Happy New Year, everyone! Clearly I am late to this post, but I think better late than never! David and I had an amazing, quiet, and wonderful holiday season in Dallas. I was planning on getting some great posts up and running on the blog while I took some time off during New Years but God had other plans. Our internet was out ALL week! I mean really though, what did we do before the internet? I took it as a sign that I needed to focus my attention on other things, but I am SO glad we finally have internet (I mean a week without Apple TV, horrible).
I really debated on whether or not I wanted to write this post because I think food, diet, and wellness really is such a person choice, but I have had such a positive experience and discovering the Whole 30 has really changed my life that I couldn’t NOT share it with you all. Like so many people, I over indulged during the holidays and was definitely ready to press the reset button come New Years Day. So I decided to embark on my first TRUE Whole 30 (I have tried and completed 2 other fake Whole 30s were I did not give up alcohol, but I can’t count those because its not really true to the program)
To give some background The Whole 30 is a program where you eliminate all the processed food and chemicals from your diet, you also eliminate alcohol, sugar (not natural sugars, but refined sugars), dairy, legumes, and grains, its a more strict version of the Paleo diet. Your body learns to stop getting its energy from refined carbohydrates and sugar and start finding energy in fat (the natural source of energy our body is suppose to run on) The whole process, dos and don’ts are in the book It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.
Whole30 and It Starts With Food is really about how food plays an HUGE role to our health; obesity and inflammation that lead to other serious illnesses. But also how the food we eat can effect other conditions like asthma, allergies, eczema, and other skin disorders. The whole idea is that the food we choose should promote a healthy hormonal response in the body. The book explains why it is so difficult to give up certain foods, why we feel cravings, and how the Whole30 can help you live a craving free life with a truly healthy mindset on food.
In this post I am by no means claiming to be an expert on the Whole30, I just really want to share this experience! So far the experience has been nothing but positive and I have nothing but wonderful things to say. I have more energy, I feel better, and my relationship with food as come a LONG way. I of course will be sharing more about this crazy adventure in the next 30 days!