21 days in, no grains, no refined sugar/sweeteners, no dairy, no legumes.
It’s actually not hard. Easier than I was expecting. I thought for sure my cheese cravings would come crashing down and turn me into a crazy person, but I find most ‘cravings’ for anything pass in a matter of minutes and I’m fine. The hardest part is STILL vegetables. I started out well, but I’m finding if I don’t take time to prepare a meal, I’ll just grab protein and fruit and skip the vegetables, which is a no-no.
What I miss the most, surprisingly, is sweetening my tea. I never took it very sweet, but just a hint of sweetness (stevia normally) enhances the flavors in teas so profoundly, I really miss it. And chocolate. There’s no surprise. It was chocolate that got me into the mess I am not getting back out of, so no wonder. I’d love to find some good sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free chocolate after Whole30 (yes, there is such a thing.) that is AFFORDABLE. (No, I don’t think there is such a thing.) I’ve looked at Chocoperfection, and while I understand that they use high quality ingredients, I honestly don’t understand how one could justify $3.50 for one little chocolate bar.
As far as my goals I had hoped to reach, my skin is clearing up, and I have noticed an increase in energy. I know I won’t have lost 10 pounds. I have lost some… I can fit the ring I always wear over my thumbs again, which is always the first sign of weigh-loss for me. But I won’t be back into smaller jeans, which is okay. Eventually, I will get there, since I don’t really plan to add much of the forbidden foods back to my diet next month. You’re supposed to take a couple of weeks and figure out which foods bother you by introducing them carefully back into your diet, but I’ve essentially done that several times before. My biggest goal food-wise was to get myself back off dairy and sugar, and I think that has been accomplished. I will most definitely be sweetening my tea though, and making grain-free baked goods once in a while.
Food revelation: Middle-Eastern Butternut Squash. My sister didn’t like this because of how much garlic is in it, but I loved it. I’ve never been a huge fan of winter squash unless there was tons of sugar and cream added (essentially a custard… pie-like), so the fact that there was no sweetener added, and the blend of sweet and savory spices made me nervous. But it WORKS. It was surprisingly sweet on its own, with a bit of heat and… the texture. Oh my. I’ve never put squash through a food processor before, but it made it so soft and light, like eating a cloud. A sweet and spicy cloud.