I’ve recently finished reading It Starts With Food, the best-selling book by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, and this morning I woke up and decided today is the day I start The Whole30 Program. I don’t have a plan and there isn’t a vegetable in the house, but one thing is certain – I need to hit the “reset” button for my body and pay better attention to what I’ve been putting in my wine hole.
The concept is simple:
“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. 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.” -excerpt from www.whole9life.com
I’ve done the Whole Living Challenge in the past, so I’m no stranger to these kinds of food detox programs, but this one is a little different. For starters, it includes meat! For the next 30 days my meals will center around meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.
What won’t go in my body? Added sugar of any kind (this includes maple syrup and honey), alcohol (bye, bye wine), grains (including wheat, rice, oats, corn, quinoa), legumes (beans, soy, lentils, peanuts), dairy or white potatoes.
My goals are to get my energy levels back on track, kick my CRAZY carb cravings, and lose the muffin top I’ve acquired since starting a third job and forgetting where my gym shoes are.
It starts with food.
It starts today.
UPDATE: Read more about my Whole30 challenge, including my meals and links to recipes here:
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