I may have indulged over the holidays… A lot. Cookies, cakes, an entire jar of homemade caramel sauce…Nothing was off limits. Coincidentally (but not really), I’ve been feeling sluggish and bloated lately. My skin has been breaking out, workouts have been harder and more tiring…Something had to change.
I’d read about the Whole30, and at first it sounded crazy. I’m not a fan of diets in general, because temporary changes do not make permanent results. I really dislike diets that eliminate entire food groups… The Whole30 eliminates sugar, grains, dairy, legumes for a full 30 days. Assuming it was suggested that you resume your normal diet on day 31, I dismissed it.
After talking to a few friends who had finished Whole30, though, I became curious enough to request the book from my local library. I didn’t have to read very far to realize that my snap judgement had been wrong… The creators were hoping to help people make permanent changes in their diets by eliminating certain foods for 30 days. The book outlines a reintroduction period, when you’ll be adding those foods back on a trial basis and recording any reaction you may have. Not even halfway through the book, I was sold.
The Whole30 authors encourage thorough planning before you begin, so I decided to start on January 2nd. That gave me ample time to plan my first week of meals (generally done while eating ice cream, or something equally awful for me). I was also able to enjoy the holidays without worrying about what I could and couldn’t eat…And trust me, I ate everything.
So now the reset begins. I’ll be sharing my progress here, and I’m excited to get started!
Have you completed Whole30? Let me know what you thought in the comments!