With the stress of school starting and the fact that I work part time in a restaurant (think lots of amazing delicious food in front of me), I made it 12 days without a drink. This doesn't really make me that happy. I know that I could've completed the 30 days without a drink. I caved and had one, mostly because I was sick of being harassed
I also had a day where I was overwhelmed, upset and stressed. To cope with that I fell back into old habits and used food to make myself feel better. Boy, I was wrong. Eating boxed mac n cheese and Ben and Jerry's on Day 22 made me feel anything but better! The next day I felt hungover, bloated and lethargic. It was crazy! I never knew that food could make you feel hungover. It took a few days for my system to reset itself and for me to feel good again. Even now, I have moments where I slip back into my old snacking routine and am finding that sugar makes me tired, really really tired. It seems to me even more of a reason to avoid sugar as much as possible.
Now that I am finished with the Whole30 I have a new outlook on food. Here are a few of my thoughts:
- I cannot and will not go back to my old way of eating
- When I was doing the program my mood was more stable and I didn't feel as agitated or depressed
- I was overall happier and in a more positive mood
- Eating more raw and whole foods makes me feel awesome
- I had little to no gas (whoot whoot!) and my system was much more regular
- Less dairy for me is better!!
- Spices are definitely my friend
- I don't need to drink alcohol, and if I do, 1 drink is plenty.
- Sugar makes me feel sick, hungover, lethargic and really alters my mood
- I have to do a better job of planning my meals, no more reaching for "easy" foods
|Gotta love veggies from the garden|
My plan going forward is this:
- Eat less dairy (the occasional burger with cheese is okay)
- Eat gluten free whenever possible
- Avoid/limit my alcohol consumption
- Take the time to look up new recipes and try new foods
- Veggies are my friend, and we should get better acquainted
- Don't be lazy and reach for processed "snack foods", take the time to prepare food
|My co-workers "adding sugar" to my salad!|
The final thoughts I have to close out this post are that I still need to focus on who I am as a person and really not let other peoples thoughts, comments or actions take away from my path toward healthy living. It isn't worth it and doesn't benefit me in any way. This 30 day challenge was an opportunity for me to reflect on who I am and what is important to me and really helped me to refocus myself on my ultimate goal - living a fit healthy happy life.