Well this is it, y’all! Today is my final day of the Whole30. The past 30 days I have lived on a “diet” that restricted gluten, beans, alcohol, dairy, added sugar…man oh man! I’m writing up a few of my final thoughts and I’m planning on going live tomorrow, after TBall(about 8ish) on my Facebook page. I’ll be taking any questions!
You can read day eight, fifteen, and twenty-two updates!
First, to clarify, I only made it to Whole30 on a few fronts. I have not had any dairy, any grains, or any beans(with the exception of day like 17 on accident) for 30 days. I however have not made it 30 days with no sugar. On about day 23 I folded and began adding almond milk creamer in my decaf coffee. It’s about 10 grams of sugar a day. Authenticity matters to me and I want to be completely open about how I did!
I think nearly EVERYTHING has been a physical perk. I have had so much more energy. My sleep habits (for the most part) have been absolutely amazing! My knee had been bothering me for awhile and it hasn’t hurt once while hiking. This may be a little “TMI” for some people, but you all asked for honesty-I’ve been more regular this past month than I can ever remember. In numbers, I have lost abut 12 pounds. I weighed in the first day at 193.6 and today I weighed in at . I’m also definitely a little bloated right now because…well read below!
In case you remember from last weeks update-my acne has been out of control. I did, however, receive a friend back this past week! My period has returned. That could be part of what is going on with my hormones. I have also noticed I have lost the “Tiger Blood” during this past week-probably because I’m losing lots of iron. This was my first after Bear and it was (like my first after Bug) a really hard one. The Whole30 didn’t help that!
Can I say everything again? I honestly feel so great right now. Minus the past four days (again, thanks period), my mind has been so happy and clear. I honestly can’t think of any downfalls. I feel so much better about myself right now. Honestly it’s been such a great challenge. My anxiety has been so much more under control.
So, what am I planning next?
As I mention above, I’ve been eating sugar for about a week now and at the limited amount I’ve been eating, I haven’t really seen any negative side effects. My headaches have been pretty non-existent. I’m assuming that sugar was not causing the problem! After today is up, I will be eating an 80/20 diet with the Whole30. What I mean by 80/20 is that most my meals and snacks will still be compliant, but I will not be overly anxious about small amounts in meals or treats when eating out.
The one thing I do believe I’m saying good-bye to is dairy. I’ve always had a low tolerance for dairy and unless after adding grains back in causes me to have a migraine, I’m assuming it’s been the dairy causing migraines. After reading everything I have on soy, I will also be staying away from that except in very small quantities.
I will be going live tomorrow, as mentioned above, so if you have any questions about the Whole30 and rocking it with 6 kids, please feel free to ask! I’ll try and answer them tomorrow.