Why Whole30?

July 5, 2016

“Think of the Whole30 like pushing a “reset” button with your health, your habits and your relationship with food.”

The Whole30

You can read my Whole30 Recap from last year to get a better understanding of what Whole30 really is.

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In a very brief nutshell, the Whole30 is 30 days of eliminating several foods from your diet, and not snacking in between meals. After 30 days, you may reintroduce foods (one food group at a time) and determine if those foods cause you any problems, then decide if you want to reintroduce that food back into your diet permanently.

There are a lot of No’s on the Whole30. 

NO….Grains, Dairy, Sugar (real or artificial, this includes honey and maple syrup), Legumes, do not recreate Baked Goods or Treats from Whole30 approved foods (pancakes, ice cream made from frozen banana’s), NO Alcohol and NO snacking in between meals.

Why Whole30?

The first time that Mike and I did the Whole30 back in October, it was a bit overwhelming. Making your own mayonnaise, making your own salad dressing, making clarified butter, lots of chopping and dicing, constantly shopping, always cooking and doing a lot of dishes. Again….Why Whole30? After the first 10 days of the our first Whole30, I started to get into a routine, and it wasn’t so bad. I loved the way that I was feeling, and I liked the structure. Check out my Whole30 Recap.

During my first Whole30 experience, I realized that I was feeling more restful, more energetic, after about 10 days of no sugar, I had no sugar cravings, and mentally, I felt really good about the decisions that I was making in my diet.

I also notice a reduction in inflammation in my shoulder that has a partial rotator cuff tear and otator cuff tendinitis.

After completing our first Whole30, Mike and I have been eating a mostly (but certainly not 100%) Paleo diet. A Paleo diet is all of the food that you eat while doing the Whole30, but you can have baked goods made from Paleo (or Whole30 approved) foods, you can snack in between meals, you can add honey and maple syrup back to your diet. I’m likely forgetting a few things, but that’s the gist of it.

The Whole30 is not for everyone, and I realize that a lot of people do not like eliminating so many things from their diet. For me? The first time that I did it, it was more out of curiosity and it was a challenge. After realizing how good it made me feel, I knew that I would do it again.

I haven’t counted points in forever! I haven’t really followed any rules for myself for about the last two weeks. I like a routine and I like to track my food, so I’m mentally ready for this round of Whole30.

Yes, I admit, the most difficult part of doing the Whole30 for me, is the NO Alcohol. But…..I am getting much better at it, and I think my friends are used to it now. I am aware that some of them still roll their eyes though. I still think I’m funny sober, but I could be delusional. 

Here is what I ate yesterday, and here is to a Happy and Healthy 30 days!

I’m counting points starting tomorrow!

Breakfast 

I was chatting away with my niece and husband about our plans for the day, and forgot to take a picture! It was pretty too!

Un-Pictured Egg White Omelete filled with Pork Sausage and Potatoes with a side of Strawberries.

Lunch 

Big Salad. Chicken, Potatoes, Egg, Bacon, Walnuts, Dried Cherries and Vinaigrette, followed with a beer.

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Dinner – 10 SP

Chicken Apple Sausage, Sweet Potato Fries with homemade Avocado Mayo (from the Whole30 book), Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar and fresh Basil, Grilled Asparagus and a beer. 🙂

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These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

 

Exercise = Walked 40 minutes

FitPoints Earned = 4

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 60?? Need to get back to my water bottle!

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”

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6 responses to Why Whole30?

  1. julesfarm@yahoo.com July 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I agree! Yesterday, I did not eat all of my points, but I hate to eat something at the end of the day if I am really not hungry just to get my points in? Right? Other days, I go over. Like maybe if I add nuts to my salad, or eat beef.

    You are right though about the sugar and processed foods. That stuff adds up quick! Egads……

    🙂

  2. When I did the whole 30 (which I loved how I felt ) I did count ww points and found it very difficult to get my full recommended ponts in. Which proves to me that anything with sugar is what makes the points rack up. Now when I get to a point where i am using my ww points up too quickly – I check my sugar and processed foods – and there’s the culprit!!

  3. julesfarm@yahoo.com July 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Track with me this week! Challenge yourself to make one of those Salad on your list at least twice this week!

    Let me know what you make. I bet it will be delicious and you will be so happy that you made it!

    🙂

  4. You sound so enthusiastic to start again.
    I’ve got to get that enthusiastic about tracking my food.
    I’ve got to get more veggies back in my daily eating.
    I used to be all veggies no fruits now it’s the other way around.
    I have a list of salads I need to or should say want to make.
    I even went to a store (Flying Olive) that sells flavored balsamic vinegar to help get started (strawberry and raspberry–yum!)
    All that fresh farm produce and so little time.

  5. julesfarm@yahoo.com July 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve maintained my weight for about two years now. I did lose about 6 pounds the first time that we did the Whole30, but I think my body just likes the weight that it is now. I’m not making a huge effort to lose the 10 pounds that I should (I’m 10 pounds over my goal weight) but I do feel all around healthier while eating Paleo. I eat Paleo and count points, so I think you can totally do both. Focus on the lean protein, like chicken and fish and turkey, and you should be able to keep easily within your daily points. I try not to overdue on the nuts and the healthy fats, but I do believe it is good to get some of those in each day.

    Try eating Paleo and counting points for a few days, or even a week, and see what you think.

    I’d love to hear back from you and see how you feel and what works and doesn’t work?

    Have a great week!

    Julie

  6. Hi, I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now. I’m trying to switch over from WW to Paleo. Have you lost more weight doing Paleo?