Extending my Whole30

30 days have come and gone. I’ve had no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no alcohol, and no sugar for over a month. Well, it’s possible I had a little bit of sugar – I prefer not to eat salad without dressing, and I’ve been eating out because of travel. However, it’s nowhere near the amount of sugar I had in my diet before.

It’s been an amazing month. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, though there were a few times when it WAS hard (can you say PMS – I want to eat ALL THE THINGS!). It’s also been a crazy month, with ups and downs in my health unrelated to my diet (thank you, sinus infection; NOT).

whole45So here’s the benefits I have received from eating this way:

  • My skin is clearer.
  • The eczema on my hands is reduced.
  • I’ve experienced less inflammation and pain.
  • My gall bladder has not been bothering me.
  • I wake up easier in the morning.
  • I have more energy.
  • I don’t get (as) winded climbing the (steep) stairs at work.
  • I can take the stairs at work faster.
  • I have more will-power.
  • I’m not (as) tempted by junk food.
  • Fewer cravings.
  • I don’t need caffeine to get through the day.
  • My energy is more sustained – I don’t crash at 2 pm, or 6 pm.
  • I’m more productive.
  • I sleep better.
  • I’ve started doing yoga again.
  • I don’t use food as a reward anymore.
  • I don’t comfort eat.
  • I completed what I said I was going to do!
  • I released 13 pounds.
  • I reduced an average of 2 inches in my measurements.

Now, those last two are happy side effects. They weren’t my main goals setting out. My main goals were more energy and less pain. I’ve definitely seen improvements! And I’m not quite where I would like to be.

So I’ve decided to extend another 15 days, and *then* start reintroducing some of the foods I’ve been avoiding. (My birthday is at the end of the month, so I want to be able to treat myself!) If I’ve seen this much improvement in 30 days, I’m hoping that continuing to eat healthier will continue to bring more improvement to my health.

Blessings,

Mary

3 Responses

  1. Yay!

  2. Great job Mary! Congratulations! I too recently changed my diet, it was after being down with the flu and in bed for 5 days. I thought, hey, now that my system has been free of caffeine, sugar, dairy, breads, grains, etc… why not keep it that way – well I found as you did that it was easier than I thought… I got sick the Thursday after Christmas (Dec 29th) and began this journey to releasing 19 pounds – wooohooo. I have experienced more usable awake time than I can ever remember and I too will continue on this journey. This is a lifestyle change for me – no blaming, no shaming, just being healthy one meal at a time…
    Thanks for sharing and listening…

  3. Congratulations to you, too! (And thank you!)