Saturday, November 26, 2011

whole30 afterthoughts

They said it would change my life; who knew they meant it?

I finished my first Whole30 on November 6 of this year. I experienced no cravings, though that may be a result of making relatively few changes in my diet, and really only mild bathroom scale withdrawal, though if you've read my posts, it may sound more than mild.

Because of the minor changes this program required of me, I didn't expect miracles. I mean some people are giving up sugar and dairy as they start the Whole30. Neither has been a big part of my life. In fact I have not had a taste of cheese, cream, butter or any other dairy product for well over a year. So I wasn't looking for magic; I was looking for improvement. I'm still not 100% sure of what I got, but I am completely sure it has changed my life.

Since November 6, I've been using my scale almost regularly. I think it's fun. I don't think it's meaningful. I've also had wine on a few occasions, though I absolutely refuse to drink so-so wine anymore. I'm also not sure yet what to think of the wine thing. It is not likely to become regular again. I have not added a single other food back into my diet. I've given myself permission to do that. I've reviewed the suggestions for how to do so in the Success Guide. I just haven't felt any desire to do so.

I am writing this two days after Thanksgiving, and I must add that our family Thanksgiving dinner is huge. It's also my favorite meal to help prepare. I tried to give myself permission to sample any dishes that are not off my plate for life due to allergies and such. I made the stuffing completely gluten-free, though not grain-free. I just didn't want to eat it. I didn't want the mashed potatoes. I was not remotely tempted by bread. Even pies and whipped cream did not appeal to me. I did wish for a moment that I'd been able to make a "Paleo-fied" almond flour tart or pie as I'd planned. (Had to pass on that because my oven is being temperamental at the moment.) It felt a bit odd. For dessert, by choice, I ate some beautiful hearts of celery that Kristen had included in our traditional relish tray.

I no longer ever even consider eating out, unless by unavoidable necessity, but it doesn't feel like I'm giving up a thing. Seriously, it's no sacrifice at all. I never, I mean absolutely never, buy anything prepared whether frozen, canned, or fresh. Yes, it takes a little time, but really very little. I work full-time and do all the cooking here, and I do not live in the kitchen. Some of you know me better than others, but either way, the simple fact that I blog about my relationship with food is a pretty clear indication that we're tight, food and I. I've been somewhat of a foodie since birth. I still am. But what has changed for me in the most seemingly subtle way is that even more than before, I now think of only fresh, natural,  unprocessed products of field and farm as food.

Thanks again, Whole9, I'm seriously impressed.


  1. We can't tell you how much it means to read feedback like this. The program changed OUR life more than 3 years ago, and we're delighted to hear that it continues to work for those who take it on today. Thank you for sharing!

    Melissa & Dallas

  2. Melissa and Dallas,

    The results continue to amaze me, and I can't get over how easy it became. The really nice thing, I think, about having just a few very specific rules is how easy it then is to follow them. Thank you again for making the program available and your support through it.


  3. I would have made a "paleo-fied" dessert for you. Although you have never been much of a dessert person anyway and it doesn't seem as if you missed it. The pies were so pretty I put a tiny sliver of pumpkin and a tiny sliver of pecan on my plate with whipped cream on top. One bite of each was all I needed and the wasted pie on my plate made me sad. I too never had much taste for dessert, and blame my mother (in a good way). Thanks mother! =)

  4. Better left on your plate than in your tummy, Kristen. I had decided the dessert wasn't worth worrying about for the reasons you mentioned. It was only when I was tired and the evening was winding down that I missed it. What I probably needed was sleep, instead. It worked out fine, and I did enjoy the crunchy celery, odd as that may sound.


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