I got into a few unhealthy habits at the start of the summer. My birthday ran into vacation, and after a few weeks of celebrating, I was feeling pretty awful. It's hard to get motivated to exercise when you're bloated from donuts and beer. A friend mentioned Whole 30 to me, and I jumped at the chance to recommit myself to eating clean.
Changing your diet can be more difficult than getting in a workout for the day. With Andrea, all you need to do is show up to your session and from there, the mental work is done. You do what she tells you and you'll get results. People rarely say. “I could NEVER do a burpee!”, but it's common to hear people say they could never give up ice cream, pizza, wine, bread, pasta, chocolate, etc.
The Whole 30 may change your ideas about that. You can do hard things, but let's be real, eating steak and veggies isn't hard. Maybe it's hard to refrain from the chocolate cake at that birthday party, but choosing to consumer healthier foods isn't as hard as you'd think. You merely need to make the decisions to do so. The Whole 30 sets some clear, easy rules to follow.
What is Whole 30? For full details, you can head to the official website or check out the book, It Starts With Food. In a nutshell, it's a kick start to a strict Paleo diet, familiarizing your body with the basics of clean eating before you learn all the Paleo swaps and treats. It's about noticing how your body reacts to certain foods. Once you complete the 30 days, a Paleo lifestyle will be almost second nature.
I completed my first Whole 30 this summer, and I'll be sharing my week-to-week experience with you. Not ready to completely change your eating habits, but want a few nutritional tips? Andrea's top ten tips can be found here. Whether you're on your own Whole 30 journey or just looking for some healthy dinners to work into your week, I'll be posting some favorite recipes here soon.
Are you ready to start!? Here's my favorite list to grocery shop with, and a good guide to clean eating no matter what program you may be on.