Wow...I'm in the last 7 days of my Whole 30. Who knew?
As I was thinking about what comes after the Whole 30 (or Whole 30 Phase II), I started thinking about what I would add back into my diet. What have I been missing that I can't wait to add back in?
I can't think of anything. (Of course I've only begun reading, It Starts With Food so we'll see what they recommend.)
Part of the reason is that I haven't been as strict as I could have been the last three weeks. I eat goat cheese on my massive lunch salad every day. I've had two lattes. I drink diet sodas and put non-dairy creamer in my coffee. I ate a brownie. I ate greek yogurt one day when there was nothing else available. (Note...watch your um...digestive system if you go without yogurt for awhile and then add it back in.) I chew sugarless gum when I drive. Perhaps those things are "allowed" after the 30 days are over. I'll have to keep reading.
For now I guess I'll just keep going the way I'm going and doing what I'm doing. My nephew is getting married on September 14th and the hubs and I are driving to OK for the wedding (I can't WAIT). It's a road trip...and a wedding. There will be barbeque...and "road" food...and wedding cake. While it's true that I'll be in between Whole 30's, I still need to mind my p's and q's lest I blow up like that little girl in Willy Wonka. I'll be very interested to see how I behave when turned loose on the world. No matter what, I do not want to wake up my beast. He's sleeping comfortably and I want him to stay that way.
I like the quiet in my head.
When I return I will embark on the next 30 days of clean eating where I eliminate diet soda and coffee creamer from my diet. This morning I decided to look at the ingredients of each...
Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzoate (preserves freshness), caffeine, natural flavor, acesulfame potassium, citric acid, calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor), panax ginseng extract.
International Delights French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Water, cane sugar, palm oil. Contains 2% or less of each of the following: sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, natural and artificial flavors, mono and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, polysorbate 60, carrageenan, salt.
Uh...well if that ain't a shitstorm of chemicals I don't know what is. Actually, I Googled some of these things and they aren't as bad as I thought they would be. But they are still chemicals and processed and don't belong in my body. Period.
Overall I think I'm doing pretty damn good (bad grammar intended). Last night the hubs made spaghetti (with my blessing) and some very yummy, very large meatballs. I ate two meatballs and had some watermelon and that was perfect. I had already consumed my daily dose of two eggs and my massive lunch salad where I get a lot of my veggies so going light on dinner was fine. Plus, I felt great and that's the real test. I'm learning to listen to the cues my body gives me about what I need and when.
It's nice to be home.
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. ~Les Brown