So on a whim I asked my mother to get me The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom as a Christmas gift. A few other health coaches I follow recently took part in the a Whole30 challenge, at the time I really had no idea what it was all about, but I was intrigued. So if you are new to the term Whole30, like I was and still am, then lets start with a few basics.
The Whole30 is a nutritional reset of sorts, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy habits and cravings, restore a healthy working metabolism, heal your body from the inside out and balance you immune system. I know what you are thinking….can food really do all that for me?!?!
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! Crazy right! Your energy levels, aches, pains, inflammation, skin issues, digestive problems, allergies, infertility, all may be directly related to the foods you eat, even the “healthy” stuff.
So that is where the Whole30 comes in. Essentially you are cutting out all sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and more from your daily intake, replacing your meals with fresh protein, organic fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. You begin to let your body heal and recover from whatever affects those foods may be causing and push the “reset” button with your metabolism, inflammation, and more.
So now that you know what the Whole30 is all about, you are probably wondering why the heck I would want to give up cheese, bread and most importantly wine for 30 days?!?! I already eat pretty healthy, following the 80/20 rule and I workout daily…but this past November and December my chronic illness reared its ugly head and had me sidelined for weeks. It is not how I envisioned ending out my year. The pain is unbearable most days, the headaches, brain fog, the exhaustion, its like having the flu, being hungover and then getting hit by a truck.
Having worked in the medical field for most of my adult life, I assure you I do not make a good patient, and the idea of explaining 20+ years of medical history to a doctor just to be put through more of the same test and medicine trials that I spent the majority of my high school days going through is not something I wish to ever do again. So I decided that I needed to look a little further into my nutrition to see if there was something that I was eating that was triggering these nasty symptoms and that is when I decided the Whole30 was what I needed to do.
So I started reading, ordered the new Whole30 Cookbook and got to work making a plan and started January 9th. Check out my Week 1 in review in the next blog pos