February 15th I started a food challenge to “reset” my eating. I intended to try for 21 days, but last Wednesday I had some hot cocoa (for comfort), and after that, I let myself slip more and more. I made it 11 days, which is weird, because the 2 attempts at a 21 day sugar detox both ended at day 11. Apparently my body NEEDS sugar after 11 days (yikes.) I’m not disappointed in myself for quitting early, in fact, I’m proud of myself for realizing that it was causing me stress. I listened to my mind and body as I grieve the loss of a friend, and practiced kindness toward myself.
1. I love vegetables. I mean, I already knew that I did, but we really just dump any veggies we have into a pan and cook them. And they always taste delicious. Our grocery shopping and meals are more centered around vegetables and protein, and that was the whole purpose of doing this challenge.
2. When I have meals centered around protein and vegetables, I stay full for hours, and definitely don’t feel as bloated or sluggish. I usually only need 2 full meals/day (with some snacks of course!).
3. I feel tired and sluggish when I eat sugar. I have added sugar back in (I know I need to cut back again), and when I do have sugar I feel more tired and have even had to take more naps–some of this might be due to being emotionally exhausted/pregnant, but I don’t think the sugar helps.
4. I want to get better at controlling my stress eating. I use food for comfort. I love ice cream and sweet things and when I’m stressed, I like to treat myself. I would like to find a better balance of “treats” during stressful times, because good food makes my body feel better, which would help with my stress.
5. I got a few more recipe ideas from my friend Jamie and the other people I have been following on instagram, with the hashtags #wholefoodsreset #whole30 I will probably continue to use the #wholefoodsreset hashtag to tag pics of delicious food that I eat so I have a place to be inspired when I get in a slump.
6. Eating this way is pretty. I get what they say by “Eat the Rainbow.” Our groceries and meals have been SO colorful lately.
So while I only made it 11 days of a 21 day challenge, I’m proud of myself.