There is no shortage of people who make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get in better shape. I am certainly no stranger to this resolution and its often frustrating results. This year I just wasn’t feeling it, however my wife Rose had the itch to try something drastic. It is called Whole30 (www.whole30.com) and it is quite intense.
My Cliff Notes version (do people still use Cliff Notes or do they just wiki-everything?) of Whole30 is
a 30 day dietary challenge in which you forego grains, sugars, legumes, dairy, and
basically anything processed. This leaves foods such as vegetables, nuts, fruits, and lean meats (organic is a plus). Rose had been selling me on the benefits of it, (boosting metabolism, fixing your pH levels, etc.) but I wasn’t biting. I had my own reasons that I should do it (high cholesterol and borderline hypertension) but I wasn’t quite there. She wanted to do it and she made a solid selling point (she with her newly minted MBA) that it would be much easier if we did it as a family. “OK fine, I mean, it’s just 30 days.”I would be lying if I said it was easy. I would be lying if it didn’t make me question my sanity, my wallet (purchasing whole and organic foods is expensive), an
d my ability to stay on the path. Food definitely has addictive qualities for me and I am definitely on the “live to eat” side of things. As the days went on, I noticed changes. I felt that my body was purging itself of toxicity; I will spare the details of some of the ways this manifested! I noticed that my somewhat loose fitting clothes became even looser and I was using new belt holes. My mind starting shifting as well. I started to pay more attention to the food that was around me and evaluating not only whether I could eat them, but the nutritive value.
Because I was more limited in what I could eat, I began to eat more mindfully.
There were certainly moments that were extremely frustrating. Going to Wednesday night dinners at the church is one of my highlights of the week. It is also laden with a tableful of wonderful, often homemade desserts. This table became off-limits, save for the rare times that fresh fruit made its appearance amongst the peanut butter and chocolate brownies and cheesecake. This phenomenon often repeated itself at work where delectables would often show up on the table in the kitchen. I would get annoyed when our exchange daughter would gleefully eat a tasty snack in front of me and tell me how delicious it was.o be more mindful of my meals. Rather than, in my not-so elegant way of saying it- “Throwing food into my face-hole,” I was actually experiencing the food I was eating. I was eating mindfully.
In moments of weakness and doubt, I turned to tapping. Sometimes it was just a few taps around a couple points on my face. I found myself tapping under
my eye (connected to the stomach meridian and associated with worry and emptiness) and the side of my eye (connected to the gall bladder meridian and associated with anger, resentment, and fear of change).
At other times I would do rounds of tapping with setups such as “Even though I’m mad that I can’t eat whatever I want, I deeply and completely accept myself” or “Even though I’m craving sugar/carbs/McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets, I’m still a great person.” It enabled me to walk past the desserts, eat sensibly when I ate out, and calmly deal with our smirking Thai daughter eating her second helping of cake.
At the end of what felt like the longest 30 days of my life, I weighed in at 18 pounds lower than I had started.
This was pretty exciting and rewarding. As I had written in a previous post, I had already lost a significant amount of weight while doing my EFT Certification training. Over the course of the past year, I am down about 35-40 pounds. Between a mindful approach to eating, light exercise, and using tapping to address food craving and other issues, I feel like I am on a good path toward more optimal health and wellness. Thank you Whole30, thank you Rose, and thank you EFT!
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