Happy New Year!!! It’s no secret that I’m taking part in the Whole 30 for the month of January. If you don’t know what it is, the Whole 30 is basically where you commit to eating REAL food for a month (or 30 days). You cut out grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and additives (like carrageenan, MSG and sulfites). And the hardest part (for me) is that you don’t make or consume any treats or baked goods, no matter how healthy, even if they only include approved ingredients. Meaning, I cannot make pancakes or muffins even if they only consist of “acceptable” ingredients.
So why am I doing a Whole 30? Here’s the deal: I think the Whole 30 is a great approach for anyone with a good mindset around food who is trying to “re-set” their diet/taste buds, who is trying to lower inflammation in their body and/or who wants to go on an elimination diet to test for possible food intolerances. I am committing to a Whole 30 to show my body some love after the holidays. I want to re-set my taste buds and my eating habits that have gone astray from the constant stream of sweets, treats and snacking that I’ve been partaking in. I’m NOT trying to lose weight or be restrictive because I think I’ve been eating “bad”. No, this comes from a place of love, not hate. I know that when I eat these Whole 30 friendly foods I feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. I won’t be restricting or counting calories but rather fueling my body for a month with healthy, whole, real foods. When the 30 days are up, I also want to slowly add in the foods I’ve eliminated to see if I react poorly to anything.
I’ve had questions about what I’m even changing in my diet since I already eat mostly Whole 30 approved foods. When not on the Whole 30, I eat gluten-free grains (organic rice, corn, buckwheat, sorghum, oats…), legumes (beans, peanuts, hummus), and some dairy from time to time. I never eat any of these foods in excess because I just don’t – I can tell that they negatively affect the way my body feels if I consume too much. Like I mentioned before, the biggest change for me will be eliminating healthy baked goods (like the recipes on my blog).
The Whole 30 can look different for everyone. For instance, some people allow Lara Bars or RXBARS as part of their diet but I won’t be. Those foods are already treats in my normal, day-to day eating so I don’t feel that they have a place in my Whole 30. I’ll be sticking to the foods on this Whole 30 shopping list. After all, it’s only 30 days. It’s going to take some effort and planning ahead, that’s for sure, but this is a challenge that I want to fully commit to. I have done a Whole 30 once before, well I’ve actually attempted it twice. The first time, I didn’t make it a full 30 days. The second time I allowed myself to have gum, which definitely isn’t on the approved list. BUT, at that time in my life, gum is what it to for me to stick to the protocol.
I want to create and share Whole 30 approved recipes with you all throughout the month of January, but I’ll be honest, this was a last-minute decision so I do not have recipes planned ahead of time. In fact, the recipes I had planned to post in January are definitely not Whole 30 friendly, many not even Paleo. As a full time stay-at-home mom it will be hard for me to find the time to create, photograph, write-up, edit and post detailed recipes but I will do what I can. I mentioned in my previous post wanting to create more savory recipes. The only reason why I currently don’t is because (for me) they take more time, effort and skill. The best way to follow along on my Whole 30 journey will be through Instagram, where I will document many of my meals.
So there you have it! What the Whole 30 is, why I’m doing it and what I hope to gain from it. I will check in at the beginning of February, after I’ve completed the Whole 30 and give everyone an update on how it went and what I took away from it.
In the meantime, if you are interested in checking out some Whole 30 approved recipes that are already on my blog, here’s a list:
Are any of you doing the Whole 30? Have you ever done one before? Do you have a favorite Whole 30 approved recipe to share?