We did it!
We did it right.
And now we are into the 'reintroduction' phase. There where issues that cleared up during the program so I'm a bit apprehensive as to which food group caused them. Dairy has been added back with no issues so far. Thursday will be 'grains'.
It was an interesting journey. I thought I would miss milk a lot more than I did... it was my hot tea I missed most. Himself is excited for Thursday and his first bowl of cereal in a month.
My results haven't be the miraculous ones so often reported but they were definitely there. The Whole30 web site has a 2 page check list of possible "Non-scale victories" (benefits) that could come with doing the program. These are the ones I noticed:
Less under-eye circles
Less stiff joints
Less chronic pain (non-specific aches)
No longer slave to sugar/carbs
But there was no super energy or a whole new mental focus.
I learned a lot too, like:
Darn near everything has added sugar!
(I am now a label reader).
That I can do without being a milk-a-holic.
That fruit IS still sweet.
That it is almost impossible to have a healthy meal at a restaurant.
It would be impossible for us to maintain during travels.
It reset my portion control ability.
And there was definitely a 'scale' victory! I lost 7.5 pound in the 30 days (which brought me to a mile stone) and Himself lost 12.5 pounds.
It has been a very worthwhile endeavor. However, it will not become a lifestyle for us. It's far too restrictive for our lifestyle and tastes.