Whole30 Update: Week 3 Ahead

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October 1, 2012 by Darlene McC

Apparently week 3 is supposed to be the turning point, when it stops being a struggle and you get better.  Whatever ailment you’re looking to treat is supposed to start clearing up, cravings are supposed to die, and you sleep well.

Your taste buds should also be waking up right about now, allowing you to truly appreciate the flavors found in the fresh foods you’re eating.

They also warn against two pitfalls: food boredom and “shiny toy” syndrome.  The first is obvious, but the later is the warning that, just because you feel better, two weeks isn’t “probably enough”.  You’ve (I’ve) committed to 30 days, so 30 days it shall be.

3 Things I Learned in Whole30 Week 2:

1. Ketosis is annoying

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process the occurs often in the presence of changing nutrition.  When there’s a big shift in your diet your metabolism has to re-calibrate to process fat as it’s primary fuel source instead of glucose (easy-access carbs.  Though saying it like that makes carbs sound like the whores of nutrition).  One of the heralds of ketosis is a metallic taste in your mouth; and mine has been happening for DAYS!  It’s part of why I was so annoyed/sad/frustrated/grumpy last week.

2. I don’t really NEED that sugar

…and I feel a lot better without it.  Because I work at a really fancy gym in NYC there’s a juice bar in the lobby.  They make these “healthy” acai blended bowls – they’re faux-healthy sugar bombs that I’ve been having on the regular for months.  I’m rid of them, at least for now, and have realized how sick I felt on them.

3. You can find energy if you have to

More than once this week I did not want to cook (ironic after last week’s post when I admitted that I liked it).  I was grumpy and miserable; but by making myself cook I kept moving, perked myself up, and chopping & cooking became meditative.  It actually helped a lot.  Previously I would’ve given myself permission to get take-out; but without that outlet I had to lift myself up and keep working.

Shout Out!

I’m proud to say that 2 Amazons have jumped on the band wagon.  The first was my mom (awww) who has suffered from joint pain her whole adult life (given that I have a genetic disorder that messes up my joints this is no surprise).  She’s being pro-active and jumped on the Whole30 bandwagon, as well as started yoga.

The second Amazon I ran into yesterday at the farmer’s market getting some grass-fed beef.  Denny, you know who you are & I’m supper excited for you!  Enjoy week 1, you can do it!

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