I have reached the halfway point of my Whole30 Program challenge.
For those of you not in the know, the Whole30 Program consists of 30 days of eating nothing but whole foods.
No grains, no dairy, no added sugars, no alcohol. A whole lotta nothing.
But a whole lotta SOMETHING too. Meat, fish, fruit and veggies. Lots and lots of veggies.
After 15 days, here is what I’ve learned…
– I’ve learned that I needed this. Not just for my health, but for my brain as well. I needed the challenge.
– I’ve learned the results do not come right away. I kept waiting and waiting and was getting beyond frustrated.
– I’ve learned that patience and persistence pays off. As of today (day 18 actually), I’m feeling the best I have in a very long time.
– I’ve learned that eating healthy is not as time consuming as I thought. As long as your fridge is stocked, it takes nothing to cut up some veggies and throw em on the grill.
– I’ve learned that eating this way does indeed cause the weight to drop. I’ve lost 8 pounds so far.
– I’ve learned to live without sugar in my coffee. I know I said I was going without coffee but I began spending my afternoons working in Starbucks this past week. And when in Rome.
– I’ve learned that by not putting sugar in my coffee, I will be saving a lot of time. You figure it takes an extra 10 seconds to add the sugar and stir it up. Two cups a day is 20 seconds per day. That comes to 7,300 seconds per year. If I live another 40 years, I will have freed up 292,000 seconds. That’s 81 days just by not putting sugar in my coffee. What should I do with all my free time??
– I’ve learned that spices are even tastier than sauces and much, much better for you.
– I’ve learned that mornings are much better not hungover.
– I’ve learned that going to the gym at 7:00am gives you the pick of any equipment you want.
– I’ve learned you get a lot more done when you don’t nap two hours each day.
– I’ve learned that the mid-afternoon cravings subside being on this program. I’m totally satisfied with my 3 meals and the occasional almond snack.
– I’ve learned that I don’t love going to social gatherings without having a cocktail or two.
– I’ve learned Mrs. Dude feels the same way about me (she jokingly refers to the old me as “Fun Bobby”…it’s a Friends reference.)
– I’ve learned to LOVE food because it loves me back.
– I’ve learned that eating healthy does not need to be boring.
– I’ve learned that eating healthy does not mean starving yourself.
– I’ve learned that anyone can do this and if you are really struggling with your health, discipline or sanity, this is a great Program.