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January 25, 2015

I’m doing Whole30!

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

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  • itzyskitchen

    You’re so sweet! Thanks for the shout out!! Good luck girl! I know you can do it. My favorite foods that got me through it were no sugar added dried papaya from whole foods and almond butter (the just almond kind)

    • thank you!! i’ll have to pick up some dried papaya. i got some dried figs earlier to make a fig balsamic glaze for meatballs. i have a feeling you’ll want to make it!! and amen to almond butter!

  • Lauren @ i had a big lunch

    I would actually love to read your take! I like hearing about Whole30 from people who aren’t normally paleo — and you seem like you have similar eating habits as I do.

  • Recipe ideas would be useful as well as weekly check-ins. I’m all for a more “clean” diet with whole, real foods and am doing this sort of diet right now, myself. But I am eating dairy and 100% whole grains. You can do it!!!

  • God speed you brave, brave woman!

  • Liziheartvegetables

    Good luck!!! I could never do it as a vegetarian, haha, but I’ve read about so many people with awesome results!!

  • Jennifer Niemeyer

    My HS friend is doing Whole30 and is doing an awesome IG series. Think she finished yesterday but I’ll tag you because her meals were right up your alley!!!

  • Charlotte

    I am on day 21. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! Bacon, sweet potatoes, and eggs will be your best friends!

  • Nicole Prša

    I would love to hear more about it! I also love how I feel when I’m not drinking but I live in Europe and see my Croatian in-laws regularly and if I refuse a drink when they offer it, I’ll be bombarded with “are you pregnant” questions and then ultimately be poured “just one for symbolic reasons.” I feel like the more I’ll hear from you about it, the more motivated I’ll be to take on the challenge too! You go girl!

    P.s. Do you ever do at home workouts?

  • argh the no grains part would kill me but more power to you lady! good luck! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Sheanna Caban

    This is great! Made some shredded chicken with (compliant) salsa in the crock pot yesterday (so yum), and a roast is in the crock pot for tonight! Also made some homemade sausage last night and turkey meatballs….Along with chopping up some veggies for the week. Do you have a crock pot? Total time saver when you’re super busy. Also made a pretty awesome frittata yesterday morning. Would LOVE to swap recipes with you….I don’t plan on leaving this behind any time soon. 🙂

  • Woohoo! I’m so excited for you. I love Whole30 posts, but I might be the minority haha. You can totally do it, no probs. I just saw Erica’s post – Trader Joe’s also has dried mango without sugar added. It’s delicious.

  • Kelsey

    There is such a great instagram community for people doing the whole30 – just search #whole30 tags for lots of posts and people’s recipes. Have fun with it! I think you’ll really enjoy it!

  • I am a bit jealous your doing this. Can’t wait to read all about it. I am doing my own 21 day detox from sugar. One step at a time!!

  • Erica

    I’m on day 22. The best thing that has helped me is to meal prep and prep a lot of whole 30 compliant snacks. Also, when going out with friends, club soda with fruit has made not drinking not as terrible.

  • good luck with this! i’ve considered doing something similar, and i agree with you on having a good reason to not drink at all — i think i need to do that for a month or two as well!

  • Tara

    Good luck! I would love to try this, but not sure I can do with out grains/legumes AND dairy for a month. Love my beans (need my fiber!) and grains….so its meat, veggies & fruit? I will look forward to your meal posting!

    • you can get lots of fiber from the fruits & veggies! meat, fruit, veggies, healthy fats, nuts, seeds!

  • Elise Nichols

    Ive been thinking about trying Whole 30 in February! You’re going to be amazing and feel so great when the 30 days are over! I would love any updates you want to share and definitely recipes!

    • do it do it! i’m excited to see how i feel. will def do updates! 🙂 thanks girl!

  • Alexis T

    I definitely would love to see the recipe ideas. Good luck!!

  • Yes yes!!! Please give updates! I feel like I could totally get on board besides the dairy but it’s really only cheese and I did my first step tonight. Avocado instead that works right? 😉

    • i will! i’m already pretty excited about it…but hey i’m on day 2. hahaha. i’m at my aunt’s right now and my cousins ARE ALL EATING SUNDAES. and there is champagne galore. omg.

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        • i’m in a dark room…by myself.. just kidding. but seriously at this point it’s almost like a messed up competition with me myself and i. like DO NOT TOUCH THAT COOKIE WOMAN! haah

  • I am so excited to hear more about this! I’ve heard great things from Whole 30!

  • If you’ve never tried them, I HIGHLY recommend the Tessemae’s salad dressings. A lot of their dressings/sauces are Whole30 approved, and they’re all really delicious.

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