I’m about to tell you something that makes me so scared and so excited all at the same time. We are starting Whole30 today. I’m really not sure whether to jump up and down in excitement or sit and cry. When I say we, I mean, Shadrach, my mom, and I. My dad will be following loosely as he is probably one of the healthiest 60-year-olds you’ll ever meet.
If you haven’t watched the video above yet, please do because if nothing else it will give you a good laugh. It is our first official video! Nothing professional, we are just regular people. 🙂 Anyway, let me explain what Whole30 is in a little more detail, for those of you that may not know.
Whole30 is not a diet. It is a way of changing how you eat overall. The main purpose is to get rid of the sugar and carb addictions and teach you how to eat healthier. Also, it is an anti-inflammatory diet which should help with Shadrach’s back pain. As I was reading through the book, it was amazing how many illnesses and diseases it helps cure or manage!
We will not be allowed to weigh or measure ourselves for the entire 30 days. The biggest draw, for me, to Whole30 was that it concentrates on how your body feels. Are you feeling less bloated? Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better at night? Do your pants fit better? These are all things we will be looking out for as we head into the next 30 days. It’s so easy to get caught up in a number on the scale instead of worrying about how you feel, which should be the real indicator of health, not a number.
The hardest part of this eating plan is that there will be no sugar, very low carbs, and no dairy for the entire 30 days! The low carbs is the part that makes me want to cry, but I know in the end, I will feel so good and have so much more energy.
After the 30 days, we will slowly introduce carbs, dairy, and some sugars (in moderation) back into our diet. I say slowly because the book encourages us to see how each of those items make us feel. Some foods are triggers and will make certain conditions worse. This will teach us what foods are best for us and what foods to avoid.
My mom has also decided to join us on this food journey. I’m so glad that I have the support of Shadrach and my mom. I’m hoping that they are excited and we will help keep each other on track. I know it’s not going to be easy and there will be days that we all will struggle and feel pretty cruddy. The book even lays it all out and warns you that you will feel bad during the first TWO WEEKS! (Headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc) There is more information and reviews here, if you are interested.
Is it sad I’m already counting down the days? I want the results without having to suffer (Ha). I hope you stick around and follow along with us as we go through this “adventure”. It should be quite interesting, I promise. 🙂
Have you ever done Whole30? What are your thoughts?
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