I started the whole 30 program this week. I’m on day three today.
If you have never heard of it, it’s an elimination diet almost identical to the paleo but way more strict.
Whole 30 is “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”
So basically you restrict certain food groups from your diet for 30 days.
No sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no alcohol for 30 days.
I couldn’t care less about the alcohol but the rest is going to be a struggle. I love rice, greek yoghurt, honey, and lots of beans and lentils. So I really don’t know if I can make it all the way to day 30.
I never thought I would something like this, it’s too restrictive, and extreme. If you know me, you would know that I’m not a fan of restrictive diets. I believe in eating everything in MODERATION. I love whole and unprocessed foods but I also love to indulge in the not so healthy foods like chocolate, and ice-cream. So the concept of ‘everything in moderation’ works perfectly for me and would never give it up.
So why have I decided to embark on the whole 30 journey?
You see lately, I have been a bit reckless with my eating. I’ve been eating and snacking mindlessly on junk food. I haven’t been eating more of the foods that nourish my body. I believe in eating everything in moderation, but lately there hasn’t been any moderation happening. Two months ago, we lost a very special friend. I have struggled to move on, and be excited about life again. I lost my passion and zeal for life. I thought what’s the point, we all just waiting our turn to die. I became very afraid of losing the people I love. I’m normally a reasonably healthy eater, but during this emotional roller coaster I ate anything and everything.
I’m in a much better head space now, and more passionate about life than ever. Life is too short, so in the time I have left I want to live a meaningful life. Do the things I love, and pursue my wildest dreams I thought would never come true. Even if they don’t come true, at least I will know that I tried. I want to love more on the people I care about.
Enough said, lets get back to whole 30. We also recently moved house, and it’s been mostly junk food while I cleaned and organised the kitchen and entire house. There’s still so much to unpack, I can’t believe at how much stuff we have accumulated over the four years we have been in Melbourne, it’s insane. Hubby and I have agreed to give all the things we don’t need away. In the time I have left, I also want to master the art of living simply only having enough for the current season. If it’s not needed for the season I’m currently in, it’s going because someone might be needing that very thing for their current season.
So after all that crap eating, I decided it was time to turn things around and kick those unhealthy habits, give my system a good cleanse and get back on track. I think it’s important from time to time to give your system a break. This is not about shaping up for a summer ready bikini body but about self-love, hitting the reset button, and nourishing my body. But if I happen to lose some weight in the process, I will not complain but that is not the focus.
What I want to achieve at the end of the whole 30 is to feel healthier again, more energised and to be more mindful of what goes into my body. I can’t quite remember how I came across the whole 30 but it resonated with me so much that I decided to do it. I like how it’s temporary not a lifestyle because I can’t imagine life without rice, greek yoghurt, honey, and legumes.
Day 1 was hard but I pulled through. The hardest past was cooking basmati rice for hubby and the kids to go with a beautiful slow cooked coconut chicken curry. That delicious aroma from both the rice and curry was down right torture, I came so close to cheating. However, I quite enjoyed the curry with steamed broccoli. Second day was a breeze, loved how my tummy felt – no bloating.
I had a go at convincing hubby to join me, but I failed miserably. That makes this challenge that much harder. I asked him if he would like to join me, and he says what’s involved. I started explaining to him and mentioned the foods that are off limit, no grains, no legumes, no sugar……and before I could finish he said ‘No thanks’. I asked him if it was because of no sugar because that was the last thing I mentioned before he said no but he said it was because the off limit food list was too long.
As I begin on this journey, I would like you all to journey through it with me. I will be posting updates, insights, photos of my meals and some recipes.
** Yeu **