Have any of you done a #Whole30?
For the uninitiated, The Whole30 is a thirty day detox plan, in which you basically eat nothing but vegetables, fruits, meat, chicken, eggs, fish, and nuts. (If you’re familiar with Paleo, this is Paleo Extreme.)
My husband and I were talking last week about our health and weight loss goals (which always seem to go hand-in-hand) and decided to give this a shot. Starting on Wednesday (less than 48 hours — eeek!), we will be embarking on a Whole30!
I’m posting about it on the blog because, frankly, I suspect I’m going to need the accountability. (Yeah, I’m using you. But only a little bit. )
My goals for this Whole30 are three-fold:
1. Lose weight. Maybe this doesn’t sound very “holistic” of me, but I’m being honest. I’ve been losing weight (and not losing weight) for 18 months now. I’m down more than 35 pounds from my all-time high. But I still have 15 pounds to go. And if I can drop 8-10 of them in these 30 days, I think I’ll be all that much more motivated to just get ‘er done — for once and for all — by the summer.
2. Get some clarity on the relationship between my emotions and food. See, here’s the holistic part. Food is a crutch for me. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Even when I’m being “good”, that goodness is a crutch. But as I learned from going grain-free last summer, there is a direct relationship between what I’m putting in my mouth (and gut) and my psychological state.
3. To experience my body without dairy and without sugar. I never thought I’d be “able” to successfully give up grains, but I did it — for a good long time. And then I slipped. But even still, I learned a ton during that time about how my body responds to those foods in particular. Now, you should know that I love dairy. Love it. Melted cheese… mmmm… But I’ve long suspected that it’s not doing my body any favors. And who doesn’t love sugar?
(I actually have a 4th goal, which has to do with my, um, digestive processes. But it’s kinda embarrassing to write about. So let’s just leave it at that.)
To get ready for our Whole30, I’ve spent the last several days foraging for information from people who’ve done this challenge (there are hundreds of thousands of them!).
I found this blogger’s take on prepping meal components for a week at a time especially helpful. And I just started a Pinterest board — called, originally, My Whole30 — to pin all of these helpful Whole30 blog posts, recipes, and menu plans.
I’m making a massive shopping list today, and my husband and I will spend a few hours tomorrow night prepping our food for the next several days.
On Wednesday we’ll be starting. Thirty days, hard core. (If I seem especially grumpy to you over the next week, now you’ll know why!)
If you’ve done a Whole30, I’d love to hear from you.
If you’ve thought of doing it, I’d love for you to join us.
And if you think I’m totally nuts… well, you may be right!