Sugar, alcohol, dairy and grains - we will be miles apart over the next 30 days! I'm inspired to kick off a 30 day lifestyle change after reading about Krystal's (from Village) Whole30 challenge - you can read more about her story here.
Basically, Whole30 will see you totally strip a few food groups from your diet for 30 days and get your body bouncing back in the most incredible form. Sounds good to me.
I kicked it off yesterday; cutting out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-disrupting, gut-churning, inflammatory food groups. My reason behind this isn't centred around reducing the kg's that my scale-pin points to either (although it's not a bad 'side effect'). My motivation is to do with centering my body, metabolism and energy levels again. My schedule of not enough sleep, busy work days and ballet training through most of my 7 day week (topped with a few champion attempts of getting to the gym in a lunch hour) knock my energy supplies d.e.a.d! And it's not just my energy that's suffering. The stress has become obvious in my less-than-glowing complexion!
If you're interested in the journey, let me know. I'd be happy to share the experience, recipes, tips, thoughts. I've also got a Pinterest board going with all sorts of recipes and blogs for motivation.
A few things I'll be reminding myself over these 30 days are:
1. This is NOT hard. Triple pirouettes on point are hard! Drinking coffee black is. not. hard!
2. There is no such thing as a "slip" up.
3. This will require effort!
4. Modifying the rules on the wine-ban is cheating!
The smaller print via:
Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not eat white potatoes.
One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program.
A few concessions:
- Clarified Butter or Ghee.
- Fruit juice as a sweetener.
- Certain legumes. green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas.