Taking on Whole30

Most of November and December was spent (like everyone else) eating, drinking, and being merry. This meant lots of drinks, tons of parties, and ALL OF THE FOOD in the world (and let me tell you – it was all delicious). I had so many great things take place over the last few months, including time with my family and friends. I will definitely say that I enjoyed every single cookie I put into my mouth, every single glass of wine I drank, and every meal I had.

Come January, I definitely felt perhaps a little off my game. I wasn’t 100% on point all the time with tracking my macros, and I found myself being hungrier and hungrier with the macros I follow. I LOVE my ice cream (Halo Top WHAT’S UP), and I LOVE Walden Farms, but I also know that there is plenty out there that I can eat and put together that is fresh, nutritious, and from the earth. I realized that I wanted to challenge myself to eat more wholesome, nutritious foods, and less of the ice cream, pancakes, and protein bars I have been eating. Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating those things. We all deserve to have treats and enjoy the food we eat. However, I got to the point where I realized I needed and WANTED to spend more of calories/macronutrients on wholesome, nutritious, delicious foods. I think my body literally was starting to crave them. I made a pact with myself as a New Year’s intention that I would spend more of my time coming up with creative recipes using fruits, vegetables, and meat. Little did I know this is basically what Whole30 is. I definitely had heard about it before – one of my best friends has done it numerous times and has given me tons of advice already. I bought the book ‘It Starts With Food’ and I bought the book ‘Whole30’. I’ve been working my way through them, and needless to say, they are REALLY interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by food and how it nourishes the body and fuels us, but in the books, Melissa Hartwig provides plenty of rationale as to why grains and dairy aren’t necessarily the best products for us. Does that mean we should cut them out forever? Not necessarily. However, I can absolutely see the points she made with both food groups and why they might not be the most nutritious/best foods for us.

I decided I’m going to challenge myself to do Whole30 – at least for a while. I’m going to try my best, but I also understand that life is life and I’m not going to deprive myself if I want to go get a glass of wine with a friend or something during these next 30 days. However, I’m definitely going to push myself and try my best to complete it. I have been ‘practicing’ over the last few days by making different things with fruits and vegetables. A big part of me wanting to do Whole30 is because, quite frankly, my sugar dragon (as she calls it) is OUT OF CONTROL. I LOVE DESSERT – I could eat it all the time. However, it’s definitely time to reign it in a little bit and get that under control. Again, spending more time focusing on giving my body nourishing, wholesome foods that will fill me up for longer and give me lasting energy. I want to challenge myself to come up with new things and look at food differently than I have in the past.

I continue to fall in love more and more with fitness, and I want to be able to achieve fitness and physique goals this year. I’ll share more of those in a different post, but I think that in order to get to the place I want with both of those, I have to be fueling my body with the right foods all the time. This does not at all mean that I’m going to cut things out forever, but for me, Whole30 will kind of be a reset to kick of the year. I AM READY TO TAKE ON 2017! THIS IS THE YEAR. Who is with me?

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