Well, after today, I’m officially halfway through my Whole30. This week has been one of thinking, and of odd cravings, and of lessons. I made it a week without nightshades this week, though I can’t say I feel any differently, so I’m adding them back during the coming week, to see if I feel worse. I definitely hit my stride in planning and eating simple, paleo meals.
Currently, I have a 4.5-lb. chunk of grass-fed rump roast braising in some homemade beef bone broth (it gelled!) in the oven. That should give me meat for most of the rest of the week, especially if I supplement with one meatless dinner made from the rest of the broth. My running is getting back to where it was, and I completed a 5-miler this morning on a decently hilly course without even feeling tempted to take a break.
I also planned my strategy for after my Whole30. I do not plan on staying paleo for the rest of my life; that was never the idea. But I think this plan is a great tool for resetting one’s food preferences, attitudes, and ideas. And I intend to do some focused tests to see if I have any acute sensitivities. After this month, I shall add back butter, wheat, and milk on separate days, to check for an acute reaction, and then proceed with a Price-style traditional diet, focusing on foods from the British Isles (oats, leeks, kale, fish, meat, and dairy) as much as possible for a month. And then I’ll assess how I feel after a month of traditional food, versus how I feel at the end of my Whole30.
Oddly enough, I’ve noticed that my cravings have changed. I no longer crave candy or pizza, but I find myself craving butter and cream and chicken liver pate and soaked oatmeal porridge. Yes, I have the occasional craving for honey or maple syrup, but if I catch a glimpse of the last peanut butter cup sitting in the secretary’s candy dish, I don’t really have to fight myself to leave it alone.
And I’ve found, most importantly, that all these cravings are fleeting anyway. When I’m truly hungry, I find myself able to want food, rather than a particular food. One of my biggest problems prior to this was that I made poor choices when I was hungry: even if I knew I had a nice packed lunch, I would abandon it to go out for burgers if asked. Now, as long as I have Whole30-style food on hand, I have no problem eating that, rather than wanting something else. And that is something, at least for me.