I’ve officially made it through my first week of the Whole30. Which to be honest, is something I never thought I would do, only because I’m all about balance and living a well-rounded life instead of following some kind of fad, or trend, or (gasp) diet.
So why did I decide to do the Whole30 then?
Because It Starts With Food – and I honestly believe that. While I’ve been going on and on about living a balanced life in terms of eating food and indulging every once in a while, I felt like the time between November and January really got me off track. As in, I basically had no balance and was ready to eat whatever, whenever, and to celebrate everything.
I might be exaggerating a little, but what it comes down to is I wanted to reset my body. For the first time, I felt ready to challenge myself in a way I never had before. And yes, that challenge may seem crazy to you: cut out all dairy, sugar, grains, and legumes, while mainly consuming meat, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats.
Whoa. Crazy for a semi-vegetarian, too.
I knew back in December I was going to start in February, so I had a lot of time to prepare myself (maybe that led to some lack of balance?). Over that time, I read It Starts With Food and The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom to prepare myself. After getting all the knowledge, I was ready.
When I say ready, I mean I never thought I’d be so willing to give up cheese and carbs — all the carbs — and wine. Ok, really, I basically lived off of these things. Problem 1.
Biggest piece of Whole30 advice?
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Preparation is key!
I became really sick (again :/) just before I was to start the Whole30, which ended up being a really good transition into it, given that I wasn’t really hungry to begin with. ? But I still planned, because not only can I not get by without a plan, my entire way of eating was changing and without a plan I would have resorted to old habits.
What did I eat week 1 of the Whole30?
I haven’t felt deprived yet!
- Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps
- Moroccan Carrot Salad
- A modified version of Skillet Chicken (no flour, no wine/stock instead, and ghee)
- Lots of fruit!
- Roasted Vegetables (minus the honey)
If you’re interested in continuing to follow along on this Whole30 journey, I’ll be posting weekly updates! Even if you’re not committing to the Whole30, I hope you’ll be inspired to continue living a balanced life that’s focused more on whole foods instead of processed foods.
Please send me your luck as I move into week 2 – I have a feeling I’m going to need it!
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