Have you heard of the Whole30 program? I’m writing this blog in January, so if you’re reading it in January, you are currently being bombarded with commercials for Weight Watchers, Atkins, SlimFast and 95 different gyms. Everyone wants to get healthy, lose weight, blah blah blah. It lasts until about January 15th and then they’re over it.
I’m not a new years resolution type of girl. Maybe you are. But this year, I decided to start my year off with the Whole30 program. Let me tell you what it is and why I’m doing it.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is basically a 30 day reset for your body, designed to figure out how the foods you eat are affecting you. You eat WHOLE foods for 30 days. This means no, sugar, dairy, grains or anything processed. Don’t stop reading. I know. That sounds extreme. I’m a big fan of sugar in my coffee, greek yogurt after a workout and a bagel every now and then.
The point of the program is to reduce cravings, improve metabolism, digestion and overall health. You don’t have to cut calories or restrict your eating. Say what? Yep. I’ll say it again. You don’t track calories and you’re encouraged to eat. Hi. I’m in.
Why Am I Doing It?
I’m a healthy person. I make healthy choices 75% of the time, eat my veggies, exercise 5 -6 days a week, drink a lot of water and I don’t smoke and I don’t chew and I don’t go with girls who do. But I do struggle with sugar cravings, having self-control when it comes to ‘bad’ foods and I often have a lot of bloating and stomach upset. And I’ve watched friends do the Whole30 and thought ‘that looks great, but there’s no way I could do it‘. I just didn’t think I had the time to plan or the motivation to stick to it. But it kept nagging at me.
The kick in the pants to do Whole30 came when my husband said he’d do it with me. Tackling this program alone seemed overwhelming, but having a partner to go through this with made it seem doable. Plus, he was having a lot of work stress that was affecting his sleep and energy and I thought he could benefit from this too.
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How Do You Get Started?
We started by reading the book ‘It Starts With Food’. If you’ve ever considered the Whole30 program, I’m going to suggest you start here. Just read the book. And you don’t even have to read all of it. Just the first 65%, because the last part of the book is about reintroducing foods after your Whole30 is over.
After reading the book, we committed to the program and we started planning and prepping. PLANNING AND PREPPING IS KEY. This is in all caps because I am yelling at you. YOU HAVE TO PLAN AND PREP. The reason we eat processed foods is because they’re easy to get to. You walk to the pantry, open a box and you’re done. This requires more than that. But it’s worth it.
So we started Whole30. Yesterday. And we’re still alive. Yay us!
I’ll be blogging our journey through Whole30, so if you’d like to follow along, you can follow my Twitter and Facebook accounts AND subscribe to my blog here! And below are some of the resources that we used to get started.
These books are saving my life. They are basically my Whole30 Bibles.
I work, so the idea of planning all these meals was overwhelming. The title doesn’t lie. These meals take 30 minutes or less to make and they are legit delicious.
This is basically like having Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of Whole30, show up in your bedroom (but not in a creepy way) and give you a pep talk every morning and night.
Read the book. That’s all you have to do. And who knows? Maybe it’ll nag at you too until you finally give it a try.