Bam! I’m on it.
After a week of brewing over whether to start Whole30 or a paleo diet, I decided to commit to Whole30. I weighed out the benefits of each, but ultimately decided to go with Whole30 because I see it more as a science experiment for my body rather than a diet. I really like the idea that at the end of the 30 days, I’ll slowly add back in what I’ve removed to see how my body tolerates it. I’m my own little lab rat over here. Er, mouse. They’re cuter.
Since moving, I’ve packed on a few pounds from eating out often and not being as dedicated to my workouts. With the new year, I’ve done a great job at getting to the gym, thanks to my workout calendar, but I know that exercise is not the only factor to a healthy lifestyle. Eating habits are so, so important. Even if I’m dedicating a solid 5 days/week in the gym, I can still undo all my hard work by what I eat. And drink!
So, for the next 30 days I’ve decided to embark on what may be one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever committed to. But after everything I’ve read and everyone I’ve spoken to who has also done the challenge, I have great expectations that this will also be one of the most rewarding challenges. Though I mentioned gaining a few pounds, that certainly isn’t my main motivation for starting Whole30. I want to feel the positive benefits of removing many toxins from body and replacing them with natural, wholesome foods.
In case you’re not aware of what Whole30 is all about, here are the basic rules:
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients.
EAT REAL FOOD.
Read the rules in depth here.
I also started by reading the official book of Whole30, It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The book is very science-y. It’s packed with information on how this plan works, why you should do it, and what benefits you will feel from it. I read it pretty quickly, as I knew it would be important to understand what my body would be going through and the reason behind these changes. I cannot stress enough that the main reason I was so motivated to do this is from hearing how much some of my friends enjoyed the challenge. Carly, Laura, and Erica have all done the challenge — all three are such rockstars in my book and I admire them for committing to the plan.
I can tell you right now, I’m actually really excited about no booze for 30 days. Y’all know I love a glass of wine –often more than one– but it feels SO good to not drink for a while. I’ve given up alcohol a couple of times and I love the way I eat better, sleep better, and am more productive in general. Don’t get me wrong, social settings and temptations will be a struggle so I am a bit nervous. That and the fact that I’m giving up so many other things at the same time whereas before it was just alcohol. No sweets, treats, or sugar of ANY kind. Yikes. That’s a double whammy if you ask me.
As far as blogging goes, I haven’t decided how much I’ll post about Whole30. Are you guys at all interested? I may do weekly checkins, but definitely want to share recipe ideas too. I will 100% do a recap after the 30 days summarizing changes I noticed, struggles I had, and my overall thoughts on the program. At the very least, I’ll be posting updates on instagram, so be sure to follow along.
Phew, that was a lot! Thank you if you read it all! Let me know if you have any questions or if you’ve done this before. Any tips or advice are greatly appreciated. And if anyone wants to join in on the fun, let’s go! XO