A Whole Lotta 30 (Day 10)

Day 10! One-third of the way!

At the end of Day 7, Sam and I were joking that it would be easiest to just eat Charlie’s (grain-free) kibble for the remainder of the month.

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Hands off my kibbles!

We were a little punch-drunk from all the cooking.

But actually, Days 8 and 9 were not so bad for me. We had our big supply of spaghetti squash for meals, and yesterday Sam and I both ate RESTAURANT SALADS for lunch. That was pretty exciting. (Mine was from Granville, Sam’s was from Chipotle.)

Our strategy is to cook a big meal that will yield many leftovers, a few times a week. In theory, that will keep the cooking from getting overwhelming. (I mean, I still have to make those daily EGGS. ARGH! But now I’m resigned to it…)

Also, I now have TWO co-workers doing Whole30. One re-upped, and the other is new to it. So that’s like… a quarter of the office.

Another exciting development was the realization that our office has almonds I can snack on, and we bought almonds AND pistachios to have at home. I’m a little worried that I’m replacing my old bad-habit snacks with nuts, but… whatever, it’s nice to have a snack option that isn’t green grapes!

Although I seem to be free of most of the negative side effects (Days 8-9 are feeling bloated/stomach grossness, or as they put it “For the love of Gosling, my pants are TIGHTER”), poor Sam has been feeling pretty awful all along. Hopefully that goes away soon… we are both committed to sticking it out for each other, like some kind of terrible love pact.

We’re the Romeo & Juliet of Whole30. The Hamlet and Ophelia of the Whole30 … the Gift of the Magi of the Whole30?

Romance is weird.

Speaking of, I think it says something about the perceived demographic of the Whole30 that they use the phrase “for the love of Gosling.” Much like the term “SAD,” it makes me feel somewhat rage-y. (Besides seeming smug, it occurs to me that SAD feels very Trump-ian.)

I have nothing against Ryan Gosling on a personal level (Sam has seen him in our neighborhood… hello, friend!), but he’s kind of an obvious, basic-bitch person to choose as an every-crush… and then to use as a romantic swear word?

I was that girl who resolutely stayed disinterested in JTT and Leo back in elementary school, so… clearly my annoyance with one-size-fits-all crushes persists.

Days 10-11 on the Whole30 timeline are the “The Hardest Days,” the days when people are most likely to quit, for a variety of reasons that you can read on their site.

Here is part of the explanation:

This is where you really start to experience the psychological hold that your food habits have on you. You’ve put in a lot of effort to get to where you are right now, but you’re still waiting for the results you’re hoping to see. Your  brain tells you that you deserve some kind of reward (don’t you?) and, of course, we’ve been conditioned to think of food as the best reward out there. Right now, you’re craving that ice cream, beer, or whatever treat you think would make for just the right reward. But, instead of that treat, you’re standing face to face with the realization that you have 20 more days of deprivation ahead of you.

The key here is to redefine your idea of reward.  Think long and hard about the foods you’re grieving and ask yourself what need you’re expecting them to fulfill.  Are you feeling anxious and looking for reassurance?  Are you feeling sad, and looking for something to cheer you up? Are you worried you won’t successfully finish the program, and it’s easier to self-sabotage than fail? Remind yourself that food cannot fill that void for you—cannot make you feel truly accomplished, comforted, calm, happy, beautiful. Then, find another way to fill that need that does not involve those foods. Prepare yourselves for these days, knowing that all you have to do is see them through to the other side before things get much, much easier.

While I don’t disagree with the ideas at play here, I actually think I got over that hump around Day 7-ish. Once we got the food situation figured out, it’s like… all right, we’ve got the wind in our sails.

Honestly, the thing that makes me question Whole30 the most these last few days is the nagging feeling that it’s… kind of a cult? In the way that a lot of fad diets get very cult-y.

If you look at the Facebook group or the Whole30 website, people kind of seem to worship the woman who co-founded Whole30, Melissa. This is Melissa’s favorite non-egg breakfast (developed by her chef)! This is what Melissa packs to eat when she’s traveling around spreading the gospel of Whole30! (A WHOLE SUITCASE OF MEAT STICKS.)

(She also recommends Rx Bars, which… are also a cult? We have them at work, and I opened one up in my pre-Whole30 days and was immediately repulsed.)

One thing that struck me as weird is that in the Whole30 book we have, they specifically say, we’ll give you a week-one meal plan, but after that you need to figure it out on your own. We’re not going to hold your hand.

I just saw that Melissa announced that she’s putting out… a book that tells you EXACTLY what to do for 30 days. So it turns out that they WILL hold your hand… for profit.

Suddenly my eye is twitching. Maybe I’ve said too much.

Another weird thing is that while the Whole30 is supposed to be super anti-inflammatory, some of the foods that they include are known suspects… like nightshades. There IS a version of the Whole30 that restricts them, but I’m just sayin’.

Maybe if I read the science-y book that accompanies Whole30, I’d understand better. But I looked up another, similar diet that I was interested in at one point — written by a doctor — and that one ALLOWS beans but forbids potatoes/squash. As in, the opposite of Whole30. So, like… what gives?

All that said, I’ve heard that once you’ve gotten into the Whole30 groove, if you try to go cold-turkey back to eating as before, it’ll make you sick. So there’s kinda no point in stopping? I want to at least get to the point where you’re supposed to feel amazing, which is within the next week. (I’m skeptical, but I’ve put in this much work already, so…)

Another thing I think is a cult is anything advertised on a podcast (they’re PAID!), but particularly Halo Top. I heard an ad yesterday that was like, go ahead and eat a whole pint, it’s just 300 calories.

I’m HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS, Halo Top. Anything that just gets called by a brand name and not by the food that it’s supposed to be (… protein sorta-ice cream??) is a little strange, don’t you think?

Come to think of it, my favorite food podcast advertised Rx Bars the other day… is nothing sacred???

Maybe Days 10-11 should be the conspiracy theory days. For the love of PAUL RUDD, you’ll suspect that we’re trying to get you to drink the KOOL-AID! 

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One thought on “A Whole Lotta 30 (Day 10)

  1. Re your experiences this week:
    Not to be unsupportive and not an official blog reply, but in my older and wiser? age I’ve come to realize that 1) book clubs are a pain in the ass- I want to read the books that I want to read when I want to read them and I don’t necessarily want to hear somebody else’s take on that book. Once I’m done reading a book I want to go right onto the next book. If I want a book recommendation there’s plenty of sites on the Internet for that.
    2) all fad diets like Pritikin, Scarsdale, South Beach, Whole 30 etc. are reinventions of some other diet. They are to some degree cultish and faddish and deprive dieters way too much. The best example are all those people who lose hundreds of pounds on the biggest loser show and then five years later are heavier than they started out. The deprivation they put themselves through is unsustainable. The best “diet” is no diet, just being sensible and eating all things in moderation accompanied by exercise. You are right, these diets mostly benefit the people who write and sell the books.
    It reminds me of Amway–you can do it, rah rah, just buy all the books and tapes from us that tell you how to make money. One of us will get rich.

    Sent from my iPhone

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