Giving Whole30 a go 

I have nothing to lose, except maybe a few pounds. I have everything to gain. So I’m going to do it! I’m doing the Whole30. I have heard people say they have done Whole30 before but I didn’t know much about it. I also saw the books in stores but it wasn’t until I saw one of Beachbody’s top coaches actually do Whole30 that I started reading more about what the Whole30 actually was. Kurtis bought me the book “Food Freedom Forever” for Christmas. When I started reading it I was very interested.  I then picked up the Whole30 guide. Whole30 is more than just a diet. It’s a total lifestyle change. The program is all about eliminating and reintroducing these potential problem causing foods. So then you can better understand how and what your eating is affecting you. According to the creator, Melissa Hartwig, the Whole30 program is all about changing your relationship with food and creating new habits. 
So here is why I’m going to do it:

I think your WHY is the most important part of any kind of change. Without the why there’s no goal, motivation or any measure of success. Without the why you won’t stick to anything. You won’t have anything driving force behind you. 

I have a lot of little “why’s” that added up to my big one. I just want to feel better!! I want to have better control over my emotional eating and my mindless snacking. I’m hoping to get to the root of my dizziness and headaches. Plus, I feel like the way I eat directly affects my mood. If I eat sugar, I almost always feel like garbage. If I eat protein and veggies , I feel stable and much less like I am going to have a meltdown. Blood sugar swings are so real. Stay the heck away if I am hangry. This program is supposed to help with all these things. 

Here is what I’m doing:

It’s almost identical to Whole30 but I will be making one exception (which I’ll explain) but for the sake of simplicity I’m calling it the Whole30. I’m following the Whole30 guide starting on Monday, February 6th. After the 30 days I’ll slowly incorporate some foods back and potentially leave out others.

So here’s the basics: 

These are the basic rules to abide by for 30 days. 

* No sugar, real or artificial. 

* No alcohol

* No grains 

* No legumes, including soy 

* No dairy 

* No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites

Some other important guidelines:
* Eat 3 balanced meals with minimal or no snacking

* Similar to the Whole30 – I’m focusing on the foods with the most nutritional density: vegetables, healthy fats, natural proteins, complex carbs & fruits

* Eat food as close to it’s natural form as possible.

* Focus on drinking enough water.

*Don’t recreate these banned foods with “approved” ingredients. 

* Don’t weigh or measure yourself. 

What will I be eating: 

*Fruits 

*Veggies 

*Meat

*Eggs 

*Potatoes 

*Healthy Fats 

Ok so here is the exceptions that make it not exactly Whole30:

I will still be drinking Shakeology. For one it would be borderline impossible for me not to. Shakeology does has stevia leaf in it (natural sweeteners) and that is NOT allowed on the Whole30.

Shakeology is Packed with globally sourced superfood ingredients. It’s so much more than just a “protein shake”. It has things like Proteins and fiber – to help reduce hunger and food cravings. Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system. Adaptogen Herbs – traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress. Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes – to help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion. The Whole30 also does not encourage smoothies or shakes. Clearly that is what Shakeology is. I understand that their program recommends breaking yourself from the habit of drinking any calories, but in this case Shakeology, for myself at least, have been highly energizing and nutritionally dense. I just flat out refuse to give it up. I do not believe drinking it will disrupt the purpose nor success during this process. 

I have however changed to Vegan Shakeology and will most likely keep drinking Vegan even after my 30 days. 

What about my Fitness: 

I’ve committed to another round of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. If you don’t know what that is it’s a Beachbody program I love. Hammer and Chisel is a full body workout that features strength training exercises. Review is up on my blog. This is my second round and I will be starting week 2 Monday the 6th as well. I will still be doing my daily workouts along side of the Whole30. 

So there you go! 

That’s what I will be doing for the next 30+ days. I could use your help, though. If you have any Whole30 recipes, advice or tips and tricks to finding compliant products at local grocery stores. 

Please send them my way! I’ll check in with y’all about how it’s going, how I’m feeling and my progress. 

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