Yesterday was an amazing day. Not only was it Day 30 of our adventure on the Whole30 eating plan, but we also drove to our coastal property and took a good long look at the floor of our flourishing beach house, in 70 degree weather, the second week of February!!! There were families on the beach running and playing in shorts and t-shirts (see photo above). Unbelievable! A little scary all at the same time, could it be global warming?
Now that the massive foundation of our house, being built smack in a tsunami zone, is nearly complete, the fun really begins. Framing is next, people! Yahoo!!!
Back to the Whole30. In trying to gauge how effective the Whole30 eating plan was for me, and Blue Eyes, all I really had was the scale, and my blood glucose monitor, and my ever present allergy symptoms. I will admit that even though the plan is about the foods we put in our mouth, I did add exercise goals for the past 30 days. I started out like a house on fire, and then fizzled a bit towards the end. Not sure why, but the last week of the Whole30 was tough. I kept to the rules of the plan, but lost some momentum on my self imposed exercise component, only exercising three of the last seven days, one day of the elliptical, and two long walks. Starting today I will be kicking the exercise back up with more walking, more elliptical, and more yoga. I am still trying to figure out what the next 30 days of food will look like, and I definitely don’t want to leave it hanging and go back to old bad habits.
First on the menu is adding back in beans & legumes (and cutting back a little on animal proteins) and seeing where that leaves my blood sugars. It will definitely be an experiment as I have read some Paleo websites that absolutely blast legumes. I happen to love them and they provide some interesting non animal proteins and added fiber. During the Whole30, my fasting blood sugars fairly well plummeted from the low 200’s at the outset, to the very low 100’s about two weeks in. I called the doc and she recommended cutting out one of my diabetes medication doses completely. She said it would take a week or two for the sugars to regulate (keeping all else the same, i.e., diet and exercise). My fasting blood sugars are now hovering in the mid 150’s range, which is still a little high for a diagnosed diabetic, but moving back in the right direction. I have a blood draw and follow up doc appointment scheduled for mid March and that will be the real test of where my blood sugars have been since January. Bottom line, the Whole30 had a significantly positive effect on my blood sugar, i.e., diabetes.
Regarding my allergies, apparently they are not at all food related. I know I am severely allergic to dust and mold, and being that it is winter in our wet climate, the allergies were in high gear all month. The Whole30 did not help. For the first half of the month, all my stomach ailments were gone. However, about 2 1/2 weeks in, some stomach cramping returned and I daresay it is most likely stress and natural hormone related and will not be helped much by my diet. Bugger.
Although we both did generally feel much better on the Whole30, not consuming most of the foods that make us feel bloated and blah, weighing ourselves was a real mental gauge of how well the whole thing “worked” for us. The Whole30 team does not want people weighing themselves at all. In fact, they just want us all to go about eating based on how we feel. That is great, really great, but I have been “programmed” since I was 14 years old, to attach success or failure to what I eat and how my body reacts to it, on the scale. So on the scale we both jumped this morning. Blue Eyes lost 12 pounds. I lost 10. I can definitely see the 12 pound loss on Blue Eyes. I can see it in his face, and in his waist. He only has 10 pounds to go to his ultimate weight loss goal. He has never been very overweight, and in fact when he was young, he was very much underweight. His goal weight is very attainable and healthy. I can feel the 10 pound weight loss on me. The good thing about feeling the effect, is that the Whole30 is at its core an elimination diet. As I add back in foods that I have not been consuming, I will be able to feel how they affect me, or not. I do not want to eat regularly those foods that add weight back on, or make me feel bloated or lethargic. I know how that feels now, with and without those foods. As I add back in the legumes, and then a little bit of dairy, and eventually a small amount of grains, I will be able to feel whether they work or don’t work for my body.
I am pretty proud of us for trying the Whole30 again and sticking with it. I am happy with the results, but I need to keep going. Thirty days from now, I want to be able to say I learned even more about my body and how it reacts to foods, and I want to say I am even further towards my weight goal and my goal of eliminating all diabetes related medications from my regimen (one more to go). I have 30 more pounds of fat to lose to reach my ultimate weight goal. I have nothing negative to say about the Whole30. I think it makes sense. I’ll keep moving forward. One pound at a time!