Has anyone been roped into trying something because your family members or friends have been doing it and you want to be supportive? Yes... me too. I cannot say no to people; I am a people pleaser by nature. So when my best friend asked me if I wanted to do the Whole30 Program with her, her husband, and sister, I was like okay, great, I am so excited!
In case you are not aware of what that program is, it's no sugar, dairy, or grains for 30 days. Doesn't sound so bad right? You can do anything for 30 days...
Uuummm NOT! I did it for a week and it was pure torture. Really what got me was the no sugar or cream in my coffee. Now let me just explain one thing, coffee is my favorite thing in this world. It makes me happy and I could drink it all day long and just be a happy camper. Yes, I am a coffee addict. The first step in identifying addiction is admitting you have a problem and not one that I would like to fix. While you sit there in judgment of my failure let me just explain to you how gross coffee is with unsweetened almond milk and nothing else. It was just not worth it and coupled with a weekend in NYC with a visit to Magnolia Bakery.
I also do Meatless Mondays and having salad all day long made me one grouchy lady. It was a busy day and by the time I came home I had very little energy to make much for dinner and went to bed hungry that night. I gave up hope of being able to complete my challenge. Sorry best friend!
Am I the only one who found this diet or any diet just plain old unrealistic? Maybe I am just not strong enough but don't mess with my coffee and we will be all right I guess.
The Whole30 did change my perspective on what I do consume daily. I realized that there was no way I was getting nearly enough fruits and vegetables in my diet and that yes, the experts are not lying to you. If you eat fruits, vegetables, and maybe some nuts or in my case almond butter for mid-afternoon snacks, you will feel more energized. I think I did actually sleep better as well that week. Or perhaps I was just so tired from lack of coffee...
My failure has lead me a diet a little more lenient. I want to start writing in a food journal. Yes, yes I have a smartphone so I could just download an app for that but quite frankly I DON'T WANT TO. If I have to write it down and carry it around with me, I will feel the weight of it more than just typing something into my phone and just forgetting about it.
Has anyone else tried this technique before? If so, I would love to hear about it. Wish me luck! I will update in about a month or so to let you all know the results.