Ever since our move in March, things have been a little crazy schedule wise. This of course turns into less time to work out, which turns into pounds. Through my friend, Lora, I heard about Whole 30. It's not exactly a diet but a way to jump start a lifestyle change.
Sounded good, the food "yes" list looked good- lots of meat, veggies, fruits, healthy fats. Then I realized the "no" group- grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, artificial additives or sugar. With that list, then what do I eat? I must admit, that scared me a little, I know I definitely have some food issues- hello, iced coffee laden with sugar.
I like the message of Whole 30 though- "change your tastes, habits, or relationship with food" and eat real food. Another rule? Ditch the scale for a month. This eating plan isn't about losing weight, although it does for a lot of people. It's about gaining that healthy balance with food but in order to do that you need to break some bad habits and create some good ones.
I got Jake on board and we officially started on June 1st, building our learning muscle about food! I actually started the day before, May 31 because I was so nervous of all the stuff I would have to "give up". The funny thing that happened is that I kept going on Saturday, didn't feel hungry or deprived and was able to count that day as my "Day 1". Tomorrow will mark my full week on Whole 30.
- Day 1, a little bit of the crankies
- Day 3, stomach felt nauseous
- Day 2-4, sleepy in the afternoon
Things I've learned:
- I can eat three balanced meals of protein, veggies and fat without snacking which I love because I've struggled in the past with trying to fit in different snacks throughout the day
- I don't feel hungry all the time, which in a weird way lets me focus on food less
- I don't crave junk food and I can be around it with the kids, like white cheddar popcorn
Things I've changed:
- my previous eating habits and following the Whole 30 rules
- cutting out a daily iced coffee, homemade or Starbucks
New things I'm enjoying:
- sauteed kale with garlic, for real
- baked sweet potato
- fresh roma tomatoes sprinkled with salt
- Tazo passion tea unsweetened
- break some unhealthy relationships with food, bye bye whole pint of Haagen Daaz
- to drop some weight, let's call them "moving pounds"
- maintain a good energy level and not rely on caffeine for energy
Want to join Jake and I and do a Whole 30 too?