Why I Am Doing a Whole 30

Why am I doing a Whole30?

I need a dramatic change.  I need to restart my health.

  • I am tired.
  • I have little to no energy most days.
  • I feel bloated and just blah.
  • It is difficult for me to lose weight.
  • I am consumed by stress which leads me to consume 4-5 diet cokes a day & eat junk food, especially sugar-laden foods.
  • I feel run down.
  • I am not the mom I want to be to my kids.
  • I am dealing with hormonal issues with my cycle.
  • I am not ovulating every cycle and have severe PMS all month long.
  • I have other health issues that I have begun to deal with recently.
  • I crave sugar and other junk food.

I can totally feel the difference and the effect of poor eating on my well-being.  I know for me the Whole30 won’t be easy.  But, as the authors of the book, It Starts with Food, Dallas & Melissa Hartwig state, “Giving birth is hard.  Fighting cancer is hard. Giving up these foods for 30 days is not hard.  It is only 30 days.”  I know if I keep this in mind and know that I have a goal of better health, I will keep motivated.

What if you don’t feel sick or have issues with your fertility cycle – is this for you?  The Whole30 is for everyone.  If you have experienced any of the things I listed above and want a change, then the Whole30 is for you!  If you want more energy, control over your sugar cravings and sustainable weight- loss, then join me for the Whole30.

How can the Whole30 change your life?

Whole30 is a nutritional reset.  It is designed to help you overcome your unhealthy cravings as well as some unhealthy eating habits.  The Whole30 is also a great elimination diet to see if you have any specific food sensitivities.  Specific foods can be causing your fertility or other health issues without you even knowing it.  The best way to know which, if any, foods are causing you issues, is to eliminate them completely for 30 days.  After 30 days, you slowly reintroduce those foods, and pay attention to how they impact your cravings, mood, energy, digestion, your fertility cycle, and the symptoms of your medical condition.

From the Whole30 website: “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 physical benefits of the Whole30 are profound. More than 95% of participants lose weight and improve their body composition, without counting or restricting calories. Also commonly reported: consistently high energy levels, improved athletic performance, better sleep, improved focus and mental clarity, and a sunnier disposition. (Yes, more than a few Whole30 graduates said they felt “strangely happy” during and after their program.)

The psychological benefits of the Whole30 may be even more dramatic. Through the program, participants report effectively changing long-standing, unhealthy habits related to food, developing a healthier body image, and a dramatic reduction or elimination of cravings, particularly for sugar and carbohydrates. The words so many Whole30 participants use to describe this place? “Food freedom.”

Finally, testimonials from thousands of Whole30 participants document the improvement or “cure” of any number of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions.”

There is a list of foods that are eliminated on the website for the Whole30 but the main ones are sugar, legumes, dairy & grains.  These are foods that have been found through scientific research to be causes of inflammation.  This can seem like a lot, but remember it is just for 30 days. I highly encourage you to pick up the book, It Starts with Food, or their new book, The Whole30 that explains the science and rationale behind the Whole30.  Sign up for my In Touch Fertility & Fitness Whole30. You will receive a weekly newsletter beginning August 1 that will provide support, encouragement and tips and meal ideas that I have found.  My goal is to provide resources to make the Whole30 doable, even with kids, and/or a full-time job and a busy schedule. Join the Whole30 Fertility & Fitness Facebook group for ongoing support from other women going through the Whole30. Follow me on Instagram to see what I am cooking for me and my family everyday as I journey through the Whole30.  You can also checkout my Pinterest boards for Whole30 tips, recipes and meal ideas.

JOIN ME today!  We begin August 1!

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