Whole30 Update: Week 2 – Regression Session

1

September 30, 2012 by Darlene McC

I’m in the middle of 30 days of eating whole foods on a restrictive Paleo program called Whole30.  Read any previous posts here for background.

The first Good Food rule seems simple enough: the food we eat should promote a healthy psychological response.  Pretty straight forward in concept; but as any stress eater can tell you, it isn’t really that simple.  Foods are naturally tied up in our emotional centers.  Sugar cookies conjure up visions of Christmas with your snuggly grandmother and ice cream sundaes are how you get through cramps; but what about your less-obvious hangups?  Like ordering Thai takeout whenever you’ve had a long day and are too stressed or tired to cook?  What about pizza Fridays with your partner where they make the dough and your house smells like pepperoni?  These smells and tastes are still rooted in your sense of well-being and habit.

This week I was really surprised by the psychological affects food was having on me.  I’d weathered the stress test of week 1 and had prepped myself for week 2, expecting some digestive troubles but little else.  So lets dig into the week.

Monday & Tuesday (Day 8 & 9)

Though Dallas & Melissa are optimistic and supportive, they do warn about a particular problem in week 2 you should be aware of:

Digestive distress is common and may take a few months to completely resolve.  The inflammation-causing foods you’ve been eating have been like sandpaper in your digestive tract for all the years you’ve been eating them.  Remove all of them, and your digestive tract starts to heal – but the healing process can be unpleasant.  Constipation or diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, and general discomfort are common, and are all a normal part of the process, as your intestinal lining starts to repair itself…

It Starts With Food – page 214

So – I think it’s safer for all of us and our TMI sensibilities if I just write of Days 8 & 9 under the “Umm… yeah…” column and you take the hint.  I had some distress, mmm kay?

Additional TMI warning: Whole30 also caused me to have the easiest “round of my cycle” I have had since I was about 15.  Almost no cramps, really quick, no bloating.  Kinda of awesome and unexpected.  ‘Nuff said.

Wednesday & Thursday (Day 10 & 11)

So my digestive “issues” started to ease; and in their place was a grumpy, unsettled sensation that would not go away.  This is when the stress eating began to creep in.  Wednesday wasn’t so bad because I had clients all day; but Thursday afternoon, at home and writing, it was all I could do to keep out of the kitchen.  The worst part was that I knew I wasn’t hungry; I just wanted to eat! Fortunately, I don’t have too much in my house that’s off plan – a few olives for healthy fat and a spoonful of apple sauce to try and get myself through.

Its hard to put my finger on exactly what was going on.  I hadn’t been sleeping great, I think partly due to the “distress” of the early week, and it was taking a tole on me.  For 2 days I felt like a little kid 30 seconds before a tantrum.  I had to keep reminding myself how good my body felt otherwise and that this was all in my head.

Kinda Handy

Now’s as good a time as any to share the #1 mind blowing thing that has happened; the thing that kept me from eating bread mid-week (and I don’t even LIKE bread):

My Hands Don’t Hurt!

For nearly 10 years the joints in my fingers have popped and cracked.  They’ve all be jammed, a few broken – the second knuckle on my right ring finger has been a small sausage for a long time.  But last week, around Friday, I realized that I couldn’t hear them popping and cracking like I have for a DECADE!  Though my knee and shoulder are still bugging me, knowing that my small joints are getting better has kept me going.

Friday & Saturday (Day 12 & 13)

As the end of the week approached I was back on the wagon.  I re-read a few chapters to see if I’d been missing something and had an unfortunate realization: I’ve been drinking Coconut Juice… It’s supposed to be coconut MILK.  Yup.  I’ve been getting a little more sugar than I intended, even if from a natural source.  So I knocked that off.  Suck.

I’m not calling it an official fail because I don’t think that’s been causing much inflammation; but should I do another Whole30 (which is likely) it will be interesting to see what that absence of that additional sugar will do.

The other interesting thing at the end of this week: after my digestive troubles resolved my appetite started to lessen a bit.  I’ve felt like I was eating WAAAAAAY too much; but it was what I needed to keep from getting hungry before the next meal.  As the week came to a close I started eating a few bites less.  I’ve been careful to eat slowly and try to listen for the “I’m done” signal, which I plan to continue into week 3.

