Last Tuesday was the two week mark since starting the Whole 30 program. While you'd think following the program rules would be very difficult, it hasn't been that bad. While it hasn’t been easy passing up on bread, flour tortillas, potato chips and fast food, it’s been easier than I thought it would be. The truth is that the benefits of the plan are so evident, even after 14 days, that it feels like the price is minimal. Here are some of those benefits I've noticed so far:
Well, I have two more weeks to go; six including reintroduction. I chose to start on the Whole 30 when I did because my calendar said I’d be home for 3 weeks. My schedule has been fairly light so I’ve had time to plan meals, cook, shop, etc. I’ll be home for week 3 as well. Week 4 presents the first travel challenge. The first two weeks in September I'll be on the road for work. The biggest challenge is lots of eating out, at not always the most Whole 30 compliant restaurants. Then of course there's the adult beverage opportunities and while I don't miss bread too much, I do miss a hearty peppery zinfandel.
The key to my travel weeks will be the same as has been for my home weeks: planning., RXBars have gotten me out of a few jams when good alternatives aren’t available. While I miss a glass of wine or the occasional Stout, it’s only two more weeks before I start re-introducing them to my diet. All that said, I can say that two weeks in, I feel like the Whole 30 program might be a more permanent way of eating. As I’m going through the program I’m realizing that there are foods that are just bad for me and that there are foods that trigger reactive eating without restraint. More on this in future posts. For now, I take the Whole 30 one day at a time.