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Wrapping up a Whole30

Today is day 30 and this has been my best (of three) one yet! As I mentioned last month, I added one allowed cheat (dairy in coffee, no more than once a day) and everything else didn’t even ask me to find a cheat for it. For some reason, I didn’t miss the beer or wine before dinner, didn’t miss the cheese appetizers, nor the chocolate after lunch, and my usual oblivion to bread and legumes persisted nicely.

One of the offerings of Whole30 is to become more conscious of your food addictions. In the past I have become aware without shifting out of the desire itself; somehow this time, the consciousness actually dampened the cravings. Or something did: I’m sleeping better, could that be it? (My better sleep preceded my Whole30 but followed my DUTCH test, read below for details.)

Our health is truly complex, and perhaps it requires a particular kind of persistent optimism to believe that continuing to fiddle with life’s details can result in feeling better, less medication, and better lab and measurement numbers.

One of the rules of the Whole30 is that you don’t weigh yourself during the 30 days. I know I’m smaller, but I don’t know that I’m lighter, as I’ve been working out harder. Maybe smaller, heavier muscles have replaced lighter, larger fat tissue; that would be just fine with me!

If you’ve never done a Whole30, I encourage you to take the plunge, the challenge, the adventure of it all. Dallas and Melissa Hartwig created a wonderful paradigm. If you start with either the website here or their great Whole30 guidebook here, or the book that came before it all, It all Starts With Food, I can guarantee that it will shake up your world. Hopefully in a good way, I’m happy about the recent shaking in my life.

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