Whole 30 | Pre-Week & Day 1-5
I always tried to eat better. I have given up pizza, sweets, meat and dairy. Not all at once, but I did it. Unfortunately, I was never really good at it and would constantly "slip" and then give up. When I heard about Whole 30, my first reaction was oh f*ck no! I thought there was no way I would be able to do it physically, mentally and emotionally. But here I am.
If you do not know what Whole 30 is, then google it. A quick look at their website will give you the gist of what it is and what I've chosen to do. Yep, that's right. I am choosing to do it; no outside force or someone telling me I should, I just am.
Here's a quick overview of Whole 30
EAT: meat, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables + healthy fats
DO NOT EAT: processed foods, grains, added sugar, legumes, alcohol + dairy
The thing is, I am pretty nervous I will slip... actually I'm almost sure that I will mess up and have to start over at least once. Which is why I'm blogging about it. People always say that you should share your journey or progress with someone to motivate you to keep going. So yea, that's what I'm doing. I'm going to share everything in detail. Some meals, my feelings, my emotions, my struggles, etc., etc., etc. This way I feel like I'm being held accountable and have a better chance of actually following through.
Getting ready was probably the hardest part. I had to throw away (or eat) everything that was not Whole 30 approved. I even took some food back to my mom's house so I wouldn't be tempted to eat it. I went grocery shopping, where I spent triple the amount of time than usual reading labels and making constant laps to search for something I could eat. Then I spent around 3 hours meal prepping; making meals, side dishes and mayonnaise. It was physically different and difficult.
Then there was my mental and emotional state. Last week I had a mix of emotions as I tried to prepare myself for everything to change. I was excited, but nervous. Motivated, but at the same time I already felt defeated. I'm already a pretty healthy eater, but this is a whole new level that I never thought I'd touch. So just getting ready was a mental game.
I meal prepped a little on Sunday and found myself constantly cooking throughout the week. I learned quickly that I had to allow myself extra time to make meals in order to be on time for class or work or wherever I had to be. It was a shock to see how easy it was to find recipes that were either Whole 30 approved or easy to adapt to become approved. I found that every single meal was delicious as long as I followed the recipe or added in enough spices.
Things I Made That Are Not Pictured:
- Whole 30 Chili
- Whole 30 Mayonnaise
- Whole 30 Pesto
- Whole 30 Cauliflower Rice
- Pork Loin + Potatoes
In the Whole 30 book they describe a day-to-day timeline that the average person might go through and I found that while I didn't exactly line up with it, I still went through a lot of the symptoms they talked about. Overall my energy levels were all over the place throughout each day. Sometimes I'd feel great and ready to take on the world, other times I felt myself groggy and wanting to nap. I also became hungry faster and found that I needed more then three meals most days or that I needed to increase my portions.
As far as these first few days go, I've definitely reached my week one goals. Or just the one goal which was to stick with it. Nothing crazy, just to stay committed to it and not slip. Also, even though it was just one week I knew there would be so many changes that my body would go through so I chose to not exercise. So next week I'll have that same goal: stick with Whole 30 and add back in my exercise regime.
One rule for Whole 30 is that you cannot weigh or measure yourself, because the program emphasizes how this is not a diet or a weight loss program. Instead, it's a way to develop healthy lifestyle habits. So I can't tell you how many inches or pounds I've lost but I will tell you this. My skin is a lot clearer, I'm getting a deep night's sleep every night and I'm not craving a ton of processed foods (except for a really nice cheese burger and the occasional piece of dark chocolate). So I'd say that's a pretty good start. (: