I finished my last Whole30 in May and it was a really great 30 days of strictly clean eating – with the exception of having a small sliver of cake at my grandfather’s 99th birthday party. I fully acknowledged I would possibly being doing that prior to starting my 30 days in May and I fully made amends with it. I have done the Whole 30 program so many times over the last two years and I decided that if I wanted to have a piece of cake with my grandfather to celebrate his 99th birthday, I darn well would! And without the guilt (although I did feel some) and without restarting the program. Like I said, I’ve committed to 30 days many times in the past and this one indulgence was an exception to the rule.
But, since I finished those 30 days and since the start of summer, I feel like I have been overindulging way too much. I feel sluggish and fat and bloated and kinda disgusting. So, I decided last week that I would start a new Whole 30 this coming week.
At first I was okay with it. Then I was feeling a little panicky because I’ve been enjoying my treats this summer. And that right there is the problem! Too many treats! the sugar dragons are slaying me and I need to change that around. So, now I’m back on board and fully excited about starting fresh on Monday. I literally cannot wait.
So why wait? I’m sure you’re asking. Because I need to get ready. To be honest, I (personally) don’t find the Whole 30 program that hard. There have been a few times in the past that I struggled a bit with cravings, but most of the times I’ve done the program, I have been A-OK. And I’m pretty stubborn, so when I commit myself to doing something like this, I fully commit to it. That being said, it’s not something I want to jump into. I need a couple of days to plan it out. I need to think about food choices and meals and preparation and “it’s still summer and where am I gonna be next week?” types of things.
But I’m ready. And I am motivated and committed and I can’t wait. And each time I look in the mirror and I see that weird little belly bloat, it gives me the kick-in-the-butt-motivation I need to ensure I go through with it.
If you haven’t tried this program, I encourage you to do so. It’s only for 30 days and it cant help you rid your body of bloat and inflammation and possibly even excess weight. The benefit of ridding yourself of sugar cravings and having food freedom – even for only 30 days – can make it all worthwhile. And you don’t have to skimp on meals or count calories. You get to eat delicious, fresh and whole foods. And you can experiment with different foods or food combination. I have never felt less than satisfied when doing a Whole 30. And Pinterest is a great place to find recipes, guidance (although I fully recommend that you read the book The Whole 30, it might change your life), meal ideas, etc. Here’s a link for some great lunch ideas.
If you’re not ready to try 30 days of clean eating, maybe ask yourself why. What would you be afraid of? That chocolate cake or ice cream sundae will still be there in a month’s time. Going without processed mayo (Whole 30 has several recipes for mayo) is not going to end you. Check out the book and the website and consider giving it a try. And if you have any questions, comment below or shoot me an email