January 2018 Whole 30: Recap and Thoughts
If you read my last post recapping the whole 30 I did in March 2017, you’ll know I said I had no intentions of doing one again any time soon. Fast forward 9 months, and I decided to do one again.
Why, you ask?
A few reasons:
- I found myself slipping back into undesirable food habits and wanted to nix those habits before they got bad.
- I was bored and wanted a new challenge, and friends of mine were doing the challenge as well.
- I figured it was a good idea to take some foods out of my diet and rediscover what I can and can’t tolerate, food wise.
This Whole 30 differed from my last in the fact that I’m no longer on a college campus or have a meal plan. I found that this was a plus because I knew exactly what ingredients were going into my food, but it was a drawback in that I didn’t have a fallback option for when I ran out of food.
Diving in to this whole 30, I noticed a couple of things:
- Second time around wasn’t as nearly as difficult. I knew what I could/couldn’t eat and already eat pretty much paleo, so this wasn’t a big shock. I didn’t get any of the symptoms described in the book, like the sugar hangover, and on the flip side also didn’t get the positive symptoms like tiger blood, because I already sleep well and have energy during the day.
- The first change I noticed was less bloat, right away. That felt great, but it was soon replaced by the feeling of gas/bloat from the vegetables.
- I didn’t notice a ton of changes overall - no more rested than usual, no more energy, etc. I had photos taken before/after, and I did notice a subtle difference but nothing major. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing, to be honest.
- I cheated. YEP! And I was intentional with those cheats, and no I didn’t start over because of it. These cheats were things like chaia (a vegan mexican place at DC) that was catered at a work event, and using up some yogurt that would expire (I wasn’t going to waste the money I had spent!)
- Overall, what I would have done differently: less dates and less almond butter. Terrible dependencies, I’ll admit.
Some of the challenges I faced during it was not breaking my food budget (whole 30 food is expensive!), dealing with my internal sugar beast, and not getting bored of the same foods.
I had the opportunity to attend the whole 30 book tour with friends my second week into it, where we saw Melissa Hartwig speak. It was pretty awesome - we heard her speak and got her to sign our books, which was cool! It provided a burst of energy toward the program….for about a day. And then I was like “meh” all over again. I’ll be honest, I got over the program pretty quickly. I think I felt that way because I didn’t notice a ton of changes (emotionally and physically).
Now I’m in the reintroduction phase, which I didn’t properly do last time. I’ve successfully (or so I think) reintroduced oats so far, which I’’m happy about because they’re a cheap and easy meal solution. I also use oats when I bake!
Next, I’ll probably reintroduce honey, maple syrup, and peanut butter.
I don’t intend to bring back beans, dairy, soy, and most grains back into my diet. I’ll occasionally have liquor, lentils/rice, and perhaps goat cheese when I’m feeling ~feisty~.
I’m not sure if I’ll do another whole 30 soon. Maybe I’ll do a whole 14 next time I need a reset, but I think I’m good for now.
Update: I wrote this a few days ago - since then, I've reintroduced beans, which are likely a no go, gluten, also a no go, and sweeteners such as maple syrup (those are fine).