The Whole 30, A Different Approach to Food

My dinner made with leftovers.  Plantain Tortilla topped with grilled chicken, sauteed spinach, sweet potato, and sliced almonds.  Baked cauliflower on the side.

My dinner made with leftovers.  Plantain Tortilla topped with grilled chicken, sauteed spinach, sweet potato, and sliced almonds.  Baked cauliflower on the side.

 I've never been a "dieter".  I like food.  I eat it.  I eat pretty well.  Whole foods, veggies, fruits.   I also enjoy cooking.  So what's the problem?  Well, I began to notice that I was drinking daily.  I wasn't even enjoying it.  You see, I was drinking wine as I was cooking dinner.  It was pretty mindless, too.  Just drinking because it had become a habit.  One glass of wine while I was cooking.  Another with dinner.  I began to wonder, "What would my life look like without two glasses of wine a day?  What would my skin, hair and body look like"?  For full disclose I have a pretty crazy (as in crazy-awesome) schedule this Spring.  I have a professional Yoga Journal Photoshoot in April, a Crossfit/Yoga photoshoot in March, and I also begin video production of my online courses this month.  Those  are all reasons to want to do my best to look my best.  Did I also mention that the CrossFit Open started a week ago?  The point is is that I wanted/want to be in tip top shape, but I needed some help cleaning up my act.  I have done and enjoyed both the Lurong Challenge and The Whole LIfe Challenge with my gym.  The competition was fun and so was the daily posting, however, I needed something for me. Something that was easy to follow and something that wouldn't require any posting.  I just wanted to eat the food  I needed to eat, NOT drink alcohol, and get my butt in gear.  And so, I found the Whole 30.  It actually hooked me with this line,

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”- Melissa Hartwig.

 Now that was the kind of tough love that I was looking for and I found it in the Whole 30.  So how did I start?  I set the date.  Monday Feb. 13th.  I picked  a Monday so I could have a Sunday to prepare my food.  I also bought the Whole 30 Cookbook.  Instead of focusing on all the things I couldn't eat, I decided to focus on all the yummy foods I could eat.  That's about it.  Have I noticed any changes?  Heck yeah.

Week 1- Energy level Steady Freddy.  No afternoon brain fog.  Snacking like crazy though.  Must eat bigger breakfast.  Posted  list of 30 breakfast ideas on my FB page. .  Made the pumkin smoothie. Eew.  Added too much pumpkin.  Not nice.  Looked like baby poop. I'll stick with dinner leftovers for breakfast for a while.

Week 2- Feeling great.  Not noticing my clothes fitting better.  I guess because I wear stretchy pants for most of week.  What can I say?  I like tight clothing.  Sleep is deep and lovely.

Week 3.  Finally had a "Tiger Blood" day.  Woke up early and worked for 2 hours. Writing my newsletter and getting the creative juices going.  I can do this!

So, I have a week and 2 days left.  What other changes have I noticed?  Here's the list:

  • Less painful joints (my right knee no longer hurts)!  That was unexpected!
  • Fewer sugar cravings
  • Fewer carb cravings
  • Fewer mood swings (more patience)
  • Less bloating
  • Improved Athletic Performance.  This is seriously awesome because I am participating in an annual CrossfFit competition called the CrossFit Open.  I love this 5 week event and really wanted to kick butt.  This weekend I kicked my own butt by beating my performance from last.  Last year I was able to complete 2 bar muscle ups and this year I did 5!  It felt great to so this.  I felt strong and controlled.  So good.  I contribute this gain to the Whole30.
That's me last year at the top of my first bar muscle up during the CrossFit Open Comp.  I did 5 of those suckers this year and felt great. Must have been the "Tiger Blood".

That's me last year at the top of my first bar muscle up during the CrossFit Open Comp.  I did 5 of those suckers this year and felt great. Must have been the "Tiger Blood".

So, if you are ready to feel better, sleep deeper, and get stronger, I encourage you to try the Whole 30. Get some friends together and do it together. Share recipes and support each other.  What have you got to lose?