I started Whole30 today! One day down, 29 more to go.
In case you don’t know what Whole30 is, it’s a lifestyle change program where you cut out certain foods from your diet in order to lose weight, develop healthier eating habits, and improve your overall health. The program started out in 2009, but I didn’t start hearing about it until the last year or so. I remember when I first heard about it, I thought, “I could NEVER cut out sugar, bread, and dairy from my diet!” But then I kept hearing about friends and co-workers of mine who were doing it, which sparked my interest a little more. I finally got up the nerve to try it out after successfully completing a 3-day fruit fast during the 40-day transformation program I did through my yoga studio back in April. During the 40 days, I learned a lot about my eating habits and things I wanted to change. Then after completing the fruit fast, I realized that maybe I could actually have the self control to cut out bad foods and change the way I eat for good. After that realization, I started researching Whole30 more and more until I was convinced that this was something I absolutely needed to do for myself if I really wanted to get serious about living a healthier lifestyle.
Here are some more details on the program and how it works:
- You can consume meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and natural fats.
- You can’t consume added sugar of any kind, alcohol, dairy, grains, or legumes.
- You can’t recreate baked goods, “treats,” or junk foods with approved ingredients (banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, etc).
- You can’t weigh yourself or take measurements during the 30 days.
(Those are the basics. If you want to learn more, definitely check out Whole30.com.)
You might be thinking, “No more happy hour? No more wine and cheese plates? NO MORE STARBUCKS?!” It does seem like a lot to give up just to lose a few pounds, but for me, this has to do with so much more than losing weight. I want to break my bad habits of stress eating and eating my food too fast. I want to break my addiction to sugar. I want to reset my tastebuds. I want to sleep better and have more energy. I want to get rid of my seasonal allergies. I want to learn how to cook more healthy meals. I want to have a better relationship with food. I want to be happier.
So, with all that being said, wish me luck on this first venture into my thirties! I’ll be sure to post weekly updates throughout the month. It’s going to be hard, but if you really put it into perspective, there are much harder things in life, like fighting cancer or birthing a baby. Plus, it’s only 30 days of my life, not forever. I can have French fries again in July…
Or who knows? I might not even have the desire to eat French fries once my Whole30 is up. If so, then I’ll officially be able to say that Whole30 really is life changing.