I did my first round of Whole 30 on a late-night whim beginning in October of 2015. I started cold turkey and discovered that I loved the way I felt. If you’re not familiar with the Whole 30 program, check them out here. If you want the quick rundown of what it entails here you go:
- No sugar
- No legumes
- No grains
- No dairy
- No soy
- No alcohol
- No processed foods
While this sounds daunting, it’s not. And this is coming from a sugar addict!
Now, I love sugar. I mean I LOVE SUGAR, BUT I’m well aware that it’s not the best for me. I know the science behind it, and understand that reducing my sugar intake is what’s best for my health. The problem is sugar is in nearly everything we purchase! It’s astounding the different names sugar takes in the foods we eat. Cutting out sugar is difficult mostly for that reason, but if you’re willing to eat whole foods, you can usually avoid it. Just be prepared for a ton of label reading for. other items such as seasoning & condiments.
Why am I doing another round?
Well, I’m finding myself in a more focused and determined place in my life. To be honest, I’m tired of playing games with my health. I remember being so proud of myself when I did my first round. I felt stronger, my skin was clearer, I had more energy, and most important for me, my memory was better. At that time I was working three jobs, and the clarity was amazing. I’m looking to achieve more weight loss this time around, so I plan to use some type of exercise plan as well. (If you have any free suggestions, drop them below!)
I’m completing this round with my small group, and I am excited for the extra support while doing the plan. It’s part of what I’m looking forward to most. We’ll be able to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and new recipes.
Since it’s winter, one thing I’m looking forward to is soups and stews. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a pretty pink Dutch oven, and I plan to put that baby to use! I have a chicken and veggie soup that I’ve been dying to try. I’ll be sure to share Whole 30 recipes here.
Are you planning to complete a round of Whole 30? Here are some tips to get you started that I learned from my first round:
- You don’t have to have eggs for breakfast every day! I know that it’s tempting, but one thing people consistently complain about is getting tired of having eggs 30 different ways for breakfast. I actually have a recipe for sweet potato hash that’s an awesome alternative. (Stay tuned for that one!)
- Prep. Prep. Prep! I cannot stress this enough! As a matter of fact, I would start planning for meal prep a week before I begin. A lack of planning is absolutely detrimental to this process, and it will cause you to fall off the boat. If you want my tips for prepping your meals, check them out here.
- Be open. Any friend of mine will tell you that I’ve always had a general aversion to vegetables. I like broccoli, cabbage, and green beans. BUT since my first round of Whole 30, I’ve started eating other vegetables and even dabbled in salads. One of the goals of the program is to change your relationship with food, and being open to trying new things will help you reach that goal.
- Use social media. There is a whole community of people cheering you on with this process. Many are going through it as well. Don’t hesitate to look up various resources to help encourage you along the way.
- Go to Whole30.com. The number of resources provided are tremendous!
I hope this helps, and I’m definitely going to share my progress through out the month here and on Instagram. Be sure to follow along, and share your progress, if you’re doing the plan as well! I’d love to cheer you on!