Today when I was in Costco I had to laugh at the rows of vitamins that lined the front of the store and my kids were giggling at the people in the Zumba video that was playing on the giant television screen. It is a new year and everyone takes it as an opportunity to reevaluate everything including our health. Even the retailers know we will buy all the “health stuff” they put in front of us. I admit I have bought some new workout gear that was on a super sale. Anyways, since last March I have been focusing on getting healthy again. My whole adult life I have struggled to win my battle with food which has led to a roller-coaster of weight gain and loss. I am not really sure what led me to actually make a change but I knew I was not feeling good about myself or feeling good in general so I started trying to eat better and got back into running with the Couch to 5K app. I was doing better and noticing a difference but after about 3 months I plateaued and got stuck. We had heard about Whole 30 and decided we would tackle this way of eating which sounded more like death. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is you can check out their website at whole30.com. Basically, it is 30 days without any grains, dairy, sugar or processed food. Sounds fun huh!? So we started out on this journey. I did the actual Whole30 plan for about 80 days or so and have continued to try and eat foods that generally fit into the Whole30 plan but let’s face it there are some things I love to much to give up forever! However, I do want to continue working on my health and I would like to be around to see my kids grow up so I am going to do all I can to help myself out. The reason I decided to revisit it on my blog is to give some friends recipes ideas and tips on starting and actually making it through the 30 days or even just taking some steps towards getting healthier.
First thing, make sure you check out the Whole30 site I referenced earlier. Here is a link to the program rules from their site http://whole30.com/downloads/official-whole30-program-rules.pdf. as well as their shopping list http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-shopping-list.pdf. Both of these things will be really helpful!
Next, since most of us have no idea how to actually eat like this it is easy to get caught up on what to actually make with all of this stuff. Two things that are your friend: Pinterest and Instagram. There are soooo many recipe ideas on Pinterest. Search Whole30 and you will find an endless amount of ideas. Some are really involved others super easy and quick. Instagram seems like a weird suggestion but there are tons of people who post photos and recipe ideas for Whole30. A few I follow are http://instagram.com/wholefork, http://instagram.com/nomnompaleo, and http://instagram.com/wholesisters. If you search the hashtag whole30 you can find a lot of others. You will be surprised at how good real food tastes! There are also a lot of recipes you already love you could make a change here or there to and it would work. So, here are a few of our favorite recipes that we made during our 30 days and after.
Creamy Tomato Chicken Soup
Lettuce Wrap Tacos
Lemon and Thyme Chicken
Sweet Potato Scramble
Sweet Potato Hash
3 ingredient pancakes
These are just a few to get you started.
Whole30 is pretty intense and can seem scary at first, but you can do it! It is so good for your body and your mind. You will notice that you feel better in general so quickly. Food has a huge impact on every aspect of your life and your body. You can improve your sleep, mood, health issues and so many more things.
So my journey began a little before Whole30 I cannot attribute all of my change to Whole30 but 80% of it! April 1st 2014 I weighed 203 pounds and today I am at 158. When I started Whole30 I was at 189. I have also been running 4 days a week so it was not just food alone but I know it played a huge part. I know I will regret putting these out on the internet but just in case it inspires anyone here are some before and after photos.
My last post was right after we did Whole30 and probably has a lot of the same info but you can check that out as well.