How many of you are like me, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s you eat a ton of holiday junk food everyday and you don’t have time to exercise? This happens to me every year. I usually end up gaining 5-10 pounds just in the month of December. I feel terrible, but I just can’t stop eating. By the end of December I can’t wait till the month is over so I can start eating right again. I usually do the Maker’s Diet every January but this year I decided to try the Whole 30.
I usually like to follow the 80/20 rule, where you eat healthy foods 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time, because you can’t expect to succeed if you cut out your favorite junk foods 100% of the time. In January, though, I usually need a complete reset. So, I follow a strict diet plan and try not to have any cheats. This helps me to clear out all the junk that has accumulated in my system through December and releases me from the addictive qualities that junk food has.
For the past several year I have done the Maker’s diet. It is a clean eating diet based on Levitical dietary laws. It has always helped me lose 5-10 pounds and helps me feel much better, but I was ready to try something new this year. I have quite a few friends who have done the Whole 30 and have heard a lot of good things about it. If your not familiar with the Whole 30, it’s basically a clean eating plan of just Meats, Vegetables and Fruit, where anything that can be rough on your body, such as added sugars, grains, legumes, dairy and alcohol, are off limits.
Preparing for the Whole 30
The key to any successful eating plan is definitely planning and preparation. There is a Whole 30 book. I haven’t read the book yet, I started a new job at the beginning of December so things have been really busy, but I hope to read it at some point. Reading the books behind any plan really helps you to understand the reasons behind what you can and cannot eat and what you will be feeling throughout the plan.
I started my planing by looking on Pinterest to get a list of approved foods. Then I searched on Pinterest for Whole 30 approved recipes.
One of the most important things for planning is to make your menu and shopping list in advance. It takes some time on the front end but it saves time while grocery shopping and through the week. Plus it helps make sure you buy the right amount and type of food. I make my menu for two weeks at a time. I use Plan to Eat. It makes menu planning so easy!!!! There is a browser button so that you can save any recipe from any website. Then all you have to do is drag the recipe into the calendar. It then imports all the ingredients into a shopping list.
My husband and I started on January 2. It is definitely much easier to stick with the plan if your family is supportive and willing to do it with you, but not impossible if you are doing it on your own.
Days one and two were pretty easy. After a whole month of nothing but junk food, my body was so happy to be getting the good stuff. I also starting working out again, but since I hadn’t done much working out over the past month, I started off with just 20-25 minute light workouts. You definitely want to ease into things so you don’t burn out or get injured.
Day three was rough! I had a busy day at work and I just felt irritable all day. Then I got a headache. The baby would not stop whining all evening and I was snappy at my husband. I decided this day that I just did not have it in me to workout. It’s completely fine to have those days where you just need an additional break from working out, just make sure they aren’t occurring often and you get right back to it the next day.
Days four, five, and six have been much better. I haven’t felt irritable or had any headaches. I got back to exercising. I feel great and haven’t even felt like I have been missing any of the junk food.
I’m really looking forward to finding out how my body feels as I continue to progress through the 30 days. For the rest of this month I’m going to share with you tips I’ve learned and recipes I’ve used. Whether you are interested in the Whole 30 or just interested in finding some healthy tips, I hope I can use my experience to help you.
I’d love to hear about your favorite Whole 30 recipes and tips.