As of tomorrow, I am beginning my very own Whole30 challenge! :)
For those wondering what I'm talking about... Basically, the Whole30 is a nutritional program meant to "reset" your body to its best function. It takes you back to the basics of Paleo eating, and cuts out all of the unnecessary stuff that sneaks its way into our daily eating habits. Here's the basic guideline...
- What to eat:
- Real, whole, nutrient-dense foods. High-quality meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds/oils.
- What to avoid:
- Added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, white potatoes, carrageenan/MSG/sulfites, & any type of baked good/dessert/junk food (even if it's been Paleo-fied)
So, why am I doing this? I'm not an 'unhealthy' eater, I don't really overindulge, and I eat a fairly clean/balanced diet. But let's be real... I'm not perfect. Like many healthy Paleo eaters, I have let little things slip into my diet that don't belong. Recently I have been having some major stomach sensitivity issues, which I'm pretty sure are from the casein in some of the foods I have been eating. (*cough*~Quest Bars) It's an awful feeling to have a horrible stomachache all day long & not know exactly what it's from. That feeling, along with the inspiration of lots of Instagrammers I've seen posting about their Whole30 success stories, is what has brought me here.
And why now? I know it's not January 1st, it's not a month before I have to wear a bathing suit, it's not even a Monday.... I'm starting on a random Tuesday in February (fully aware that I will be challenging myself on Valentine's Day...aka the day of chocolate). I really just feel like my body needs a hard reset. I want to cleanse my system of any/all wine, chocolate covered almonds, popcorn, and Quest bars- and focus on colorful, nutrient-dense foods. I need to be reminded of food's purpose: to be enjoyed, while fueling my body. Plus, I just love a good challenge :)
So, here it goes... 30 days of nothing but pure, clean, Paleo foods to keep me happy and healthy. If you're at all interested, go to the site (http://www.whole30.com) to access tons of simply written information to get you started & give you some clear guidelines. Everything is free... you just gotta go grocery shopping! Which brings me to a few tips I have for those of you wanting to start:
- Get rid of the bad food (donate it, toss it, feed it to your dog... just make it go away)
- Make a plan (grocery list, lunch ideas, sweet tooth fixes, etc.)
- Go buy yummy, healthy food :)
Last, but not least, here's what I bought today @ Trader Joe's in preparation for my official start tomorrow. I closely inspected the ingredients lists to make sure these items were all Whole30 compliant!
Please let me know if you have completed a Whole30 before (& have any words of wisdom for me), or if you're thinking of joining me on the journey! Even if you're a day or two (or more) behind, we can still be in it together!
For extra tips/motivation, I will be posting lots of Whole30-related pictures on my Instagram, and plan on sharing some Whole30 compliant recipes here on my blog. Let me know if there's anything you would like to see!
Stay happy & healthy,