well, I did it! 30 days without any grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, fake-sugar, caffeine, supplements and gum! I stuck to whole, real foods:
-coconut oil/olive oil
I already eat this way most of the time, so the results weren’t staggeringly different than what I typically experience. They did however confirm a LOT of what I already know and believe when it comes to food and how it can have a serious effect on our bodies; physically, mentally and emotionally.
I realized abstaining from gum (apparently I was a serious gum addict and didn’t know it) made my sugar cravings go WAY down! I always thought I chewed gum to put my cravings at bay, but the low level of sucralose that was in my bloodstream daily was definitely not keeping me away from treats. I will not be buying gum on a weekly basis anymore.
-I felt my body ridding itself of all inflammation and bloating that I typically experience (without even knowing it!). It was so nice to never have a “fat day”, I guess that’s what happens when you are only eating foods your body is meant to digest. This was definitely a benefit!
-I have felt an incredible abundance in energy over the past 30 days. I typically will supplement on some of my early mornings with vitamin-B12 powder drinks or Crystal Light (not the healthiest, I know!) to give me some energy since I don’t drink coffee. I didn’t experience any lows though! I woke up at 5am and was able to coach and workout and do activities every day and feel awesome! This was definitely the best part of my whole experience.
-I will definitely continue to eat “Paleo” for the bulk of my diet. I know I am much better off without the “pseudo-grains” we eat today and my body functions much better on higher nutrient foods like vegetables and fruits.
-I will add in some dairy in the form of “toppings” (crumbled feta etc. on salads) and isolated whey protein powder (I know real food is better, this is more for the convenience factor).
-I will be eating one to two treat meals
per week (most likely in the form of dark chocolate or Breyers ice cream). ;) if I am trying to lean out, these will be the first to go.
My main conclusion: this was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone trying to lose fat, rid their body of inflammation, lower cholesterol, decrease any autoimmune diseases, tendinitis, arthritis, hormone imbalance, etc.
Take care of your body and it will thank you. I want to live a long, healthy life and I never want to miss out on opportunities because of my health. We only get one body and YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
So, do it, 30 days will go by and you’ll still be sick, unhealthy and unhappy, or you’ll learn a lot and find out things about yourself and your relationship with food. Take the whole30 plunge!
Let me know if you have any questions! That’s what I’m here for.