Is it just me or does this week seem never-ending? I feel like we should at least be up to Friday by now. It’s like January is taking its sweet time now that I have that plane ticket to go down to Florida. Rude.
In the meantime, today also marks one full week that I’ve started my Whole 30 and have been on Paleo! You guys have all been so terrific at offering your suggestions and own experiences with Paleo, so I thought we’d have a little pulse check… You know, in case you guys are wondering if I’ve tackled anyone in the office for their sandwich yet at lunchtime.
(No.. I haven’t.)
(But I did contemplate it.)
The first few days, as you all may remember from my lamenting, I felt like…. dirt. I wasn’t feeling so great which I had just immediately chalked up to being a result of flying and coming back to a different time zone. In retrospect, though, I suppose it could have been from starting my Whole30 all of a sudden.
I was exhausted, looked shot, and couldn’t concentrate.
I sound like I’d just been put into rehab. Hmm.
This may sound nuts, but for the first few days I was even suddenly repulsed by the idea of eating meat. It’s not like I’m a vegetarian…. or ever have been. I have no idea where that feeling suddenly came from. I had to choke down my meat-focused dinners (lunch and breakfast I’d been having more veggies and eggs, deli turkey, etc.).
By the weekend I was coming around though, although I was still having trouble waking up in the morning. Like whoa. Since the end of college, I’ve been an early riser, but my head just wouldn’t get up and become unfuzzy until hours past my usual wake-up. It was like I was 15 again, only less amusing.
But then, BOOM! Change. Yesterday morning, I woke up and literally bounded out of bed at 6:30am to get to the gym. I don’t even know how it happened, but it was like something inside me switched.
I’m suddenly feeling more awake and energized throughout the day, and a real sense of clarity overall. It feels great, to be perfectly honest. Although I’ve never had major problems in this department, I’ve also noticed that in just this past week my skin has cleared up. This may be my imagination (especially considering I inhaled a jar of almonds since the weekend), but I see a slight difference in my body as well.
Yes. But not overwhelmingly so at all. I am definitely used to having carbs round out my meal, but I only truly crave carbs at breakfast most times. That weirdo “oatmeal” concoction has done a pretty good job of nipping that craving in the bud so far. Plus I’ve tried incorporating an extra sweet potato or other carbtastic Paleo-friendly veggies a day (especially if I’ve worked out), and I think that’s also help eliminate morning sluggishness (thanks Katie, for that suggestion!).
The only awkward part now has been telling other people that I’m doing Paleo. If they’re unfamiliar with it, they usually look at me like I’ve gone bat-crazy.
This Whole30 is helping me add some new (and unrelated) good habits into my life, like a morning cup of hot tea, and pushing me cook according to real recipes (like this and this) that I’m not used to, which has been a blast so far. And by the way, that green chili beef soup I told you all about yesterday? My mom actually followed along to my recipe and made it.
I’d call that a victory.
All of my Paleo friends: tell me about your experiences so far on your Whole 30/Paleo adventure! And those of you not doing Paleo, do you just think this sounds nuts?