Okay y’all we’re about to get a bit personal here. I’ve mentioned a few times that I have struggled with maintaining a healthy diet throughout my entire life. I’ve continued to battle through it and it’s time to end it. Enter Whole 30.
When I was growing up, my parents kept a watchful eye on our diets and our exercise. When I got to high school, maintaining this regime was no longer as much of a priority. I realized my metabolism was no longer insanely fast, and that eating 10 meals a day wasn’t getting me anywhere. I’m not a binge eater necessarily, but what I am, is a snacker. Literally I get hungry every hour.
The Freshman 15 didn’t happen to me in college. In fact, as a freshman, I was probably my healthiest ever. Yes, I would eat a lot of food on the weekends and go out and party, but I exercised regularly and for the most part had a balanced diet. Sophomore year is when it all started going downhill. My weight would fluctuate so much. Every winter I would gain about 10 pounds, and then by the end of the summer I had lost it all.
I’m still on this pattern, and I’m really getting sick of it. I depend too much on snacks and frozen meals and “quick” solutions to hunger. I don’t take the time to meal plan, at least not strategically, and even when I do, I am just stuck at the same weight.
So there are a few reasons why Whole 30 became the solution (click here to learn more about it and the restrictions that you need to abide by for 30 days).
- I’m not going to lie to you, the first, is because I want to lose weight. This is probably the original reason I turned to Whole 30, before I knew more about the program.
- Second, I want to basically restart my eating habits. My obsession with cheese (ugh so good) and pasta and chips? Those need to go. I can never eat them in moderation and by eliminating them from my diet, I’ll be able to eliminate that craving.
- And third, I want to feel healthy again. I am always tired and sluggish, and by cutting out a lot of unnatural and processed foods, my physical AND mental health will improve.
Whole 30’s premise is that by cutting out all of the “psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days” you will allow your body to heal and recover, basically resetting the way your body processes food.
I know this process will be hard. Sometimes I don’t know how I’m going to survive 30 whole days without cheese, chocolate, or pasta. But guys, I’m going to DO IT. What I’m hoping, is that by announcing to you all that I’m doing this, that I’ll actually stay committed (and maybe find other people that are doing it too).
Yesterday, was day 1 of Whole 30. And it honestly was not bad! Only 29 days to go…