As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have been thinking about my diet lately, both in terms of what I eat, and weight loss strategy. I have to admit, I miss Slimming World a little bit. But… I like going weekly, but I don’t want to weigh in weekly at the moment. I am also acutely aware that I get fed up of people asking each week about how to make “Slimming World Chips”, or “Rice Pudding” or “Scan Bran Cakes”, and that they aren’t motivated/too busy/can’t find anything to eat, and all I want to do is shout “haven’t you tried googling it?! or even looking in your book!?”. But then I am that person (though I don’t ask about how to make proper chips or another Slimming Worldified foods). There are always plenty of excuses.
What I have come to realise quite recently, is that I am almost certainly addicted to sugar, and this has got out of hand lately. I’m actually surprised it has taken me this long to work it out. Sweet stuff totally derails me. I’ve experimented at work a little bit – if I can’t see it (i.e. cakes or sweets are in the cupboard), I don’t want it. But as soon as I have got a taste for it… well… Did you ever watch Gremlins? While I can be fed after midnight, exposed to sunlight and water (thank goodness!), I really think I might need to stay away from sugar.
Michaelangelo had pizza, Garfield had lasagne, Monterey Jack had cheese. I have sugar. (Yes. I am an 80’s baby, in case you were wondering).
So as I have been pondering on my diet options lately, I have realised that I need to kick this issue that I have with sugar. It’s a crutch that I use to pick me up from an energy slump mid-afternoon, to comfort me when I am low, feed my depression and my boredom. Offer me a choice between starters and desserts, desserts win every time. Demolishing multiple bags of Haribo in front of the TV? No problem! I’m your girl! (And let’s not limit it to Haribo. Let’s not forget chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits, wine gums, flumps, sports mix, fruit pastilles…. You get the idea!)
My focus has been on trying to find a way of eating that helps reconstruct myself. A nutritional reset, if you will. Something to help get me started back on the right track. My reading has lead me towards the Whole 30 programme. From what I can understand, it is a paleo diet – no grains or processed foods. It is stricter than the standard paleo framework – no paleo pancakes etc, just whole, unprocessed, natural food.
It is just for 30 days, but the idea is to take out all of the unprocessed crap and reintroduce it slowly at the end of 30 days to see how your body responds. Details about the programme are freely available online, though you can buy the book if you want to know more. I’ve read a lot of the testimonials on their site, and also have a good hunt through the world of Google. Bloggers that I follow have also documented their experiences, which have always been positive and have helped me make my decision.
What am I hoping to gain from this all? A couple of things:
- Making significant inroads into breaking my problem with sugar
- Learning more about what I truly benefit from and what does me harm. I know that milk is not my friend, and that I have to be careful about how much dairy I eat, but I don’t know about gluten
- I won’t lie, some weight loss would be nice!
- I’d also like to see if some of the skin problems I have are linked to my diet. I imagine that they probably are
I am not expecting this to work miracles, though I am fully expecting it to be a difficult couple of weeks to start off with. Nearly everything I have read indicates that the first two weeks are the hardest, with headaches, mood swings and EAT ALL THE THINGS. With that in mind, I am trying to plan as much as possible. I am even planning to spend my day in the kitchen on Sunday, batching cooking things for the week ahead – our food bill is going to be higher than normal, so waste not, want not!
I’ve created a Pinterest board of recipes, inspiration and resources which I will be adding to, and trying to keep on track.
I have a clear 30 days coming up, which I am setting aside to complete the Whole 30.
I’ve never gone grainless before – wish me luck!
Have you completed a Whole 30 before? Any tips or favourite recipes?