About a year and a half ago, my boyfriend and I did our first Whole30. If you aren’t familiar with the Whole30, it is a thirty day paleo based, clean eating program. In a nutshell, it’s no dairy, grains, legumes or sugar for thirty days. It’s a month of veggies, meat (preferably, organic free range/grass fed) and healthy fats. Also, no preservatives or additives – pretty much not a lot of food with a list of ingredients.
Prior to this experience, I ate a LOT of grains – oatmeal for breakfast, sandwich at lunch and some sort of grain with dinner. Not gonna lie, that first week of the Whole30 was torturous. No bread, no dairy and no sugar is HARD. But then, something magical happened…I started to feel fantastic. More energy, no stomach aches and most importantly, an increase in confidence.
Once the thirty days were up, we continued on with the lifestyle. Of course, as life does, things happened and we slipped up here and there. One piece of bread led to another and I was incorporating more and more grains back into my diet. Luckily, I didn’t reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally add dairy back in (long story short, dairy and I have never really gotten along) and was continuing to buy things with limited ingredients and being mindful of keeping it “clean”…most of the time. On the other hand, dessert was becoming more of a habit than I wanted it to be and sugar cravings were getting the best of me.
Fast forward to a week or so ago and we decided it was time to really get back on track. Plus, I registered to run the SLO Half-Marathon which means I need to get my booty in shape!
We are now a week into the Whole30 and I’m feeling pretty good. It definitely wasn’t as hard as the first time since I hadn’t completely reverted to my old ways BUT I’m still craving a donut…or ice cream…or chocolate… just sayin’…
Anywhozzle, my goal isn’t to bore you with a play-by-play, but to share this and many more foodie (and fitness) experiences.
Now I’m off to eat some carrots… 😉