Jumping on the #Whole30 bandwagon

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UPDATE: Whole30 folk contacted me and I cannot charge for anything Whole30-related. Which means this VTG is FREE.

A few of my friends (Naturally, Leah and Keep It SimpElle) have been trying out the Whole 30 meal plan.  Leah has done it four times now and Elle is on her first round.  I became intrigued and read It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.  As a biology nerd, I really enjoyed the science that the authors presented supporting their findings, as well as the testimonials.

As an Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate, I know that no one 'diet' will work for everyone.  I also know that lately I have been having 2 fizzy drinks each day to power through my day (unfortunately I don't like bitter things, such as coffee, tea or beer).  And I want to stop.  Really I do.  But I never seem able to find enough time in the day to get everything done and sleep 9 hours.  So I figure if I stand on my soap box, err..blog, and announce to the world I am going to do this, I will.

The rules are quite simple: eat meat, fruit, veg.
No: grains, processed foods, dairy, alcohol.

I am not crazy.  Read on!

The benefits of the Whole30, based on what I have read, include:

  • clearing your system of processed foods
  • allowing body to work out energy cycle without introduced sugars from crap 
  • reducing the foods that can cause inflammation (bye bye Achilles tendinitis?)
  • increased energy
  • improved
  • better sleep
Of course I am petrified.  After downloading the shopping list, I see I have a long way to go.  The biggest challenge will be completing the Whole30 (or 40 or 50 if my body still doesn't feel right) is not eating meat.  I started as a vegetarian in middle school because I was a picky eater and it has stuck.  Now I find the texture of meat strange and I gross myself out thinking of it as muscle (I am such a nerd!).  But I think to make the most of this change, I will need to incorporate some (organic, nicely raised) meat into mix. (Sorry, I can't eat fish because I work with them.  Again me = nerd)

There is safety in numbers, so the next Virtual Training Group (VTG) will launch 11 August.  I will be starting the Whole30 and would love to have people up for the challenge to join me.  The VTG is an 8 week program (plus an intro week) conducted over email.  We offer accountability to new friends all over the world as they set out to achieve 3 SMART goals a week.  The group will be limited to 12 people and only costs £10 ($15) is FREE due to Whole30 copyrights.  Register today and start researching the Whole30 to see if it would be a good match for you.  You need to commit for the 30 days and not have any slip ups. One cheat could put off the body reset and prolong your 30 days.  And it only is 30 days.  You can do this.  And I will have your back.  

I can't guarantee you will see and feel instant results, but if anything you will be strengthening your discipline and mental training.  Those are important things too in life, not just what size you wear.

Let's slay the sugar dragon together in August.

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