Seems like this week is all about fitness….kind of ironic to me as I have been slacking off big time on so many levels. My running fizzled off, but we are back on track. My cross training was non-existent, but I conquered the 30 Day Squat Challenge and am in the midst of our 30 Day Squat/Plank/Crunch Challenge. My eating well its not good – not horrible but really – I am eating the Costco hotdog and think nothing of fast food once a week. I even got a donut at Dunkin when I normally JUST get coffee – hey I know better. Honestly, I am not happy with how I look and I just had a physical, my cholesterol is up and with my family’s heart history and my genes, I need to do what I can.
My dear niece Laura, who is in amazing shape through her Crossfit swears by Whole30. You can read all about in the book or click on book title to get to website “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
From the website:
What is the Whole30®?
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?
This will change your life.
Big promises, I know. I mentioned that I was thinking of doing this and had several of my super cool followers say they were interested in joining me. For the record, ALL my followers are super cool, not just the Whole30 ones.
I wanted to get this out there for planning purposes so we can all check out what we need to learn to be successful.
We start June 5th – yeah I know, its a Tuesday and all, but life happens and this day just works for me the best. My niece is going to be my “Coach” since she pretty much eats Paleo and does a Whole30 several times a year. I need to finish this thing up around the Fourth of July. I will want an adult beverage by then – look, I just will, and I have a big family wedding so I must be able to toast the bride and groom properly. Hopefully I will be looking better inside and out by then too.
There is a ton of good stuff for free on the website to help you succeed.
If you are interested, check out what this is about. Of course with any change of diet, its always best to consult your doctor to see if its right for you. As the time gets closer I will get a roll call and we can see who is in!
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Julie Franklin says
No offense taken! I am doing it mainly as a “cleanse” type thing….I mean I am trying to incorporate more natural less processed as my daily diet, but this is a tad strict and I know from the past I cannot give up things forever, its all in moderation. The timing works out because I am not ramping up for half marathon training until July, so really not doing endurance type stuff right now as far as ecercise goes. Worst case, I gte some great healthy recipes out of this LOL. Thanks for your opinion, great to get lots of perspective on things!
Jennifer K. says
Hi! I found your blog through Margaritas, Miles and the Mouse. I’m a former CrossFit addict and I can speak to the effectiveness of Whole 30. If you seriously stick to it, it works. However, once you start cutting out entire food groups, ANYTHING will work. Whole 30 fits into CrossFit because those workouts are short metcons that typically last around 20 minutes. If you are doing endurance work, Whole 30 may not be your best option. Diet works within it’s own context.
I don’t mean to snark on it. I have some problems with it, but as a personal challenge to test your own resolve, it’s great. There is a lot to be said for limiting processed foods and sugar. I just don’t feel it’s the end-all-be-all for every single person out there. I wish you the best of luck on your challenge and I hope it works out for you. Looking forward to reading more of your posts about it!