You all know that I recently completed the Whole 30 Paleo challenge, and my first day off of it was Thanksgiving. I have to say that I absolutely LOVED the Whole 30. I read a lot about people having really weird cravings, being in bad moods, and having trouble during the beginning of the 30 days, but I experience none of those.
It was really easy for me to stick to the challenge, and I didn’t crave my old standbys of gum, peanut butter, and greek yogurt. In fact, I didn’t crave any of those once!
It was definitely hard to do the challenge while being on vacation, and I think that definitely threw a little rock in my path, but I survived. I didn’t lose any weight, but I gained serious muscle definition in my back. I’m not one to show off progress pictures on here, but I wanted to show you all what is truly possible in a month with eating clean and dedication in the gym.
On Thanksgiving I stuck to a dinner plate of Paleo food, from the cranberry sauce, to the stuffing, to the gravy. However, I did indulge in a few treats both on Thanksgiving and the day after, and I have to say, I felt awful. Not, shit my pants awful, but just bloated, heavy, and my face instantly broke out!
That was enough for me to realize just how badly sugar affects my body. As of yesterday, I started round 2 of the Whole 30. I found I need the structure and commitment of certain rules to stick to eating full Paleo. If I say I’m just going Paleo, I’ll be too tempted to treat myself to sweets, so for now, until those cravings disappear, I’m embarking on another round.
Round one I was trying to stick to my macros while eating Whole 30, but this time, I’m planning to ignore my macros, not track a thing, and focus on eating protein, healthy fats, and carbs, focusing more so on protein and fats. My other plan of attack is less nut butter, and more avocado, whole eggs, coconut milk and bacon!
I’m really so excited to see how I do without tracking my food, although I’m absolutely terrified of it. Hey, if Karey can do it, then so can I!
Have you ever considered trying the Whole 30, or have you? What are your thoughts on it?