As someone who has struggled with weight loss since elementary school, food is such a sensitive issue. I hate counting calories. I hate exercising on machines. I’m sure I have real psychological wounds from 20+ years of worrying about what I eat. That being said…
Last summer I tried eating Paleo for a while, and I loved it. Experimenting with new ingredients, making almond flour baked goods and trying new veggies was fun! I felt wonderful and full of energy. It was a lifestyle change that I could truly embrace. As a bonus, I lost 9 pounds in the first couple of weeks, and the weight stayed off- that is, until I came home from vacation and unintentionally went back to dairy and grains over the holidays (Oh, December, the best of times and the worst).
On January 1, James and I started the Whole 30. Basically, it’s a very strict Paleo program (no grains, no dairy, no legumes- AND no Paleo desserts) where you eat lots of fresh veggies and fruit, good quality proteins and no sugar for 30 days straight, no excuses.
Today is Day 16, and I feel great. The best part of this program has been that James is doing it with me. Having my husband by my side is HUGE! There is no way I could do this without him. He feels great too, and says he would like to continue eating this way, long-term. We love clean food!
The hardest part about this program has been the social engagements. Having to ask my mother-in-law and now my sister-in-law to please excuse us while we eat our own food we bring to their house is kind of uncomfortable. I feel rude and awkward and weird. This is the one part of this program I will not sustain after day 30. Starting in February, I will allow myself to be a nice house-guest again.
What do I plan to sustain after day 30? Everything else. Here’s how:
1. I WILL REMEMBER how much energy I have when I eat Paleo.
2. I WILL REMEMBER how rewarding it feels to know you are making healthy choices.
3. I WILL REMEMBER that a “healthy” American diet doesn’t work for me, and that the sugars in dairy and whole grain foods make me crave more food and make my body feel weighed down.
4. I WILL REMEMBER that even if I do not lose weight, the “happy healthy energy” feeling of Paleo/Whole30 is a reward in itself, and that my body deserves to feel this way. And my soul deserves to know that I am eating as healthily as possible.
5. I WILL REMEMBER that if I lose my way, there will always be the Whole 30 to get me back on track.
7 thoughts on “Why I’m Doing the Whole 30”
Good for you! Someday, someday, I will stop being jealous of people who do Whole30 and just do it myself!
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Thank you! You can do it! It’s definitely hard in the beginning, but I think since I had experience with Paleo already, it wasn’t a huge adjustment for me. The website gives a timeline of how you’re going to feel each day, and it is freakishly accurate!
Awesome job! Sounds like you made it over the 2 week hump! It’s definitely tough to turn down hospitality. I just tell people I have celiacs when I want to not eat wheat. It saves a whole bunch of explaining.
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Thanks Steven! I’m pretty excited to be on day 16. Having a pre-planned thing to say is a good idea. My sister-in-law has seen me eat pretty much everything in the book, but this is the first time she’s invited me to her house, so I feel so bad about this. I’m really hoping she doesn’t mind. 🙂
Yeah, sugar is the absolute worst for you and they put it in everything. Last year I got off white flower and have lost almost 40 pounds. I should start taking more steps as I have a bit more to loose.
Wow, congrats on 40 pounds!! That’s awesome!! It’s amazing how much hidden sugar is in almost everything. I really did enjoy the Whole 30. Definitely would recommend if you’re interested!