On January 2, I am participating in Whole30 January. This is my fifth round. I discovered this program in law school and have raved about it ever since.
I would argue that law school is one of the most difficult and stressful things a person can encounter in their life. It’s a high demand, high stress environment. Until law school, I had never had problems sleeping. My digestive system has its issues, but it seems that law school aggravated them. I did my first round in January of 2014. That was also about the time I started really incorporating oils in my life. That’s a story for later!
Long story short, the Whole30 helped me turn my health around. I have figured out food triggers and in turn discovered that processed foods tear me apart. When I eat Whole30 and follow a paleo diet, my stomach issues are virtually nonexistent! I am no longer ravaged by terrible tummy aches or nights of unrest. There are so many benefits from this program. From personal experience I have seen better skin, more balanced emotions and restful sleep.
The Whole30 made me realize that food is medicine. Food is fuel, so it makes total sense to me that it should be used as such. Our bodies were designed by God, and he gave us nature to supplement ourselves. Food in the traditional sense: meats, vegetables, fruit, essentially whole foods are what we are meant to run on.
I have never felt better than I did on the multiple rounds of Whole30 I’ve done. Round 2 was certainly the hardest, but each time I learn new, incredible things about myself.
While weight loss is not the goal of the Whole30, I have lost anywhere from 5-14 pounds in my four rounds. Whole30 is much more focused on fixing relationships with food, and not so much focused on our relationship with a scale. The weight loss was an added bonus!
What is the Whole30?
The rules are quite simple (and available over at http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/):
- No dairy
- no alcohol
- no added sugar
- no legumes
- no grains
The Whole30 revolves around eating whole foods. It sounds hard, and frankly it can be. You have to enter into it understanding the why behind it. The Whole30 program wrote a really fabulous book called “It Starts With Food” which lays out the science of the program. I have a very green personality (i.e. I need to know the Why behind something) so this book was a necessary for me! You can grab that book here: http://amzn.to/2iprHDV
If you don’t necessarily NEED to know the why but still want to know the rules, The Whole30 will suffice. I was so excited that they came out with their first “cookbook.” This book is filled with everything you need to know about the rules and the program. The recipes have also become staples in my house. You know it’s a good cookbook when there are food splatters all over the book and the spine is well loved! You can grab that book here: http://amzn.to/2i5M7RU.
Finally, the new whole30 Cookbook JUST launched! I’ll be cooking my way through it this Whole30, and I cannot wait. The recipes look incredible! You can grab that one here: http://amzn.to/2hUfZAc
Sharing the Love of the Program:
I love this program. It has totally revolutionized my relationship with food, with myself, and with calories! The last time I did it, I had a ton of friends request a Facebook group because they too were curious. My first Facebook group was created in September of 2016. We had about 50 people participate. If you are interested in doing the Whole30 January, but feel like you need an extra level of support, come join my group! I am sharing tons of recipes, encouragement and more!
REQUEST TO JOIN THE GROUP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/268229430259177/
I’m aiming to consistently blog this round of Whole30. Committing to blogging every single day is probably not attainable but I am committing to consistency! No promises on the ratio of posts just yet, but know that it is on my radar!
I hope you join me on this next round of Whole30. I love educating about this program. Please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to comment. I would love to see you in the Facebook group!
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