whole30: week 4 (in conclusion)

My husband perfected this cake batter martini for my conclusion of the whole30.
My husband perfected this cake batter martini for my conclusion of the Whole30.

Am I glad to be done with the Whole30?  Yes.

Would I do it again? Probably.

As this month-long experiment drew to an end, I was excited that I could once again be able to expand my diet to include things like grains and dairy. However, I have certainly learned those are ideal as accents to a meal–as opposed to the main component. I have never been much of a cook, so for me (before Whole30)–any meal was always grain based.  Pasta dishes, rice stir fry, sandwiches, french toasts, veggie wraps, etc.  Not only has the Whole30 provided me with a much healthier relationship with food, it helped me to embrace alternative foods for the bulk of my meals.

Delicious. But yet, not too delicious--in a good way.
Delicious. But yet, not too delicious–in a good way.
My skin is still my skin.
My skin is still my skin.

As far as positive results, it is difficult to decipher exactly which results came from the Whole30 and which were the results of new goings-on in my life. My knees are less sore, but that is just as likely a result from no longer working a physically taxing job five hours a day, five days a week, than legumes no longer causing joint inflammation. Whatever the reason, my joints have had a chance to relax and recover, and are therefore hurting less, which is nice.  My skin isn’t noticeably better, but that could be due to the fact that I now wear makeup nearly every day, and with sensitive skin my face is pretty much the same as it was when I began (but that is okay because I expected daily makeup to make my skin far worse).  My mood has improved, but it seems just as likely that it’s because my art is going well, and I have a more social job, making me feel less lonely, than a sole result of my dietary changes. However, consuming healthy real foods certainly can’t be hurting my mood.  I absolutely attribute my stable energy levels to my change in diet.

Before: Yep, here you go, as promised–super awkward unflattering before photo.
After: The awkward photo of my results.
Initial measurements:
Weight: 167.6 lbs
Chest: 35 in
Waist: 29 in
Hips: 37.25 in
Thigh: 23 in
Concluding measurements:
Weight: 159.6 lbs (-8 lbs)
Chest: 34 in (-1 in)
Waist: 27.5 in (-1.5 in)
Hips: 36 in (-1.25 in)
Thigh: 22.5 in (-.5 in)
I won’t say the Whole30 has revolutionized my life.  To be honest, after reading all the testimonials, and possible results, I had pretty high hopes. However, I can’t fault the system, since as I mentioned in my previous post, I failed–not it.  Perhaps if I did Whole30 for a longer period of time, and my body could recover more, I would feel higher energy and motivation.  I should maybe try it again and not eat butter?  I should probably try once I have finished reading the book in its entirety. (Yep, still not completely finished.)
All and all, I’m glad I did it.  For one, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Most people have reacted to my explanation of the Whole30 in one of two way–the first is a sort of annoyance/disbelief as to why someone would take on 30 days of stupid, the other is “Well, that’s cool, but I could never do that.”  The thing is though, all of those people could do it.  Because, I have horrible self control and will-power.  My husband has nick-named me Carly-Right-Now.  My point is, if I can do it–anyone can do it.
I love a lot of the foods that I had given up these past thirty days. I know I still must be somewhat addicted to sugar because I think about eating it far more than a healthy person should. I don’t know if my fixation would constitute cravings, but they still aren’t ideal. However, if I can go four weeks without sugar, I can certainly revert back to my no sugar consumption during the week, with no problem.
Moving forward from here, I definitely want to make sustainable changes to my eating habits.  I have decided to predominately cut processed food out of my diet, with the exceptions of work functions, etc. I noticed one of the things I hated most about taking part in the Whole30, was my irrational and self conscious fear of being perceived as that girl. You know that tall skinny girl who eats basically nothing. Especially at the Christmas party, I felt like the waitstaff or my co-workers had to be thinking, how is she even healthy or no wonder she’s skinny if she doesn’t eat–the negative self-talk pretty much spiraled down from there. In reality, the logical side of my brain would point out that—A#1 I’m not actually that skinny, B#2 The waitstaff probably doesn’t care one way or another and/or probably didn’t even notice my meal appeared to basically be a minimalist performance art piece, and C#3 Most of my co-workers know about my temporary dietary restrictions and probably weren’t being all judgey about it.
Anyway, I’m nervous where to go from here.  I am happy to see positive results both physically and in my psychological relationship with food.  I know I don’t want to go back to my old eating habits, however, it also seems like such a first-world problem that this is even something I have dedicated this much thought to?  When all is said and done, I want to be healthy and I like how I’m starting to feel.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. You don’t have to be scared of using make-up !!! It is only when you are allergic to one of the ingredients that you’ll get dry or red parts in your face but then try another brand. And ofcourse use a daycream before adding foundation, don’t use too much of anything, in the evening remove all make-up and used night cream, that’s all. Products don’t need to be expensive there are cheap products on the marked that are really good !!
    Don’t be shy about your appearance , you look lovely ! I’m sure many girls your age envy you for your beauty and for you being slim !!!!!!!

    1. I do that! Awesome. That makes me feel so much better. I am really neurotic about day cream/night cream/eye cream in my daily face-making-up, so that is nice to know that I am basically doing it right.

  2. I have to be strictly Paleo because I found in my mid-40s that gluten and corn were making me sick. And sugar, and peanuts, etc. (I think GMO corn and sugar had a lot to do with this.) I loved the Whole 30 book. I’m really proud of you for doing it! I’ll be curious how you feel when you go back to the old diet….assuming you plan to. If you google “300 symptoms of gluten intolerance” – I had over 40 of those. And thought I was eating healthy with those whole grains every day! Anyway, that was my experience, but I’ll be curious where your journey takes you.

    1. To be honest, I am a little scared to expand my diet back to include things like dairy and grains. I plan to keep alcohol and sugar as a weekend treat (if even that frequently). I think even with heavy grain meals like pizza or pastas, as much as I love those I want to keep them as more of treat than a meal staple like they used to be. I think I want to stick with a primarily Paleo diet now that this is over with occasional exceptions, is I guess what I am trying to say.

      1. I hope it works for you, whatever you decide to do. I think Paleo is a godsend.

  3. Eat the butter, Carlis. Just, always eat the butter.

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