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My journey with Whole30 probably started a lot like a lot of other people’s. I was way overweight and needed an answer to my problems. People had success with Whole30 so why couldn’t I?
When I read through It Starts With Food, I was flabbergasted. Hold up, wait a second. You want me to give up WHAT?!
Whole30 is no joke, y’all. Gone are the planned cheat days. Say no more to treats that you’ve earned at the end of the day. Smoothies and juice cleanses? Ennnnh, you can make a better choice, and you know it.
A round is one of the hardest things I’ve done for myself, but simultaneously, it’s also one of the most rewarding.
When I did my first round, I honest to God bought 100% cacao because I had it ingrained in my head that I needed chocolate. A thousand other diets had taught me that I should have a small bite of chocolate at the end of each day to avoid going off the rails.
News flash: The small bites of chocolate were making me go off the rails.
I learned that, for me, in Whole30 terms, sugar is definitely a Sugar Dragon. When I have sugar in almost all forms (note: maple syrup seems to be OK for me), my body says yes way faster than my body can say no. That’s the blessing and curse of Whole30: you’re stopping that knee-jerk reaction to food, and other people can say this far more eloquently than I:
That means no automatic eating. No saying “yes” before your brain has a chance to process whether or not you really want it. No pushing conscious thought aside in favor of the rush of excitement. No impulsively giving into the moment: YOLO, donuts on the break room counter!
See? Way better.
I’ve done a number of rounds, and each time I learn something new. Gluten and dairy are foods that impact my mood. Smoothies, while a decent way to get whole, real foods into my body, create similar sugar signals for me and have me saying yes before I really meant it. Food is no longer good or bad – it just is. And yeah, I ate waaaaaaay too much King Cake this season, but here’s the greatest gift about that:
I didn’t feel bad about it.
Once I had a chance to come up from sugar-coated air, I realized that I needed to cool it with the delicious cake and turn more towards whole foods (proteins, veggies, fruits, ghee).
In later posts, I’ll talk about some of my favorite, easy Whole30 recipes and on-the-go Whole30 snacks. I firmly believe that, while a Whole30 lifestyle is a great one for me, it also has to meet me where I am… and where I am is lazy and busy.
So let’s play an Ask Me Anything! What do you want to know about Whole30? Leave me your questions in the comments!