I’ve decided it’s time to change the way I eat significantly. I’ve been thinking about for a really long time and I’ve done some big changes in what I eat, but I don’t feel like it’s enough. I end up having my “unhealthy” days when I eat junk foods and then feeling not only guilty, but uncomfortable in my own body. I know it’s a bad way of eating and I makes me feel bad (low energy, mood swings, etc.) but I still do it. So something has to change.
As I was browsing through millions of diets and meal plans, I came across the Whole30 program. I started reading the rules and I really liked what I saw. Basically you eat all the nutrients and everything you like except: grains, dairy, junk and processed foods. I thought that it was the perfect program for me because it doesn’t deprive me of crucial foods and it gives me the energy to train for my events. I mean let’s face it… any “diet” forbids so many foods that are actually good for you (such as heathy oils, certain fruits and veggies) as well some brutal calorie counting which always ends up frustrating. I have counted calories before and I did lose weight but I didn’t consume healthy foods all the time. As long I didn’t exceed my calories for the day I still had a regular brownie or a chocolate chip cookie. I felt great when at the end of the day I stayed within my calorie intake, but the amount of sugar, artificial colours, etc. was going through the roof.
So with the Whole30 program I feel that I can stop counting my calories and focus on eating WHOLESOME foods. As long as they are not processed, prepared without sugary sauces and and preservatives, it’s good to eat. So having a clean, hormone-free, grilled piece of chicken with a side of green salad tossed in vinegar and a few drops of olive oil is the perfect lunch (or dinner). A fruit cup with crushed walnuts and a cup of tea or black coffee is a great breakfast. How about a cup of cauliflower and kale slowcooker stew full of veggies and made with fresh tomatoes (instead of canned)? Yumm!
When you think about it, it isn’t that hard to do. The biggest challenges for me during these 30 days would be:
- added sugar
When I say added sugar, I don’t mean just white sugar. I have excluded that from my pantry a long time ago. The program doesn’t allow any kind of added sweetness – honey, maple syrup, molasses, etc.
I love cheese. So this will be a difficult thing to do. But the program doesn’t allow any kind of dairy for 30 days.
I love bread. I love making it and I love eating it. I love cake 😉 in any shape of form. So the no-grain rule will definitely be a challenge for me. But hey, it’s only 30 days.
So wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted on my progress 😉