More Crazy Dreams

Friday also dawned with the latest crazy food dream.

Again at my mothers house I get up in the morning, wander to the kitchen, and start my day with one of my favorite late-childhood meals: a ham sandwich on white bread with an obscene amount of ketchup.  I chomp my way through it, licking ketchup off my fingers and the back of the sandwich, occasionally dipping it in the globs of ketchup that fall off onto the plate.  Two moments after the last bite I realize that it was made entirely of off-plan foods and I have just thrown away 2 weeks of good eating for something that didn’t even taste that good.  The guilt is immense.

So perhaps the last week has been my sub-conscious telling me to grow the hell up?  On Monday one of my clients apologized for whining too much during he workout on Saturday – she said that she got home and realized she was allowing herself to act like a whiny kid whenever she didn’t feel like working out, but that part of being an adult is sucking it up.  It’s doing the hard work because it needs doing and baring through it.  This week felt a lot like regression therapy for my food.  Going back to old habits, making peace with them, and then sucking it up and doing the hard work.

Advertisements

One thought on “Whole30 Update: Week 2 – Regression Session

  1. […] 2 has been a mixed bag.  Last time around there was a significant psychological component to week 2, and we appear to be on repeat. On Monday I twisted my knee and couldn’t cook; I was really […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Instagram

Just a reminder. . . #clearmindopenheart
When the Universe gives you what you needed, say "Thank You!" . . 2018 was a really challenging year. Personally. Professionally. Spiritually. One of the most important things I learned along the way was to stop questioning when I get what I need. Instead I express gratitude! . . Time and again I'd be presented with exactly the growth opportunity or essential thing I NEEDED to survive...and I'd question it! I'd doubt if it was the right choice or if I could pull it off 🤦‍♀️ - until it became so obvious that my doubts were foolish. I was right where I needed to be. . . For #transfomationtuesday share in the comments some gratitude for times you were given exactly what you needed! 💓💓 . . #dropthedoubt #motivation #anothergrowthopportunity #growandchange #gratitude #universalguidance #modernspirituality #thankyou #saythankyou
"Age" has never been my challenge. I don't mind getting older - I don't mind getting wiser, stronger, and more resilient 💪💜 = = My challenges have been negative self talk, the aftermath of bad decisions, and the frustration of not living up to my personal best. Cultivating a growth mindset and working on my relationship with myself has shifted all that. = = We are all a work in progress, and my work is certainly not done. May the next 10 years have the vision and challenges to teach me lessons I can't even imagine right now. = = #howharddidaginghityouchallenge #growthmindset #levelup #curlyhair #selftalk #positivity #positivevibepositivemind #coaching #coachmentality
Rest in peace, teacher of us all. 🙏💗🙏 #Repost @luna_alignment_yoga ・・・ Geeta S. Iyengar passed away early this morning. 16/12/18. 🙏🏻 She was the eldest daughter of BKS Iyengar and an authority in yoga. She mastered the art of yoga at a very young age by observing her father in practice. She started teaching in 1962. 🙏🏻 Geeta is the author of the book Yoga: A Gem for Women. In which she shed a new light on yoga by adapting the yoga practice to answer the needs of women. 🙏🏻 She will remain a source of immense knowledge and everlasting inspiration. 🙏🏻
Thank you to everyone who helped make yesterday a truly magical birthday. I'm so fortunate to know I am loved, supported, and truly blessed. . . . 2018 was a huge year of challenges and growth, like nothing I've experienced before. I'm ready for you, 2019. Smarter, faster, and stronger than ever before. Let's see what we can accomplish. . . . #happybirthdaytome #ihaveamazingfriends #thankful
Growth is an essential human need. . . To progress. To change. . . Sometimes we need to look back down the path to see how far we've come. Today the past reached back (via Facebook) to show me how far I've climbed. . . Never doubt that you have the ability to grow. To change. And yes, I believe that people do change! Oftentimes it's so subtle we miss it. . . So far 2018 has held many challenges; the biggest difference from 2008 is now I can see the opportunity wrapped inside them. . . #tbt #progressnotperfection #winning #fitpro #curlyhairdontcare #growthmindset @teameqx #greenwichaveequinox #equinox #itsnotfitnessitslife #committosomething
%d bloggers like this: