The Whole 30 Program

The Whole 30 Program
What is the
Whole 30?
This
will explain it better than me: http://whole30.com/
This
website has great information, printables, recipes, and answers to any and all
questions.  Their book It Starts with
Food
is also great and I feel it’s necessary to get the most out of the
program.
Simply
put, it is a way of eating for 30 days (no diet talk here). Eat solely some fruits,
tons of vegetables, and protein.  No
sugar, grains, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, legumes, or fake food on the
plan.  For 30 days.  Lots and lots of healthy fats are pushed in
this program.  After the 30 days, you
slowly introduce grains, dairy, etc to see where your triggers are emotionally
and physically.  The goal is to retrain
your body to use protein and fat for fuel rather than carbs. 
Why we
wanted to do it.
I
heard about this on Instagram from a friend who was reading the book.  I started researching it, checked out the
book from our library (couldn’t finish in the 2 weeks, so I had so I bought the
book!) and talked to my husband about what this kind of change could do for
us.  We already eat pretty well, but
could use a tune up in a lot of areas. 
My husband has issues eating grains and dairy already so we don’t have
much of them in our diets.  We also
follow an eating plan from our chiropractor which incorporates most of these
concepts.  Find out more here: http://www.maximizedliving.com/.
We
figured it would be a good idea to try and see if we couldn’t feel better, fix
our afternoon food and caffeine crash, and cut out grains in general.
Resources I
used to prepare
I
read a lot of forums, blog posts, Pinterest recipes for the plan, and a few
books.  This is what I recommend and am
using during the program:
            This book opened my eyes to the
effects grains have on our bodies, and specifically, our brains.  Several studies cited in this book link grain
and sugar consumption with Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, and dementia.  Sugar causes inflammation and this
inflammation goes to the brain causing problems.  Great, great read.
Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso – http://everydaypaleo.com/books/
            This has been my go-to cookbook for
The Whole 30.  It is Paleo based which
refers to eating as the Paleolithic era ate. 
There are only a few tweaks needed to make this 100% Whole 30
friendly.  She offers great recipes for
kids too and a cross fit workout you can do on your own.  Plus, the Whole 30 book endorses her book in
theirs!
What I did
to prepare for the program?
If
I’m being honest, the book suggests starting the program right now.  Right this second.  Go throw out your bad food right now!  Okay, I wanted to fully prepare for it, so we
picked a day (after a good friend’s wedding weekend b/c we knew we’d want
alcohol) and got ready for that day. 
I
ate a lot of junk.  Mostly to clear it
out, but mostly b/c I had to say bye bye to it for 30 days.  I ate the donuts in the teacher’s
lounge.  We got more ice cream throughout
the week.  I got my free Chick Fil A meal
for Teacher’s Appreciation Week…and didn’t feel bad about it.  So whether or not that’s good or bad, I did
it.  I didn’t go crazy.  I just ate what was available if I was
hungry. 
I
also food prepped.  I researched which
stores at the best deals on food, stocked up on chicken, beef, and fish. I
grated cauliflower (used as rice replacement) and froze it and grated zucchini
for pasta dishes.
Oh
yeah…these happened. 

My goals
Overall,
I don’t expect to never eat French fries again or never drink alcohol.  Not realistic.  But here’s a few things I am shooting for:
1.       Not rely on
carbs so much.  I didn’t realize how much
I was eating in the late afternoon.  Stop
the grazing!
2.      Shake the
afternoon crash feeling when I reach for caffeine and crackers, cookies and
sweets.
3.      Get my
hormones in check like cortisol which can surge if you drink too much coffee
and cause the body to store more belly fat. 
4.      Not need
sweets after my dinner meal.
5.      Stop eating
after 7 pm.
6.      Get better
sleep.
7.      Complete the
30 days!  – I turn 30 this year so what
better way to feel better and help my body than with the “30” challenge!
My challenge
to you….
I
realize this would be very hard for most people.  We are at an advantage b/c we incorporate a
lot of these principles already.  But
here’s what I wish would change…
This
is my grocery cart at Wal-mart.  Hormone
free, grass-fed chicken, fish, fresh veggies, eggs, and unsweetened
applesauce.  This cost me $85.  That’s a lot of money for not much food.  But what you get from real, authentic food
could save your life. 

This
was the cart in front of me.  Sickness
right there on a conveyer belt. 
Prepackaged food, condiments, soda, frozen dinners.  You name it. 
And it cost him $384, and the government helped pay for it.  The system is broken.  I don’t blame him or his family.  He’s probably doing the best he knows how to
do with what little he may have.  But,
that’s why those of us who can and are able should seek to educate and
inform.  Hear me…not condemn.  It starts at the top.  I know how I would eat if I didn’t have the
right people in my life to teach and encourage me.  Coming from someone who lost a parent to an
incurable sickness, something has to give.
I’m
more and more convinced through reading and research that our sicknesses,
ailments, inflammations are all largely related to our diets.  So, our family chooses to pay into
preventative health care over doctor visits, bad food, take-out, etc.  Before you think I’m acting all high and
mighty, we do drink alcohol, we do eat fried food (occasionally) and we eat
bread (sometimes).  We don’t claim to be
perfect, but we are paying more for sick people these days and I feel the foods
we/they eat are keeping them sick.  We can
change this with little small changes.  I
want the best for my son and his future and that starts with food…ha, see what
I did there?!
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my blog for updates week to week as we do The Whole 30!

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I am a Christian mom and wife with a desire to build and grow a fitness business while connecting with others looking to change their lives. I live near St. Louis, Missouri and am, of course, a huge Cardinals fan! I love anything to do with coffee, shopping and running. In my free time, I love watching shows on Netflix, reading a good book, and trying new recipes. Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to get together with you for a workout or a great cup of coffee if you're ever in the area. I'm excited for this next journey in my life and I hope you will come along for the ride!

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