3 big changes after 3 weeks of Whole30
Is there a word that means proud/shocked/really craving cheese? Because that’s exactly where I’m at after three weeks on Whole30.
I wouldn’t say I’ve experienced that Tiger Blood just yet, but I am solidly feeling the Tiger Cub Blood (like Tiger Blood, but with occasional tantrums because you can’t eat pancakes).
Here are three things I’ve already noticed changing about myself. And NONE of them have to do with the scale! How great is that?
1. I actually want to work out.
Today was a ROUGH day at work. The first meeting of the day did not go well, a couple high-level projects were stalled, and I generally didn’t feel like I got anything done.
Pre-Whole30, I would have gone home and had a beer, or better yet, found some poor soul to go to happy hour with me so I could binge on nachos and sangria.
But you know what I did instead? I went to the gym. THE GYM. I didn’t think about it, didn’t try to reason myself out of it, just drove myself there and put on my tennis shoes. And afterward, I felt GREAT. Zero trace of the crappy day I’d had thus far.
2. My cooking skills are better.
Even if my body doesn’t change at all, the Whole30 will have been worth it just for the cooking skills I’ve picked up. When you have to prepare EVERY meal yourself, it forces you to tackle some of the questions you’ve always had, but never really addressed (i.e. How does one “julienne” anything? And, What exactly is a shallot anyway?)
So far I have cooked Jamaican Jerk Salmon, Chili-Lime Shrimp, Mexican Lettuce Wraps, Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Potato Chili, Potato Leek Soup, and Thai Stir Fry (just to name a few). But even better than that, Whole30 cooking has given me the confidence to go off-recipe and trust my instincts in the kitchen. (Which could still go very poorly, I know. But so far, it has not.)
3. I’ve learned new ways to reward myself.
The biggest reason I started Whole30 was because of my unhealthy relationship with food and drink. If I had a bad day at work, if I was celebrating a big win, if I was happy/sad/lonely/bored – food was always the go-to.
But on Whole30, the food didn’t give me the immediate hit of sugar/salt/fat I was craving, so I had to figure out alternatives. For instance, when I unexpectedly found myself free on a weeknight, I got my nails done instead of calling a friend for happy hour. When I had a bad day at work, I sipped a mocktail and read a book instead of drinking three glasses of wine.
I schedule monthly massages for myself. I go to bed earlier. I take baths. I cook with the people I love. All of these are so much healthier than blindly eating and drinking, and most of the time, they’re more rewarding, too.
Not bad for three weeks of clean eating, right? Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on some of the things that haven’t necessarily changed, but I am hoping will improve by that magic 30 day mark.
What changes did you notice on your own Whole30, or in a particularly successful diet in general? Let me know in the comments section, or send me a message! I’d love some fresh inspiration.