That’s it, Folks.
Just like that, our Thirty Days of Torture are over.
They were actually over two days ago, and one would guess, by the scene I made over craving coffee with cream and sugar, that I’d be floating in a tub of cafe lattes by now.
But I’m not.
I actually, still, am drinking black coffee.
I know you all just gasped.
(Mostly, because I wrote it, and I know you read it.)
But really, this is what I’ve decided:
Haunted again by articles that bemoan the evil-incarnate nature of sugar, I’m making an effort to tame the sugar in my life.
Shocker, I know.
Soooooo, my coffees with cream and sugar will be reserved for treats.
I’ll let black coffee hang around for a while. I like the piping hotness of it in the morning anyway.
(Aaaaaaand, I sort of gobbled down a couple handfuls of chocolate chips, baked some Paleo pumpkin bread, and ate one, ONE mini Butterfinger from the Trick-or-Treat stash. So. . . that sort of curbed my sweet craving).
And as far as Whole30 goes?
My conclusion is that it aint for me. (Plus, I lost my book. . . I’m taking it as a sign.)
My hubs lost a legitimate chunk of weight, I only lost a couple of pounds – but I wasn’t trying.
What I found was that I replaced all my junky food choices with healthy food, so mentally, I’m proud of what I put into my body.
But – I don’t feel any different.
I don’t miraculously have more energy, my mind doesn’t feel clearer, my ache in my knee didn’t go away, my skin isn’t glowing, and my muffin top is still hanging over my waistband mocking me.*
I’m still the same me.
Which I was content with before I even started, so I really had nothing invested in the 30 day challenge. I was just curious.
And, sorry Dallas and Melissa (authors of It Starts With Food), even though you claim bread won’t even look like food to me any more after 30 days, it still does. It looks like really good food.
The two things I have decided though, for moving forward, are:
1. I will bring butter, dairy, legumes, grains, and yes. . . sugar back into our meal planning, just slowly and in moderation.
2. I’m going to be healthy and loosely Paleo-ish during the week, and then allow myself to splurge on the weekends.
Some things I learned though, while doing this dealeo? Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly – in no particular order:
- I love sugar. Always have, always will. There ain’t no stoppin’ this.
- Olive oil cooks just about anything you need to cook, and supposedly – it’s the healthiest oil to use. And you know which olive oils are supposedly the cremes de la cremes? The ones in the tin cans. . . . Something about the light and oxidation and how fast oils go rancid under flourescent grocery store lighting – if you’re into obsessing about that sort of thing.
- Paleo, Whole30 compliant food can be pretty darn tasty. In fact, I discovered foods, (curried shrimp with sautéed carrots and red cabbage, crab-stuffed Portobello mushrooms, pulled pork “tacos” in spicy buffalo sauce with pickled cucumber salad. . . ) that I will be making again.
- I actually enjoy cooking and eating healthier, but I still want to splurge now and then on the fun stuff too.
- Now that this is over, I want to bake one pie a week for approximately 32 weeks. The good old-fashioned butter and sugar way. Just sayin’. If you live anywhere near me, be prepared for pieces of pie to show up on your porch.
- Delicata squash is awesome. You should probably go find one and saute little cubes of it in olive oil with smashed garlic and salt and pepper. It’s like a vegetable angel.
- Dates are the bees knees. Medjool are the very best. Trust me.
- Sometimes, a girl just wants to whisk some milk into her scrambled eggs. Is that too much to ask?
- Pomi tomatoes are the way to go, Whole30 or no Whole30, Paleo or no Paleo. They’re sweet and perfect. (No. Nobody paid me to say that.)
- I’ve wanted a 10″ cast iron skillet for. . . hmm, like a year now? But now I REALLY want one.
- In order to bake a souffle that could house and entire pureed butternut squash, I would have to use 876 eggs, plus a couple extra whites. Fail.
- Pistachios are pretty much the best salty snack EVAH, when you’re doing this thang.
- Plantains deserve more attention. . . future post? Maybe. . . .
- Ghee is just a fancy word for clarified butter. Don’t be scurred. And don’t buy ghee – make you’re own. It’s easier than you’d think.
- Sometimes a girl just needs chocolate. And cheese. And cream and sugar. And a glass of wine.That’s just truth.
- Ooo. And beef jerky. It’s crazy easy. Aaaaaand time-consuming – but time-consuming in the easiest way possible.
If you’re craving or needing a quick lunch item? Give it a shot some weekend when all you’re doing is lounging around watching football all day anyway.
Don’t lie. I know you do it sometimes.
*Heather, (see her comment below), brings up a good point. She feels considerably better after just 18 days. I know there are many, many people out there who have benefited from the Whole9 lifestyle, so my point is not to dissuade anyone from trying it out. My intent was to give an honest run-down of how the plan affected me. If you are curious, go for it. You really have nothing to lose, and like I said, the food can be really delicious. If you’re a curious cook, it can be a whole 30 days of interesting experimentation.