Thursday, February 19, 2015

Whole30 - The Decision

My husband and I have decided to start Whole30 & I am super stoked! If you are a blogger, it's quite possible that you have heard about the "Whole30" challenge before.  It's a 30-day program to whole, natural, & healthier eating.
 
I've never been overweight but I can't say that I have always been healthy (I love a good cupcake or five). In the last six or seven years, I have struggled with chronic pain, fatigue, and lots of bloating. I struggle with the motivation to daily or even weekly exercise or workout. In the past two years, those symptoms have only escalated and I have done nothing lasting but complain. Ya feel me? I don't want that to be an ongoing occurrence in my life. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I want to keep it as healthy as possible. I haven't been doing that. And lately, I have been consuming too much sugar and not enough water (Holla, Starbucks). My husband would say the same thing about his diet lately. We want to be as healthy as we can because our bodies are a gift from God and the only one we will ever have!
 
 
 
Whole30 lasts for 30 days, no cheating & no excuses.. not even a slip up! They remind you that eating is your choice. And you can do anything for thirty days. Whole30 is pretty black and white on their rules; they definitely give tough love.
 
 "Beating cancer is hard. Having a baby is hard.
Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. not. hard."
Eating healthy for thirty days is not hard.  

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Whole30 gives you a list of what not to eat & a list of good whole foods to consume.
 
What NOT to eat for 30 days:
Added sugars of any kind
Alcohol
Grains
Legumes
Dairy
MSG/Sulfites/Carrageenan
 
What to eat:
-Everything else under the sun
 including delicious foods like
meats, seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables,
fruit, & thankfully... coffee
 
[Whole30 guidelines suggest focusing on three meals of healthy food a day and less snacking throughout the day. It's meant to break the chains of eating just to eat which is a major weakness of mine. My metabolism is out the roof so I will probably snack a few times daily but will only eat grapes or veggies for the snack.]
 
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In my opinion, Whole30 = thirty days of clean eating.
Only natural foods. No processed or sugary foods. It's not a diet; it's the natural way of living and eating. And I can't wait to start!
 
I have read multiple blogs from women who have completed Whole30 & they all LOVED it! They all had more energy, less bloating, some saved money, and they all even lost weight & inches from their bodies. Speaking of losing weight, a Whole30 rule is that you can't hop on that scale other than before & after. Whole30 is all about eating healthier & cleansing your body. The lost weight is an added bonus but not the main focus.

 
To make things even more exciting, my husband will be joining me in Whole30! I know that it will make this whole30 thing for me so much easier with a partner (a cute one at that)! We are always talking about how we wish we were in better shape and my husband has a major sweet tooth so this is going to be a great journey. We will be starting our thirty days on March 1st. Until then, I will be cleaning out the fridge and pantry and meal-planning. Y'all, I am the world's worst meal planner. But I am excited to start being more organized and less grocery-shop-by-the-seat-of-my-pants! I know for a fact that we will save money in March because since getting married, we have fallen in love with Chick-fil-A and all of those delicious but unhealthy restaurants. We are always wanting to break up with eating-out and this will help us to do that most definitely!
 
Here are a few of my goals during the Whole30 month:
 
-More energy during the day
-Healthier overall internally (gut, joints, etc.)
-Eliminate bloating or at least decrease it
-Leaner and more in shape
-To learn self-control
- Be less dependent on food for comfort & happiness
 
 
Along with following the Whole30 regimen, we will be working out more often! I want to start running again when the weather warms up. We will also be taking before, between, & after photos of the journey (1st, 15th, 30th). It will be fun to see any changes throughout the month!
 
Have you ever completed Whole30? I would love to hear your advice and tips. If you haven't does this sound like something you would be interested in? Join me!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Cor. 6:19-20

Cheers to healthy living...

Check out this blog's Facebook Page to follow along my weekly & sometimes daily updates on Whole30 starting March 1st! I want it to be a place of encouragement & inspiration for all those who decide to join!


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