Mad props to T.I. for the inspo! The last 13 days have honestly been a total revelation to me. I knew that I wanted to try whole 30 because I needed to clean up my eating post-college, wedding, full-time job etc. However I didn’t realize how badly my poor eating habits were affecting my body.
Revelation #1 Food was wrecking my hormones.
Shout out to the biebs for dedicating a song to me, “what do you mean?” it has really resonated with my husband for the last year and a half, but not anymore! After having a horrible experience with and IUD (post to come) I have faced certain death trying to reestablish my body’s natural balance: acne medicine (over the counter), acne cream, acne cleansers, different make-up, water pills, antibiotics, juice cleanses, supplements, vitamins, any and everything I could think of as well as afford, all to no avail.Until… you guessed it whole 30! within 5 days, yeah! 5! I started my period. this may seem miniscule but since my absense of menstration has been a source of contention for the last year and a half i’ll mark that as a “W”.
Revelation #2 Whole 30 is completely sustainable.
Sorry to all of the people that I may of sent into cardiac arrhythmia after disclosing that we spent a whopping $300 on groceries. That was a flaw all our own and we have repented. After researching what Costco and Aldi really had to offer we decided that for this week’s food we would frequent our “normal” grocery stores, instead of the store that shall not be named. What we got was a whole lot more food and a whole less panic! Success! Costco brought us canned wild alaskan salmon, tuna, guacamole, fresh fruit, almond butter, organic eggs and prosciutto. While Aldi completed our produce demand as well as offered some great marina sauce and Jennie O turkey burgers. Our wallet barely suffered!
We didn’t follow as many recipes this week since a huge previous cost was meticulously buying EVERY ingredient that a recipe called for. Christian and I also traveled this week, which broadened our whole 30 journey to eating at restaurants. We chowed down at Chipotle before celebrating the union of a beautiful couple! Our “bowl” consisted of: romaine lettuce, carnitas, tomato salsa (pico), and guacamole, extra! It was filling and fueled our dancing feet, hours of conversation and 2 hour drive back home.
The next day we got together with one of our mentoring couples at cheesecake factory! And since it was a moment of historical magnitude (my first steak in 8 years) I without shame, indulged in some decadent steak! The menu was very user friendly with little icons next to the entrees to indicate dairy and gluten. The waitress also made multiple trips back to the kitchen to double check on spices and cooking oil, she was a doll and got a good tip! The outcome was flawless.
My point in saying all of this is it didn’t matter if we were at home, on the road, or in a different city. Without a ton of planning we were able to eat great meals at chain restaurants and not have to feel ostracized. This gives me piece of mind because unlike some other diets we weren’t limited to food because of a brand or a label. Or chained down by a scale or juicer. We’ve been educated on what food is making us more healthy and regardless of where we are can make informed, healthy decisions. Finally!
Revelation #3 Boundaries can be liberating!
I cringe when people ask me about my diet*, because for once it doesn’t feel like a diet, or a limitation. Whole 30 is not a diet. it’s not restrictive. And no, it’s not hard.
verb (used without object), dieted, dieting.
*to limit the food one eats to improve one’s physical condition or to lose weight.