Whole 30

I Survived Whole 30… So Can You!

Ok Guys – I made it. I Survived.

I can’t lie though – it was barely a crisis situation.  It really wasn’t that hard!  I used Pinterest to gather recipes and make my shopping list.  I practiced intermittent fasting, so I only ate 2 times per day, about 7-8 hours between meals.  That helped me steer clear of temptation.  I even ate out a few times and did awesome.  I’m patting myself on the back for wholeheartedly sticking to my commitment to the month.

Those first few days were tough, fighting those sugar cravings.  I learned quickly that I crave the act of eating far more than food itself.  You know when you don’t know what you want to eat but you feel like eating? Yup.  Its that, and its worse when you are fully conscious of abstaining.  My office time is during my son’s nap time, so from approximately 3-6pm, my cravings are in FULL FORCE.  That first week was positively brutal.  I had to distract myself or I’d be sitting on top of my fridge hiding out with oreos and a bag of shredded cheese.

By the end of the first week, I learned where I was weakest, and was prepared.  I drank extra water.  I had a mental pep talk ready to go – “you don’t need food, you’re bored.”  If I was really desperate, I’d start some dinner prep, or start planning what I wanted to have.  No, I am not that uber organized Pinterest mom.  I am mentally incapable of food prepping.  Mostly because I’m about as indecisive as they come!  I could make 5 meals for the week and be annoyed I have to force myself to eat them.

Whole 30 has a few main components.  Here’s what you need to know: for 30 days, you’re eliminating craving-inducing foods from your life – Sugar, Dairy and Grains.  That means no wine or beer, but you can definitely have coffee!  I found it to be more of a fun challenge to push myself this month than a tedious chore to deprive myself.

There is sugar in darn near EVERYTHING.  Reading labels is your new favorite pastime.  But, it is avoidable.  I never realized how much I was ending up consuming every day!  Same with dairy – cheese is akin to salt in my house.  I was shocked by how often I went to reach for some.  This is not a carb-concious plan, necessarily, so if you cannot fathom Keto (I already know that style of eating does not work for my body) this is a fabulous alternative.

Here’s the beauty of this plan though:

  • my overall cravings for anything (aside from chocolate, a girl needs chocolate) are down to insignificant if at all
  • I don’t feel the need to even add these things back into my diet
  • My skin is clear for the first time – you read that right – FIRST time in just shy of 20 years
  • I lost 16lb!
  • I was willingly eating healthy stuff – double the vegetables, smaller portions
  • My nails are super strong, my hair is cooperating

So, needless to say, through all of this, I’ll be doing my best to stick to this plan for good.  I’ll be trialing the three areas almost like an allergy protocol to see which effects me the worst and what I can have in moderation.

If eliminating Sugar, Dairy, and Grains fits in your health plan (I can’t imagine there’s any ailment that requires any of these areas!), I strongly encourage this plan.  Give it the 30 days, really commit, go all in.  You will learn so much about yourself and your health! I highly recommend it for anyone who’s been struggling to lose weight and get healthy.

Here’s my Whole 30 Pinterest Board

Best Wishes and Delicious Dishes!

-Jess

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Day 10… not so bad!

Day 10 – you’d probably imagine tearing your hair out at this point.  I for one never expected to feel so good or see so much dramatic change in a little over a week!

The first few days were exhausting, waging a mental battle against meaningless cravings.  It was easy for me to pinpoint when I wasn’t hungry, just looking for something to do.  I had 2 specific times a day where it was BAD.  When Nicholas naps, the first thing my body wants is to eat.  Why?  Who the heck knows.  Probably because its the first time all day I have to sit in peace without demands aside from my own.

Nighttime cravings are my second biggest enemy.  You can relate, right? Those cookies calling to you, that sliver of cake, that chunk of chocolate…. UGH.  I’m not hungry.  Its habit.  Now that I’m aware, I can talk myself off the ledge.

