Something is going to change my life this month. I can already feel it.
I read on Two Twenty One the amazing results she had while completing a Whole 30 challenge. I, surprisingly, hadn't heard of such a thing. I am not usually up to date on healthy eating and fitness trends, and I was thrilled to find so many bloggers who took similar challenges based on the book It Starts With Food.
I have never been a big fitness buff, but I also never really watched what I ate or felt that I needed to. There were times in college my weight fluctuated ... but then it went back down. I had a trainer before the wedding who helped get me in shape, and before I knew it I was pregnant. Now, one year after having Cannon ... I'm pretty sure I lost zero pounds. I might have at first, but I gained them all back (and then some).
If I knew where my scale was, I'd reveal my weight right about now. But, I can't find it. Typical. The book mentions not to weigh yourself during the program anyway, so I'm okay with that.
I finished the book over the weekend, and it really sold me on their ideas about eating and wellness. The main idea is to eat certain meats, vegetables, fruits, and fats. Avoid sugar and booze. Say no to grains and legumes. Oh, and no dairy! This means that I need to get a little creative with my choice of coffee in the morning...
I'm a Coke Zero hoarder and a McDonald's French Fry addict, and I feel as if my entire mindset has changed after reading. I haven't had soda all week which is a pretty big deal since I go through SEVERAL a day. I haven't hit the vending machine at work. I've simply been cleaning up my diet, and will really begin the Whole 30 on Monday. Why Monday? Whole 30 also restricts alcohol (duh!), and I have some friends visiting from out of town this weekend. I didn't want to set myself up to fail so soon, so I'm starting officially on Monday.
If you're interested to see what IS allowed, you can read the grocery list here. There are SO many internet challenges, forums, Pinterest boards, and other online fodder that makes Whole 30 feel like something that can be easily accomplished.
I had never even heard of ghee before this week. I hadn't cooked with coconut oil before. I hadn't even purchased kale. I'm learning a lot about food, what ingredients to look for and avoid, and my kitchen is stocked with Whole 30 compliant food.
I'm currently participating in a Whole 30 Instagram challenge. Details here.
While this is not a weight loss program, changing my diet so drastically should help me start getting into shape.
Feel free to direct me to any Whole 30 websites or recipes. If you completed the challenge, I'd love to hear your results.
And, you should get the book. The science behind the food we eat and our psychological reactions and cravings to things like sugar is pretty fascinating. Look for my Whole 30 updates EVERY Wednesday this month.