When I did my first whole30 a couple years ago I was a huge champion for it. In 30 days I lost 15 pounds, my skin cleared up, my moods were better, I slept fantastically well, my “systems” all worked… it was fantastic. Since then I have attempted a few rounds but have let myself slide for whatever reason – namely my addiction to food. (and desire for something boozy…*cheers*) I swore I would stay mostly compliant forever and quipped about “why would I ever go back to eating in a way that made me feel so bad.” And I did great… for almost two solid years… and then…
This Summer I completely took my hands off the wheel with my nutrition, and while I still maintained my workouts, I feel like I have aged 10 years in the last 6 months. I have put a couple of those lost pounds back on, but this isn’t even about the scale anymore. My joints hurt. My plantar fascitis is worse. I do not sleep through the night. I wake up groggy. I get stiff sitting at my desk. My hormones are whacked. My running sucks – my times are getting worse instead of better. I struggle to want to run. I feel uninspired to write or work. I struggle to even learn new songs to teach! I have zero desire to even put makeup on – and anyone who knows me knows that is NOT typical of me. I FEEL like crap. I want to feel better.
I have sworn I would never do whole30 again. I have cussed it for more reasons than I can count. I joked about the “whole30 curse” that every time I would start another round – some life catastrophe would happen – like my Dad getting sick or our rental house flooding or my aunt passing away – all three of which have happened with my last three rounds of whole30. However, I have tried NUMEROUS other nutrition plans which are “easier” (hello, keto!) that have simply not worked for me. I have to make a change… and I know what that means.
So… all that to say the Official Whole30ers have a round starting September 5th to help celebrate the upcoming release of the book Food Freedom Forever. Yes, starting on Labor Day. You can drink your wine on Sunday. I have a friend coming in town that weekend and then I have no trips – no conferences – no roadblocks – and no excuses for why I can not complete the round. So I am committing – publicly to everyone – to 30 days… and possibly even beyond. I must find that “whole life” balance if I am going to feel better – which is my ultimate goal.
Whole30 is simple… but I admit it is not “easy.” At least not at first. The basics – no sugar, no dairy, no grains, and no beans for 30 days. All of those food groups *can* have a negative effect on your body – such as bloating, water retention, and even aches and pains. By eliminating these foods for 30 days, you basically reset your body using the most wholesome foods, and then (if you choose) you can begin to add certain foods back in to see how your body reacts. You can read more about it here. However – like with anything else – if you go right back to the same habits you had to MAKE you feel bad… you will go right back to feeling bad. Case in point – my last 6 months.
So, if you happen to be in the same boat I am – having blown it out this Summer eating everything not nailed down – or maybe you are just simply tired of feeling like garbage, I want to invite you all to join in the September Whole30 round with me. As much as I loved keto, it did not work for me. (Dear cheese… I will miss you) I have tried counting calories (Dear MyFitnessPal I will NOT miss you) I have tried every diet, every shake, every pill… the only thing in the last FOUR YEARS that has made me FEEL BETTER… was whole30. SO I am waving my little white flag, putting myself in first place, and focusing again on my health.
I am going to be sharing a ton of recipes here, so if you want those make sure you subscribe to my blog. I will also be putting everything on Instagram (yay stories!) and SnapChat (PartyPlanDivas) – mostly for accountability. If you are doing whole30 I want to follow you – so leave me your info in the comments.
Here’s to a great round – with no catastrophes. May we all enjoy a glass of wine in celebration on October 5th.