Change your life in 30 days? A look into Whole30

There are a lot of different ways people try to live a healthy lifestyle whether it be from any form of exercise to being vegetarian or vegan. The amount of weight loss/get fit programs available is outstanding. Their online/phone app presence has grown significantly over the past few years. More and more people want to be healthy. There is one diet program that seems to be taking off in particular that caught my eye and it’s called Whole30, which is part a clean eating regimen. This program seems to be very intense and anyone can do it (although with being vegan, it can be a little rough). I recently started following the blog Incessant Bookworm and found out that she had started up the Whole30 Diet program. I found that with a certain plan and set schedule it becomes more easily obtainable. I had reached out to her to get some of her thoughts on the program and she had agreed to have a few guest posts during her program. Hope you enjoy them!


The Whole 30, Part 1

Greetings everyone! I’m Courtney from Incessant Bookworm here to share my first round of Whole30 as part of a healthier lifestyle. Here are the basics of what the Whole30 is all about – 30 days of:

  1. No alcohol
  2. No bread
  3. No added sugar
  4. No dairy products
  5. No processed foods

Sounds like fun right? The idea is that we are fueling our bodies with whole foods that are found in their natural form in the world. The human body does not need and does not run on processed foods, however, we have adapted our bodies to do so. By omitting these foods, we are cutting out common allergens and doing a reset. Besides the science behind it, the results and outcomes are beneficial for overall health, such as these non-scale victories:

  • More energy
  • Improved attention span
  • Fewer cravings
  • Less depression
  • Less stress
  • Mindful eating, and,
  • Of course weight loss and toning!

As this can be considered a diet of some sort, I like to think of it as a lifestyle change as it encourages attention to what you are putting in your body. My goal is to be on a full Whole30 at least once a season (aka 4 times a year) and then do partial Whole30 during the rest of the year – best of both worlds! There are delectable meals one can make with Whole30 compliant foods – eggs, sweet potatoes, and avocados are my go to’s! Here is a sample menu on a typical Whole30 day:

Breakfast:

Morning Snack:

  • Unsweetened Black Tea – Hot
  • Grapes

Lunch:

  • Chipotle (YES you can get compliant meals here!)
    • Salad with veggies, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce
  • La Croix Sparkling Water
  • Strawberries

Afternoon Snack:

  • Banana with Cashew Butter

Dinner:

Dessert:

  • Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Cup with Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

I will be guest posting again for Part 2 to share how it has been going, including tips and tricks and the different stages of the month as I have experienced during my first 2 bouts of Whole30 O_O! The most challenging is the food preparation and grocery shopping since most (if not all) foods are fresh and concentrated in the produce section – which makes temptations not a thing!

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