Fashion before food: was this made for me or WHAT!? Oh, golden deliciousness. Gimme, gimme! Maybe I should reward myself with it after I successfully complete my #Whole30. More about that below…
Thank goodness day four was nothing like my hellish day three. I made it through the entire day, the gym, and the evening feeling OK…no headaches, no sluggishness. Actually, I felt pretty great, not only because I seem to be past the coffee-and-Splenda/sugar withdrawals, but because I did not imbibe as usual on Friday.
As I mentioned in my post, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (which I watched on Friday, day three), I was moved to buy a juicer and so my afternoon was spent procuring said juicer, veggies, and trying my first carrot, ginger, apple, and celery juice. Wow! I’m totally hooked. Who knew that crazy concoction could taste so good!
Woke up totally clear-headed again, feeling sharp and happy. Is this your brain on vegetables? Or is this your brain off alcohol and a munchie binge the night before? Either, one, I’ll take it. This might be the first weekend in YEARS that I have not had alcohol. YEARS. That’s totally crazy. I never thought I could do it and be happy, but I am. No alcohol bloat, no GUILT! I stayed within Whole 30 parameters and within my trainer’s prescribed caloric range. ROCK ON, V!
I will admit that on day five, my eczema reminded me that it’s there, but instead of using my prescription cream, I put white vinegar on it (awesome for itches and bites) and rode it out. I really want to see if I can heal my skin problem through my diet, instead of with medicine that destroys the quality of my skin and doesn’t even cure the problem!
I think copious amounts of peanut butter1 and alcohol may be what caused it and feed it. I believe my eczema is the result of systemic inflammation, years’ worth of pseudo “healthy” stuff that’s built up to the point that my body is saying, via eczema, NO MORE! YOU’RE POISONING ME!
Although I’m not tempted to cheat, if I were, The Whole30 Daily emails really do offer tough love, a reality check, and real coping mechanisms for successfully navigating cravings and temptations. I love this passage from my day five email:
“Sometimes, it’s not even a special or stressful event that threatens to throw us off-course. It could be something simple and normal, like… the weekend. But you listen to us right now—you are NOT going out like that. You will not cave to buffalo wings so processed, they’re not even chicken. The lure of a sugar-bomb pancake or dessert concoction has nothing on your soon-to-be rockin’ energy level and clear-headedness. And an adult beverage at this stage of the game will both make you feel like super-extra crap in the morning, and make you mad at yourself for giving in to something so cheap and dirty.”
Monday. It’s Monday, and I am feeling a-mazing! This is no joke, folks. It’s been six days with no coffee, no Splenda, no milk, no cheese, no alcohol, no rice, no bread, and I’m not going nuts. OK, I do miss my coffee. I can have coffee, but like I’ve said in other posts, black coffee is not something I think I can do. I bought coconut milk, but even white coffee without sweetness doesn’t appeal to me right now.
But I’m surviving just fine, without all my favorite vices. I know I’ve lost weight, but since I can’t weigh myself until the end of Whole30, I have no idea if it’s one pound or five. Definitely leaner though, most definitely. Loving that.
I realized on day one of Whole30 that even gum and mints would be off limits, either with sugar or sugar-free. That kind of scared me. I know it sounds gross, but anyone who drinks coffee knows that if you don’t brush or pop a mint after drinking it, your breath is not so nice. What to do for fresh breath? Well, guess what. Without coffee or sugar in your system, you don’t need breath mints or gum! Lots of water and real, pure food leave your breath nice and pure too. It’s a discovery I never expected.
Can I get an a-men?! One week, people. ONE WEEK TODAY! Wooo-hooo!
If you’ve seen the number of martinis I’ve Instagrammed, you know I love my cocktails. If you’ve seen the shots where I complained about only getting a child-size coffee in other countries, you know I love my vat of morning coffee. But I’ve gone a week without any of it and the cravings have gone. I’m alert. I’m sleeping better, and the eczema on my left hand and arm is almost completely gone. Gone without any prescription-strength cream to fix it.
I could go on and on, but it’s early days. I consider a week off the sauce a major victory. I’m looking forward to seeing how things continue over the next week.
1Peanuts aren’t actually tree nuts like cashews, almonds, etc. In It Starts with Food, the Hartwigs note that peanuts are actually legumes—they grow underground, not on trees. They are in the legume family, and have protein structures that can be hazardous because of lectins. Cooking legumes kills lectins, but lectins in peanuts aren’t annihilated by heat. They enter your system with all that nastiness intact, so your body treats them like a foreign and unwanted substance, which causes an overreaction of the immune system.
Even if you aren’t deathly allergic to peanuts (I have no known allergies), they can still wreak havoc in your system. Because my diet included alcohol, peanut butter, and sugar weekly, I never knew what set off my eczema. Since starting Whole30 and reading more about peanuts, I’m almost positive they’re the main cause. Good news is the Hartwigs offer an alternative: sunflower seed butter. So after this month, should I crave PB in a (coconut milk) smoothie or on an apple, I’ll use sunflower seed butter instead.