The Whole30 Experiment - Continued...

So in my last Whole30 article I covered the first five days of the diet... What a nightmare that crap was! For those of you going through it now, it does get easier - so suck it up, buttercup.

I ended up taking notes on my phone during the last few weeks. Here it is unedited:

Day 6 - woke up hungry. I noticed when I get hungry, I get really hungry and people better watch out! Went out to eat at Olive Garden....pure torture.
Day 7 - Felt like a pretty normal day. Was motivated and had lots of energy. Replaced drywall and a toilet in the bathroom.
Day 8 - More or less the same as yesterday. Irregular heartbeat most of the day kept me pretty exhausted and unfocused. ... Was really craving a Frappocino from Starbucks on the way home from work.
Day 9 - Just another day. My cooking skills are coming along and am discovering and rediscovering new ingredients every day. This program can turn anyone into a chef... One broke chef. 
Day 10 And I've hit a dumping phase? I can't stop shitting! (I soon discovered I have an almond intolerance. Boooo)
Day 11 - Not nearly as hungry. Feeling pretty optimistic about this. Everywhere there was cup cakes, cookies, and all things sweet and none whole30. It's getting much easier to say no.
Day 12 - crazy vivid dreams the last two nights.
Day 13 -
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16 - Whoops. Just noticed my daily multivitamin has soy in it. No more vitamins... :(
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20 - Having a hard time sleeping lately. Nothing to do with the diet I'm sure.
Day 21 Starting to run out of quick food ideas. I sure would like something different for breakfast. Maybe some toast... Or a bowl of cereal...uggh.
Day 22
Day 23
Day 24 - Didn't quite make it, I really needed, or rather wanted a drink. Just one though. Oh well. 

Was this a fail because I didn't make it 30? I don't think so at all. And here's why:

First off, I stuck with this bull shit diet for over 3 weeks. The creators of the Whole30 said they created it based on their best judgement (since they change the diet occasionally on a whim), and not necessarily concrete irrefutable proof. So, in MY BEST JUDGEMENT, 24 days is just as good 30. So there! :P

Even though I didn't make it through the entire "30", this diet has had some lasting effects for the better. For starters, I dropped nearly 20lbs! Oh and get this. I didn't exercise one bit during this diet! DON'T JUDGE ME. That's not really why I liked it though (but it was a HUGE bonus). I generally feel better...  my joints don't ache as much, I have more energy, am in much better spirits, and I sleep better. 

I've all but lost my sweet tooth to. I don't care for soda or any other sugary drinks or foods. I tried to get a White Chocolate Mocha from an espresso stand the other morning, took a sip of it and threw it away when I got to work. It was waayyyy too sweet. I never thought I'd ever see myself do anything like that! I mean, c'mon man! Throw away coffee!? Seriously!? That's sacrilege! 

I do still stay away from grains (as much as possible) and try not eat anything with ingredients that my first grader has a hard time pronouncing. 

I also cut out dairy. The one caveat to that though is ICE CREAM. Oh I love me some ice cream every once and awhile-but that's it. Okay, okay... and Girl Scout Cookies the last couple of weeks. I have to support my daughters during cookie season, right? But to be totally honest, most of the ones I bought I gave away to friends. Those lucky bastards. 

In a nutshell... the diet sucked, but in the end it was totally worth it.

See how the first five days went HERE

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