Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Talk Whole30 To Me

No, you're eyes are not deceiving you. It's me and I'm blogging.

One of my favorite things about blogging (and there are lots) is how motivating and uplifting the community can be and I'll be straight with you, I need some motivating and uplifting.

This all started when three weeks ago my lovers Alexes and Kym decided to embark on Whole30. At the time, I laughed and said no thank you.. because cheese and beer. Throughout their journey, I chatted with them and the idea became more and more interesting. I did my research and pinned my little heart out and before I knew it I had planned to embark on my own Whole30 journey on April 1.

Here's how that went down..

April 1- Aspen Juice cleanse (I have a complete review of this that will be posted at a later date)

April 2- Feeling awesome! This food is delicious. Sweet potato hash with eggs, pulled pork salad, and turkey burgers? Yes, I will keep eating that.

April 3- Feeling even more awesome! This is the best decision I've ever made. I am happy and light and energized.

April 4- Rockies Opening Day. I stuck to my food, but many vodka beverages were had because.. peer pressure.

April 5- Aftermath of Rockies Opening Day. Brunch was had and I ate all of the fries and cheese. My hangover needed them y'all. That night I also stupidly drank all of the beer and ate all of the grilled cheese sandwiches.

You can see where this is going..

April 6- Two nights of drinking and one day of bad food and I felt like I was dying. I slept almost all day and I couldn't fathom eating. I was finally able to manage some Wonton soup but I was in a complete and total body hangover, physically and mentally.

April 7- Time to jump back on the Whole30 bus and stick to it. Constant migraine all day but drinking water and pushing through it. Give me cookie butter!

April 8- Feeling better but constant migraine is lingering. I went out to dinner and stuck completely to my plan while the person across from me drank beer and ate mac n cheese. Success!

April 9- Almost human, but not quite. Enjoying my food and excited to try a new recipe for dinner tonight!

Here's the deal, in the first 3 days of Whole30 I knew that it was a game changer. Not only did I feel great but my whole demeanor was changing. My hormones were balancing themselves and it felt amazing. I thought that a few drinks wouldn't affect things but oh did it ever! After two days of cheating it was a complete 180 degrees from before. I was sad, tired, grumpy, and depressed. I desperately wanted the happies back, so I committed to getting back into Whole30 and not cheating. Cheating is just not worth it.

But now I'm second guessing myself. Can I really do this for 30 days? I don't have a ton of self control, so going out with friends is not really an option. Am I going to lock myself at home for 30 days? Is this really worth it?

Kym wrote this post and I loved it because even though she stuck with it much longer than I did, she got so much out of the experience. That's what I want. I want to change my relationship with food and come out on the other side with a better understanding.

So here's what I'm thinking.. I'd love to get other people involved in the process. You can start today, you can start tomorrow, or you can start next week.. but I need some support. You can read all about the program here. You can follow Whole30 support on Facebook here. You can find my carefully curated Whole30 Pinterest board here.

I'm telling you, there are some seriously delicious food options available, but it's all about planning ahead and being prepared. There is also SO MUCH information. This program has been around for a few years (and has become so popular) that the resources are really endless.

The most important thing is that we can support one another and hold each other accountable. Maybe we do an Instagram hashtag? Maybe we do a weekly blog recap? I'm open to ideas, and hey maybe this is just what I need to get out of my blogging rut?

So.. read up, do your research, and pretty please join in and do this with me!


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  2. I have faith in you! I have not drank or had a slip meal once. I have 6 more days to go. There were times were I wanted to kill someone and eat a bag (or 10) of cookies, but I didn’t. That is why Kym and I are here for you! After this is over, which it will be in 6 days for me, I am doing another 30 days.... I’ll be with you every step of the way baby boo. YOU GOT THIS!

  3. I love that you are doing this, and it makes me REALLY want to try it! Like really bad. I'm so proud of you! Keep it up and text me when you want to drink so I can drink FOR you.

  4. I just started back on Paleo this week which is essentially the same. I did it last year and never felt better. Cheating is just not worth it, you feel really sick when you do... been there done that! I need to drop some lb's so I am in it to win it with ya!!

  5. YES. I'm starting my journey on May 11th! (and I can't believe I just used the word "journey", gag me!) Even though that's in like a month, I'm waiting until I graduate because alcohol. Anyway, YES to an accountability group. Yes, please! If you want to do something together, I'm totally in!

  6. I really wanted to try Whole30 and started making my own Pinterest board for it and was all geared up. But really, cheese and beer? Am I a gluten for punishment?! I know it would give me the kick in the ass I need to show some PROGRESS with all my hard work outs. Why do all the good things have to taste so bad?!?! If I had someone to do it with...I would probably feel more obligated to stick to it! I am game for whatever motivation you decide to do!

  7. Good luck my friend, happy to see you blogging and excited to follow along on your plan!

    Jessi @ Not the Average Bear

  8. You go girl! How awesome!

    I have faith in you...but doubt I could EVER do this myself!

  9. Ok Ok I cave in! Once I do my research and adequately plan, I will jump in :)

    PS: Have you thought of using the Disqus comment form?

  10. You can totally do this! I started the Whole 30 on April first as well. I am doing the vegetarian plan so it is slightly different but I still love it. I was so skeptical that I was going to be able to stick it out at all. Like you said...cheese and well wine for me not beer. Oh, then the peanut butter and having to drink my coffee black again. Ugh. But I am soooo glad I did. It is amazing how fast I am noticing the benefits. I love how it is changing my relationship with food already.:)

  11. A good friend of mine once said, "You can do anything for 30 days."

    The most I've consecutively done anything - aside from like, get up - is probably 7.


  12. I have always kind of wanted to try Whole30! I might be in!

  13. I have always kind of wanted to try Whole30! I might be in!

  14. I can't even tell you how much I envy you even doing a few days! I feel like I'm in no way cut out to do anything "Whole" and that makes me sad. I'm here. Anything you need though. Hashtags, yes. Link up, yes. Whatever we need to do, we're gonna be healthy bitches <3

  15. I've always been interested in this and would totally be in to join you somehow! I'm swamped to even think about until Saturday night, but would definitely be game to start it fresh on Monday!

  16. I too started doing this on April 1st and have made it through to day 10 and it just gets harder depriving myself. I read that if I can make it to day 12, it should get a lot better except when I get tired of eating the same foods. *raises hand* already there. Luckily my closest girlfriend is trying this too. She's seen results with her auto-immune issues already where I really haven't noticed anything. I did have extra energy day 6 or 7, but not much else. I loved seeing how you did for your first few days and hope to see more posts with updates! Good luck girly!

  17. I've been following your blog for a bit now and I was so happy to read that you are also on this whole30 journey!! You can do it girl! Trust me, I know how hard it is! I'm on Day 28 and I can't believe I've made it this far. IT GETS EASIER! I promise! I am a lover chocolate, wine and anything greasy ;) ---> you can read more about my experiences :) good luck and keep blogging your journey !

  18. Changing your relationship with food doesn't really work by eliminating a million food groups. That leads to fear.

    ::and now all the paleo people talk about how life changing it is::

    A relationship with food is mental, not physical so you (by you I mean anyone) can keep going through as many motions as you want, but each diet just creates a more skewed view of food.

  19. Obviously I'm over a week behind on reading my blogs, but you go girl! It sounds like a great experience! I always feel SO much better when I eat unprocessed junk! I'm trying to cut out sugar from my diet and wow it's tough but has helped sooo much in the weight loss process!

    On the other hand...what's cookie butter? lol :)


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