I'd been over-eating sweets since Halloween (after eating clean for two months) when I decided I'd had enough. Enough of constant up-and-down weight gain, food cravings, bloating, exhaustion, etc. Nevermind the fact that I have progressed into periodontal disease. So, on January 6th I decided to start the Whole30.
The biggest difference between this "program" and just eating paleo is that there's no dairy and absolutely no sugar, regardless of its source. You also aren't supposed to make substitution foods (like pizza) so that you're able to really understand your eating patterns and figure out what makes you unwell.
In reading their book, I was most struck by the idea that a lot of the foods we typically eat are foods without brakes. As I look back on the mountain of candy I've eaten over the past two months, remembering that I really didn't stop until I felt sick, I felt a sense of clarity. Because here's the thing: I used to think there was something wrong with me because I wasn't satisfied with 1 or 2 cookies, and that I could eat the whole box sometimes. Last spring, I thought it was a signal that I wasn't eating enough calories and should try to eat more overall to diminish the cravings. It never worked and I was back with "willpower." Sort of like drinking.
Since I've cut out sugar completely (including Splenda!) I no longer crave that rush. (Although last night I was dreaming about Hershey's Kisses.) Instead, I find myself satisfied by what I'm eating. Which is strange, because I always used to feel like I needed a "little something extra" after dinner - dark chocolate when I was trying to be healthy, candy or cookies when I wasn't.
I have another ten days to go. The only thing I miss at the moment is cheese, not as an everyday thing, but on pizza. The thing is, I'm not so great with dairy, so I'll see how it goes.