I’m taking a detour on my second Whole30. I know why they only recommend 30 days on this sucker. I’m kind of…um…sort of…OVER IT. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I’m still not eating gluten – no pasta, no bread. I’m not eating sugar – no honey, no white sugar, no “ose” of any kind. I’m not eating dairy – no yogurt (Greek or otherwise). No alcohol (duh). I try not to eat anything I can’t pronounce. I also try to stay away from stuff that has more than three ingredients. I AM eating lots of veggies, nuts, fruit and protein. All of that is good. It’s the very strict “whole” food part that I’m over. It’s becoming stressful. Stress raises my cortisol levels and results in inflammation…okay…that’s a huge rationalization but I don’t want you guys to think I’m giving up.
I’m not! There is no pizza or Ghiradelli Chocolate (even thought I’m in San Francisco this week) or bagel as big as my head in my future. I’m just broadening my perspective on this thing. According to “It Starts With Food”, that’s exactly where I should have gone after I finished my first Whole30. As they say, it’s not called the Whole365.
I’m ready to move to a Paleo diet. Yes, Whole30 is a version of Paleo but, from what I can tell, Paleo is less restrictive. I like that my Whole30 reset my neurotransmitters, hormones and everything else that was fucked up in my system but now my body is telling me it needs more. My…um…digestive system is signaling that it needs something else to process that is a little more complicated than fruit and veggies. (That’s as delicate as I can get guys…you’ll have to infer whatever you infer.)
My energy is also down. Lots of yawning and sleepiness. I know I’m sleeping okay because I bought this fancy new pedometer. It’s called a FitBit and it’s cool as hell. I wear it all day and it tells me (accurately) how many steps I’ve taken and calories I’ve burned. I don’t care so much about the calorie burn because since I started on this plan I’ve stopped counting them (thank GOD) but I’m committed to 10,000 steps a day and I haven’t been able to get an accurate pedometer to help me with that. My last one told me it took me 368 steps to go from my bedroom to the kitchen. It’s actually only about 30 steps. D’oh!
The cool thing about this FitBit is that I wear it while I sleep and it tells me how I’m sleeping. How restless I was. How many times I woke during the night. How long I actually “slept”. This is how I know I’m sleeping okay. Plus, I’m old enough to know when I’m not getting good sleep and when I am….it’s really not rocket science.
So I’m going to lighten up on how strict I am with this thing. I’ve ordered Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan so the hubs and I can start cooking Paleo and slowly but surely ease my boys over to the light. The Force is strong with this one people…I know I can be successful. I’m convinced that Darth Vadar owns most of the stock in McDonalds anyway. That can’t be good you know?
How about you guys? Are you out there? Are you hanging in or have you thrown in the towel? It’s okay either way. Just comment and tell us where you are? If you had to step off the path, tell us what brought you to that decision and if you learned anything from your experience? Has it changed your perspective or is it just a load of crap?
More from the left coast to come…I’m here all week folks. Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff.