Thursday, January 5, 2017

And so it begins....Whole30

I always had this image in my mind of sitting down after the holidays by a crackling fire beneath a fluffy blanket reflecting on the wonderful times spent with family and friends with a calm smile on my face and cheerful memories in my head.

In reality, I am sitting on my couch sprawled out in exhaustion like I have just been chased by a pack of wild animals just happy to have survived!  Don't get me wrong, time spent with family and friends was incredible and I loved every minute of it....I also loved every cocktail, every happy hour, every "let's start mimosas before 10:00 am" kinda days....oh and I didn't miss a table with sweet treats and salty delectables either!

With all of that having been said, I am writing this post in elastic waist pants and a hoodie because that is about all that fits me these days!

So what to do?  I have made resolutions, started diets on January 2 (because who really starts with a hangover on January 1?), and promised myself I will work out every morning before work....or at least 3 days a week!  We all know how that story ends so I wasn't going to do that again.  Yes, I want to treat my body better in the future, I want to be full of energy that has nothing to do with caffeine or sleeping pills and I want to be more aware of what I consume.

Start the big band music and roll out the Whole30!  This is not a detox or is a RESET!  The idea is to take your body back to the basics.  From the Whole30 Programs:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

It seemed a bit intimidating, giving up sugars, grains, anything processed and wait for it....ALCOHOL!

This was going to be a rough January!  To prepare myself I gathered some friends so we can suffer together to feel better...that makes sense, right?  I did a bunch of research and consulted friends who had done it in the past.  I created a Pinterest board that I could use to compile recipes I want to try and cleaned out my pantry and fridge of anything I wasn't supposed to have.

In all honesty, it wasn't that bad and once I figured out there is way more that I can eat I wasn't so overwhelmed.  Here are some of the resources that helped me the most!

#Whole30: Giving up Sugar, Alcohol, and Grains

My Whole30 Pinterest Board (this is an amazing resource to help with meal planning)

So over the next 4 weeks I will be sharing recipes I have tried, snacks that will in some way help me not crave Triscuits and cheese, and any other helpful tips or hints I can find to help me succeed in this positive RESET!

Wish me luck!
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