of Progress, but weight loss isn't shouldn't be my goal here. What I need to do is get my food and thyroid issues under control. Vanity should take a back seat to that. Right?

August 19:
Whole30 is going well. Surprisingly well. One could almost say it's been a breeze. I'm on day nineteen (of thirty) and while I miss the cream in my coffee, I don't agonize over it. I'll be very happy to be reacquainted with wine again, but I'll continue to kick dairy to the curb until after KCRF.

This style of eating is working better than any other method in my life. I've nearly eliminated the crazy after-meal bloating, I haven't had any stomach pains in months, my energy levels are higher, and the obsessive food cravings are gone. While the scale isn't reflecting any difference, I can see arm, leg, back, and ab definition that have been absent for years. That's after only three weeks of this lifting program. What's not to like?

That said, I'd like to endorse everything that Melissa says in her Hunt Gather Love blog here. There are over six billion human beings on this planet. The idea that any one thing is going to work for every single person (regardless of what it is you're trying to get to work) is ridiculous and arrogant. Two things I strive to avoid.

September 30:
I ate two apples yesterday (both very small, one before dance class, one after). No nausea, but I'm super bloated today and uncomfortable. I think no more bags of apples, no matter how delightful and locally-grown.

I enjoy coconut milk in my coffee as much as I did cow cream.

I didn't have a single food craving during my period

November 28:
Thursday through Saturday were spent in a borderline binge-fest. I'm back to a Whole30 mode of eating for the next few weeks. Maybe a glass of wine on the weekend, but I gotta get back on the wagon. I didn't eat anything technically off my menu, but I am feeling icky from eating too much fruit and fruit-sweetened items. Apples in my cranberry-squash casserole, baked pears, hot cider...major fructose overdose. Friday and Saturday I had some bad stomach cramping and I felt hungry all the time. No fun. Happily, we had an impromptu dinner guest last night, so I got to unload the last of the squash and the pears.

I'm surprisingly excited about a return to lower sugar vegetables and Moar Meat. Those stomach cramps really sucked and I forgot what it was like to be thinking about food all the time. What a drag. I used to live like this? Suxxor.

December 1:
The Whole9 folks recently ran a two-part series on Eating Dirty. In closing the second article, they say:

"There are off-diet foods you can eat with little perceived negative effect, and there are others that will absolutely wreck you if you eat even the tiniest amount. The catch is, these things are different for everyone. Use our Whole30 program to figure out what foods are okay, and what are not. You will eventually figure out that the not okay foods are simply never, ever going to be worth it."

I'm finding that even on-diet foods, when eaten to excess, cause me troubles. Which is good to know, but kind of a drag. I'm finding some comfort in the knowledge that, so far, wine (white and red) has given me absolutely zero problems after being re-introduced post Whole30.

As of today, I'm on my second day of my second Whole30 and I'm doing fine except for yesterday I was so hungry all day but had no real appetite. It was a very weird thing. I had some pureed broccoli and chicken stock soup for breakfast this morning and I feel fine now. No hunger, and none of the weird exhaustion that I had yesterday. Perhaps I was going through a quickie 24-hour detox from something? *shrug*

Tags: cravings, thoughts

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