Hello, Monday. Hello, Whole 30. Talk about a double whammy! Yes, I’ve decided that the time has finally come. It’s time to do a little ‘spring cleaning’ to this body of mine. Today marks day one of my beginning Whole 30.
If you’re not familiar with what Whole 30 is, this is a great in-depth link on what it’s all about. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with that unsettling list of things that are forbidden to eat or drink while on the 30 day challenge, I’ll share with you why I’m doing it and why I’m nervous and excited all in one.
The reasons WHY I’m doing Whole 30:
- My body has been “off” since everything has happened with my Dad’s health and my brother’s passing. I’ve actually considered myself to eat quite healthy over the past few years (my first blog was about health and fitness, after all!), but since going through such an emotionally draining year and a half, I will admit that I’ve really let my eating habits get weird. I don’t eat in excess per se, but my appetite is unpredictable and not well moderated. My tummy often feels “off” and I blame it on stress, but I deep down know food can easily be the culprit.
- My immune system stinks. I’m constantly sick. I usually blame this on the fact that I work with babies and kiddos and that I’m always freezing cold. And though those very well may be large contributors to my persistent cold and flu bugs, I’m starting to get desperate for anything to stop the germies from taking over. Also, my sinus’ are always on the fritz. I carry Sudafed and Advil with me at all times to combat miserable sinus migraine headaches. It’s awful. Since Whole 30 is an anti-anflamitory diet, I’m eager to see if this helps.
- I’m a donut (cake sprinkled) and fast food (Chick-Fil-A) lover that usually abides by the ‘everything in moderation’ rule. However, lately I’ve found myself craving it more and more which means moderation isn’t truly happening. I’m clearly lacking nutrients in my diet that can ward off such cravings. It’s time to tell my body a strict ‘no’ way more than I’ve been saying ‘yes’ so that it only craves such treats on very rare occasions!
- I need to get back into a good fitness routine! I’m currently in a fitness rut, y’all. I was so burned out after ‘sweating for the wedding’ that I feel a lack of desire to kick it back into high gear. However, whenever I get intentional with my diet, my fitness desires follow suit.
- My sister-in-law decided she wanted to do it together! We’re best friends for a multitude of reasons, but our identical taste buds are certainly at the top of the list. We both love and crave so many of the same things, it’s crazy. But we recently admitted to each other that we were both feeling so off and that a change needed to happen. When she threw out the idea of saying goodbye to gluten for a while, I raised her one better and proposed the idea of Whole 30. We shook on it this past Saturday. And here I am writing a blog post about it to make it official! What have we done.
The NOT reasons I’m doing Whole 30:
- I’m not going into this with the idea that I’m going to loose a whole bunch of weight. A little weight loss may very well happen, and that will feel good, but it’s not my main motivator. Let’s put it this way…I will be happy if I put on a bikini at the end of this and feel better about myself, but I’m finally at a place in life where I’ve accepted these curves of mine regardless.
- I’ll admit, I’ve totally internally eye-rolled at Whole 30 participants in the past. I’m sorry! I just have seen it be so life consuming and unobtainable for a long term diet that I’ve not understood why people couldn’t just ‘cut back’ or eat in moderation. But if I’m being real with myself, sometimes tough love is just what needs to happen when you’re needing to make a serious change. And I’m currently in that boat.
- This is not for forever. My hope is to come out of this being more aware of what foods make me feel good and what foods make me feel icky. I honestly can’t imagine never having half and half in my coffee again. Don’t you tell me coconut milk tastes just the same! Cream comes from a cow, y’all! But really, I love so many foods far too much to say goodbye to them for forever. So perhaps I’ll eat my words at the end of this (doubtful), but I’ll likely go back to the moderation mode with an extra sense of caution when all is said and done.
My game plan for success:
Accountability: Pretty much the main reason that today’s blog post is about this. I needed to post it to hold myself accountable! If I didn’t, I think I would honestly cheat. It’s terrible, but true. I love food! And wine! And having both with friends! So judge me!
Lists on lists on lists: I’ve always enjoyed meal planning, but with Sam in busy season at work, it’s hard to stay on track while cooking for one. If my husband isn’t home, you can often find me with a bowl of cereal or popcorn for dinner. Sooo… I’m going to have to really have to get after it again and be intentional with my planning time and grocery shopping.
Support from others: Having my sister do this with me will be huge. We’re also recruiting others, just saying. 😉 And I’m also going to be referring back to a handful of friends that I have done it in the past and get their tips and tricks. I loved the way Katey blogged her way through her experience – not in a crazy all-natural health food blog kind of way, but in a keeping it real this is hard and I miss queso but I feel better and I can do this kind of way. Go, girl!
So here I go! Day 1! If y’all are interested in me blogging little recaps of how it’s going over the next 30 days, let me know! I’m hoping to share some recipes I find to be keepers here, too.
Have you done Whole 30? What did you think of it? Any good recipes I need to know? Comment and let me know!
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Missing Chick-Fil-A, cheese, and wine already.