Tomorrow, I am beginning my Whole30 journey and I couldn’t be more excited to start. If you don’t know what it is, Whole30 is an elimination diet. By eliminating processed foods, you are eliminating the stuff that causes inflammation and bloating. After 30 days of eliminating all processed foods from your diet, you have 10 days to begin slowly introducing those foods back into your daily meals. By introducing foods slowly, you can identify those foods that may cause reactions and bloating.
While Whole30 is not a weight loss program, it’s an elimination diet, with exercise, people who have tried Whole30 in the past have lost weight. I am doing Whole30 for a few reasons. For one, I want to get a handle on some of the bad food habits I have developed over the years (mainly eating pasta like it’s going out of style). I also want to practice cooking new foods — it is so easy to fall into the same cooking rut, now is my time to branch out. Lastly, I do want to lose weight, or at least some of my bloat. With my wedding in a few months, I want to look and feel my absolute best!
So what can and can’t you eat on Whole30?
So basically all my favorite foods are out, no pasta, no bread, no cheese, no sugar. Meats are okay, as are eggs, fruits, veggies, natural fats, and coconut aminos (think coconut milk or coconut oil). This will definitely require me to think outside of the box when I plan my meals for the week. I will also have to be careful when it comes to hidden sugars or wheats.
The other big Whole30 no-no, is to weigh or measure yourself during the 30 days. Because of this, I am going to measure myself today, as well as take a before picture. After 30 days, I will measure myself again and take another picture to measure my progress.
Every week I go on a big grocery shop for that week’s meals. Doing a big weekly shop allows me to better control what I am eating, as well as save money by budgeting my weekly food bill. This week I had to be extra careful to read the nutrition labels on the food I was buying; I even stopped to research some of the ingredients online to make sure they fell within the Whole30 regime.
Already, I noticed that my shopping cart featured more healthy items. In addition, I bought items I never would have before, like almond based yogurt. Andrew and I did really well with shopping this week, creating five Whole30 dinners with breakfasts and lunches for under $100.
This week I will be blogging about some of the meals I make, as well as how I feel. Reading other people’s experiences, I expect to crave sugar and to be a little sluggish this first week. Let’s see how it goes! T-minus 6 hours until I start my Whole30 journey.