On Monday, I am joining about 25 members of our gym on a 30 Day Nutrition Challenge called the Whole 30. This will be my 3rd time doing this challenge since November. In that time, I have learned a lot about nutrition and more importantly, how my body responds to food.
Here is the basis of the challenge:
The WHY’s: (Best explained by Whole30.com)
“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.
Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.
So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.”
Below is a list I created after my first Whole 30 of the positive changes eating this way made to my life:
1. There is sugar in everything! Even organic meats such as chicken sausage and bacon. I have totally eliminated sugar from my diet and feel amazing!
2. I sleep better and feel well rested.
3. My skin & nails are super healthy.
4. My favorite part of the day is prepping meals with my husband- we really work well together and it’s good QT!
5. I don’t look forward to going out to eat as much because I know I can make a much better meal for myself at home- double win here because we have saved $$.
6. Holidays are just as enjoyable without indulging- our families were very accommodating to including meals we could eat and everyone loved all the dishes!
7. Having structure in our nutrition has brought structure in other areas in our lives such as balancing work/play, being more disciplined with our time and drinking more water!
8. We removed coffee as well and were able to give up our caffeine addiction.
9. I loved the book “it starts with food.” It was very eye opening and had great reasonings about how our bodies respond to certain foods, this has changed my mind on a lot of foods I will not be introducing back into my meals.
10. I lost 10# in 30 days without limiting my quantity, weighing or measuring- just by simply eating whole foods from their natural state.
If you are interested in making a positive change in your nutrition, I would love for you to join myself and other members of EXP on this 30 day journey.
Here’s what to do next:
- Join our Facebook Event to benefit from the daily recipes and support from fellow members!
- PURGE “non compliant” foods from your cabinets and fridge.
- Choose a day for food prep, (we like Sundays). Go shopping and stock your fridge. Here a quick video on food prep. Extra tupperware and ziploc bags come in handy!
- Stay connected– Post your questions and any challenges you face along the way to the group so we can help you through it!
- Continue to follow my blog! I will be sharing my favorite recipes and meal ideas right here!