If you’ve seen my last few posts you know that Brandon and I are doing the Whole30. Click here if you have no idea what that means. Today is day 27, which means we are just a few days away from being done. I don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone. (movie reference anyone?) Ok, well since my insides are squeaky clean from these last weeks I’m definitely not gassy so I must be the former. Before I talk more about our experience I want to make sure that this doesn’t sound like me bragging about Brandon and I being awesome enough to give up all those “horrible awful foods” that everyone eats everyday and now we are better than all of you reading this and sipping your milkshakes. (yum, milkshakes.) We did this as an experiment for us, to see if we could do something better for this tiny temple we get to take care of and it’s only by God’s provision we get to eat food at all. capiche?
Let’s have some real talk shall we? I finally feel pretty awesome. It took Brandon about 6 days to start feeling awesome. (more energy, no aches and pains, jollier, etc, etc.) I, on the other hand. Felt pretty good but not good enough to not be a little bit (ok a lot) bitter that I couldn’t have cream in my coffee, or some stinkin bread. But this week has been pretty good. I feel lighter, I have more energy, therefore more patience, and I feel like just a generally more happy human being. Weird how food can do that for you.
I like food. I use it to satisfy a lot of my feelings, and it creates a lot of feelings for me. I talked a lot about that when Brandon and I gave up sugar for a month last year.
I really like when after we’ve run errands all morning and I can take Judah to Chic Fil A or out for frozen yogurt. I missed that this month, a lot. I love when both boys are asleep in the car I can swing by starbucks and grab something yummy and then sit in the driveway sipping it while they sleep away. Ice water with cucumbers just doesn’t have that same effect for me (neither does tea or black coffee, I tried hard, no go.) I threw TWO baby showers this month full of muffins and the dang most delicious cake I had ever seen and didn’t partake of any of it. (I still had a fantastic time, it just would have felt more right to celebrate with a slice of apple cinnamon cake slathered in buttercream, am I right?) After some Loooonnnggg days with my precious boys and gearing up for a most likely restless night with a baby I wouldn’t have minded having a glass of wine.
So I guess looking back there weren’t necessarily specific foods that were super hard for me to let go of. I know it’s just food. I think for me it was giving up the freedom to experience them when I wanted to. I don’t like being told that I can’t have something. (who does?) It’s no big deal to give up sugar, until you want to celebrate the upcoming arrival of your new niece, or share a sweet moment of frozen yogurt with your little boy. But in reality, if you can’t give up the hard stuff at the hardest times, then what does it all matter? It’s a heart issue, like most things are. People have done much much harder things than Brandon and I just did in the past 27 days.
So now what?
Well, like I said, we both feel pretty good. So I can’t imagine jumping headfirst back into our old ways (which weren’t that bad by the way.) I like the progress in the way I look and feel so I’d like to see it continue. But there are some things we miss that I don’t think are “bad” that we will put back in to our regular routines. In moderation of course. Things like whole wheat bread, yogurt, and tortilla chips and salsa (Brandon is so ready for that one) to name a few. (ok and maybe a splash of cream in my coffee, insert heart eyes emoij here)
I think we’ve learned a lot more about reading ingredients and being aware of what we are putting into our bodies. I don’t think we’ll be eating meat everyday going forward. That was the hardest adjustment for me during this. We went from eating meat just about 2 or 3 times a week to every meal, it got pretty expensive too. So we will probably eat a little more meat than before, but not every day. I’ve also learned that meals can be simple. I’m a creature of pinterest. Y’all would not believe the amount of recipes I have pinned. I like to cook and experiment and I think that’s fine but what I’ve realized is that not all meals have to be fancy casseroles with lots of steps and tons of prep, ain’t nobody got time for that anyway.
Am I glad we did it? Yes. Was it hard? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Yeah, I think so. Will I do it again? Maybe someday.
I am a little anxious about the days after it ends. We have plans to slowly introduce dairy, grains, and sugar back in a few days at a time to see how our bodies feel about them. (But we are also going to a baseball game on day one, so maybe a hotdog and a beer are in my future…I know, I know.) I am interested to know what kinds of reactions we will have. Thanks for supporting us on our little quest. Let me know if you ever have questions, I’d love to chat about it.