Between sister and I we have many doctors. At times it seems all we do is go out of town to visit doctors. Because of those doctor appointments we are going places, meeting people and having experiences we wouldn’t have otherwise. Whole30 is a little like that. We’ve shared so many new experiences. We’re going to grocery stores we wouldn’t otherwise go to. Sister has cooked things she wouldn’t have. We’ve eaten new foods we wouldn’t have. We’ve considered menu options we wouldn’t have.
Beyond that it becomes uniquely personal. You go into your own psyche to deal with your food issues on a new level. You are not just giving up bread, cookies and ice-cream; you’re giving up all sugar, all grains, all legumes, all dairy and the way you have dealt with food for years. You are giving up foods that you believe to be very healthy. You’re not just doing a physical reset of your body but a mental and emotional reset as well.
Psalm 51:10 NKJV says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” That verse is so appropriate. If I’m working toward a new body and a new mindset I should be working toward a new heart, too. It applies so well to our Whole30 experience. We desire to have a healthy relationship with God, with food and with ourselves. Fasting from these food groups during Lent makes the process more meaningful.
The Whole-30 book recommends that you focus on your non-scale victories. Things like increased energy, decreased cravings, better blood chemistry, better fitting clothes, fewer headaches, more restful sleep. The book is very adamant that you nix the scale for the duration of the 30 days. You weigh when it starts and when it ends. The end. No scales in the middle. I didn’t think that would be an issue. Getting on the scale is depressing and I don’t tend to do that. The second day there was an almost physical need to run step on the scale. I was amazed at how many times the thought crossed my mind.
What has not crossed my mind is the thought that I am being deprived of anything. The focus isn’t on what we can’t have it’s on all the things we can have. The food tastes good because we are eating real food and not prepackaged, preprocessed chemicals and additives out of a box or can. So far we’ve not had to deal with cravings and we stay satisfied between meals. My blood sugar readings are excellent. Sister has been able to tolerate foods that would normally play havoc with her digestion.
Is food constantly on my mind? Of course, it is. Healthy food. Healthy food and the vast options available even on a restricted eating plan.
Although it is still very early, we feel positive about where we’re going. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV
I have always been an emotional eater, eating when I’m mad, glad, sad or bored. Or frustrated. Trying to learn the innerworkings of a blog – all the technical stuff you don’t see – like to have drove me nuts. I am not cut out of IT cloth. Learning as I go, it took me six hours to figure out how to do something on the back end of the website. Formerly, after hours of spinning my wheels, it would not have been unusual for me to go prowling for something to chow down on, my version of stress management. I was able to resist because of the power of moral support. I have someone who believes in me and who believes I’ve got this. Thank you, sweet friend, for your kind words of encouragement.