Well…time to face the music. I haven’t posted in over two years because I really fell off the damn tracks, y’all. Sometimes life gets crazy and you get lazy and fall back into old habits. I hit a new personal low a few months ago when I was pushing 180 pounds. Even my “fat day clothes” hardly fit me anymore. I cleaned my act up a little bit and got back to running occasionally, which brought me back down to a steady 160 for the past two months or so.
I mentioned in my first post, my wellness journey picked up after my dad died. I promised to take better care of myself and I know too much to have any more excuses for laziness and excessive indulgence. I’ve gotten my shit together before and I can do it again, so it’s time to get back to work!
First things first, what is Whole30? This isn’t just another diet. While it is normal to lose 5-15 lbs during your 30 days, the ultimate goal is to reset your tastes, cravings and overall relationship with food. This is achieved by eliminating all dairy, grains, added sugar, alcohol, legumes, and preservatives, such as carageenan, MSG and sulfites.
It is also required that you don’t try to recreate sweet treats, baked goods or junk foods with compliant ingredients. It’s all well and good that you were able to make them with better ingredients, but the idea here is to break the cycle of craving and rewiring the reward center of your brain. I know it sounds hard, but it’s only 30 days. You got this!
I can’t emphasize how important it is to spend some time preparing for starting this journey. I spent at least a month reading about the program in depth from the plethora of downloadable materials provided by Whole30, to surfing blogs for preparation and meal planning ideas, to crawling Pinterest to create my own stockpile of recipes.
Whole30 does offer 30 day meal planning for $30, but if you are willing to take a little time and effort to research compliant recipes, you can meal plan like me on Plan to Eat. Personally, I really love looking for new recipes, so it was worth it for me to spend more time planning and only have to pay $3.99/month instead of $30. (Your first 30 days is free, though! Perfect for your Whole30!) If you need some inspiration, check out my Whole30 Pinterest board with 400+ compliant recipes and ideas!
Another service I have found to make my life a whole lot easier is Door to Door Organics. I subscribe to the bi-weekly Bitty Box option, which gets around 15 fruits and vegetables delivered to my door for $25. You will be notified of your order around a week before delivery and you can make substitutions up until the day before delivery. If you are interested, shoot me an email and I can share a super discount on your first box!
I will be sharing my prep schedule and meal plans every week, so stay tuned!