Good morning everyone,
I hope you all head a great weekend. I am back from a week of family and though it was really nice and fun I am so glad to be back at home alone and can relax in my calm and pieceful apartment. Okay no that actually was a big fat lie 😉 As always I can’t rest and instead busy myself all morning. I have already sorted out where I can change some Euros into Dollars, when I can get a receipt as my doctor is on vacation and what else I need to organize this week. Oh yes and then I really need to re-organize my wardrobe.
Okay but first things first. Today I am finally going to recap my Whole30 experience. I took some time but I am glad to have waited for two weeks until I recap as in my opinion you shouldn’t neglect the aftermath of such a process in a recap.
If you’re interested in more about my Whole30 check out my previous posts:
What the process promised and what happened to me
- Weight loss and improved body composition – I lost a little weight ~ 5 pound but I can definitely report a tighter and leaner and more muscular body. I feel that my body changed a lot in the last few weeks. I don’t look leaner though. Maybe because I gained some muscle mass. I didn’t do the program for weight loss and my overall goal is to build more muscles so I am very happy with those results
- Higher energy levels – I can’t say that I my energy levels have improved but I can’t report the opposite either. As it was a stressful time for me in general I can’t assume draw any conclusion here.
- Better quality of sleep – I slept dead-like. I have always been sleeping well but this overstepped my wildest expectations. I’ve never been sleeping that sound without my usually frequent vivid dreams from which I wake up worn out. Instead I woke up well rested and fit most mornings.
- Being naturally happy – I am moody, have always been, will always be.
- Improved athletic performance – My performance was good the last weeks. I was able to work had and improve my performance but I wouldn’t say that was only because of my diet. It certainly was a part but I don’t think it was the major part.
- Reduction of food cravings, particularly sugar and carbs – YES that definitely happened.
- Improvement of chronic inflammations and blood levels – I am inflammation free for about 6 month now and my blood levels are impeccable. So I can’t say anything in particular but you never know if eating a certain diet prevents a relapse. Scientific findings suggest that there IS a relation between diet and CIBD though they never found a statistically significant correlation. BUT the hell with statistic correlations as long as you FEEL improvement.
My personal PROs
- I loved to eat wholesome and nutrition dense foods
- I liked to go back to the basics and due to the clear rules there was never any confusion what I could eat
- I liked that it was easy – no calorie or macro counting and no cravings
- I found new recipes and tried new things
- The food was always yummy and filling
- It was great to break those unhealthy habits of too much sugar and alcohol
My personal CONs
- It was exhausting to always think about food. Meal prepping definitely is necessary and if you fail that (and I did regularly) you have to grab some nuts and fruit instead as a quick and yummy alternative. Don’t get me wrong I really liked that in the beginning but after 4 weeks I was a bit bored.
- This kind of diet is expensive but I usually spend a lot of money on organic and local food so I didn’t mind to keep the status quo.
- Eating out was in the worst case impossible in the best case a bit depressing
- I had to explain myself over and over again why I am doing this, what the purpose is, why I was on a “diet” – in the worst sense of words and why the hell I were eating so many nuts because there was *gasp* FAT in there…..
- Because of being bored with food sometimes I really had a hard time to make sure I was eating enough. For me a challenge like this always is a possible door opener for disordered eating behavior and I had to remind myself a couple of times that I really need to eat and that a bowl of berries and a few nuts IS NOT a decent meal.
- I liked how I felt, how my body changed and how easy the whole experience was
- I should have made sure that I had enough time to prep my meals so I would have had a more varied diet aka a less boring one
- I can’t eat strictly paleo but I will definitely keep up some things. For example I will eat cheese again but I am going to limit my soy intake. And I realized that eating grains makes me limp and slaggy and I will definitely cut some grains from my diet.
- I definitely can see myself doing this again. Most probably next January. I always crave some kind of detox in January 😉
Okay that’s it. And maybe something random but interesting: I ate sweets and bread and cheese, had alcohol and all the forbidden stuff in the last two weeks. Today back at home I turned to paleo friendly food only. I had an Banana Egg Bake and some berries, will have a green smoothie and more fruits later and tonight we’ll have a big bowl of veggie salad. Maybe something is sticking 😉
Have a lovely start to the week I am going to be busy again now.