NoMoreCrunchyCravings Posted August 5, 2016 Share Posted August 5, 2016 I've officially completed two Whole 30s-- one in May 2016 and one in July 2016. They both went really well, and by the end of each I felt I'd really gotten a handle on my sugar/simple carb cravings. During neither of them however did I really experience boundless energy, but I did notice a huge difference in what I once noted as a midmorning and midafternoon slump-- they all but vanished both times. My second w30 though I had a really hard time regulating my mood and found myself irritable, cranky, and unhappy a lot of the month... might have been the result of my dietary changes, or more likely some of my life stresses and emotional difficulties with grief and some other things I had going on in my personal life. With both w30s, I had a pretty different experience with reintroductions. After my first w30, I didn't really notice much intolerance save for a small bit of gassiness with glutinous grains, which I then avoided for the most part. After my second w30 though, all my well intended plans for a reintroduction went out the window with a weekend filled with eating all kinds of noncompliant things in many noncompliant combinations. I've spent lots of time feeling bloated, experiencing tons of terrible gas (both in quantity and in quality, if you get my drift [no pun intended]), and on the toilet with belly aches since then. And even though I was very uncomfortable over the weekend, my binge type of eating has continued for much of this week. As a result of feeling cruddy and realizing that I don't want to keep this up, I've finally come to what I think will be at least the beginning of a plan for me as I realize how much better I feel eating 100% compliant w30 foods to template. But I also realize that during the month I had to decline certain social events (sometimes I have good willpower and sometimes my strength is that I can recognize when I won't and make the choice to avoid the temptation altogether), and that some of the other barriers to continuing it forever and ever indefinitely were enough for me to realize that I needed to find some kind of balance. So this is what I've come up with, at least for now, with the hopeful result that I'll want to be more w30 than not, and that I'll feel much better than I have this last week: I work thirteen days per month at 12-14 hours per day. It is infinitely easier for me to plan a cooking day prior to my working several days in a row and make multiples of the same meals for the entire day, resulting in three tupperwares per day, color coded with each color containing a different meal, and enough for each day to have one of each of the three colors. Even if I don't have time to eat all three meals while I'm at work, I have my third meal already prepared and ready to go in a Tupperware container to have at home after work. I will continue to do this for every single workday ongoing. I also just picked up a second per-diem job which will likely start in September and be one day per week. I'll do the same thing for that day as well once it starts. On the other days during the month that I'm not working, I will commit to having at least one meal per day made entirely of w30 foods only, and will strive for a minimum of two meals per day w30 compliant. All three meals will be icing on the cake, but I won't stress myself out if I get invited to a social outing with friends, or out for a drink with coworkers on a night off, or a date night with my husband, etc. I hope this will be realistic, but I understand that if it's not, I can reevaluate why it's not realistic (too hard vs not enough commitment) and will make the changes necessary to make it work better for me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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