Today marks the halfway point in my Whole30 experiment. For the past 15 days, I have been cutting out grains, legumes, sugar, alcohol and dairy in my diet.
I decided to challenge myself and get back into a healthy routine. I think we can all agree sometimes it can be easy to give into temptation or even overindulge in the foods we love. For a food lover like me, this experiment isn't about depriving myself, rather it's about enjoying the food I eat, knowing I won't feel guilty about it.
Since I graduated college in early May I had been carelessly eating whatever I wanted, to be blunt. So many celebrations, holidays, weddings, vacations went by, it was nonstop. Another contributing factor was stress. Finally, the other part of the equation was the fact that some junk foods can taste so good, to the point that they are addictive, even.
I “fell off the wagon”, going 90 miles per hour. There were trips to Taco Bell and some surgery cocktails in the mix, among other things. Part of me is ashamed but the other part realizes this: I am human. Sometimes I make mistakes. Even Superman had kryptonite.
These past 15 days have been therapeutic for me. I'm starting to feel like my old self again. Since May of 2011, I've mostly stuck to a primal diet. I still consumed dairy and alcohol occasionally, but eating this way made me much happier and healthier. I believe it's one of the best decisions I've made and plan on never going back to my old ways.
Some say that you can eat anything you want in moderation. While in theory, this concept seems like a simple no-brainer: Don't deprive yourself of the junk food you crave because you'll just go overboard with it on another day. Eat only a little bit to satisfy the craving and move on. However, no one really specifies just what moderation exactly is. Here is a really interesting article about why moderation is a flawed concept, especially with “foods with no brakes”, or foods we can't “just have one” of.
One great example: potato chips. Now, tell me... Who can eat just one potato chip? In fact, who even eats the one ounce serving suggestion listed on the back of the bag and just moves on? Most of us can mindlessly polish off several servings or even the whole bag and still be hungry an hour later. Watch this stand-up bit by Brian Regan for his hilarious take on suggested serving sizes and our tendencies to ignore them. There is a rare form of people who actually can have “just one” and move on- cheers to you if you're one of them. But sadly, in some cases, that's totally not me.
With 15 more days to go, I foresee nothing but positive vibes, delicious food (like this paleo chili I made in the crock pot the other day) and good health. After my Whole30 is done, I plan on reintroducing dairy and alcohol but I think this is a good kick-start for me.
Do you have a “food kryptonite”? What is your take on healthy eating and moderation?