After reading the book “It Starts with Food” over the summer of 2015, I decided to dive head first into the Whole 30 program . This style of eating is what most people associate with paleo eating. You can read more about Whole 30 here, but here is also a summary of what the program entails:
On Whole 30, you eat “real food” and (like paleo) avoid things like added sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, grains, dairy, soy, legumes, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. You are also not allowed to re-create junk food or baked goods with Whole 30 approved ingredients. And last, but not least, you’re not allowed to weigh yourself during the Whole 30. Some differences between paleo and Whole 30 is you can eat potatoes on Whole 30, and there’s a larger emotional component to Whole 30 (hence, the no creation of approved junk food or weighing yourself). You do this for 30 days. No cheating. If you cheat , you start over. It is strict , but this is what makes it amazing!
I found Whole nothing short of life changing. I completed my first round of Whole 30 on October 15th, and plan on starting my second round on December 28th.
Whole 30 teaches you to focus on the non scale victories, and I saw several:
- IMPROVED SLEEP! This was major for me! I am a mom to two very young children and any sleep I do get it very interrupted. But with Whole 30 I felt better rested and like I was getting more “bang for my buck” in the sleep department.
- I started wearing pre FIRST pregnancy jeans again
- I became a much more creative cook. Whole 30, plus my husbands recent celiacs diagnosis forced me to think outside the box at meal times.
- I was breastfeeding my second child at the time and my milk supply became better and my milk became much richer than ever before
- My eating is no longer tied to my emotional state. I slayed those sugar dragons and FINALLY learned how to indulge in treats without going overboard. I stop eating when I am satisfied and not when I hate myself. This was easily the biggest non scale victory for me!
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