Here’s the real kicker (Gross Alert if you’ve never had to deal with the horrifying

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No makeup.  No filter.  I haven’t even brushed my hair yet!

effects and humiliation of acne)

I have struggled since I was 13 with horrible acne of varying types.  There was ONE stretch in TWENTY, yes 20, years, where my skin was clear.  I used a specialized cleanser that cleared my skin but made it so dry I couldn’t move my face.  So obviously that wasn’t really a great solution.  Then they got in trouble with quality inspections, the FDA or someone, and stopped making that particular cleanser. Doh!  If you’ve ever struggled with your skin, you know the pain.  Guess what.  10 days in, my skin is almost completely clear.  Clear of the hormonal crap around my chin.  Scabs from recent breakouts are healing faster.  No new breakouts.  My nails are actually strong and long for a change.  My hair is less oily.

Of course, now I begin to panic. Everyone was right all these years, and I’m practically devastated.  What does this mean for my future dietary restrictions?  Can I never enjoy a pizza or a donut occasionally again??  Well, at this moment, here’s my outlook:  I will reintroduce each removed category (dairy, grains, sugar) one at a time, for two weeks and see which is affecting me the most, and then work around it from there.

This has been a major step for me, and I’m sure other people are having big revelations as this month goes on too.  My eating has been extremely lax over the last 8 months, but has never been super under control prior to this.  I have never had a horrible diet as an adult.  I enjoy a large variety of foods and eat reasonably well most of the time.

Whats disturbing to me, is how we have accepted that all these ingredients are “normal” and safe

This is just “life” as Americans.  Prepackaged food.  Preservatives.  EVERYTHING has sugar in it (try reading labels real closely for a few grocery trips – your head will spin).  We take food shortcuts because our lives are busy.  Food planning takes extra time and effort that most people don’t have.

The bottom line is cost. It might cost you some extra time to plan a grocery list, retrain your tastebuds, and actually cook. But not doing it can truly cost you your health.

Hugs and Delicious Wishes,

-Jess

 

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Day 1 of Whole 30… YIKES!

Lets put it this way – like 99% of Americans, my relationship with food is lousy.  Due to sheer laziness and apathy, its gotten even worse in 2017.  Once I wasn’t able to go to the gym any more, I lost all passion for being extra healthy.  Lets face it, one of the best benefits of my previous product lines was losing weight without major dietary changes.  It was fantastic for people with little self control, picky people, people who just freaking love eating (aka, me hahaha).

Thanks to my enjoying myself and being happy in love – we all know love makes us fat – I’ve

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gained a solid 20lbs back.  Inch wise, I’m nearly the same.  My 30 day goal is to fit in the clothes I have, and hopefully get back down to at least where I w

 

as in May.

Don’t get me wrong – I will still be using my CLA supplement, because, wel

l I want to maximize my results.  In conjunction, though, I’m excited to see these results!

Here’s the Whole Story about Whole 30 

Say No to: Dairy (cheese. just kill me now), Grains (bye bye bread), Suga

 

r (even artificial and natural sweeteners), processed foods, food “swaps” – making compliant versions of your favorite splurge foods, alcohol

Say Yes to: Eating actual food.  Crazy, right?

Ever really truly think about your walk through a grocery store?  Imagine walking down every aisle of the store without a single processed food, added sug

 

ar products, and grains.  Doesn’t leave a lot, does it?  See, here’s my real end goal: I am looking forward to 30 days of getting rid of my carb and sugar overuse. My go-to is always something that is not good for me.  I don’t intend to do this for anything beyond 30 days, and realistically, it shouldn’t necessarily be a way of life.  However, its an EXCELLENT reset if you’re struggling!

Side Effects:

 

  • Clearer skin – hellooooo I need this please and thank you! I have absolutely hated the thought that my horrifically bad skin (since I was 13) is caused by my love of dairy or grains.  It literally pains me to think about abstaining forever.
  • Lose weight, of course
  • Healthier relationship with food and especially portion size!
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Have annoying or perhaps even chronic health conditions?  This is fo
  • r you!  Even headaches will reduce
  • Change your taste for junk foods
  • Better workouts and better sleep
  • Better energy in general!  Think about this – if your diet is more balanced and healthy, your workouts are more efficient, and your sleep is better, you’re going to feel awesome

Please comment or message me personally if you want in!  O

ur accountability group has already kicked things off, but please don’t hesitate to get in on it!

*clinks sweet potatoes*

-Jess