Whole30 Week One and my relationship with food

Remember this post where I started off by writing that I get bored easily with eating plans?

Yes?

Do you also remember when I said I really liked the FMD and that I would continue to stick with it throughout the holidays? Well that didn’t happen and now we are in 2014 and nothing has changed. It’s a new year and therefore a new way of eating for me that I’m trying for the next 30 days.

As you can probably guess from the title of this post that way of eating is the Paleo Diet, and more specifically the Whole 30.

And you’re probably thinking *why can’t this girl just find something she likes and stick to it?* or maybe not but believe me that’s what goes through my own head on almost a daily basis. Why can’t I just find something I like and stick to it? Why am I so fixated on food, and eating plans, and losing weight? Why can’t I just eat without thinking so darn much about it. Why this. Why that. So many whys. And I honestly have no answers for you right now. I have a lot to tell you (over the next year) about how I got to this place (or at the very least you’ll learn more about me and my relationship with food ) but the why of *why, at almost 34 am I still in this mindset* is something I’m hoping to discover this year.

And I’m hoping the Whole30 is the stepping stone and starting off point to this discovery. I never had any intentions of trying the paleo diet or the Whole30 even though I’ve heard many a great things about it from friends and other bloggers. I’m not sure why I never took the plunge but after a week or so I was finally convinced by my sister-in-law to give it a try. It’s only 3o days, right? And she did do the FMD with me so it’s the least I can do since she loves it so much.

So here I am one week into the Whole30 and so far so good. The thing I love most about this program is it is 100% free if you want it to be. All of the resources are available online and everything you need to know (not to be confused with the stuff you may want to know) can be found there. I printed off the information I felt I needed to and went from there (combined with a million and one texts to the SIL). There is also the option to buy the book It Starts With Food which has more info, testimonials, meal maps, and recipes. Dallas and Melissa (the minds behind the Whole30) encourage you to only weigh-in and measure twice during the 30 days: once at the beginning and then again at the end. So even though I may or may not have stepped in the scale again since starting, in the interest of attempting to follow the Whole30 to a T, I won’t be sharing any weight- or inch-losses with you until the end.

Instead I’d like to focus on other things. Like how I feel. How it is improving/hindering my running. How it is (fingers crossed) helping me build a better relationship with food.

How I Feel

Like I said I’m one week into the Whole30 so how I’m feeling right now probably isn’t how I’ll be feeling next week, or the week after that. The first week of a new eating plan (I’m going to refrain from using the word diet) is always the worse. Eliminating sugar alone sends your body into detox mode so I (and my family) have been dealing with headaches, grumpiness, fatigue, etc. I’ve dealt with cravings, hunger, not being hungry, lack of inspiration, and really just plain annoyance because I was stuck in the you-can’t-have-this-so-you-must-think-about-it-24-7 mindset. It doesn’t help matters when you are constantly pinning recipes that, although Paleo, are not Whole30 compliant. Or as Dallas and Melissa refer to them as Sex With Your Pants On food. Paleo pizza, paleo brownies/cakes/muffins, paleo pancakes, etc. all of those things exist but should be avoided on the Whole30 even though they would make following the plan infinitely better, but that’s not really the point. Overall I fell good though. Less bloat for sure, and my pants fit they way they did before the holidays so that’s a bonus.

Helping/Hindering my Running

Again, it’s only week one but I did run twice this weekend (my first half-marathon of 2014 is quickly approaching)with one 3-mile run and a longer 5-mile run. I’ve had to fuel differently before my runs (opting for banana and almond butter, and dates) but there were no problems energy-wise with those choices. I’m not sure if it’s helping (definitely no hindrance to report) or if my running has just improved but I did run my 5-miles in under an hour, and over 2-minutes faster than my last 5-mile run so that’s something to be excited about. Only time will tell.

My Relationship With Food

This is another one that will take time. However, I am learning to listen to my body more by eating when I’m hungry and stopping when I’m full. I realize this may seem like a no-brainer but trust me, it’s not for me and a lot of people. I’m very much an all or nothing girl but thankfully this trait normally only rears its ugly head when I’m eating my definition of junk food. I do find myself looking at recipes more this week and while this also may seem innocent enough it really isn’t because it just means I’m thinking about food when I’m not eating and I’m working on getting away from that.

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So there you have it. My first week of The Whole30. I’m not completely miserable and know it will get easier. I also know this is the strictest form of Paleo so I’m not letting these 30 days shape my overall thoughts on this way of eating.

On to week 2…

Have you ever completed the Whole30? Do you eat Paleo? Thoughts?

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Comments

  1. You and I are alike in that we are always trying new things with our eats and reading about diets and food plans.

    I am doing a Whole 30 right now too. I did my first one last January and love the PALEO way. I try to think of it in terms of what it DOES for me rather than in what I cannot have. I sleep better, I feel better, I perform better and I never feel bloated or headachy or dizzy when getting up and down too quickly.

    When not on Whole 30 I am not as strict. I occasionally have white rice sushi, I use whey protein powders and even enjoy Greek fat free yogurt once in a while. It works for me.

    Good luck to you!

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