10 days in, 20 days to go. (see why I call this a “semi” whole30 and why we’re doing it here)
Here are some takeaways from my first 10 days of this semi-Whole30/paelo/whatever you want to call this thing we’re doing for another twenty days. Spoiler alert: they’re not all positive.
- I love homemade mayo. Somehow raw egg and olive oil is the most delicious thing to ever be blended together and no matter what comes out of this whole experiment, I know that the homemade mayo is here to stay.
- I don’t miss a lot of things I thought I would. I haven’t had a craving for bread, chips,or soda once. I haven’t missed cheese or ice cream that much, either. It’s like I don’t even know myself.
- I miss pizza a lot. But not just any pizza. I just want a thin slice of the good stuff. It’s definitely going to be my first indulgence.
- I don’t miss alcohol. Sure, I’ve craved a glass of wine after a really rough day, but I’ve started taking hot baths more, coloring, and doing other things instead of pouring a glass of wine and plopping in front of the tv to unwind.
- I do miss pasta a little, but not as much as I thought. I made the kids homemade pasta one night and didn’t sneak a single bite. We’ve actually enjoyed scampi made with spaghetti squash, pesto zucchini noodles, and cauliflower rice with tomato and meat sauce.
- I’m sick of cooking. Seriously. I wake up and cook. I cook again at lunch. I cook dinner. Cook. Dishes. Cook. Dishes. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. I am not sure if I can do another 20 days of this based on the amount of cooking alone. And yes, we prep veggies as much as possible. Food still needs to be made and I’m over it.
- It’s expensive. I haven’t sat down and crunched numbers, but it seems like we’re at the grocery store every other day to replace veggies we’ve eaten. SO MANY APPLES AND AVOCADOS you guys. And I’m pretty sure we need a backyard chicken coop to keep up with the amount of eggs we’re eating. But, we also haven’t eaten out (except once: see below) since we started so that savings could add up over 30 days.
- You can still eat Chipotle. Which was my savior last week. Carnitas, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo. Extra carnitas, please.
- I’m sick of reading labels. Sometimes I just want to eat and not have to worry if the food I’m eating has added sugar or is made with soy. Analyzing food sucks the joy out of eating sometimes. So much thinking. This is also why we haven’t gone out to eat. I hate being “that person” that has to grill the waitress about food. I just want to order and eat and not worry if my chicken was cooked with vegetable oil and not olive oil.
- I’m still hungry a lot. Even with making sure I have lots of healthy fats, carbs, protein, and fiber, I’m still hungry a lot. Like now, I’m hungry and eating more veggies or avocado as a snack is losing its appeal.
- My workouts have not felt as productive. I am trying to learn to carb load for long runs without pasta, rice, or other “no” foods and it’s hard to find the right balance after using the same formula for so long. I’m still drinking my chocolate milk after workouts, though. Because I’m not about to give up the one thing I know makes me feel great after a workout (and we’ve discussed my previous dairy eliminations which resulted in no adverse reactions when reintroduced, so I know it’s not a problem food for me.)
- My stomach is flatter and my skin is a little brighter. I can live with those two things.
- I don’t feel any different. Honestly. I feel exactly the same as I did on day 1. I’m probably even grumpier than before because of all of the constant cooking and thinking about food. My fatigue and brain fog (my two worst Hashimoto’s symptoms) aren’t improving at all, which is discouraging. Again, I know a diet can’t cure a disease and that’s not what I want from this. What I was hoping for was a little relief from my symptoms, which many Hash’s patients experience. Many experience it within a few days of going gluten-free or doing a similar program to paleo/whole30. I got nothing. And if we’re being truthful, this last point makes me question whether or not I want to keep going the full 30 days. My next round of labs have been ordered and I have an appointment with a new doc to see what she thinks of my numbers and this whole no-gluten thing.
So there they are the thoughts running through my head as we close out day 10. Someone told me day 10 is the hardest. We’ll see. For now, the plan is to stick with the plan, but I won’t say that I’m thrilled with the idea of 20 more days of this. I could very easily convince myself to eat a slice of pizza this weekend and not blink an eye. If it weren’t for the husband (who is feeling awesome with all of this, by the way) keeping with it, I’d probably seriously consider quitting.