Just a little Whole30 check in! We started yesterday. It was a full day, and we did not feel completely “ready,” but we started anyway! Since this week is already off to a busy start, I am keeping it simple with recipes I already know, and are easy to prepare. Each time I do this, I have found it helpful to list my goals for the 30 days, to put them out there so they are more real, and I feel accountable!
I got my start with Whole30 by reading “It Starts With Food.” It’s what convinced me to try W30, and is SO helpful in explaining all the details of the program, and the “why” behind it. Because it has helped me so much, I recommend it to everyone! For this round, I want to spotlight ISWF by posting one of my favorite quotes from it every day on Instagram…follow me there to see them, @loubiesandlulu. (If I fall behind, I will catch up by posting more than one in a day, but going to shoot for 30 in 30 days.) I am hoping it will also spark some great interaction between those of us that are doing the program together! The first one, on the left, can be found on page 12 of ISWF…
My January Whole30 Goals:
Go to bed earlier, wake up earlier
Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. This is SO important, and yet I am struggling with it. This is my number one goal this round. The plan is to be in bed by 10pm and wake up at 5 or 5:30am.
Healthier Snacks for the Kids
“Do your kids do the Whole30, too?” I get this question a lot. The answer is yes and no. They generally eat the same way I do, but don’t follow it to the exact letter. For example, if they are invited to a birthday party or other occasion, they can enjoy what everyone else is having, even if my husband and I are doing a Whole30. I have mixed feelings about restricting foods for them, so I try to do my best as I go. My kids don’t have any food allergies or issues, but I know how good I feel eating this way, so I want to keep their diet as close as possible to it most of the time. And, we have lots of conversations about how certain foods give us great energy for school and activities, while others make us feel good for a while, but then crummy afterwards. Still, when quantity of less-healthy treats gets out of control, I know I need to rein it in. I will be talking more about this in the weeks ahead, as I feel it is an important topic!
Reduce Caffeine Intake
You guys…I have been bad! In the winter, I could drink coffee all day, and sometimes I allow myself to do just that! I drink it black, so that is not the issue, but I know I am having too much caffeine. So, NO caffeine after 4pm, and limiting it to 2 cups. Switching to decaffeinated tea or coffee in the afternoon. And water…more water, for sure!
Increase Vegetable Intake
During a Whole30, you should be eating LOTS of vegetables. If you are skimping on the veggies, you aren’t doing it justice! We are going to make it a point to add new vegetables into our rotation, and to fill our plates with them at meals.
If you are doing the Whole30, what are your goals for this month…Share them in the comments!