We completed our Whole30 and there is much to report.
Giving up sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, junk food and anything that had sugar as an ingredient wasn’t difficult. Finding food that didn’t have sugar listed in the ingredients was the challenge. I’ve always made my own salad dressings, but for this, I needed to make our own catsup and mustard because they both have sugar, as well as mayonnaise (because it uses soy oil). Butter was not allowed, but clarified butter (without the milk solids) was acceptable. Hollandaise sauce is allowed, yum, but soy sauce was a no-no. Substituting riced cauliflower for rice didn’t have a warm reception. Nothing worse than have something look like one thing but taste like another.
Before we began the Whole30, our menu was boring and was in a serious cooking rut. I took this challenge as if I were a contestant on Survivor. Only fruit, meat and veggies for us!
As for the results, Jess was the biggest loser and lost ten pounds. Husband also lost ten and I was the slacker losing only seven. We all lost inches and now I wish that we had taken our measurements. Other benefits were not being hungry or needing to snack. Our complexions improved, energy level was boosted and we did not feel any afternoon slump.
We are now at day 54. For the most part, we are still avoiding bread, pasta and sugar, but we each have had some food that had been 86’d. After 30 days, we were to reintroduce the eliminated foods to see how we feel, but haven’t wanted to do this yet. Even though we are on a plateau with weight loss, we are still losing inches.
We each had foods that we missed. For Jess, it was ice cream, husband wanted a beer and the hardest part for me was not being able to have a sandwich. However, the benefits totally out weighed the negatives.
Finally, I do miss mindless eating. It makes football games go by faster and it gave me something to do with my hands, but in all seriousness, seeing my family look leaner and healthier is the best reward.