Hello and apologies, dear readers, after a prolonged break from blogging and recipe posting. I’ve been finishing my degree, moving house, and, most importantly, my husband is back from Afghanistan (he’s an army officer – and I’m now allowed to mention that he was there since he’s back!)… All very exciting developments but which have not left me with very much time to post…
I thought I’d mention the “final” results of my Whole30 journey, since I haven’t really written a conclusive post yet.
October was my Whole30 month, and I followed it to the absolute letter – ie strict paleo, with no “paleo-esque” treats!!… (And as readers of this website will know, I love my paleo treats!!)… During those four weeks, I noticed:
WAY less bloating – not eliminated but the least I have had in years – this used to be fairly chronic for me.
MUCH better sleep – waking up and not feeling totally resentful about having to get out of bed – this was the norm for me for as long as I could remember
My appetite has been normalised – some days I’m not remotely hungry, and others I’m ravenous all day – and that’s fine – I no longer feel like fainting when going longer than four hours without food…
WEIGHT LOSS and BODY RECOMPOSITION – now I can’t tell you how much weight I lost because I actually did what they suggested which was do not step on the scales – and also I find them irrelevant – I much prefer to know what size I am, which is easy to do with clothes. I now fit into all my “skinny” jeans and clothes which I had been scrupulously avoiding for quite a while – and I have not been watching my calorie intake in the slightest. Also, with minimal exercise I’ve definitely become noticeably more muscular, another bonus!
A desire to move and exercise – with my increasing energy (and this is the best I’ve felt in over two years) has come a desire to exercise which I honestly have not had for a long time. As a personal trainer, I’m more than aware of the benefits of regular exercise and movement, but since having shingles two years ago, when my energy just plummeted never (until Whole30!!) to return, I have really had to force myself to do anything at all. Now – I actually want to – I’m back to the old me and this is the best feeling ever!
Better digestion – really not a lot more to say on this one, other than it is very significant!
Onwards and Upwards
Since all of these huge (for me) improvements, I honestly have no desire to change my way of eating, or to go back and have the odd cheat. For me, fixing my health and making sure I feel 100% is more important than the temporary satisfaction of a croissant (they are my weakness!)…
So the only real changes I’ve made since October is allowing myself the odd paleo treat – bearing in mind I don’t let them get too sweet. When I make chocolate, it’s 85% cacao solids, and when I make a banana cake, it’s 2 tbsp honey rather than half a cup. I have no desire to add sweeteners (even natural ones) to anything unless it’s really necessary, and even then I really do try to minimise them. I won’t have treats every day, but if I feel like it, I do have one – I love adapting and creating recipes and it’s not something I’m willing to give up for the sake of purity, however, reintroducing foods like dairy, grains (even gluten-free) is not remotely attractive to me any more. That said, I do think that some people can tolerate some high fat dairy and feel fine; sadly, I’m not one of them.
Here are my other posts on the Whole30, and to find out more about it check out www.whole9life.com and please let me know how you go!
So thank you for reading – after such a gap from writing – but stay tuned because there are lots of yummy Christmas recipes coming up, plus some tips on choosing a fabulous Christmas ham!!
Until the next – x.