I’ve done it. 30 days of whole foods. 30 days of focused health.
I’m not going to lie, I had a slip up or two – nothing major. I didn’t cave when it came to the reason I put myself on this challenge that some have come to call the Devil’s idea.
Soda and chips. My nemesis. My weakness. For 30 days I avoided you like the plague. With your fizzy, sugary bubbles that would so gently tickle the throat . . . or the wafer thin, crisp, salty deliciousness of potatoes . . . . you tried to tempt me but I bested you. HA! Incidentally, did you know there are more than 200 kinds of Lays chips around the world? These must be tried, seriously, I’m going to do a World Travelling Potato chip project with Jack this year. More to come on that.
I have to say that was harder than anything else I’ve done. I didn’t honestly realize how addicted I had become to both of those things. Its a really scary thing when you get about 14 days in and you realize the hold it had on you and why? Crap added in to MAKE you want more. Sneaky bastards.
Lets focus on what I gained and not what I gave up (other than 25 lbs, yeah that’s right . . . 25 lbs gone) My taste buds are awake, for the first time in a long time, to the point I really don’t like the Coke Zero anymore (I KNOW!!) I don’t have 2 sugar in my coffee – to be fair I still have one but I have been drinking it with coconut milk and that’s sweet enough.
MY sleep, wow . . . I don’t even know where to start there. I have had insomnia since I was in my early teens, have tried everything to help it. Nothing helped more than a few nights. I have been tracking my sleep with my fitbit for over a year and on average, I had 4 hrs and 45 minutes a night. That’s messed up. lately though, over 6 hours a night. SCORE. Of course when you sleep better you wake up feeling better and I have been. I’ve had more energy, my moods have been more positive and not so up and down.
really the changes and improvements go on and on. I honestly think this is something everyone should try at least once in their lives. I mean really try, give it your best shot and learn what foods are going to make you healthier. Food will do one of two things, always. It’ll make you healthier or it wont. That’s all. Why choose something that wont . . . it seems so logical now, but 40 days ago, it didn’t.
I’m seriously considering going for round 2. I can’t see the down side too it.