And you thought my whole30 rants would be over. ‘Fraid not people.
Yes, I officially finished whole30 on 30th August, but just because it was over, didn’t mean that I could eat whatever I want.
The 10 days after whole30 ended was a reintroduction phase. Lactose, Gluten, Non Gluten & Legumes. The whole point of doing a reintroduction this way was to determine how my body processed these foods.
The first few days brought dairy back.
I was so excited about reintroducing these items: milk, cheese, and cream. Yay!
Well, I thought yay. Unfortunately No 🙁
Dairy made me feel awful, utterly awful.
I’m talking, wind pain, burping, farting, bloating, cranky, mood swings. You name it, I got it.
I think it’s safe to say I’m lactose intolerant.
I can still have lactose, just in small doses. I’ve also discovered that if I have it in the morning it gives my body time to process it. I found that if I had it any later, I would be tossing and turning in my sleep, then wake up in a brain fog.
Gluten, well so far I’m ok with it, but I don’t really miss pasta or bread.
Non-Gluten – Things like Rice and Corn. Rice I can tolerate, but it’s not as nice as I remember. Corn, I enjoy, again in small doses. I’m looking forward to growing my own in our veggie patches.
Legumes – to be honest, I was never really into legumes in the first place. The only legume I really consume is chickpeas, and I haven’t even had them yet.
So overall I’m a bit sad that I’m lactose intolerant, but I can have lactose-free milk (small amounts). Whey powder I will have to change to pea protein powder when it’s empty.
One thing is for sure, Whole30 has really made me appreciate eating nutrient-dense foods. They taste so much better than that processed man-made stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I did have homemade sausage rolls, sweets, and whatnot, and they did taste good, but the feeling I got after them, was not so great. It has made me realise that the food that I put into my mouth has a bigger effect on me than I thought. Especially on my moods and on my sleep. It also made me realise how much of a sugar addiction I had. I try to steer clear of sugar now, because I know if I have something, then I just want more.
Does that mean I will stick to being Paleo? Well more likely primal than paleo. I’m not going to be a nazi about it, but I do/will want my kids to be paleo eaters too.
Will I do Whole30 again? Yes most likely. I’m thinking early 2014.
6 thoughts on “Post Whole30”
It makes sense to introduce things gradual to see who they individually effect you, that makes sense.
Although I could never go this route myself (I don’t have the willpower and I enjoy occasional cheat foods a little too much:) I still am quite impressed not only did you make it through your month, but you have kept at it. Great job!!!
Sugar is a huge problem, so I’m trying to find healthier alternatives, but at least I get to bake again.
I like you’re thinking…Actually b/c of you I’ve started to eat Paleo myself, I’m not doing a challenge or anything but have cut out all processed products and am only eating whole foods so kinda a challenge I guess lol.
woohoo go you, you’ll feel the benefits for sure. I know I have.
Fantastic you’re doing so well post whole 30! Shame about the lactose thing…welcome to my world though! I’ve not lost out being lactose intolerant…just means I make more of the stuff I love at home! Then I know what’s in my food (and cakes) and avoid unhealthy foods when eating out!
Keep up the good work 😉
I’ve got some lactose tablets that I can take prior to me eating lactose that helps to break it down. But I don’t want to rely on it all the time.
I’ll deal, as there are alternatives to dairy, like coconut milk (yum), and yes means more baking at home, which I love to do.