Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Whole 30 - I must be crazy!

Crazy about being healthy and taking care of my body, I mean...

One of my dearest friends, Carling, has unknowingly challenged me to try Whole 30. What is the Whole 30 challenge? 

It is a dietary challenge to make changes in nutrition in your daily life. The diet itself is a pretty strict mix between paleo and raw foods, avoiding all dairy, soy, wheats/grains, legumes, ALL sweets (yes, unfortunately, even paleo ice cream) and ANYTHING processed.

Sounds devastating, right?! This means NO. No oatmeal for breakfast - a daily. No Middleswarth BBQ chips - a guilty pleasure. No baking - unless you can bake without trying it. Who bakes without trying it?!?! No creamer in my coffee - tolerable, but not preferred.

This is going to be a bit of a change for me.

Now, I generally try and eat healthy. I'll avoid eating out as best as I can, but sometimes I just don't feel like prepping my food or really making dinner, so its a little cereal here, a little coconut macaroon there, and some peanut butter and jelly all the time. Did I mention I can't have any PB&J? 

Okay enough about what I CAN'T have, I want to tell you what I CAN have. 

In addition to the YUMMY fresh fruits and veggies and creative cooking advice I'm finding online, I am gaining much more than dietary benefits by the end of this.

I am gaining prepping skills. I'm terrible at prepping some days and this is going to teach me those skills. Prep or starve. Okay, not so literally, but basically.

I will gain a better understanding of what my body feels like when it doesn't hate me. I always have and upset stomach or digestion system, so I am genuinely looking forward to a healthy reset

I will gain stronger self control. I will more easily say "no" to the stuff I know I don't need instead of making the same exception over and over again. "I'm working out tonight so, I deserve a handful of M&Ms."

I will gain more respect for those who have to live this way everyday. I'm fortunate enough that if I can moderate consume gluten, I'm alright. Its when I go overboard that I'm a mess. I can't imagine having no more options, no more cheat days, no more, I'll be better the rest of the week moments. People have to follow some of these strict guidelines on a daily basis - for life. I'm appreciative I'm not one of those.

So here I go! Day 1! 

Breakfast: Eggs with Spinach and fresh strawberries

Lunch: Salad with ham (I think I'm allowed to have ham - need to do more research), romaine, shredded carrots, avocado, no sugar added raisins, and cashews. 

No dressing was needed. It was actually quite the concoction. Not sure I'll make it quite like that again, but fun to try.

Snack: more cashews ( I think I overdosed on these today) and an apple.

Dinner: Will be making sweet potato and not sure what else yet :) Wish me luck!

.::A Far Off Britt::.

1 comment:

  1. Britt! I love this post! You write beautifully. I'm so happy you're doing this and documenting your journey.