I was going to try another round of the 21 Day Sugar detox in September, just by myself and the new online resources released this year. But a couple days before I was going to start, a friend asked me if I wanted to do a Whole 30 with her. So knowing full well that I would have a friend kicking my butt all along the way, I decided to shift gears and go for it.
I was interested in doing a Whole 30 for similar reasons to the 21 DSD. But, I admit, I have NOT successfully completed a challenge this restrictive before. I’ve attempted the 21 DSD twice now and have not stuck with it either time. The first time was a disastrous new years resolution (last year, beginning of 2014). I lasted 5 or 6 days before I totally gave up. So, I’m not sure that even counts. The second time I was more successful, making it a fairly solid two weeks and struggling to get on track throughout the final week. That time I was apart of a facebook group with people I didn’t really know who were all doing it together, which helped me be more successful.
As I started to read “It Starts with Food” to prepare for my Whole 30 and read through the “rules” on the Whole 30 website, I was excited that I could still have fruit and sweet potatoes on Whole 30! But no dairy…at all!? Not even butter? And no paleo-fying food? It’s fall! Guess the pumpkin pancakes and apple crumble will have to wait until mid-October. Plus, having to meticulously read labels to make sure there’s no sugar…that’s a lot of work. And trying to lose weight without counting calories or stepping on the scale!? Well, that just defies modern american woman logic.
But, I really want to have a positive and committed experience with this Whole 30. I think it will be good for me in a lot of ways, besides just (hopefully) some weight loss. And here is why:
1. Food is great, but it’s still just food. I don’t want to bow down to worship ANYTHING but God. So if I can’t go 30 days without a cookie or a glass of wine…what does that say about what I’m really living for?
2. Sugar and carbs are total trigger foods for me. It never ends with “just a bite!”
3. Everyone says that a paleo diet can help with both psoriasis and cramps. I have/get both, sometimes to an unbearable degree. I have yet to experience eating “paleo” significantly improve either. But, I also haven’t been consistent in eliminating all processed food, grains, dairy, refined sugar, etc., so perhaps doing a strict elimination diet will help jump start healing from these issues, and help me determine if certain foods are more/less helpful as I start to re-add them post-whole 30.
4. Honestly, the booze and I need a break. We had a define the relationship conversation last week, and I realized that what we had going on is pretty one sided.
I’m excited about taking this on right now, but sooner or later (whether it’s next week or tomorrow) – it will get hard and obnoxious and I will ask myself “why the heck am I doing this again!?” So now I have this blog post to come back to and remind myself of my reasons. I’m determined to make it a whole 30 days and successfully complete a nutrition challenge for the first time EVER. We will see how it goes!
And I’ll surely have to share some of my favorite recipes here as I go along :).