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,
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.
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?