Yesterday, I told you all about my very physical experience with dealing with stress. In a nut shell, I have been gaining weight, dealing with headaches, severely breaking out on my face and neck, feeling stomach pains after eating, and experiencing crazy low energy. Normally, I would say I just felt a little sick and not think twice. But, since it has been over a month of these yucky feelings, I decided to do something about it.
I first heard about Whole 30 a few months ago when I read about Elsie Larson’s fitness story (founder of A Beautiful Mess). I thought it was just another diet so I didn’t think much about it. Later, I started following Katie Day’s Whole 30 journey on Instagram as she sailed down to pre-baby weight. That’s when I started feeling intrigued.
I read some stuff online about the program and decided that I would give it a try. Honestly, I just wanted to get to pre-baby weight and Ryan was on board so it was a go! I bought the book just so I could have all the details in place but ended up learning what Whole 30 is really about! I suddenly realized that I needed Whole 30 in my life to help me deal with the out-of-the-norm physical issues I was experiencing and finally redefine my relationship with food.
If you have never heard of Whole 30 before, or you think it is just a “diet”, then I want you to keep reading. I am only on day 7, but I have already learned so much and I truly believe it is going to be life-changing.
Whole 30 Basic Guidelines
Length of Time: 30 days
Foods you can eat: Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and natural fats
Foods you cannot eat: Sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol
You are not allowed to weigh or measure yourself for the duration of the 30 days.
I know this might sound crazy to you. You might be thinking “How in the world can I ever give up cheese?!?” I get it…I asked the same question. But, once I read all of the potential benefits of completing this “challenge”, I knew that cheese wasn’t worth not trying.
The reason for giving up these certain foods is to give your body a chance to reset and clear out all of the “junk.” Even though some of those foods are the ones you consider healthy (like rice), they can be causing digestive issues, silent inflammation, or a slow metabolism. I have never been “allergic” to any certain food, but I have never cleared out my system long enough to find out if anything is bothering me in any way. By eliminating these foods for 30 days, I am allowing my body to get rid of gunk and give me time to figure out what foods are causing the problems. This happens in the form of reintrodcution. When the program is over, I will have a chance to slowly, one-at-a-time start eating the foods I gave up for 30 days and see how they affect my body and over-all health.
Some of the potential benefits I am hoping to experience during and after Whole 30 are:
- Subdued or eliminated cravings
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Clear skin
- Weight loss
- Discover how food affects me
This is just a little run-down of what I have learned and hope to experience in the next 30 (24 now!!) days. I wanted you to know what it was so that you wouldn’t have to wonder “what the heck is she talking about?!” every time I said Whole 30! I am planning on sharing with you the highs and lows, give details on my experience as I go, and even share some of our favorite meals with you!
If you want to learn more about it, check out Whole30.com or read The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. I definitely recommend reading the book if you are considering trying it out. If I had started Whole 30 without reading the book, I believe I would have either done it wrong or failed. I learned so much about how food affects our bodies and why Whole 30 is a healthy way to reboot.
I’m so excited to share Ryan and my Whole 30 journey with you! My goal is that you will be encouraged to live a healthy life, get ideas for healthy meals, or maybe (just maybe) give Whole 30 a try! After 30 days, I will know for sure, but I’m almost positive you won’t regret it!
Feel free to ask questions! I definitely don’t have all the answers or even the full 30 day experience, but I would love to share more with you about my journey so far! And if you are going to do your own Whole 30, you can count on me for support!
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