Starting today, I am kicking off a 21 day challenge to start the new year off on the right foot!
What: The Whole30 Program! As described on the website: eat real food - meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts, and seeds. NO added sugar (of any kind real or artificial), alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan/MSG/sulfites, or white potatoes.
Why: 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. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button!
When: Monday 1/7 to Sunday 1/27, 21 Days
Why I'm only doing 21 days: Although I may be altering the effectiveness of the program by cutting it 9 days short, I want to set myself up to succeed. I could've started earlier, but I gave myself a week long grace period after the new year to finish up all the holiday treats and to enjoy some events last weekend that were already scheduled and revolved around drinking. I will be strict with the program for the next 3 weeks and then the last week of the month I have a winter social and a build your own pizza party, both of which events will include drinking. Typing this out is making me feel like I just can't commit to the entire 30 day period (specifically the booze free portion), but I am just trying to make sure that I'm making a promise to myself that I actually intend to keep, I want to set myself up for success. It's my first time doing anything this strict and I want to commit 100%, so I will start with 21 days and see how I feel after that.
Before thoughts: The holidays brought out my inner cookie monster! I stuffed my face with sugary treats, lots of carbs, and things I knew would have a negative impact on my body. My skin broke out, my nails are brittle and peeling, and my tummy ballooned up with bloat. There were multiple nights that I would lay in bed and listen to my tummy gurgle and know that it was a direct result of what I'd put into it. I know how great my body can feel cutting out processed carbs and dessert treats, but I've never been this strict with my diet. I want to see just how great my body can feel on nothing but real food! I've never cut dairy out of the equation before and I'm praying that my complexion will be singing with the results. The Whole30 website claims this will change your life... really? Will it change mine? I want to find out and I’ll be sharing my journey as I go! So far, so good for day 1, except for the stupid piece of gum I mindlessly popped into my mouth at work, fail! Oh well…
Have you ever done an elimination diet? Did you ever cut something out of your diet and realized that you felt much better without it?