Everyday I'm Brusselin'
Hey world. It's me again. You knew that because you came to this site hoping I would have another post and have been checking week after week to just learn about all the wild events going on in my life, but alas, nothing. SO, here I am to share with you many a tidbit of news about my relationship with....Whole30.
Quick note, I haven't had brussel sprouts once (except today) this entire time, so the title is semi-inaccurate (oops).
A mere 28 days ago, I began the journey of Whole30. From sugar detox hangovers to the sufferings of the carb flu, I'm finally two days away from completing this chapter in my life.
How did it go? How are you? Are you still breathing? WE NEED TO KNOW.
Yes. That's the short answer because yes, I'm still here....but what you really want to know is how I'm feeling, what my thoughts are etc.etc.etc.etc.etc...
I'm honestly feeling really great. It took a couple weeks to accept the fact that I was living through a fairly extreme diet, limiting gluten, grains, alcohol, dairy, soy, legumes and sugar. But now, I'm not really thinking about it to much. I shifted my focus to what nutrients my body needed, and in turn, that has become what my body wants. I love vegetables. I love fruit. I love my protein.
PERKS: I'm not bloated, my digestive system is so happy, and I have loads of energy during the day (no more midday crashes).
CONS: I miss dark chocolate. There are some other things I miss, but that's the main one. That said, I HAVE located a dairy free, vegan, paleo refined sugar free, etc. chocolate — shout out to Loving Earth.
Here's the dealio. People have cravings. That's SO fine. I love baking. Am I going to stop baking because of the horrific damages of refined sugar wreaking havoc on my body? Literally no. The entire point of Whole30 for me was to reset my digestive system, have a better relationship with food, understand why we need whole foods, figure out my sensitivities, and try to live a healthier lifestyle.
In case you're curious as to what some of my favorite snack-o's and whatnot were, here you go:
Because this experience has been so beneficial, for personal reasons as well as educational ones, I want to apply what I've learned for future use. My stomach and digestion problems have practically dissolved, making me wary to include dairy in my future diet, but I'm curious to learn about my body's potential reactions to other foods.
All that said, I will be baking because I do love baking (I'm looking at you Minimalist Baker and Sarah's Day to help me achieve my dreams of becoming a domestic princess of the West with healthy, whole ingredients to satisfy my #smoltastebuds). I cannot deprive myself of things I love, so we will take them in moderation. Here's the thing, I'm going to have cake at my best friend's wedding. I'm going to go to Downeast Cider and use my six free tickets to sample hard cider. Why? Because those are moments that are worth it to me.
So long story long, if you have any requests for recipes or posts or knowledge, let me know! If not, that's fine I'm going to post anyways. Easter is this weekend....so...PREPARE YOURSELVES. Thank you for joining me on this journey, and stay tuned to what is in store once Baker Hay gets back in town (that's me...coming back from this Whole30...vacation?).
Stay beautiful my loves.
Aioli aficionado and chocolate chip texture taster with a "put an egg on it" kind of mentality.