6. May 2013 by swissfitchick
Good morning, happy start of the new week!! I hope you are all well and ready for the marvelous party this Monday with the healthy Diva.
I am sorry for that negative title!! But it’s the truth – I didn’t have the best weekend and don’t want to pretend here that I had. I’ll get later to that. First off, I want you to give the promised update on my Whole30 challenge.
I would say, my experience was 50% vs. 50% – 50% great, 50% not so great. Let’s start with the benefits and good things I figured out with the program. My priority was to learn as much as I can about my body and to observe my stomach/digestion issues.
1. My stomach issues were a LOT better with the programm. The bloating came up way less than ususal, and I had NO cramps at all. Digestion was with the exception of a few days very well.
2. I learned to listen to my body and did great in portion sizing. I did not overeat or undereat, and felt satisfied all day long. The structure of my days was nicely balanced.
3. I lost weight.
4. I experimented with different eating habits to figure out what helps my body with digestion and what makes me feel good. I found out, that I feel the best when: I only have 1 protein per meal (not egg AND chicken for example), only 1 fat per meal, cut down or skip veggies at dinner, eat 4-5 small meals instead of 3 large meals, cut down dairy and grains, cut out processed food, limit the consumption of protein powders and protein bars, alcohol and sugar.
Even though I am not a fan of cutting out entire food groups, I must say, that I felt better without the grains and dairy. It doesn’t mean that I won’t eat it at all anymore but I will just limit the consumption of it. The same goes with powders and bars. That I will reintegrate alcohol and sugar in a moderate way goes without saying 🙂
So let’s look at the less good experiences I made:
1. After 2 weeks I was bored by the choice of food – it is very limited and I was too lazy to get all that creative, so my eating days started to look the same every day. I am fine with that, but I like to change up my routine once in a while or at least at the weekend.
2. I did not go out because I wanted to make sure that I could prepare my own food. That made me feel lonely and miserable. I am a social person and I need to be with people and have fun once in a while.
3. Obsession crept back in. I focused entirely on the challenge, on food, on making sure I eat the right stuff. I even started to count cherry tomatoes (a BAD sign). I felt like a failure when I allowed myself to eat a chewing gum (not ‘allowed’ in the program) and was full of guilt when I had a day that included non-approved food.
Please note, that these are MY experiences and habits I found out. This was how I sampled the program and these are the things that work for me – it may be totally different for others.
Fact is, I stopped the challenge last Friday this weekend instead of next Wednesday. Sure, I could have pulled me through for these last few days, but let me tell you something: I had a breakdown on Friday. I already felt it throughout the week, that I was fed up with the rules and that I had the urge to ‘rebel’ against the guidelines of the program – which I did. I realized, that there is no way for me anymore to live by rules made by somebody else. If I find out diet habits ( I like that word much better than RULES ) MYSELF, that work for me (see above), then I can totally live with them. But I realized, that if I get told by someone else how I am supposed to eat, I just can not do it. Too many years I was living by advices given by diet programs, I think I am a little traumatized. So from now on, I will do my own ‘diet’ – I will eat the way I want and the way that makes me feel good, light and balanced. I will still integrate or try out tips&tricks from nutritionists, but only the ones that work for me.
Many of you will probably shake your heads now, thinking ‘I could have told you that before, Lucie’ – YES, I know. But for me, it is SO important to do my own experience. Even if I fall on my nose by doing it, it is a great experience that makes me aware on where I stand and on what I need. And besides that, I am proud I made it through more than 3 weeks successfully and picked out the things that work for me.
So I did not have the CHANGE OF MY LIFE which they predict, because I had too much non-approved food. I am fine with that – I still feel great today and know that this challenge taught me a lot for my progress in recovery.
Whole30: ‘The only way this will work is if you give it the full thirty days, no cheats, slips or “special occasions.” This isn’t Whole9 playing the tough guy. This is a FACT, born of education and experience. You need such a small amount of any of these inflammatory foods to break the healing cycle – one bite of pizza, one splash of milk in your coffee, one lick of the spoon mixing the batter within the 30 day period and you’ve broken the “reset” button. You must commit to the full program, exactly as written.’
So my goal for the future is: RELAX. I know what food to eat to feel good. I know what food to eat and how to exercise to lean out. I know it all – I just need to relax and do it. Besides all that, my priority is to have fun, to enjoy life and to spread and receive love. I think that sounds pretty marvelous, right?
And I want to do a shout out to someone who helped me so much through the last 4 weeks and with all these realizations – my coach Courtney. She ALWAYS made me refocus on life and not on food, she encouraged me to take away pressure and to LIVE. I can not thank her enough. I will stay with her for the next 4 weeks to practise my losen-up-relationship with food and I am so much looking forward to it.
As we all know, the food I was craving while the Whole30, lost its appeal the moment I stopped the challenge and actually were ‘allowed’ to eat again. It felt so good to DECIDE to eat clean and not to be ADVICED.
So I am sorry that this time it wasn’t a fun weekend recap. But don’t worry – I still took a lot of pics during the days and I think they turned out pretty marvelous.
I hope your weekend was wonderful!!!
What do you think about such programs like the Whole30?
Tell me one goal you set for yourself for May!