October 16, 2012 by Darlene McC
It’s done. 30 days of eating following 4 basic rules: No food that causes an unhealthy psychological response. No food that causes an unhealthy inflammatory response. No food that causes digestive trouble. No food that causes unhealthy hormonal responses. It sounds complicated, but its not. It was remarkably simple.
I feel better than I’ve felt in my adult life. My senses are more acute & the mild fog of fatigue is lifted. The feeling of weakness that was often associated with that fatigue is gone. My joints feel better (some, anyway) and I’m sleeping soundly. My skin even feels different when it brushes against itself.
But what now?
It’s time for some re-introductions! Just like running into your college boy toy when you’re out to dinner with your hot new girlfriend, this could get uncomfortable in strange ways.
I believe in most situations living too long in any extreme is detrimental. Sometimes extremes are necessary to achieve a certain end, but when they become the norm our realities get distorted. This is true of our relationship with food. Left unchecked we over consume and eat things we don’t mean to; but becoming obsessive about our nutrition 24/7 could be equally unhealthy. So I can’t Whole365 – I’ll drive myself crazy. And I’ll miss out on thongs I like, such as holiday cookies and red wine. That means at some point I need to open up and bring old things into the fold.
Dallas & Melissa suggest only reintroducing foods you actually miss. For me right now that’s Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and chocolate. It feels like I can live without just about everything else. They suggest eating a food and then seeing how you feel for 2 days after. If you don’t get sick you keep it, it you do then you avoid it (or accept that you’re going to be sick – which is it’s own sick).
I’m excited and a little nervous. With the permission to eat “off-plan” does that mean I’ll gradually slip down the muddy, greasy, sugar lined slope to what I ate before? I want to stay here where its safe and warm and nothing is cooked in canola oil!
But I also want peanut butter. And I know I can’t only eat at home the rest of my life. So tomorrow I’m going to eat yogurt. And its going to be delicious!