Day 10. Almost halfway through!
I actually haven’t experienced a lot of what is outlined on the Whole30 timeline up to this point. The fatigue has been an issue since about mid- to late June, and I’m hoping by Day 31 I will begin to feel a little more human.
My energy levels have risen a little on some days though. And I think since my protein sources are very limited as a vegetarian (seafood + eggs) I have been a little extra hungry. On the flip side, for the first few days I wasn’t really hungry at all. I do keep a food log (the program discourages calorie counting but that is not why I food log), and I have seen my caloric intake some days needs a major boost. I’m still figuring out what works best for me and how I can decrease hunger without consuming too many calories. I’ve tended to rely on nuts for satiation, and while fat is good for your body, too much of anything is still too much. Working on it!
I can already tell I have lost a little weight or inches. Or maybe it’s just the lack of bloating, which I find weird since I have been consuming more vegetables. I haven’t stepped on a scale or measured myself since both are also discouraged until the end. They aren’t my primary focus anyway.
Why am I doing this? I am hoping to heal my gut, boost my energy levels, and reduce psoriasis inflammation. Another big big reason is to heal my relationship with my body and food. Since I am only a week and a half in at this point I didn’t expect to see or feel major physical improvements. I do think the lack of bloating and stomach aches is a good sign though. But my attitude toward food has started to change for the better.
The other day I actually looked in the mirror and not only liked what I saw, I felt comfortable in my skin. I don’t feel the need to suck in or hide any part of my body. I don’t compare myself to anyone else or beat myself up over food choices. I actually don’t even really feel tempted by junk foods (and there were delicious looking chocolate covered marshmallows on the table at work!) Eating whole, natural, healthy foods reminds me – loud and clear – just how bad those other foods or food-like products make me feel.
There have been times I was super hungry and wasn’t really in the mood to cook. And in those moments I was reminded how easy it is to make the wrong choice, to consume something that isn’t going to make me feel good at the end of it, and how making better choices helps me to feel good on the whole.
I have actually renewed my enjoyment in cooking. I genuinely love everything about it, and I don’t even cook elaborate meals! There is something so satisfying in blending together some of nature’s goodness and taking in all of its pleasures. I’ve cooked more consistently in the last two weeks than I probably ever have. The more I do it the more I want to keep doing it. Not only am I eating more healthy but I am more satisfied because I took the time and care to put together something really delicious and nutritious.
So overall, as of Day 10 I am very optimistic. There were moments I started daydreaming about what my first meal ‘back’ would be. But to be honest, I intend to mostly keep eating this way. I can say that with confidence, even on Day 10!