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Whole30 – Can you do it?
So recently my husband and I embarked on the Whole30 journey. We are currently 14 days in and let me tell you it has not been a walk in the park thus far.
I’ll be writing a series soon on this journey so stay tuned!
Deciding to partake in Whole30 was a hard choice. There are so many different diet options out there: Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Raw Food, Mediterranean, etc.. So how do you know if Whole30 is right for you or if you can even do it.
What is the Whole30?
Alright – the Whole30 diet is basically clean eating on steroids.
Remove sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes from your diet for 30 days.
Say bye-bye to all those processed foods you love so much. Yes ladies that means no cookie dough, bread or soda. Frozen dinners gotta go too. And eating out – you can forget about it.
Instead over the next 30 days you will get substance from wholesome fruits, vegetables, and protein. And trust me when I say there are is no work-around in this diet like some of the other diets mentioned about. Meaning you can’t make cookies with agave nectar and almond flour.
With this diet you go through a full with-drawl from all the “good food”. You can’t trick your brain into thinking you’re having a dessert when your not.
You are literally retraining your brain to eat right. No substitutions.
What’s are the Whole30 rules?
Here are the rules clearly laid out as given by the creators of the Whole30.
Eat real food!
You can eat all meats, vegetables, fruit, egg, and natural fats in moderate proportions, as well as herbs, spices, and seasonings.
- Added sugar – real or artificial
- Alcohol (includes cooking)
- Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
- Baked goods, junk food, sweet treats (even with approved ingredients)
Can you do it?
I promise you it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Do you have to cook everyday? Yes but there are ways around it if you can’t cook.
You will need to meal plan.
You MUST rid your home of all junk food or at least hide it for 30 days.
But I promise you it is possible and more than anything it is worth it.
Where do you start?
Before you get started you need to find some recipes that sound appetizing. I can tell you from experience that nothing you eat tastes bad – it’s just super clean.
Next get your menu put together. Include all your breakfast and snack ideas too. Trust me when you’re in a snacking mood you want to have things readily available. In our house snacks include, raw fruit and vegetables, freeze dried fruit, and nuts.
Lastly, the night before you officially start pack up, hide, or give away non-approved snack items like chips and sweets. Freeze or give away your cheese.
My husband and I did a big “cheat night” by ordering a large pizza and splitting a pint of gelato. Get your junk food out of your system and be ready for detox.
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Remember my friend – this will suck but it will be worth it! It’s a mental game, just take it one day at a time after all it’s only 30 days!
Do you think you could do the Whole30?
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