Ok so I usually write pretty awesome blog posts (so I’ve been told) as I love to entertain, be a bit different and stand out from the crowd while at the same time telling it how it is…… Well not this time!! This post is purely fact driven and to be honest I can’t be arsed putting the bells and whistles round it just to entertain you :-p Although I will be telling you exactly how it is cause that’s just how I roll.
BUT if you are keen to hear about the amazing results I have achieved over the past 30 days then please read on – just try not to fall asleep…
Ok so just to recap from earlier posts I have recently just completed the Whole30 nutrition program which basically meant cutting out sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and to state the obvious no processed foods. So what could I eat? Well plenty of lean meats, fish and seafood, lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, fats & oils and some nuts. Basically I ate just real, whole foods that if out in the wild I could hunt down and prepare myself just like those good old cave chicks.
So why did I do this? Well my goal was to get rid of my period pain and to get my cycle back to the normal 28 days (was at about 23). I reached my first goal easy peasy but still no good on the cycle time actually it has got worse but I think it is more related to stress at the moment as I’m going through some emotional stuff on a personal and business level.
Just to let you know before I started the Whole30 I rarely ate grains and dairy as I gave these up years ago for other health reasons and I never eat legumes anyway so the biggest thing for me for this 30 days was cutting out sugar (I was having about 4-6tsp a day purely in my coffees).
Ok so I wasn’t quite perfect for the entire 30 but close to it. I found the first week the hardest purely from the sugar withdrawals (I know it wasn’t from the caffeine as I was still drinking coffee). I had a complete lack of energy and day 3 saw me fall into an absolute heap and I couldn’t even get out of bed actually I could barley lift my head off the pillow but by the end of Day 4 I was full of beans again and firing on all cylinders. I felt so shit on day 3 & 4 I even considered going out and buying my coffee with 2 sugars but I’m so glad I pushed through the pain as it was so worth it.
The biggest benefits I have noticed have been my increased energy levels, my skin/hair/nails are all in amazing condition and my hair and nails are growing so friggin fast which kinda sucks because I have a full head of grey hair (thanks Dad and sssshhhhhhh don’t tell anyone or I’ll never get a date again) and my 2 weekly touch up routine has now stepped up a notch to a 1.5 weekly occurrence. Boo to that!
I have more focus & clarity, better quality of sleep, better digestion although I wasn’t actually absorbing the fats properly so got some digestive enzymes from my naturopath which seem to be doing the trick, I have zero cravings not even for sweet things, don’t seem to need to eat as often, really only need 2-3 meals a day and barely need to snack, lost a couple of kilos even though I didn’t really need to, ummmmm what else – well as I said I wasn’t perfect and the days that I wasn’t I really noticed the difference in my energy levels and focus/clarity and shit sleep…. Oh and dating and Whole30 just don’t mix….. hahahaha!!!
Oh yeah – the hardest part of all was the need to be fully prepared and organised…. because you’re pretty fucked when you start work at 6am and finish at 8.30pm and you’re not organised with your brekky ready to go so you can eat it on the way to work and by the time I get home at 8.30 I really can’t be arsed cooking. I work outside and I’m on the road so I don’t have the luxuries of a kitchen, fridge or microwave… SO if I can do this anyone can. I must admit I get so sick of people telling me they don’t have time to prepare their own meals and there’s nothing healthy to eat when at work – what a load of bollocks!! Yes it’s a pain in the arse. Yes it’s hard work. Yes I get lazy too but sometimes you just gotta do the things you can’t be arsed doing because there are bigger reasons for doing it!
A year ago I couldn’t fathom eating meat at all for breakfast and now I couldn’t imagine eating anything else apart from eggs of course.
And oh the funny looks I get from people when I tell them I don’t eat grains, sugar or dairy – they think I’m all types of weird. I was even called an extremest from someone – all this just from eating real food. I got questions like – how do I get my calcium, fibre, glucose for my brain??? How can you not eat sugar it’s in everything??? OMFG!!!!!!! People will say the strangest of things. Maybe I’m the strange one – who knows! Don’t care if I am )
So now that I’ve finished the Whole30 I intend to keep eating this way. I’ll never be perfect, I don’t consider myself an extremist as I like to enjoy my wine and beer and the odd food treat. My body seems to cope really well without all those heavy carbs from grains, breads, pasta and rice. At the end of the day I just listen to my body and if there comes a time when I need to be a little extreme due to health reasons then I’ll assess it when that time comes. As for now it’ll probably be around 80-90%.
So what the hell do I actually eat in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner? Well that makes for an even more boring blog post. I NEED SIMPLE!! when it comes to meal time. Will start writing boring blog post no.2 now so stay tuned.
Love Dicko x