What is a Whole30?
If you’re not familiar with Whole30, it’s essentially eating only real food for an entire 30 days. It’s an elimination diet that’s intended to boost your health in a variety of ways, and it can help you figure out if any foods are bothering you.
The real goal is to create a better relationship with food and develop new habits that are healthy and satisfying instead of bad cravings that are destructive.
It’s an amazing way to “reset” your taste buds and your food habits. Specifically, the plan involves no dairy, no legumes, no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, and no sulfites, MSG, or carrageenan. And no recreated, Paleo friendly-baked goods either. If you’re thinking of starting one, the best thing you can do is get the book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.
Why a Whole30?
The primary reason I wanted to do a Whole30 is because of my sugar habit. I’ve realized over the past 6 months or so that I am really hooked on sugar. In many ways, sugar and grains are my comfort foods. They are the foods I turn to when I’m stressed. And that’s a problem.
Not only is it bad for my waistline, but it’s also bad for my spiritual life. God should be who I rely on for energy and comfort. Not chocolate.
It’s probably one of many reasons why weight loss has been a struggle for me, despite recently running my first half marathon.
So I decided to give up sugar for Lent (all 40 days) and use that as a reminder to pray and talk to God about my stresses instead of eating the sugar that I really crave. I want to crave more of him. Not more dessert. But sugar is only part of the Whole30. There’s so much more.
I also have a recurring issue with costochondritis (chest wall pain). It’s an injury that started when I began running, and it still flares up from time to time with uncomfortable chest pain where my ribs meet my sternum. While it is an injury, I know that food can really affect inflammation and specifically, wheat, dairy, and sugar can lead to more inflammation. I suspect that I’ll have less pain during the 30 days I’m on the plan.
And then I struggle with sleep. It’s been a challenge all of my life. It’s really nothing new for me to struggle with falling asleep at night, so I’m curious to see how Whole30 helps in that area. Everyone says that they sleep better and have more energy during these 30 days.
Next week, I’ll share my simple Whole30 food plan. I’ll tell you how my family can continue eating some of the same foods, with some modifications, and I’ll tell all about what’s in my freezer! Want to see more? Check out my Instagram and Facebook page for more of the nitty gritty daily details.
Be sure to check out my Simple Whole30 Meal Plan for Moms!
Have you done a Whole30? What was your experience? I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes!