Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lunch :: #Loud30 Diary / Whole30 Week Two

To be honest, I'm not sure what to say about this past week. It had its ups and downs; it was easy and it was difficult. But overall, I'm totally head-over-heels in love with Whole30! I'll let a few quotes from the Whole9 website do the talking (and they were right on point).

"Days 10-11: The Hardest Days

The newness of the program has worn off. You’ve made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, but you’ve yet to experience any of the 'magic' the program promises. You’re still struggling to establish your new routine (read: you’ve eaten eggs prepared ten different ways over the last ten days), and while you’ve been trying really hard to have a good attitude, today you are incredibly aware of all the foods you’re 'choosing not to eat right now.' And right now you’re wondering if the results will really be as good as 'they' all say it is.

This is where you really start to experience the psychological hold that your food habits have on you. You’ve put in a lot of effort to get to where you are right now, but you’re still waiting for the results you’re hoping to see. Your brain tells you that you deserve some kind of reward (don’t you?) and, of course, we’ve been conditioned to think of food as the best reward out there. Right now, you’re craving that ice cream, beer, or whatever treat you think would make for just the right reward. The key here is to redefine your idea of reward.

Days 12-15: Boundless energy! Now give me a damn Twinkie.

Hurray! The slump is over! Your pants fit again! But something weird is happening. You’re dreaming. Not crazy nightmare or strange surrealist dreams, either. Incredibly normal and realistic dreams, about donuts. Or Twinkies. Or Snickers. In your mind, sometimes you get caught and feel guilty. Sometimes you just brazenly eat the contraband. But then, the feelings start following you into the waking hours. Suddenly, you’re craving things you don’t even like. Your co-workers’ heads transform into giant Girl Scout Cookies as you gaze on in disbelief. Seriously, you’ve almost hit the halfway mark, and now this?!

All joking aside, though, this phase gets really intense and for some people. This is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know. Our food relationships are deeply rooted and strongly reinforced throughout the course of our lives and breaking through them is really big deal."

Well, I don't think my cravings were THAT extreme, but I think you get the picture. I wanted a Coke so badly one day that I almost started biting my nails (which I don't even normally do), but I was at work and was able to distract myself until the feeling passed, and an hour later I didn't want it anymore. Purchasing food and preparing meals ahead of time has been easy, and I've become accustomed to the accumulation of dishes that I now need to wash by hand daily, but what's been the hardest is mustering up the courage to constantly say 'no' every time I'm offered something. My friends and co-workers are incredibly generous, and I've had to repeatedly turn down offers for food, snacks, treats or drinks.

It doesn't help that they've been lovingly, but incessantly, pressuring me to join in on the festivities; at the same time, however, they've been incredibly supportive and curious and encouraging and impressed. I went out to say goodbye to Marvin, another favorite who is leaving the company (I promise it only seems like people constantly leave because it's a big-ass business), and I ordered a soda water! Can't get any healthier than that at a bar. At first I was bored without an alcoholic beverage, but after a few minutes I loosened up and couldn't even tell the difference. I ended up having a great time!

All I know is that my head is clearer, my energy is higher, my mood is brighter and my pants are looser. I know I've become stronger because I was able to accidentally break my apple cutter (above, haha) and I've been able to go harder at the gym with ease. At the risk of sounding repetitive, I really love that I'm doing this, and my only regret is that I didn't try it sooner. I know I'll try to eat pizza and chocolate and flamin' hot everything once this month is over, but then I'll puke my guts out because my body won't be used to it anymore, so I'll decide to jump right into another 30 days. Great plan, right?

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(Oh by the way, since comments are disabled, I feel like I'm talking to myself. Self is okay with this.)

My next mission? Uncover Whole30-friendly eats in Austin, TX. I'll be there this weekend, for the first time ever, to visit my best friend Chris! I just can't wait. And after a quick search (below!), I've found TONS of healthy eating options, sans booze. Fortunately, Chris has also been concentrating on his health for the past 10 months or so that I haven't seen him, so we'll be in on it together! I can't wait to explore a new city, and of course I'll be back next week with stories and photos for all y'all.

Anyway, this month has gone by super duper fast so far, and I'm expecting the rest of it will be a downhill breeze. Wish me luck! Be sure to check out my last two Whole30 posts, and follow along via Twitter + Instagram with the hashtag #Loud30. I'd love to hear any questions you may have! ♥

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