Hello hello! I'm actually writing a blog post within a week of my last one - will wonders never cease. I'm hoping to finally jump back on board to consistency with this thing.
Consistency is actually one of the biggest gifts I think I've gotten from the Whole30 so far. Strangely, I don't feel compelled to blog much about food - although I will obviously mention it! Maybe that's where I should start:
First of all, I do not feel deprived - generally speaking. The food I'm eating is so delicious and because I absolutely love to cook, I'm still feeling excited about the program because I'm learning so many new recipes and having to get much more creative than usual. According to the Whole30 Timeline, I'm encroaching on the point where a lot of people have to really fight temptation to quit. A big cause is often food boredom. I'm feeling incredibly grateful that I'm not falling into that category! The Whole30 book and their awesome recipes are a big part of that.
Now, did I almost dive head-first into the bowl of tortilla chips at my friend Gemma's 30th birthday party this weekend? Did I want my friend Morgan's insanely amazing fig gin? Did I cry inside a little because I had to pass up incredible Brooklyn farmer's market cheese my friends Aaron and Lu brought for our Tony Night Extravaganza? Do I miss chocolate and wine almost as much as I miss my nephews and niece?
HOWEVER - my enjoyment of the program, excitement of the benefits I know I will reap, and my desire to really, truly, honestly complete it are all stronger than those things. It's pretty amazing to acknowledge that there is a force in my willpower stronger than chocolate. Brave new world.
So what does consistency have to do with this?
Because I've had to be so completely on-top of meal planning, what I'm eating, label-reading, and so consciously in tune with my body (such as nixing eggs - sadface), I've naturally fallen back into good habits that I've tried to maintain for so long. The Whole30 program is also huge on the importance of sleep - and even if it wasn't, my lack-of-sugar crashes on Wednesday and Thursday were epic enough that sleep just shoved its way to the front of the importance line - and so I've been guarding my sleep even more fiercely than usual. (For those who know me well - I know it's hard to imagine me guarding my sleep more fiercely than usual, yet it has happened)
My body has always naturally been early-to-bed, early-to-rise, but a lot of things will often conspire to get in the way of that. This past nine days, I have been consistent with that, which has lead to more time in the morning, which has lead to a consistent morning routine, which I always pine for but so often just completely suck at maintaining. I've blogged/whined about it more times than I can count.
My mornings are now open enough that I can fit in all of the stuff that I both need and want to do for my health: mobility work (for physical therapy), meditation, journaling, finally becoming consistent in taking my supplements, and dry brushing. Then by the time my day starts, I actually feel settled instead of rushing around like a maniac and barely getting out the door in time!
Overall, I feel like with Whole30, rather than putting the emphasis on sad, scary deprivation, the emphasis has turned to my overall health. It's been really awesome so far, even with the crazy brain-fog sugar crashes, and I'm really excited to keep going. I can already tell it's having a huge, huge impact on my overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being.