My History with the Whole 30
Over a year ago, I was getting ready for a trip to Hawaii and the Azores, and I was feeling bad. I didn’t want to be the biggest girl on the paddleboard trip on Kauai and I didn’t want to show up in the Azores looking slovenly. This was going to be my first beach trip without kids and my first trip to Europe. I wanted to look both beachy and glamorous.
Carrying an extra 25 pounds wasn’t really making me feel too excited about either trip. At first, I had decided that if I couldn’t lose 20 pounds, I wouldn’t go to Kauai. I gave myself six months and then just kept at my same old habits.
My friend and yoga instructor, Janice Baxter, said something like,“ Speak to yourself with kindness. You will love being on Kauai at any size.”
Her words really helped and I decided that I was going to let something like weight get me down. I would rather have the experience than not.
Sometime soon after, I saw a random tweet about someone about to begin the Whole 30 Program. I started to do some research. The Whole 30 is basically hard core Paleo kick start---no grains, no beans, no sugar, no alcohol, no dairy—for 30 days. It is meant to get rid of a lot of addictions (sugar!) and to reboot eating habits. I was intrigued. I signed up for their daily email newsletter and bought Paleo cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo and got to it on June 1st.
I kept it up for 30 days with no cheating—which is something I am very proud of.
This was a couple of years ago and I know I am ready for reboot.
About a month ago, I started intermittent fasting (which I love, more on this later) but I hadn't really started to clean up my eating habits. SO.....I have decided to take on another Whole 30.
To keep up with this healthier eating, I have decided to join in on a September Whole 30 with official Whole 30 crew. In celebration of Melissa Hartwig’s new book, Food Freedom Forever, they are hosting a group Whole30 that starts on Monday, September 5, and ends on Tuesday, October 4, (the day Food Freedom Forever is available in stores.) If you are interested, sign up for their mailing list to get Whole 30 goodness delivered daily during the 30 day program. (I am actually starting on Tuesday, September 6th, because I got my dates all confused.)
This time will be a bit more difficult because I cook for the whole family and one of my kids is now a vegetarian. This time around I will be prepping more vegetarian Whole 30 meals as well as meals that can be easily made for meat eaters and vegetarians.
I'll be posting about the Whole 30 this time around, including meal plans, recipes and tips and tricks. Hope you stick around!