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It ISN'T hard!?


Kristen A

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I started about a week ago (I was nearly eating exclusively Whole30 approved foods for the week prior as I considered the plan and waited for my cookbook to arrive). I decided to commit when I realized this way of eating didn't feel like a diet, and I felt the puffiness of my body start to shrink within the first couple days.  I couldn't be more surprised that I haven't felt crazy without sugar and carbs!! I DID NOT think I could do this, but here I am, doing it.

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Bravo !   It does almost seem like a "no-brainer" sometimes, doesn't it ?  Eat real food for a whole month...duh.  (-;   Makes me realize how we've "normalized" eating fake-food to the point that it seems odd to eat our natural diet.  Good luck to you, Kristen !

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I partially agree.  This is making me go back to cooking most of my own food, which is great.  Take-out = not good for me.  And I have quite a few recipes in my repertoire that are complaint.  However, the part that is hardest is realizing how much sugar is in everything.  Most of the generic supermarket brands that I use  have sugar of some sort in them.  It's in everything.  And that is hard because even when I reintroduce some stuff into my diet, I am going to try and stay away from things that shouldn't have sugar but somehow do.

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2 hours ago, 4windsrider said:

Bravo !   It does almost seem like a "no-brainer" sometimes, doesn't it ?  Eat real food for a whole month...duh.  (-;   Makes me realize how we've "normalized" eating fake-food to the point that it seems odd to eat our natural diet.  Good luck to you, Kristen !

Thank you 4W. :) So true.  I've always been concerned about my fat intake and eating foods that contain cholesterol.  Because of that, when I've attempted to lose weight, I generally cut way back on fats & red meats, and I'm always hungry and tired.  Which has always led me to sweets!  Whole30 is a new way of eating I haven't tried before.  I don't know why I didn't understand/experience until now, satiety and how foods are digested into fuel for now and later.  The learning process has been so fun!

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2 hours ago, cc_boston said:

the part that is hardest is realizing how much sugar is in everything.  Most of the generic supermarket brands that I use  have sugar of some sort in them.  It's in everything.  And that is hard because even when I reintroduce some stuff into my diet, I am going to try and stay away from things that shouldn't have sugar but somehow do.

Totally agree, sugar is in darn near EVERYTHING.  I feel like I've been COMPLETELY immersed in the learning process, and went from spending almost no time at the grocery store, to being in there for 2 hours at a time, reading labels!!  My W30 food education process is beginning to level out, and I'm learning what I like that is approved, so grocery trips are getting shorter.  Temptation will likely never go away for me, but I'm turning 47 in a couple of weeks and peri-menopause was seriously kicking my butt, so I had to find something that could counter some of the sluggishness I was feeling!  The W30 program has made me feel more alive again, which is a far better incentive than being thin again (even though I welcome that change as well!).  I don't mean to make light of cutting sugar and carbs from ones diet.  Some days are hard.  The best of luck to you on your W30 journey!

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That's exactly how I felt the first week, and still sometimes as I move through week 3 (like right now!).  Late evenings can also be difficult.  Some days are easier than others, but today, I want to eat all the snack size chocolate bars in the conference room!  That's what I get for posting "It ISN"T hard". ;)

 

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14 hours ago, Kristen A said:

That's exactly how I felt the first week, and still sometimes as I move through week 3 (like right now!).  Late evenings can also be difficult.  Some days are easier than others, but today, I want to eat all the snack size chocolate bars in the conference room!  That's what I get for posting "It ISN"T hard". ;)

 

Those random cravings are the worst! I feel like it's definitely hard, but not in the way you might have been expecting, you know? 

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