Sunday, November 6, 2011

the whole30, day thirty

Yep, I'm feeling rather proud of myself today. Though I still have the annoying sinus issue, I am much more focused on my completion of The Whole30.

That said, I'm really not sure what, if any, changes I'm inclined to make, right now anyway. I like the results, so far, and I want more. I will, most likely, welcome back my bathroom scale. While I have experienced no food cravings in this 30 days, I have missed the scale. I may have mentioned that once or twice. I don't quite know how I'll react if my weight hasn't changed, though weight was not my motivator in undertaking this. I would guess that it's dropped by the way my clothes fit and what I see in the mirror, but that's not always the case. As we all know, muscle weighs more than fat, and I sure hope it's fat I'm losing and not muscle. We shall see.

On a somewhat lighter note, I've often, maybe way too often, mentioned that, like GK and Coco, I am a creature of habit. I like to call them rituals, but semantics is not in my favor here. So today, my Day 30 of the Whole30, I am somehow making my own coffee. That is not the way it works here. I cook, he cleans and grinds beans to make coffee every morning and brings me two cups of strong, black coffee. That is the plan, the routine, the ritual. This is seriously wrong, yet here I am, impatiently waiting for the brewing to be done, cream in his cup, nothing in mine, so that I can take him coffee. This is an anomaly; it is most definitely not the beginning of a new ritual.

Breakfast, a few hours after the coffee, was quick and none too exciting. Mine was small, one scrambled egg and a leftover pork chop, a pretty dry, flavorless, though not overcooked specimen. I'm thinking of calling it quits with pork for awhile. It is just so hard to find any with flavor or enough fat to make it palatable. I buy only meats that at least claim to be raised humanely on small or smallish farms. I avoid factory farmed meats and grocery stores, and it still is barely edible. I should mention that live in central California; those of you in other parts of the world may have very different sources and experiences. I'm thinking of sticking to ruminants, a little bit of poultry, and responsibly caught wild fish.

I will not be wrapping up my experience with the Whole30 today. As I transition out of this, if I actually do transition out of it, I'll do my best to pull the different aspects of my personal experience together here. I've learned a lot more than I'd expected, and I'm a lot less anxious to move on than I'd thought I'd be at this point. Next time I post, I will have completed these 30 days. Guess I'll be taking it one day at a time for awhile.

Since we all have different takes on this and reactions to it, it would be wonderful if anyone who's doing this or something similar would add your thoughts and experiences, as well. Thanks.


  1. Congrats to you!! Interesting 30 days you just had! I think any program that eliminates the sugar, additives, and other crud starts a process of detox, so that's a good thing. The reactions of the body (with all its bad habits) to that process aren't always fun, but it's a good thing too. Sinus issues mean something is working!!! Best to resist any pain killers that mask the inflammation so as not to interfere with the detox process - which you probably know...

    Reminds me of a few things I've been reading lately about the whole healing part of the process- interesting info from one site:

    "Healing reactions are exactly the same symptoms as allergic reactions, i.e. increased mucus in mucus membranes (nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, intestines, stomach, etc.), headaches, stomach upset, gas, bloating, difficulty breathing, inflammation, heart palpitations, swelling, rashes, hives, diarrhea, constipation, fever, to name just a few. The body will react to good unadulterated foods by creating "allergic-like" symptoms, when in fact they are actually healing reactions. After all the body only has one immune system with one set of reactions. When the body receives nutrients or other substances it needs to heal it goes into high gear, doing its job of healing, creating healing symptoms. Therefore, do not be alarmed if you get healing reactions when you consume good unadulterated foods like eggs, coconut oil, butter, garlic, meats, etc. or herbs, spices and other natural healing substances."

    From what I've been researching lately, it appears that allergies can disappear in a healthy detox process too. That should be something to look forward to!! This is based on the fact that allergies in general are mostly due to internal toxicity that overloads the ability of the immune system to function properly, and lack of proper nutrients to keep the immune system functioning normally.

    Systemic yeast commonly causes a bunch of problems for most people, marked in detox by food cravings, headaches, etc., & from what I've gleaned, 30 days is just enough time to really piss off the
    (Some experts feel that in order to really eliminate that stuff, you need to continue a sugar-free food plan, in all its forms, for one month per every year you have had the presence in your system....the years adding up to a whole lifetime for most people, as it is passed from mother to child in the womb!! Gruesome thought..)

    Okay, enough of that! Good start, good eats, good job!! :]

  2. Thanks, lots of good info there. It reassures me a bit more. It's just nice to hear additional sources.

    I am lucky that I care little about most sugar forms. I really don't even have the desire for wine these days. It's almost inconceivable how prevalent sugar is in all our foods though.

  3. the sinus issues made me think of yeast too - though with the little sugar and grains you eat, it would seem weird to me that you would still have some of that left in you. Do you take probiotics? I did a 30 day yeast detox once - no sugar or fruit and some yeast killing and probiotic replacements stuff - it really made a difference.

  4. You both have a good point about the yeast issue, an ongoing battle with me, most certainly. I have not been taking any supplements, including probiotics, while doing the Whole30, but I may start. This plan does include some fruit and a few veggies that yeast probably thinks of as food, so it may be exactly that.
    Thanks, pamela


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