I would have thought my want for “bad” foods would be gone, or very close to it by now, but tonight we went to a gymnastics meet, and while there I got a whiff of pizza. It wasn’t even good pizza, but just that smell almost made me want to throw in the towel. I have done good sticking to the whole 30 the best I can for this long, but it seems sometimes that the only thing that keeps me from making less than stellar food choices is the fact that my desire to be healthy outweighs my desire to let my taste buds indulge in the meaty cheesy yumminess that is pizza (or whatever other “bad” food sounds good at the moment).
Another thing that almost forces me to make better decisions is our very small food budget. Whole 30 is taking a much bigger whack out of our money than I expected, although I knew it wouldn’t be cheap. We’ve made it this far, but I’m starting to wonder if we’ll be able to make it another week. There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to what you can eat on a Whole 30, but when you can only afford so much, the choice becomes limited. Very limited. I don’t know about everyone else, but even though I originally said I could eat eggs every day for every meal, they’re starting to get a little old. I know I can cook them differently, or spice them differently, and I have been (switched from scrambled with spinach and mushrooms to an omelette with onions and mushrooms the other day), but still… a nice slice of french toast with butter and some thick cane syrup sure would make my tongue dance with joy right now. The rest of me might not be dancing later, but my taste buds would rejoice.
At least that’s what they seem to be trying to tell me.
On the other hand, I know I’m losing weight because I don’t feel as big, my clothes are starting to loosen up a bit and most of the time my wedding ring slides very easily off my finger now. I also know that I feel better (aside from a few gas pains and other minor stomach issues that I can’t seem to figure out). I still don’t think I’ve quite got my sleeping in sync, but I do have more energy.
So I love the way I feel, and I love that I’m starting to finally drop some pounds, but I guess the real issue is that my body is starting to request more variety, and with the limited supply of food we can afford, I’m having a hard time coming up with that variety. I do know that the next time I do a Whole 30, there will be more planning, and hopefully a bigger budget. In the mean time I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, and push through the best I can.