I’m sure most girls would be thrilled hearing that “their face looks thinner” or that they’re “losing their ass”. If you know what I look like, you know I have a round face and a round behind. I haven’t noticed it but for my mother to comment then things must be looking better. I’m on day 13 of the Whole30. I’m getting bored but I’m feeling great. I decided to follow the Whole30 lifestyle and see if self discipline even existed. ***It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle*** Don’t make me say it again. I didn’t do it to lose weight. I did it so I would feel better and to test out my dependency on sugar and chocolate.
If you’ve heard about it, the Whole30 sounds miserable but truth be told it hasn’t made me feel anything but great. Basically you’re only allowed to eat REAL and unprocessed foods for 30 days straight. I’ll give you the super short version.
- Nuts (no peanuts)
If you can’t pronounce it, it definitely shouldn’t go into your body.
Want to know what I haven’t eat in the past 13 days? I bet you’ll be shocked.
This week, alone, I’ve eaten more carrots and celery sticks than in my entire life. Last week I ate spinach every single day. It hasn’t been hard. It just requires a little conscious effort. I’m so freaking proud of myself this far. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.
At first I just wanted to see how long I could last and now I believe that I’ve made some habits that are going to stick. Again, I didn’t do this to lose weight. I weighed myself on Day two just because I could already feel my stomach getting flatter and I’m curious to see the number at the end. I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate in my lifetime and I don’t want diabetes. Committing to the Whole30 forced me to go to the grocery store and actually read nutrition labels. Everything has sugar. Vinegar has sugar. Iodized salt has sugar in it for God sakes. It’s actually so disgusting. They try to trick you, too. Sugar has so many different names. You can see the list of all 57 HERE actually.
If you look into the Whole30, read the TESTIMONIALS. It’s been said to help everything from cholesterol to acne to Sarcoidosis. For me, I ran 5.5 miles right after work on Friday. I’ve never ran more than 5k at one time. I haven’t had a migraine. I don’t have mid-day crashes anymore. I feel happier. My skin is clearer. I sleep better. People have noticed changes in my body and have just told me I look better, brighter. It’s like look good, feel good, play good all the time. Why wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to feel better if you have the means to reach it?
- Don’t do it on your own. Your buddy will be your savior.
- Sign up for The Whole30 Daily HERE. The people have daily newsletters to keep you motivated. They know how you’re feeling on Day 12 and know how to get you through it.
- You can eat Chipotle. Carnitas are allowed. Get a salad bowl, carnitas, mild, hot, and guacamole. Boom.
- Eat what you want. There’s no meal plan and no one is forcing you to eat kale. You don’t like it, don’t eat it.
- Don’t obsess over you weight. This is about your health. You are going to lose weight whether that’s your goal or not.
- Read the book! It Starts With Food.
- You can do it. If I aka biggest chocoholic in the World can do it and be OK, you absolutely can do it.
I’m going to Germany (for work) on the 19th of May and then Amsterdam (for play) on the 22nd. This means my Whole30 is really only going to be a Whole23 since I’m only living the lifestyle for 23 days. BUT, when I come back I plan on doing a super strict Whole30 AND reading the book. Let’s be honest, the Germans are going to think The American is weird enough so I’m not going to make it worse by refusing to go out drinking with them or their potato and sausage dominant dishes.