Wow, I can't believe a whole month just went by!!
A busy month it was.
I completed my Whole30 challenge and I can proudly say I did not cheat!
(It's been over a week since 30 days was over)
So, what did I learn from this experiment?
I definitely feel a lot better, more energized and more "even" in my mood and temper.
I feel like I accomplished something fun that was also educational as well as beneficial for my health.
I have never been known as the person that is good at sticking to something, and I feel like my self esteem got a boost from this as well. I prooved to myself that I am indeed able to follow through with something when I put my mind to it!!
I feel a bit "smaller", but I take that as an added benefit since losing weight was not my main focus (although a welcomed side effect!)
I did not weigh myself before or after, and I did not take any measurments either.
I figured I'd notice on my clothes if things slimmed down!
I wanted to focus on how eating according to Whole30 benefitted my health instead!
So, here are some of the things I noticed (starting from my head and going down)
-Way less head fog, I feel clearer and more focused
- My sence of smell and taste improved
- My nose stopped being "runny" (I take that as a benefit from not eating dairy)
- I feel "warmer" over all. I'm usually cold and wear more clothes than the rest of the family, I feel my circulation improved.
- My stomach has been bothering me way less (the first few weeks I was very bloated and tired, but that's part of most detox programs)
- I don't get hungry as often and my bloodsugar swings are pretty much gone. I used to have major afternoon slumps and relied on constant boosts of coffee and snacks, not now!!
(I drink maybe one cup of black coffee in total per day now, I usually just want a sip or two. Since coffee is very alkaline it will increase cravings and help sugar grow, so I try to stay off it as much as possible)
- My skin feels cleaner and smoother over all
I feel like I've learned a fair amount about GOOD foods as well.
I am a lot more aware of fuelling myself with foods that acctually nourish me, rather than just fill up my stomach!
A lot of people find eating healthy to be expensive, but it's way cheaper than eating junky!
Since all high carb foods are full of empty calories that make us crave more of them (and they sure aren't cheap either), we end up eating a lot more!
While when you eat whole and healthy foods, we eat less but still end up staying full longer!
Win-win in other words.
Looking ahead I feel like continue eating like this since I can feel so many benefits from it.
I have had some wheat and dairy and a few bites of sweets after I was done with my 30 days, but I notice how SWEET and fake many things are, that a bite is enough.
Plus my stomach revolts when I treat it poorly, so I rather not eat those things unless there are no other options (like when you eat at somebody elses house).
I am glad that I tried this and I'm happy with the results!
My goal in life is not to live as long as possible, but while I am alive my goal is to feel as healthy as I can!
I will post soon again about my sisters visit here, I've been very busy in the "fun" department :)
Ciao for now