49 days ago I started eating according to the Whole 30 Plan with the encouragement of my sister Elizabeth (see her in this blog post) who started a few days before me and liked it right away.
This was a pretty big deal for me as I'm here to tell you, I was a heck of a sugar addict. Like in a very embarrassing way, grabbing candy as I went through the check out stands almost every time. And the results of that addiction still cling to my body in a less than desirable way - but obviously I'm working on it!
For those who don't know, when you eat according to the Whole 30 plan you do not eat sugar or sugar substitutes, grains or legumes, or dairy from any source. Some of these things were already a part of my life - I've been off of cow dairy and only having sheep and goat dairy for years! And I've cut out gluten, which means cutting out a lot of grains, for a long time. So, the sugar and legumes were my main focus.
I've lost some weight (still have plenty to work on in that area), but more importantly, I feel amazing compared to how I used to feel. Before Whole 30 I used to struggle getting down the stairs in the morning because my feet hurt/ached so bad. Now, a little stiff, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 51 year old, and I am walking completely comfortable before I hit the stairs. Another great benefit? I have so much more energy. And my skin looks better and is less dry.
Eating this way is hard sometimes, but never impossible. I've eaten out and always found what I needed. I've traveled and with a little pre-planning and stops at the grocery store along the way instead of gas station mini-marts, I'm successful.
What I miss the most, surprisingly isn't sugar. It is the beans and rice. But, I'm getting used to it.
I don't know how long I'll do the full program - I hope to some day add brown rice and black beans back into my diet. But I do know that some aspects of this eating plan are permanent additions to my lifestyle. Will I ever allow sugar again? Right now that is a question that frightens me. I'm afraid if I brought sugar back in, it would get out of control very quickly.
For now, Whole 30 works great for me and makes me feel so good!