The Whole 30 Experiment - The First 5 Days

I haven't PT'd at all since I got out of the Army three years ago and well, let's just say I'm in a different kind of shape now. Round... well not really, but yeah. Who the hell am I kidding? I could pick up some better eating habits for sure and it wouldn't hurt to lose a few pounds in the process. Anyways, my wife has been trying some diets over the last couple of years, but with 3 other adults and 5 kids in the house, it's hard to watch what you eat. Because it's usually gone before you can stick a fork in it! Recently she decided that post-Superbowl she would start the "Whole 30".

Has anyone ever tried doing this Whole 30 diet? It's basically a diet that's designed to flush out your system over a month and change your eating habits for the better. Kind of like hitting the reset button on your body. And it's great because you don't have to count calories and you can eat as much as you want, and you lose weight and inches. My brother and sister in-law dropped quite bit doing this- or something similar to it. Sounds to good to be true, right? You bet your ass it is. I know I sound cynical now, but it's from the lack of nutrients. Allow me to explain.

For those that don't know what the diet consists of, here it is in a nutshell:

What you CAN eat... fruits, veggies, and meats. Sounds healthy, delicious, and filling right?

What you CAN'T eat... sugar or artificial sweeteners, no dairy (or soy), no grains (bread, corn, etc.), processed foods, and no alcohol. I mean, c'mon! Really!?

Neither of those list's are all inclusive, but that's the gist of it. Everything should be wholesome and fresh. Because that's good, right?

Anyways, you can't have anything deep fried and you can't make equivalent desserts with authorized "Whole 30" approved ingredients. In other words, if you enjoy eating it. Tough shit. You aren't going to have any of it for the next 30 days. Yep, kiss those mocha frappucino's and soy latte's goodbye. But don't worry! You can still have your just have to have it BLACK. You know, like my soul. Hell, it could be worse...I mean the more I think about it, the diet almost reminds me of what I would eat over in the sandbox.

Well being the great husband that I am, I told my wife that I would do the diet with her (isn't hindsight grand?). Here's how it's gone down so far:

Day 1: I was pretty upbeat and somewhat excited about starting this new me. I looked forward to loosing some weight and starting to feel better. The day was just like any other... but with way more fruits and veggies.

Day 2: Still on a roll! This isn't so bad... starting to get mild headaches though and my appetite is immense! There isn't enough spaghetti squash in the world right now! 

Day 3 - How many ways can you season an egg?... also, headaches are worse, getting grouchy, and gassy? Yes, gassy. And, I can't stop eating...

Day 4 - Food is already starting to get boring and not easy to come by on whim...Why does my favorite hot sauce have sugar in it!?!? Why!? Still getting headaches, light-headed, and easily agitated. And boy am I gassy! Really starting to question my judgment and am beginning to doubt if I can make it to day 30. I figured out that my lightheadedness was from the lack of sodium in my diet, so I started adding extra salt to everything I ate and that seemed to take care of it. OH, and word to the wise, don't go to Red Robin and torture yourself looking at what everyone else has while you sit there eating your chicken lettuce wrap while washing it down with a glass of water... lesson learned. Uggh....

Day 5 - Woke up without the hangover feeling. Finally. And black coffee doesn't seem so bad and doesn't really seem needed. Oh, and I've also collected a large selection of hot sauce! That seems to make it a little better. Very little. Overall I'm feeling much better today, but still pretty moody-especially when I get hungry, but my appetite is starting to decrease. I think it's mostly because it's hard to enjoy what food I have left to eat and my brain is just giving up. LOL. My wife on the other hand, seems completely unfazed by all of this and almost seems to be enjoying it. How she does it, I have no idea. LOL

Well, I've made it this far. It has been complete torture, but it seems like things are starting to turn around. Maybe. So I guess I'll stick with it for a little while longer and see how things go. Eat well, my friends.

To see how it all ends.... click HERE.

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