So what exactly is this Whole30 thing?
You may have asked that question before, just as I did this past year. My hubby’s sister did it and then a few of my close friends went through the program as well. I heard all good things about it and became very interested!
My husband and I finally bit the bullet and went through the program in August/September and absolutely LOVED it. For months we had talked about how we needed to change our eating habits and get healthy. Trust me, the struggle is real. It’s so difficult to actually CHANGE. It takes a lot of work and discipline to take control of your health, but it is SO worth it. I have lost 20 pounds since doing Whole30 and I haven’t felt this good in years! This is the first of many posts that will be a part of an entire series of Whole30 posts and recipes that you’ll see from me. The program was so successful for me that I know I need to share all the fantastic things I learned and gained from it! I am by no means an expert on this stuff, and the way I did my Whole30 is what was best for me, not an exact replica of what the program wants you to do! I just think that if I can encourage someone else to make a change and get healthier than that is awesome!
So first off, let’s answer that question…what the heck is it?
Whole30 was designed to literally change your life in only 30 days and have complete transformation within your eating lifestyle. Their website says it like this,
“Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” –Whole30.com
This program affects everything from your skin, sleep patterns, aches and pains, bloating, and a ton more. When all the “yucky” stuff that we eat is stripped from our diet, we can actually see how certain foods affect our bodies in a positive or negative way. My husband and I literally dream EVERY night now, because we’re actually getting deep, deep sleep that we were not getting on a normal basis before our Whole30. My skin broke out at first when starting the Whole30 (which is normal) and now my skin looks so healthy! Bloating is totally gone. Every once in a while I’ll just look at my stomach in the mirror and think, “Wow! I can’t believe that’s MY stomach!”
The testimonies are tremendous from people who have benefited from Whole30. Do yourself a favor and take just a few minutes to read “Step One” on the Whole30 website. I promise you, it will catch your attention and you’ll want to know more.
“The physical benefits of the Whole30 are profound. More than 95% of participants lose weight and improve their body composition, without counting or restricting calories. Also commonly reported: consistently high energy levels, improved athletic performance, better sleep, improved focus and mental clarity, and a sunnier disposition. (Yes, more than a few Whole30 graduates said they felt “strangely happy” during and after their program.)” – Whole30.com
Like, WOW. How could you not be intrigued right now??? I know it caught my attention.
So here’s the simplified, dumbed down and basic version of what it entails…
YES: meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts.
NO: sugar, wheat, grain, dairy, soy.
I know, I know!!! That sounds reeeally scary but it’s NOT! I promise you that I was COMPLETELY satisfied during my Whole30 without all those things that I’m so used to having. The program obviously has more to it then just then just this yes/no list but that gives you a general idea of the rules. The initial challenge is just for 30 days, to get you to change your bad habits and create new, healthy habits.
Whole30 is not just about what you can and cannot eat, it’s about WHY you should or shouldn’t eat certain things. The program helps cut off the unhealthy emotional connection we have with our food and even trains us to mentally and psychological change the way we view food. For instance, you are not supposed to weigh yourself AT ALL during the 30 day challenge. And its SO tempting to want to weigh yourself! My husband Sterling definitely broke this rule! He could not help but weighing himself, whereas I stood strong and waited until the end. The program doesn’t want you to get caught up on your weight, they want you to just focus on your goal and stay strong. Think about it, if you weighed in and realized you didn’t lose any weight yet, that could very discouraging and affect your motivation.
If you are even remotely interested at this point you need to go either order the Whole30 book online or go to Barnes & Noble and sit and read a bit of it for yourself. Reading the book is what sealed the deal for me. I learned SO much from the book and began a journey of actually knowing what I was really eating. I feel so much more educated on what I am putting in my body and how it’s affecting me.
I look forward to sharing many more posts to come to help you get acclimated with Whole30! I’ll be sharing how to get started, tips and tricks, recipes, life after Whole30, and more! Stay tuned!
**Disclaimer: We are not experts, buy the book and read up. If you are a minor please talk with your parents/guardians before changing your diet. Become extremely informed about what the Whole30 lifestyle is about before making any changes. Enjoy!