Today, I’m getting personal. As much as I love sharing session after session, I’ve been spending much of my off season focusing on my work life balance and overall health. This is something so many of us ignore, even though we know changes need to be made. So it’s time to mix things up, and share a little more of my behind the scenes journey. Here goes nothing! ;)
When I committed to doing my first Whole 30 at the start of 2016 I had no idea how much would change in those 30 days. My hopes were to gain a better understanding of how my body reacted to foods, and hopefully drop a few of those holidays pounds. What I got was a complete overhaul of how I think about food, and it’s profound effect on my body.
Throughout most of my life I picked foods based on what I was craving. This meant lots of carbohydrates, sugar, and dairy. Running a small businesses means my time is limited, and more often than not I grabbed what is quick and easy. It’s no wonder the pounds increased, my priority wasn’t on the quality of what I was eating. Even worse I would get so distracted by work that I didn’t eaten anything until 2-3 in the afternoon. This is a recipe for disaster on so many levels. Needless to say there was lots of room for improvement in my diet, and Whole 30 was going to be the first time I really stuck with an eating plan for more than a few days.
After successfully completing Whole 30 along with the reintroduction phase, I wanted to share the top 6 things I learned. This is solely based off my experience and opinions, but I hope it’s helpful to you some small way.
I actually liked the food!
At first I was not happy about giving up grains, sugar, legumes, alcohol and dairy, but there are so many great resources for meals that I found myself really enjoying the food.
Planning ahead is crucial. This means cooking, and a LOT of it. I underestimated this for sure, but if you have approved food around you at all times you will make the right choice. This requires a lot of prepping, but if you make larger portions each time you cook you can extend the life of a meal for a few days. This saved us on so many occasions.
Keep food with you. I quickly learned that as long as I had good food with me, even if that just meant a Lara Bar in my purse, I made better choices. If I allowed myself to skip a meal or go past the point of hunger I would reach for whatever was close, regardless if it was good for me or not. This puts you in dangerous territory, and you’ll be making bad food choices before you know it.
A support system is key.
Since my husband and I did this together (along with a few friends), we were able to share our experiences, keep the house full of healthy whole foods, and support each other throughout the 30 days and beyond. Doing this with your family, coworkers, and friends will help you tremendously! I also joined a wonderful Facebook Group lead by The Organic Kitchen
, which was a great source of inspirations and advice.
The cravings will go away. I have a serious sweet tooth, so for the first few days I had terrible headaches as my body adjusted to not having a constant stream of artificial sugars. After the first week these cravings went away, and before long I wasn’t controlled by them anymore!
You’ll gain energy. Within the first 2 weeks I noticed a dramatic change in my energy levels. I was more alert, excited and driven throughout the day. I didn’t crash in the afternoon like I used to, and I even found I slept better.
I could talk about Whole 30 for hours, but I want to share a little of what I learned in the process. If your curious or unfamiliar with what Whole 30 is check out their website for a full description. Since completing Whole 30 I have never felt better, and I am in control of my diet for the first time in my life. It will be a continual learning process, but I now have an understand of what my body needs in order to thrive. When it was all said and done I lost 7 pounds, but the change in my body and mind is the real success.
Have you done a Whole 30? Are you curious about how to get started? I would love to hear from you in the comments!!