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Sunday, February 8, 2015

starting the Whole30 - I'm glad I waited

Perhaps you are thinking

"Whole30? What's the Whole30?"

Well the husband of the couple who came up with this lifestyle originally just wanted to see if when he removed certain food groups from his eating diet the inflammation in his arm would go away.  Turns out it worked. Bonus, him and his wife found that when they ate whole foods they had more energy.  Through this process they also broke unhealthy emotional eating habits.

"So...why are you doing it?"

Well, you know how I mentioned that I wanted to be more disciplined this year?  Food happens to be one of the things I would like to be more disciplined in.

A little over a year ago I ventured into cleaner (more whole food, less processed food) eating and found that I too had more energy, better skin and less unnecessary body fat.  Before you jump to the conclusion that I'm in this to simply lose weight, stop.  While losing unnecessary weight will be great that is not my focus here.

You see food and I have always had a bit of a toxic relationship.  I tend to be drawn to food when my emotions change.  Meaning I want food (especially processed & sugary) when I am upset and when I'm unhappy...so pretty much 24/7.

You can see how this could be a problem.

I did diet's in high school (remember Atkins anyone? smh) and never found success because the way we see diet now is something to do for a short time until we reach our goal and then jump back into old habits and then are surprised when we gain the weight back.

"Isn't the Whole30 just another diet?"

It could be if you choose to look at it that way.  Here is a snippet from their website that pretty much explains why I chose this journey.

"Your only job during the Whole30 is to focus on making good food choices. You don’t need to weigh or measure, you don’t need to count calories, you don’t need to stress about organic, grass-fed, pastured or free range. Just figure out how to stick to the Whole30 in any setting, around every special circumstance, under any amount of stress… for 30 straight days. Your only job? Eat. Good. Food."

"Yea, but you already said that you started eating cleaner a year ago?"

Yes, indeed I did but I lost track because I didn't take the time to be disciplined when I did it.

I tend to be the all or nothing type.  If I don't go all in now when I am applying discipline to my eating habits I won't hold to them.

Being the type A person I wanted to start this on January 1st...but I'm so glad I didn't.  I realized that my schedule was going to be slammed for a month and lets face it, I didn't need any extra discouragement during this process.

I'm pumped to grow in my cooking skills with spices and vegetables I would never find myself eating if I was still doing the same old thing. I just might be that shameless person posting things about food, pictures of food (just a heads up).

Loving bread and all things dairy, I will be eating those things again after the 30 days are up but in moderation and awareness of why I'm eating it rather than how much I should or shouldn't.

I'm so glad I waited a month.  Rather than jumping in right when I made the decision I have had a month to indulge in the foods I love but won't be able to eat for the next month.  Yea, I know that sounds weird but eating the junk knowing that I am headed to the good stuff makes me realize just how unsatisfying it really is.

The suspense has been built up and the wait is over!

And so the old adage is true, some things really are worth the wait.

Here's to healthy eating habits, literally and figuratively. ;)

This post is in no way supposed to make you feel any guilt or give reasons to change your lifestyle.  This is just share time and nothing else. (Just sayin).

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