So without further slander of most of the population....
MVJ'S WHOLE30 RECAP:
Why I was Sucessful:
- I was successful because I was conscious of EV-ER-Y-THING! To me the basis of a W30 is consciousness. Every.single.time a hand with food or drink goes to your mouth you should be thinking "Am I hungry?" "What is in this?" "Is this a good food choice?" Consciousness and responsibility, 2 sides of the same coin. This is your life....person up!!!
- I was successful because I didn't abuse nuts and fruit. This might be the single biggest problem I see with W30ers...binging on "compliant junk food" just because nuts and fruit are compliant doesn't mean they still can't be food without brakes. I think they are HEAVILY abused and really should only be eaten sparingly. Eating fruit when you are craving sugar is doing nothing to change your relationship with food. You are just replacing something bad with something compliant which is not what a W30 is about.
- I was successful because I went in with a plan. I wanted to change my life so I did, I didn't wait until a month long parade of shit food was over, I just fucking did it AT THE HARDEST TIME OF THE YEAR! fuck yeah there were cravings but I dealt with them like a fucking boss instead of caving like a bitch and letting shit food win
- I was successful because I didn't make excuses...not a one. You either find a way or your find excuses ("I don't have time to _______", "I don't have the money to ________, "I could never give up ______" excuses excuses excuses)
- I was successful because I made this priority #1 in my life...not convenience, not partying, not holiday shit. This was always priority #1
- I was successful because I did it as an overall health and lifestyle change...not some "kick" or fad
- I was successful because I planned and planned and planned
- I was successful because I read fucking labels....read the fuckers!
- I was successful because I knew what to look for while reading those labels. Going in without knowledge or a plan is a sure fire way to fail fail fail hard. I don't fail. Make a plan or as a smart lady once said "failing to plan, is planning to fail"
- I was successful because I found my tribe, my supportive community of like minded individuals. This doesn't exists IRL for me so I found it elsewhere (love you paleo interwebz fam!)
- I was successful because all the people closest to me switched over as well. I had the loving support of my husband who was also very successful and I switched our whole family.
- I was successful because my motivation and will power is strong. That shit comes from within. You can't buy it, you can't borrow it, you need to nut up. I didn't eat "a tiny bit" of something just to spare someone's feelings. STOP BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER. No one will die if you say no to something.
- Decreased cravings for shit food...they still happen but they are few and far between and I know how to deal with them...nothing controls me but me
- I eat 3 only times a day and can go long stretches between meals
- One of my goals was to eat at the table more, I am a "counter eater" and I have been successful at eating at the table more often (still needs work, but I am on it)
- I eat tons but never ever have I felt that stuffed full fat pants feeling...not once, just happy full even if I have eaten slightly more than I should have.
- I look forward to my morning shot of coconut oil instead of needing to dip fruit in it or cringing as I take the shot
- I am in ketosis most of the time now...horray for running on fat!
- I have slayed the caffeine beast. Tim Horton's is a thing of the past and green and black teas will only be occassionals. The only caffeine I consume now is the small amount in my 3oz daily glass of 'booch. This is amazing considering I was T-Ho's addict.
- I am well on my way to slaying my sugar dragon and I have come to the realization that sugar is a drug for me. I am a sugar addict and I will always be. There is no room in my diet for sugary treats, not even "in moderation" (I have talked about how "in moderation" is a crock of shit)
- Being waaaay more in tune with my body....this helped me realize that nuts are no good for me
- I have seriously branched out on the foods me and my family eat. Organ meat and bone broth are staples in this very happy, healthy paleo house.
- I am slim slim approaching buff skinny. Not my intention but definitely a result. I am a 26-27 waist in jeans and an extra small in yoga shorts. Clothes that were too small are now too big!
Things that were different for me:
These aren't failures just things that I experienced differently than most on a Whole30
- The rage monster...I have mentioned this before but an unexpected side effect of MY W30 was unleashing a rage monster. This is not typical just what I experienced. I know that I need to move myself vigorously twice a day to keep it in the cage.
- Sleep...Most people report a vastly improved sleep. Me, not so much. I do get about a 4 hour uninterrupted stretch now but that's it. The only time I sleep like a baby is when I swim for 75 minutes before bed (I cannot WAIT for my pool to reopen)
- Nuts...nuts and me are not friends.They make me feel bloated, gross and "heavy". I only eat a small portion of nuts maybe once every 2 weeks.
- Skin...my skin did not get better or worse. Hot yoga gives me all the benefits that others report on a W30, dewy, glowing...whatever the hell those things mean.
- Hunger cues...I am only ever hungry in the morning, after that I know that I need to eat around noon-ish and then dinner-ish but I never feel physical hunger cues past my morning ones. I thought at the beginning when my hormones sorted themselves out that the hunger cues would come on appropriately, they do not. This is fine I just need to remember to eat (sounds nutters, I know!)
This is all I can think of right now. I am super pleased with my 100% compliant Whole30 and I am looking forward to really feeling the magic in the coming months.