If there was ever something I didn’t think I could do, Whole30 was it. I’ve been asked plenty of times to join friends on their 30 day challenge to eat barely nothing. Plus, there was always an event or anniversary or a date night at a new restaurant. Yeah, no way I could do it. Why would I want to? I mean, go 30 days without my oatmeal? You’re crazy! 30 days without stepping foot to my favorite brewery? Get out of here!! And don’t even get me started on giving up my beloved cheese! I NEED dairy. It’s basically what I’m made up of.
So what exactly is this “Whole30” I speak of? It’s a RESET. A reset for your body to perform the way it was intended. Please read what the Whole30 program is about HERE. However, here’s a little snippet on what you’re allowed to eat and avoid.
Things to avoid:
Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial.
Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.
Do not eat grains.
Do not eat legumes.
Do not eat dairy.
Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
So what can I eat?
ALL THE REAL FOOD! Did our ancestors eat it? Caveman able to find it? Then YES, eat THAT. If it doesn’t have an ingredients list, even better. Here’s a shopping list to give you an idea.
I’m telling you, this is DOABLE. Especially now-a-days; Whole30 is widely popular and there are so many brands and companies that offer Whole30 approved products to make it EASIER. And who doesn’t love that? We’ll take all the help we can get. There’s cookbooks, pinterest recipes and the best social media support.
So why did I finally give in and start this life-changing challenge?
Long story short: Food was controlling me. My hormones were nut-so. I felt tired, sad. I’ve tried everything from Weight Watchers, calorie counting, Keto, low carb, etc. Of course, I lost weight with each one of those but I also gained it all back. For ME, programs and diets were something to keep my accountable. I would track points, weigh my spinach, eat all the butter, and avoided bread like the plague. THIS IS NOT A WAY I WANTED TO LIVE. I wanted freedom from numbers and points and tracking every morsel of food that went into my mouth.
After quitting all the plans and finally being “diet-plan” free, I figured I could just watch what I ate. I mean, I learned so much from the other plans, surely I can do this on my own. I’m a grown-ass woman.
Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. AT ALL. I started binge eating again. I had zero control over my food. I was always thinking when my next meal was. I would eat even though I wasn’t hungry just because “it should be about time for a snack”. There were times I would stand with the pantry doors open, shove half a box of crackers in my mouth while eyeing my next consumption. Then I would move on to the freezer. I always had ice cream that would numb any feelings of being full. Having an out-of-body-experince is the best way I can describe it.
Mid-way through our last vacation (July 2018) I was miserable. I had to buy new clothes since none of mine fit. We ate and drank, drank some more. I literally felt like I was dead inside. Mentally, I was loving the fact that I ate all the things I knew I shouldn’t be eating. #rebel. Physically, I hated it.
By the time Tuesday came that week, I made the decision to make a change. I NEEDED something to completely reset my mojo. I wanted a clean slate, be recharged, but most of all, I wanted FOOD FREEDOM. I want to be able to enjoy ice cream out with friends without feeling like I need to go home and polish off a sleeve of Oreos (I’ve already messed up my diet, might as well keep it going right?! Ugh.) I didn’t want to track, weigh, or count; didn’t even want to weight myself! (Oh, did I mentioned you’re not allowed to weigh or measure yourself THROUGHOUT the 30 days?)
Whole30 was the only thing that could promise me this.
If I gave it 100%, it would deliver.
And boy did it deliver! Today is day 29 … 1 day left! I can’t believe it. I’ll weigh in and start reintroduction on Wednesday which is my next step to food freedom! All I can say now is this: the changes I’ve made (physically & mentally) and the mountains I’ve moved thus far have made me a believer.
I AM WHOLE30.