I finished my Whole 30 and I am glad I did it. I lost 8 lbs and I detoxed off of refined sugar, wheat and grains, and dairy. I made a few allowances for myself to make life bearable....I allowed myself to have cream in my coffee, feta cheese in my salad, and diet coke....because quite frankly, life is too short to deprive ourselves of every edible pleasure. The one thing that I really would like to delete from my diet would be the diet coke...it really is so bad for us.
I am figuring out what my eating plan will be now that I am done. I don't see it being this strict forever. I thought maybe I could....but no. Low carb/high protein? My fear with that is my cholesterol going through the roof. All of my numbers are excellent right now and I want to keep them that way. The word "balance" keeps going through my mind....I am always seeking balance in every area of my life....why would it be any different with my food intake? I don't think it would be. I am thinking that the issue isn't so much *what* I am eating as how much, why, when. Too much food in-take, of any sort, is a symptom of something being off kilter in my life...if I am comforting myself with food, if I am using food as a mode of entertainment, numbing myself with eating....then I am in dangerous territory, whether I am gorging on grapes or chocolate. So back to the drawing board for me....until I figure it out, I want to be aware of why I am eating, am I eating something that will nourish my body, or is it being used as a coping mechanism to avoid what I am really feeling? Am I really even hungry?
Exercise is a key for me to being healthy and I have not been exercising very much at all. I know that I NEED to be active and vigorously so. Concentrated exercise....not just being busy. I REALLY need to get moving again!
Remember my vow to read something for fun.....well I started the book "Unsaid" by Neil Abrams on my Audible account. Really good, about a vet who dies of cancer. LOL a real tear jerker...but its been on my "to read" list forever. Its just a novel....no redeeming educational value what so ever.
I am feeling happy. I don't know if its the progesterone cream I am slathering over all of my "soft skin areas," or if its that all 4 kids are doing relatively well all at the same time right now, or that the dad and I are comfortable and enjoying each other, work is good, or that I finished my Whole 30!! or what? I am not going to try to figure it out, or try to make it last... I am just going to enjoy it while its here.
Bless us all......
PS: I've been thinking about part 3 of my spiritual journey. Coming soon!