May 8, 2013 by saltdogsducttape
After taking time last weekend to celebrate the end of my Whole 30 (cinnamon rolls, pizza, biscuits and gravy) I am back to eating (mostly)paleo. In the last week of Whole 30 I started feeling really good about it. I was feeling good physically and mentally. I was eating really good food and was feeling really good about all my food decisions. While all of the decadent, sugary, floury, beery, stuff last weekend was good. The stomach ache and food hangovers weren’t really worth it.
I don’t know if I will be strict paleo. I love homebrewing and good beer. Adrienne and I have also become quite the home pizza makers, I think we finally have our dough recipe dialed in. There are times when I want to make homemade cinnamon rolls or biscuits. I’m fine with all those things but those should be exceptions to my diet, not the rule. It’s just not worth it.
There are times when I think that we should add diet to the list of things not to talk about in a bar, along with politics and religion. This past month helped me become a lot more confident about my food choices. It became a lot easier for me to ask about what is in a dish, or tell people that I can’t(won’t) eat something and why. This lead to a couple of conversations about why I was doing this, an whether or not others should too.
The most common reaction was “Well I’m going to eat whatever I want because it makes me feel good.” OK, well does that work? It didn’t for me. I was overweight, had issues with overeating, had digestive issues, a mild heart condition, chronic joint pain, low energy, and probably other things I’m unaware of. I really enjoyed the food I was eating, but to what end?
My response was to compare you body to a bank, and food to money. You can make good investments, and bad investments. You can work to add more to the account, or do nothing and get nothing. Somethings pay a lot if interest, some don’t. If you work hard, and make good investments, you will have a decent retirement account. If you don’t, you’re going to be playing catch-up later in life. All I was doing was taking thirty days to make good investments. Going forward I will do my best to make more good investments than bad, and of course lots of CrossFit.
That’s what I got from my first Whole 30. I don’t know when, but I will do another one. Check back for updates on Adrienne’s first vegetarian Whole 30!