Although I finished the Whole30 a few weeks ago, most of my meals look the same with the addition of some white rice, occasional raw dairy and some dark chocolate now and again. Although as a disclaimer, when I go on vacation I am much more liberal with my diet (and I think that’s fine for most people!) Halfway through March, I went skiing in Utah with my Dad and Erik and while we always enjoyed a healthy breakfast, I definitely indulged in some delicious meals at restaurants and also purposefully “glutened” myself for some of the best cookies I ever had. Anyway, my point is that while doing a challenge is great and there are many benefits I experienced, and am happy to continue experiencing, it’s also nice to be able to bring some balance into my life with some wine and desserts when I want them.
Another Whole30 in the books! I have to say that this one was significantly easier than my first Whole30. I knew what to expect since I had did one before and I was just so ready to make a change. The holidays definitely brought more sweets around than usual and I’ve found that once I start eating sugar, it’s hard for me to stop. And it’s healthy sugar too (at least for the most part!) like Paleo cookies or some dark chocolate after meals. I don’t regret having these things at all, but I think it’s good to give your body a re-set when you find these items creeping into your diet more often than you would prefer.
When I used to pick up a packaged food item (and by packaged I mean anything that comes with a label and an ingredient list), I used to immediately look at the “nutrition facts” section. I would go straight to the serving size and the calories per serving. Calorie count was the main indication to me if a food was “healthy” or “unhealthy”.
To start off, this isn’t a post against Whole Foods. I absolutely love Whole Foods and they are one of the main reason I love grocery shopping so much. I think they have an abundance of amazing products and I respect their overall mission. This article could also have been titled, “Not Everything at Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, etc. is healthy” but because Whole Foods is known as the “natural” grocery store, I thought this title was fitting. So, while I am still absolutely espousing the benefits of eating so many of Whole Foods’s organic/local/ natural foods, that doesn’t mean that every food/ product that is carried there fits this criteria.
We’ve all heard before that stress isn’t good for us. It can cause weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, etc. but the real question is why does this happen and what can be done about it? To understand this more, we have to talk about cortisol.