Whole30 adventure and because this is something I love so much, I thought it was deserving of its own post.I completed my first whole30 back in August of last year after a summer of too much eating and drinking and I made the decision halfway through that it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. I don’t even know how much weight I was losing or lost, but I know that my clothes fit better than ever, I was sleeping like a baby, my weird skin cleared up, and I had more energy than before. Since then, I’ve always been able to pinpoint when I feel terrible as a result of my poor eating habits.
Of course, the holidays came around and I was eating whatever delicious things came my way, so I did another whole30 in January to start the year off on a good note and get my eating back in check. And it worked! I even named my blog because of it. I did a 30 day spin challenge at the same time and I felt amazing. Unfortunately my birthday was in February, I moved, and my eating habits went back to hell after everything was said and done. Then I gained some new relationship weight. It happens. Whatever.
I decided to do it again this month as a reset to get my act together. We’re going on vacation next month and I know that when I eat certain things, my whole body feels bloated, my cheeks are chubby, and I’m tired and grumpy and all I want to do is eat. Obviously I don’t want to go on vacation feeling like that so this was a perfect time to do a reset on all the nonsense I’ve been feeding my body. Whole30 is similar to paleo, with a very big exception that I can have potatoes. God bless white potatoes because they are my life right now. No matter how healthy I try to be, I cannot grow to LOVE sweet potatoes, so they have to take a seat for now. During the first two rounds, I ate more almond butter and avocado than a normal human should and now I am not a huge fan of either, so I’m hoping I don’t overdo it on the potatoes this month.
Its super restrictive. And hard. I’m not going to lie. It’s the hardest “diet” I’ve ever done but I know how good it is for me and it has some sort of emotional aspect to it that makes me want to succeed. I can’t even get other people to join me at the same time because honestly I get frustrated when I’m eating brussels sprouts and a turkey burger for dinner and someone else doing it with me is cheating and eating pizza when I can’t have that. I’m only on day 9 and I feel amazing. I feel like I should be getting high fives because I’m doing so well on it, but really, I’m just eating how a normal person should. Do I think this is do-able forever? Obviously not – because I’m all about eating delicious foods and treating yo’ self. But once this is over, I’m hoping I can have a better grip of eating things in moderation. And maybe buy myself some white pants that are a size smaller.
My favorite restaurants is paleo/whole30 friendly if you ask, so Michael took me on a whole30 date night this past weekend and the food was still just delicious as ever. Sidenote: I think he deserves an award for putting up with me during these four weeks.I don’t think whole30 is for everyone, but I think it’s amazing and if you can discipline yourself enough to do it, I think the pros far outweigh the cons. Sometimes I just want a burger with a bun. Or pizza. Or maybe a cronut even though I’ve never had one or know what they taste like. There are days where you feel grumpy and want to kill all the things, but most days I feel like the freakin’ energizer bunny. You’re welcome.