Why would anyone want to do a Whole 30? THIRTY DAYS? Really??
It isn't easy, especially not in the world we live in, but it's totally worth it. Whole 30 brings us back to a more natural diet. "Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff." (from the Whole 30 website)
So how do you figure out if those food are negatively effecting you? You take them out of your diet. Eat lots of real food- "Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed." And the "do nots" - Sugars of any kind, grains, legumes, dairy. It's easier than you may think - and the benefits way out weigh any the tough stuff anyway. How does thinking clearer, sleeping better, having more energy, less inflammation, better moods, improved athletic performance, just to name a SOME of the beneys. I have found most especially getting the grains out of my diet help improve my inflammation situation.
How can I make my Whole 30 as easy as possible??
Some of my Whole 30 Tips -
- Find some sources for good recipes. The Whole 30 cookbook is amazing. Make sure to check out their website too. I have found several paleo sites that have easy, delicious recipes that are generally good for Whole 30. PaleoLeap.com is one of my favorites.
- Be adventurous, but stock up on foods you love. Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. It really helps to prep them ahead of time. Right now I'd love to snack on some fresh pineapple, but it's not cut up, and I'm tired. If I'd taken care of it this afternoon when I had time, I'd be enjoying that pineapple loveliness right now.
- Stay hydrated. I use a lot of different citrus oils in my water and that helps me drink more. Especially your first week, you're going to deal with cravings, grumpiness, and other unpleasantness. Flushing all that out of your system as fast as possible will help. My favorite oil is Lime, with Grapefruit coming in a close second. The citrus oil will boost your mood and help cleanse the yuck out of your bod.
- Pamper yourself a bit. Again, in the first week you'll especially want to be prepped for the detox period. Make yourself some bath salts with your fav oil or try the bubble bars. Get a good book, rent some movies you've been wanting to watch, let yourself go to bed early. I promise if you stick with it, not only will your energy come back, it will surpass where it was before. IT's WORTH IT!
Amazing enough to do it again!
We are nine days into our second Whole 30, and it's a lot easier this time around. We all felt great after the last time, but time and busy schedules caused us to get a bit lazy on some of the foods that caused me troubles. I've been dealing with a minor flare, and so it was definitely time to reset, do another Whole 30 and feel better. Diet is a HUGE factor in keeping my RA under control. I look at it as a piece of the pie (but no, pie is NOT Whole 30). Diet, exercise, supplements, essential oils, and western meds (just one!) make up the combination that's right for me. I need all the pieces to feel my best. If you've been thinking about Whole 30, go for it. You can do it and you'll feel so amazing when you've accomplished it!