Ok, so I'm done. But I some how don't feel done. Last night I had cake, lots of cake, whipping cream and several Belgian chocolates. I had planned to eat cake on my birthday so I did it. I'm glad I felt crappy going to bed. I'm glad I had a huge headache this morning (could be something else but I'm pretending it was the cake). And my Whole30 breakfast is sitting here waiting to be eaten as I reflect on the past month.
I've learned a lot, lost a lot and gained a lot.
I've learned . . . what real food is, to appreciate my food, how to cook new recipes and how and where to buy whole food.
I've lost . . . my desire for a lot of unhealthy foods, weight and nearly my mind a few times at the beginning when I felt like I never left my kitchen.
I've gained . . . a new perspective on food and an understanding of how food makes me feel, physically and emotionally.
Eating this way makes me feel "settled" at night before I go to bed (no intestinal trouble, not bloated, no food guilt and just plain tired and ready for sleeping), fresh in the morning and really well rested, evenly energized throughout the day (no slumps or feeling tired throughout the day) and proud that we actually stuck to it for 29.5 days and that I'm doing the best I can to feed my family whole food.
Now what? It'll be Whole30 meals at home, whole food choices (or as close as we can get when at restaurants), eating what friends and family prepare for us when we get together without making a big deal about "oh, I can't eat that", choosing to eat less-healthy food once in a while and feeling okay about that and just continue to spend time learning about food and experimenting with new recipes.
Yep, it's changed my perspective on food.
Yep, it was a challenge.
Yep, I feel good and I love that feeling.
How about you?