A childhood friend and fellow blogger MoscatoMom recently tried and completed Whole30. She inspired me to read the book It Starts with Food. After completing the book I set a start date of August 25, 2014 to begin my own Whole30 journey.
The past few years I have spent a lot of time and attention focusing on our family’s health and nutrition. My concern has been over what is actually healthy to eat as opposed to what is just marketed as healthy. There is a big gray area in distinguishing between the two. After reading Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide I have mastered the art of shopping the outside of the store and determining between all the different names for sugar. However, I became stagnant in my education and lacking in application. Over the summer I was busy being a business owner, mommy travel agent and cab driver, that I allowed quick and processed meals to creep back into our diet. Once I acknowledged the error of my ways and was whole heartily ready to see myself in a healthy body, I decided to give Whole30 a try.
What is Whole30?
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. – See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.QUhpvMLs.dpuf
My Whole30 Method
The basics of Whole30 is very straightforward – no sugar, no grain, no beans, no dairy, and no alcohol. During my 30 days, I ate moderate amounts of proteins by eating eggs, meat, seafood, and healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, and cashews/almonds). I ate as many vegetables as I wanted and ate fruits almost daily. I did my best not ingest any sugar, artificial sweeteners or nitrates. And oh my goodness, I learned that sugar and nitrates are hidden in almost every food in the supermarket. Supermarket bacon is riddled with both! GAH! Interested in what I ate for 30 days? Click here to see that post!
In 30 days, I lost 10.5 pounds! (whoo hoo – only 5 lbs away from my goal weight).
As an added bonus, my skin cleared up, I have more energy, and have experienced no anxiety attacks, no racing heart or irregular heartbeats. My nails are healthier and growing at accelerated rate. The best result I have experienced – 90% of my allergies disappeared. Yup- that’s what I said DISAPPEARED! I don’t find myself blowing my nose regularly or constantly clearing my throat and my chronic sneezing has become a habit of the past. My results exceed my expectations in the amount of weight lost and how good my body feels.
Life After Whole30
My Whole30 journey was a wonderful experience. It was perfect for me to conquer my cravings and get back on track to healthy eating. Overall, I love the food I am eating right now and how it makes me feel. I will be evaluating items that I would like to add back into my diet on a case by case basis. I am 95% certain that wheat and dairy will stay completely out of my diet. Yet, I would like to indulge in an adult beverage and cookie on occasion. I may evolve my diet to be paleo sometime over the next couple months, but for now I consider myself Whole Life.