Last week, I finished my first 3-day juice fast in just 2 days — because I’m an overachiever like that! Actually, I was feeling quite bad by the end of Day 2, so I decided to call it and eat some solid food. I originally chose the shortest fast due to my fear of how my body might respond, what with all its fun ailments already. Plus, without weight loss being a primary goal (or rather, not a goal at all), I was already losing and feeling quite puny. But I felt good about the 2 days.
In the week and a half leading up to the fast, I ate relatively well, including a juice per day, smoothies (some made with juicing pulp), and lots of fruits and vegetables. Then I started reading “It Starts With Food” and decided I might need to push this further.
So, this is Day 1 of a Whole30 food experiment.* (I first learned about Whole30 from my friend Lora, who writes about her experiment here) But before Day 1, here’s the truth: I pigged out a little on foods that I potentially may never eat again. I say potentially, because after the 30 days, I may realize I cannot have dairy or grains again. So I ate grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, had pasta, ate buttered bread often, snagged some pieces of pizza at work, and on and on. The husband and I even had a dinner date yesterday for my LAST BAD MEAL. And then I came home and had my last cupcake, made by my wonderful daughter-in-love.
Second truth: I never felt good eating any of these favorites. My stomach bloated, my head ached, my nose ran (I’ve had a constant runny nose for YEARS!), and my face broke out. When I had started the juicing and elimination of other foods, my skin was looking so great and my head was definitely more clear and pain-free. In the last 4 days of eating like crazy again (or, you know, like regular), things got worse again.
So, here I stand on the morning of Day 1, my belly full from a breakfast of approved food items (2 scrambled eggs and sweet peppers and spinach cooked in extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper), and I am hopeful.
Knowing what I may have to give up in order to feel better is a bit daunting, but I’m prepared to try.
I will blogging throughout the month on my progress, how I feel, what I eat, etc. If this works, brilliant! If not, well, at least I cleared out my system and maybe I cut some bad food habits.
Edited to Add: Please read my juicing post to find out what my health issues are and why I’m on this proactive health journey.
*At this point, I have NO idea how this will play in to how I handle Live Below the Line eating, but I will still be participating and I will figure it out by then. So please, your donations are welcome!