I first heard of the Whole 30 back in May. Without doing any research into the specifics, I assumed it was eating whole food and not eating fast/processed food. I still had most of my baby weight on me and decided I really wanted to do something about it. With no preparation on my part, I jumped into it the very next day. Because I hadn’t really looked into it, I wasn’t truly doing “the” Whole 30, but I did ditch the fast food, anything processed or with sugar.
A friend of mine from Australia made a comment about paleo diets when I told the Facebook world of my decision. A quick Google search later I was fascinated and horrified by this diet they call paleolithic. Give up bread? Forever?! It seemed unreal. I then spent endless hours researching not just the nutrition, but this entire way of being. It literally changed my entire life.I quickly shed all my preconceived notions of “health” and opened my mind to a new idea. For years I had been dieting with Lean Cuisines and 100 calorie packs of crackers and cookies. I believed that anything that said it was low-fat, all natural, or reduced calorie must be healthy. I had lost a little here and there, but never much without severe restriction and hours in the gym.
When I read about the primal way of life something just clicked with me. It made so much sense. Eat foods that are their own ingredients, fruits, veggies, meat, eggs. Obviously that’s what we’re supposed to be eating, it’s what nature provides. When we started engineering our food, processing it, adding things to it, things started going downhill for us. I feel like as a culture we are slowly becoming aware of all the junk we’ve been eating. With obesity and disease rates soaring, even among our children, we’re being forced to take a good look at what we’re eating and by extension what’s actually in the food we’re eating. It’s an uphill battle against outdated science and blatant misinformation from companies that only want your money. I’m not a doctor, or a dietician, or any type of qualified health professional. I’m not trying to sell you anything. All I can say is if you want to feel better, not just better but great, I implore you to just try it. If you can’t commit to a month, try it for 2 weeks, or even one week and see how you feel. You might fall in love like me and countless others before me.
February 1st, I’m starting my first official Whole 30. I know I picked a bogus month to do it but I will be going strong through March 2. I will keep you updated with my progress throughout the month, as well as offering you a few Whole 30 approved recipes. In addition to that I’m going to be doing a daily (or most days) short update on my blog, WholeDeliciousFood.
While the Whole 30 for me is more about good nutrition and implementing healthy eating habits, one side effect of cutting junk, is weight loss. I only made it 2 weeks my first time, but I lost 15lbs in that amount of time with no exercise. The next 6 months were a struggle, using a new approach to food and overcoming years of bad habits. I only gained about 5lbs back in that 6 months and I’ve been back on mostly paleo since the end of November and lost 25lbs. I could still lose a few more, but don’t we always think that?
For the purpose of this Whole 30, I have measured and weighed, as well as taken a nice photo or 2. I won’t measure or weigh again for the entire month. In 30 day,s I will post the before and after results with my thoughts and feelings about the whole month. Are you ready? I am! Please let me know if you decide at any time to jump on board. It doesn’t have to be the beginning of a month; you can start any day that’s good for you. Good luck friends.
Check out the Whole 30 website for more information. And here are some links for more information on paleolithic diets and living a primal lifestyle.
There are countless others, but these are my favorites.
If you are doing the Whole 30 we would love to hear about it. Leave a comment below or comment on our Facebook page.
The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.
Photo credit- Whole 9
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