Monday marks the end of the Whole30 challenge for me and challenging it was!
Here is what I experienced.
I cook more ( yes myself) and I plan ahead more. I learned that you never want to be too far away for an approved food choice because temptation is everywhere.
My workout endurance shot thru the roof. In the past it was very tough to stick to a strength training plan due to fatigue mid week. I no longer have that.
My sleep is amazing. I used to wake up in the middle of the night several times. That no longer happens.
Finally my mood has leveled off and I am not experiencing “the blues” as often. This makes sense since serotonin is produced in the gut. You can read all about it in the link I have provided.
What all this means for me is that I do not want to go back to the sleep deprived, fatigued person again. I am going to stick with this meal plan although I will use a lot more plant protein. I will also add back in paleo (non whey) protein powders and the occasional gluten free breads.
I am ok with saying goodbye to chips. It will be tough to keep that up, but the benefits outweigh the crispy goodness.
Whole30 is something I would recommend if you have an inkling that something is holding you back from your optimal performance. Its easy enough to stick to it for 30 days and you will know after 20 days what effects it has. The only way to determine what was causing your symptoms would be to add back things one at a time. I am not up for that because the detox process was way tough. ( que- Cranky phyllis)
I call this an overall NSV ( non scale victory) since I have not weighed myself. Its really not about that since I have experienced so many overall benefits. I feel lighter even if the scale doesn’t reflect that on Monday.
Happy to answer any questions of you have them.