It's about halfway point for us in our Whole30 challenge. It's been hard but very rewarding, and we have noticed some good changes in our food habits.
*We eat a TON more veggies than we used to. Like, for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Some of my favorite ways to eat veggies lately are cut up cucumbers and tomatoes, some vinegar and olive oil, dill weed, and a dash of salt.
*We don't have as many sweet cravings. It's been amazing this past week as I realized I didn't really want anything sweet. In fact, I was craving things like fresh zucchini and meat. This isn't to say we don't have those days that a cupcake or brownie sounds amazing...it's just not as frequent as it was a few weeks ago.
*Landon has more energy and is sleeping better. I am not sure if I can say the same for myself, but I don't feel exhausted in the mornings and need a cup of coffee to get going.
*I have lost a few pounds and leaned up a bit. My muscles are a bit more defined, and I haven't really done any working out. No running, no cardio. Just a bit of walking and my weekly yoga.
*We stop eating a few hours before going to bed. I think this is the most helpful thing we've been doing. Normally, we would eat a snack at 9:30 or 10, and then just lay in bed watching a movie or whatever before bed a little while later. Now, my stomach doesn't feel bloated and full, and I wake up ready to eat a big breakfast.
*Some foods just don't taste as good as they did only a few weeks ago. My brother had a wedding party last weekend, so Landon and I ate some food that wasn't allowed on our challenge. We had some cake, and some chips, and beer...plus some other not so Whole30-friendly eats. We noticed that our stomachs weren't settled, I wasn't satisfied with my usual portion sizes, and Landon got a headache.
It's amazing to do something like this and see how your body reacts to different foods. We are trying hard to stick with it for two more weeks and see even more benefits! I guess our aim is to understand how certain foods make us feel, and to be more intentional with what we eat in the future. I am super excited to be done with the challenge and eat some sweets for our anniversary, but I truly believe that our habits have changed a bit, and it will be interesting to see how those are next month.