OK OK I know what you’re thinking “It’s day 22! The half way mark of your Whole30 has come and gone. And you didn’t blog about it. How are you doing? Are you even doing it anymore?!”
OK so maybe you’re not thinking that, but if you are, yes I am still doing the Whole30. Doing it for real. No “just one bite;” no “just one glass of wine.” And I’m pretty proud of myself. It definitely has not been easy. But the two big things that have helped me get through it:
- I read the book. I know, I know this might seem like a no-brainer. But seriously, knowing the why behind why I’m not eating certain foods has really helped. Even if I don’t agree 100% ( like when it comes to legumes. If you soak ’em, I’ll probably start eating them again ). But when it comes to chemically processed junk (soda, store-bought mayonnaise, mass produced cheap candy), I just don’t want it anymore. It’s not worth it.
- Going through the Whole30 before, even if I didn’t finish it perfectly. Last time I did the Whole30, I learned a lot about myself. So when I started this month, I already had overcome some pretty major hurtles.
And I’ve definitely done a lot of things differently this time. For example:
- I didn’t buy large bags of nuts or big tubs of nutbutters. Seriously. I used them as a crutch. Absolutely devoured them even though I wasn’t hungry. This time around, I waited until about day 15 before I allowed myself to purchase them. And thankfully have been pretty good about eating it in normal amounts.
- If I’m going to an event, I bring my own snacks. And yummy snacks, like a Lara Bar. There is no way if everyone else is eating birthday cake, that you’ll be happy eating that apple you packed.
- And the biggest thing, I am not pay attention or obsessing over every little squeak and squawk my body makes. This drove me nuts last time. So much so that I had to stop. Last time I had horrible acid reflux and constipation that was so bad I convinced myself that the Whole30 was terrible. And when my fibromyalgia pain would flare up, I swore that it was because the Whole30 wasn’t working.
Alright so how am I feeling? Well unfortunately I have to say that right now as I’m typing, I have pretty bad fibromyalgia pain. Bummer. Even after I was feeling so good. I know it’s definitely not related to food. I’ve been eating the same thing for a while and have been pain free. At first I thought maybe it was exercise related, but I didn’t workout yesterday so there went that idea.
Who knows. Maybe there is no trigger. But does this mean I’m completely giving up on the Whole30. Hell no. Because when I think about it, it’s been 22 days and I’ve only had 3 days of bad pain. That’s not bad at all. Now remember that fibromyalgia never actually goes away, but the other days of pain were so low that I barely noticed it at all. Much lower than it’s ever been in the past.
And my usual trigger, sleep, doesn’t seem to be a trigger anymore. This is huge for me. I took a nap on Saturday and woke up the same way I went to sleep.
As for the other symptoms I had last time? Well, I haven’t had any acid reflux so that’s nice. Although I don’t know what I’m doing differently. As for the constipation…well. That’s just something I deal with on the whole30 or not. I’ve been taking a powder magnesium supplement every night and that’s been helping.
The one big thing that I’m noticing is that I’m not following the Whole30 time line at all. In case you haven’t taken a look at it yet, you can find it on the Whole9 website.
Days 8 – 15 you’re supposed to feel “boundless energy” and days 16 – 28, you no longer have crazy cravings. Well…unfortunately I’m just exhausted. And my cravings are still pretty strong. But I guess not strong enough to cheat so I suppose that’s something. My only thought is that since I was pretty sick the first week and a half of my Whole30, maybe my timeline got thrown off? I’m actually considering continuing my Whole30 for a bit longer, just to test the theory.
And finally, a question for everyone else that either is doing the Whole30 or has done it. How in the world are you supposed to eat out at a restaurant while doing the Whole30? Seriously.
My last Whole30, I would go ahead and order the bunless burger with sweet potato fries, because well I’m allowed sweet potatoes, right? This time around, I’ve learned my lesson. Even though they’re sweet potatoes, they’re still fried in a crap-ton of canola oil. Probably that’s been reused 100 times for who knows what. And that probably goes for just about everything that is at a restaurant, except for maybe the salad. Which you can have, but without dressing.
I’ve eaten out three times this month because of social engagements.
The first was Korean BBQ, which works if you get the plain meat (no soy) to cook yourself. Then I gave my soup and rice to my friends.
The second time after looking at the whole menu, the only thing I could find was the oysters. So I had a dinner of a dozen oysters (which was awesome until I got sick from eating too many oysters).
And finally the most recent time I went with a salad. And instead of getting dressing, I asked for few slices of lemon.
But eating nothing but plain salad while your friends are enjoying themselves on burgers and beer just isn’t going to fly for long. I’ve thought about trying Mexican, but still you have the worry that the meat is cooked in cheap oil. Does everyone avoid social situations that involve restaurants? Or do you just sit there drinking only water, like I had to do when my friends wanted to hang out at a bar (also kinda sucked).
Well, at least there are only 8 days officially left.