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Whole 30 Journey

25 August, 2015

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Lately, I’ve been trying to find a way to eat healthier and nothing has worked. I’ve eaten far too much pizza, pasta, and cheese, not to mention the wine I’ve been drinking. I’ve been eating out a lot and not cooking nearly enough at home. So, after talking with some friends who have done it before, I decided to try out the Whole 30 plan for a month and see how it works out.

Although I gave it a lot of thought, I didn’t give it a lot of time. I jumped into the program right away (after only about a day of research) and decided to just do it so that nothing would hold me back. I pinned a few recipes to a new Whole 30 Pinterest board, went shopping for some ingredients, and dove right in.

It’s only been a few days so far, but I am already feeling better about the decisions I am making that affect my body. Primarily the reason why I decided to do this was because I felt my body deserved more respect from me. My body needs more healthy food, more fuel.

So far, the biggest issues I’ve encountered are that the plan is time-consuming. Not so much hard, but it takes planning and preparation time. And the fact that I’m craving sugar. I’m really craving all sorts of chocolate and sweets, but I’m determined not to give in. I only have to do this for 30 days and then I will see what I really want to add back in to my diet.

A few things I’ve noticed so far: sometimes I think I’m hungry, but really I’m just thirsty or bored; I have the hardest time sticking to Whole30 when I’m tired or have no energy; when I prepare a meal from scratch, I feel better about the food I’m eating. These are important observations and I intend to act on them as I continue to move forward with Whole30 for the next 3 weeks.

I’ve been eating really well and enjoying all the food that I’ve made and the food that I’ve had out. Some of the things I’ve made are: ham, broccoli, and sweet potato frittata, cracklin’ chicken, and Asian meatballs. I’ve also been really enjoying coconut milk in my coffee. Snacks have included hard boiled eggs, raw almonds, and fruit.

After a few days and talking with friends about my health, I also decided to buy a FitBit and synced it up with MyFitnessPal to count calories. It’s a lot of change all at once, but I feel energized and motivated and I want to keep moving with this momentum while I’ve got it. Surprisingly, I’m at or near my goal for calories on Whole30 without even thinking about it – just goes to show how many calories are in things I’m not eating right now: grains, legumes, and dairy. I’m already a little nervous about the reintroduction period, but I’m trying to just focus on the present and will worry about that later.

Have you ever done a Whole30? What’s been your experience?

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