My mission is to help you ditch the overwhelm in your business by stepping in to take the day to day operations off your plate so you can get back to doing the things you LOVE (like taking long walks and dreaming up the next big thing)
I’ll be the first to say I never thought I would be strong enough to stick to Whole 30.
When I started working with my best friend, Abby from The Glow Blueprint, on some health coaching she recommended doing a 14 day detox where I would basically follow the whole 30 rules. So I thought well if I’m going to do 14 days I’m going to do the Whole 30 days. Because sometimes I like to compete with myself.
My health and weight turned upside down after I had my son 3 years ago. Pregnancy was HARD on my body and afterward my body changed a lot.
It also came to light how pre-pregnancy I never really had to worry about weight or body size because being thin was always just something I was.
Since talking more Abby about the deeper layers of why/how I was eating I realized I never really had to be careful with what I ate because it never took an outside toll on me in regards to how I looked. However, my inside was definitely not healthy.
So Whole 30 for me was a way to reduce my sugar cravings and to see what food really irritates me. As well as to try to form some healthier habits.
Starting Whole 30 on your own is no easy feat. Thankfully I had my friend and health coach keeping me accountable and cheering me on.
Through my time doing whole 30 (round 1) the goal was to really be intentional about paying attention to how I felt physically and mentally. This was actually a practice I started pre-whole 30 and it brought so much to my conscious awareness that I’d never recognized before.
⇒Ice cream gives me terrible headaches
⇒Heavy gluten meals give me terrible stomach aches
⇒I like to eat when I’m avoiding a feeling I don’t want to feel (hello Enneagram 7)
This mindfulness practice around food/physical and mental feelings really put things into perspective and brought it to my awareness.
Once you’re aware you can work to change old habits. Trust me- they die hard.
The first 8 days of Whole 30 were the hardest. When you start changing your diet to healthier non processed options your body (mine at least) was hungry ALL. THE. TIME.
But what’s best is that it’s not about how much you eat it’s about what you eat with Whole 30 so I ate all the healthy things all the time. Because #hangry isn’t an option for me.
Day 7-8 were the worst for me. My husband even googled “what days are hardest” for Whole 30. (He wasn’t participating he was just cheering me on so he read the guide and got educated to help me)
So he was the one to enlighten me that day 7-8 are generally the hardest. I mean I was for lack of a better word- pissed- I was so moody I felt terrible to be around anyone ???? thankfully it was still summer time and I wasn’t teaching.
Aside from the hump of day 7-8 the only other side effects I would say I had were about day 10-12. I experienced the WORST leg pain/ leg cramps you could ever imagine.
This was due to lack of electrolytes so I had to be intentional about taking my Calm Gummies. These are a great supplement anyway and they taste great so I didn’t mind popping these 2x a day.
My mind felt healthier. You don’t know you’re living in a brain fog until you’re not anymore. So much of our gut health has to do with our mental health.
My body is no longer puffy. I had no idea I was living with chronic inflammation. So much of what I ate before (even some of my healthier choices I’ve always made) were causing inflammation.
Bloating is totally gone and the weight is melting off. Hear me loud and clear when I say this… it is not about what the scale says! The weight loss is an added bonus but the most important part is how much better I feel.
While I have lost 20 lbs, more than that I’ve gained lasting habits, insight into what makes my body work best (still in process of this), comfortably living in my body again and a new love for creativity in the kitchen.
So would I recommend Whole 30? Yes and yes. To everyone! But don’t make it about the rules- keep your mindset positive and just focus on all the new fun foods you get to try.
The more you focus on what you’re depriving yourself of the easier it is to give up. There are always ways to satisfy a craving with something healthy – trust me!
I’m currently on round 2 and I plan to start round 3 mid October! If you want to join me and some other friends join us here!
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