Alright I’m making it public.. I am doing the Whole30 and currently on day 8! I know, I know, if I have been doing this for 8 days I probably should have announced it earlier than now but..I wanted to test the waters before I dived in.
FIRST, some background. How/Why I began eating healthy in the first place..
Ever since middle school I have always eaten pretty healthy, but honestly needed a change. In my early middle school days, I was the complete opposite of a healthy eater but it all changed during lent of seventh grade. As all my readers probably know by now, I love to challenge myself and always have-even when I was little. So in seventh grade I decided I was going to give up Coca Cola for lent..which was huge for me. I drank 1-2 cokes every single day, and I have to say all 40 days of lent were dreadful. I could not wait for lent to be over and to enjoy my beloved coke, but then when I ordered a coke at Easter Brunch, it tasted nasty. I was convinced the waiter had put something in my drink, this could not be Coke, no way. To my surprise (and disappointment) it was. In 40 days my tastebuds had completely changed and I hated coke! It took me a while to accept the fact but once I did, I really realized how much better I felt and it was because I was no longer drinking coke (a.k.a. filling my body with poison). I had more energy, my swimming was improving, I was drinking more water, and I started to really love it. Ever since then I stopped eating cheat puffs, cut back on the sweets, and gradually began making healthier and healthier choices.
NOW, Why I am doing the Whole30..
Now to today…I eat majority healthy but definitely have my splurges and honestly needed a change. So last weekend when we drove to Nashville, I was stocking around on instagram (because what else would I do?) and kept coming across some of my favorite bloggers (+ some new ones) who had been participating/participated in the Whole30 and claimed amazing results. I was really intrigued so decided to read more..and more..and more.. until I had read the entire Whole30 website and felt like an expert. When I first started with reading the rules and saw there were no beans, no grains, and no dairy (I don’t eat dairy but love my yogurt and granola), I thought there was no way. But we still had a ways to go until we were in Nashville, so I still kept reading. The website continued to explain all the benefits such as improved athletic performance, faster metabolism from the detox, more energy, better skin, and so much more.. I wanted to do it but I still couldn’t get past the fact I couldn’t have brown rice, beans, Ezekiel Bread, Yogurt, and so many more foods I practically lived on. I thought it would be too hard. Then at one point the website said “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard”. This made me put things into perspective. I thought it’s only 30 days, it’s for my own good, and if I don’t like it I have every right to say I’m quitting, but as of now I am going to do it.
How Week 1 has been..
This week has been so much better than I ever could have imagined! Day 2, 3, and 4 were hard, I got midday headaches from the lack of sugar, I wanted bread and pretzels sometimes, but I quickly got over this and since day 5 I swear I have never felt so great in my life. I already have stopped craving unhealthy foods; I do not feel the need to snack for no reason; I have had more energy than ever (this is seriously no joke I feel like I could run a marathon at any point in the day and my energy used crash at 3pm after school before); and I treat food as fuel. I no longer eat because I am bored but I recognize what makes my body feel better and what my body needs at that point in time.
So what have I been eating?
-For breakfast I still just eat a banana since I wake up at 4:30 AM to do my cardio before school (my challenge for next week is to try and get my body used to eating a bigger breakfast)! I also eat my banana with my new Collagen Latte though, which I am in love with. I will never go back to my old coffee with almond milk creamer again! To make my new latte I blend my morning coffee with a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and a teaspoon of coconut oil. I promise, it’s way better than it sounds.
-After I work out, I make Paleo Egg White Frittatas with slices of smoked salmon! I adore these frittatas and look forward to them every morning. I make them by mixing egg whites, green beans, onions, and mushrooms and then bake them in a cupcake pan in the oven.
-Midday I always have a bottle of coconut water to replenish my electrolytes from my morning workout and for an extra potassium boost, and I also have either have some carrots and celery with almond butter, an apple with almond butter, hardboiled eggs, a banana, an RX Bar, or a homemade bag of mixed nuts. It just depends on what I am craving that day !
-For lunch I usually have scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or grilled chicken, an avocado, and baked sweet potato
-In the afternoon before I lift some weights or go to a barre class I usually have one of my snack options I listed earlier, but a different option than I ate that morning
-Then I eat some more egg white frittatas..
-Then for dinner I have a sweet potato or baked potato, grilled chicken or grilled salmon, and some steamed broccoli.
Next week I cannot wait to try more recipes and keep you updated on this journey of mine..But LONG STORY SHORT..While everybody is different and I am only 8 days in, so far I am loving the Whole30 and highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying it! What are your thoughts? Interests? Reservations? Questions? I love to hear from you !! I also wanted to know if you would be interested in me posting my recipes…I am happy to share them if you would like! Feel free to comment below or email me if you want to be a little more private. I’d really appreciate it!