My second Whole30 isn’t as…um…dramatic as the first time around. This time is actually kind of boring. It’s like I’ve been eating this way all my life so now it’s just…well…normal. I’m remembering what my eating habits used to be like – minus the bread. I’ve always loved bread…I still love bread but it’s the way I love wine…It doesn’t love me. At least with bread if I eat some I’m not going to wake up wondering who put the little sweaters on my teeth and who I may or may not have pissed off the night before.
But to tell you the truth, I don’t miss it. Not only that…I don’t miss chocolate. After only 30 days of abstinence. I don’t know about my fellow alcoholics out there but I could NOT say that about my beloved Chardonnay after only 30 days. At 30 days I was still trying to call myself a “problem drinker” and figuring out how long I could be abstinent before I could officially be cured and have a drink on “special occasions”. Hey, you guys know me, I tell it like it is and that was how it was.
It wasn’t like that when I quit smoking. Once the nicotine had left my system and I had gotten over my emotional addiction I was DONE. There was no way I was going through that hell again. No fucking way. That was the worst withdrawal I’ve ever been through and I didn’t want to go back. Every day clean was one more day of healing for my lungs.
That kind of commitment didn’t happen with the booze for…um…a while. I’d say, honestly, it was after I reached a year of sobriety. That was about the time that I figured out that I was an honest to goodness alcoholic (although, I have to admit that I still really hate that word) and that there was no going back. I think that’s when I really started to enter recovery. It probably would have been easier if I’d gone to AA but we all have to take our own paths through this quagmire and I did what worked for me.
ANYWAY (I do tend to go on don’t I) sugar has been the easiest of all. The withdrawals were shorter (although intense) and the benefits became evident within the first two weeks. More energy. Better sleep. No hunger between meals. No ravenous hunger….well…if you’ve been on this thing for more than two weeks then you already know. If you haven’t, stick with it…you will.
So how are you doing? Let’s have a roll call. Who’s still in and how many days do you have under your belt? AND…what’s the best benefit you’ve found?