Whole30 Round Two – Weekend Success
As many of you know, my mother-in-law, who happens to be an amazing cook, arrived on Friday from Mexico for her annual visit. And, as I predicted, she brought many unapproved Whole30 foods with her. Let me show you just a bit of what she brought.
That isn’t all of the sugary goodness she brought, but I wasn’t really in a picture taking mood 🙂 Anyhow, my weekend consisted of my entire family enjoying themselves with what I would call “tempting foods”. After all, there was a celebration to be had. Our family was in town and my husband had received a promotion. Now, my Mexican-American family likes to party and celebrate and what I mean by that is we love to build bonds with food and drink. That’s what we do, plain and simple. Every corner I turned, there was something that may have sparked my sugar brain, but fortunately for me, my sugar brain is now controlled by non-other than me. I am in control now and I hadn’t been in control for such a long time, I thought maybe I’d never come to my senses. It took ridding myself of such body crippling carbohydrates, refined sugars, and processed foods to finally find myself again.
I like myself now. Before Whole30, I didn’t like myself very much and that’s the plain truth. No sense in denying that fact. It is what it is. I wasn’t me because I was in sugar zombie mode. I’d wake up half asleep, in a brain fog, and I’d pour my coffee into my cup of cream and sugar. I say that because I really did have more of the cream/sugar than I did coffee, at least it seemed like that to me. Today, I drink my coffee black and love it. I went from coffee with all that sugar craziness to coffee with coconut milk, to now black coffee. What a difference!
INSTEAD OF EATING THIS:
I ATE THIS:
Does this Whole30 craze really help with deterring the sugar cravings one may have?
Ok, I am no health expert. I’m just an expert in dealing with sugar addiction or overconsumption, whatever you may want to call it and what I have learned since being on Whole30 for 35 days now is that I can be surrounded by any sweet treat, even those made by my mother-in-law, and not grab it. Before Whole30, I’d have a slice of cake, then go back for more, and more, and more. I couldn’t stop myself. Now, I will not even be bothered by them. Well, ok, maybe just a little, but I can control myself and know what really is more important in the long run. I walk away now. It has been confidence building for me to look at a slice of cheesecake and go for a cup of fruit instead.
What do I have to Say to You?
Don’t be quick to brush Whole30 off until you have tried it. Come on people, we are talking about your only body. The only one to carry you through this life and you can’t devote 30 days of healthy eating to it? If you can eat sugar, drink alcohol, eat burgers, fries, and all other types of life threatening foods, why can’t you repay your body with a time for appreciation for all the hard work it does to keep you healthy? Stop rewarding yourself with sugar! Just stop! Reward yourself with a healthier life for at least 30 days straight.
No candy, coke, or cake! None! Not even more complex sugars like white bread, bagels or crackers! You can do it! I know you can. Of course, I say this assuming all people Know to consult with their doctor first.
Now, wait a minute! It isn’t too terrible…Whole30 doesn’t call for giving up ALL sugars. You can eat all the fruits of your choice. I’d say that is pretty darn good. What more do you need? Add some cashews to a cup of grapes and wow! You are set.
Who am I? Let’s get real, I’m just an average person trying to improve my health so that I can live longer and see my children grow up into the amazing adults that I know they will become. If I were to keep going down the sugary path to a slow death, I can assure you, my life would not be long-lived and fulfilled. It would be anything but. I now have a chance. I’m taking it one day at a time and like I have said before, I have a long way to go. After all, I had a HUGE sugar brain. It is going to take some time to heal and in the process, I will grow the confidence in myself that had been buried by the sugar monster, making me feel inadequate and less deserving than I really am. I can see clearly now. And, I know you can too.
How Did I Survive the Celebration Weekend?
- I mentally prepared.
- I drank water, water, water!!
- I made pre-made snack bags with carrots, brócoli, peppers, and other bags with fruits and cashews.
- My husband cooked meat and veggies for me 🙂 This allowed me to eat something great too.
- I kept myself busy.