Well, I have learned a LOT about myself doing this #Whole30. As a reminder, I’ve stripped dairy, sugar, grains, heavily processed foods, alcohol and soy out of my diet for 30 days. I only drink water and 1 cup of coffee. This is basically super strict Paleo. The focus is to understand my eating ‘habits’ not lose weight. And I have learned a lot about my choices.
I am 100% an emotional binge eater, there’s no doubt about it. What does this mean?
When I am having a good time, especially with friends, all my dedication goes out the window. Case in point, Birthday party for a friend at my house. We got pizza, cake, ice cream, beer… I got a salad. I ate the salad. I then ate pizza, beer, ice cream, cake… disaster/epic fail.
When I’m STRESSED/SAD/FRUSTRATED all my dedication goes out the window. Case in point, last Friday, alone, tired, hungry and stressed. I went to a restaurant and ordered… Ruben Sandwich with French Fries. Disaster/epic fail.
How do I handle this moving forward? I think better meal planning is key for me. If I have a choice ahead of time, then I don’t make the choice based on emotion. When I can master that, I can master healthy nutrition.
How do I feel on this program? I wake up Hungry every morning, and I can understand my hunger more clearly now. This is key. I feel that when I hit meal time, I NEED to eat, whereas before, I would thing… oh, I should probably eat it’s lunch time.
Also, what I’ve noticed more importantly is my clarity and focus of mind while eating this clean. I get a LOT more accomplished, without getting to BRAIN DRAIN. Case in point, in my later stumble, after I had the sandwich and fries, I came back to work and just felt awful for the rest of the day. Simple, clean eating helps my brain in a major way.
So, now I’m over the half way point, I’m in the 2nd half. 15 more days to go!