I decided to air my Whole30 wrap up on day 30! I have no idea how I made it. I have a bazillion and one thoughts on the topic so I tried to list the main ones. Honestly, part of me despises saying this changed my life because it sounds hokey and I kind of wanted to debunk the whole thing. But the title is fairly self-explanatory – no more gluten for this gal.
a) I’m still bitter with the authors (creators?) of the Whole30’s website. They have a blurb in there how this isn’t “hard” that “childbirth is hard” along with other things that fall into this type of painful category. BUT it was hard. Sugar was one of my coping mechanisms. Giving that up wasn’t all pina coladas. So when I admitted to myself it WAS hard I felt kind of guilty about it. Thankfully, even my friends who have given birth said they thought it would be tough. So there, Whole30.
b) They also questioned my coffee and “why I need it”. Because I do. It brings me joy. It reminds me of my sister and family. It reminds me of WA. It’s a lovely way to start the day. I did not appreciate my love being questioned.
d) I am truly and completely sick of almond milk. And I hated coconut milk.
e) Getting set up with the gluten free business isn’t cheap. Oh and I’m one of those folks who now brings their own food to social gatherings. Awesome.
a) I know I’ve lost weight. I’m scared that I will gain it all back. I’m also nervous it won’t be as much as I was hoping!
b) I was SURE my stomach issues would be cured by the end of these 30 days. I’m quite delusional and impatient. Now I wonder if they will ever be fixed.
c) I am becoming one of those difficult people to feed in social gatherings. I am going out to dinner twice this week and I looked up the menu both times. I found options! I don’t feel as carefree anymore though.
d) I feel like a poser. I look at my grocery basket will all of the gluten free labels and I wonder if I’m just being silly. Oh and grocery shopping is harder – NOT having massive amounts of stress would be helpful. Seriously – did you know there is wheat in cream of mushroom soup?
a) Wahoooo! I made it! (Okay one day early but no way in hell am going to screw this up!)
b) I promise, I am not exaggerating when I say, I feel better emotionally and mentally. My depression is milder, my ADD is better (I can focus!), some of the foggy brain has lifted – as much as possible with my epilepsy meds, I feel more alert and less fatigued on a daily basis.
c) I haven’t had a headache in a month.
d) Meal planning is pretty nifty – even despite all of the dishes. Considering the new lifestyle (WEIRD to say) I will continue to cook my little heart out. I’ve found some really tasty treats that will continue in the rotation and thank goodness for pinterest. I want to start making my own bread and I can’t wait to eat pancakes again!!
e) I’m going to really try to keep the whole sugar thing under control This kinda broke my sugar habit – just not my likeness for the treat! One of the bigger changes was I used to be unable to get through the afternoon without some kind of chocolate. I still like something sweet during this time (Auhmaze Balls anyone?!) – maybe a natural sugar. But don’t worry, I’m not turning on my friends, I’m NOT sugar free!
f) Ummm – I feel better? Damn good reason right there.
As mentioned, FODMAP is next. It is NOT paleo. If my stomach can handle it, I get some rice! And dairy! And corn products – again, if my stomach likes it. Legumes are the list of possibilities but I’m keeping those at bay for a while. I’ll post more about it in a bit. Even if I don’t have celiac I’ve got the good ol’ gluten sensitivity. All of this is kind of a lot to take in since it’s a freakin’ life change. There you go… Maybe the Whole30 isn’t for you and certainly no judgements from me! But if you have any questions let me know!
1. Whole30 – would you try it?
2. Thoughts on gluten?