IMG_0364If you’re a fan of the Whole30, you already know that Tuesday, April 21st is a big day!

The Whole30: The 30 Day guide to Total Health and Food Freedom,” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (the authors of “It Starts With Food”) will be released.  If you’ve heard of it and are curious, but haven’t tried it, well you’re in luck!  This book will be an amazing resource, a comprehensive Whole30 how-to handbook.  It’s the follow-up to “It Starts with Food,” the book that started it all, and outlines the science behind the Whole30 nutritional guidelines.

I’m looking forward to this official guide to the Whole30, from start to finish, arriving in my mailbox on Tuesday.

I pre-ordered my copy weeks ago!  I’ve completed the program several times, but there is always something new to learn or work through.  The folks from Whole30 are the best at providing you with all of the encouragement and resources you need for success.  I’ve experienced wonderful results with this program, and continue to return to it when I feel the need to.  (I have an entire section here dedicated to Whole30.)  And of course, after I go through the new book, Ryan and I plan to do a Whole30, following the specific tips/guidelines we learn.

Ok, I’m going to be real with you…

Yes, I want to do another Whole30 because of the book release, but I’m also doing it because I am in need of a reset.  Ever since we returned from Spring Break, I have struggled to get back to my “normal.”  I’m talking energy levels, how my body feels, mood, digestion, sleep, etc.  Whatever you want to call it, I’m in a rut/in a funk/just kind of blah…and its time for a boost!  I’m aware of some of the factors that are contributing to this, and now is the perfect time to address them.  I’ll share them with you, not to whine about it, but to put it out there, to help keep me accountable to change.  If you are feeling the same way, or just want to shake things up and do something wonderful for your mind and body, please join me for the Whole30 in May!

Keeping it Real…May Whole30 Reset Goals

1.  Get More Sleep.

I have been working improving this for months, and I do better in spurts, but I tend to want to stay up later than I should.  Lack of quality sleep is so bad for you.  We all know it, and it affects focus, fat-burning potential, cortisol/stress levels, and more.  For 30 days I will commit to getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

2.  Completely Cut Out Caffeine.

Ok, now you are probably thinking I am insane, especially if you know how much I love coffee.  But keep reading, and allow me to explain.  On the Whole30, you ARE allowed to have coffee.  But, I know that I’m overdoing it, and have been for a while.  I need to cut it out to see how it is truly affecting my body.  I know my reliance on it is not good, because I have a few cups in the morning, a couple more in the afternoon, and I don’t really “feel” anything, or at all jittery.  But, if I don’t have it within 30 minutes of waking up, I get a pounding headache.  And, it is most likely contributing to problem #1, sleep.  The part that is difficult about this is that I truly enjoy coffee.  I love the ritual, aroma, flavor…everything about it.  I will allow myself to have decaf (ugh!!) coffee, espresso, and tea, but nothing caffeinated.  I’ve done this before, during both pregnancies and breastfeeding, so I know I can do it, I just really don’t want to.  But, I think it is necessary.  So there you have it.

3.  Drink more water.

Well, since I won’t be having caffeinated beverages, hopefully this will be easy!  Not a whole lot of options, but I will be sure to keep stocked with decaf teas and coffees, as well as LaCroix Sparkling Water.  Cherry Lime is my current fave…what is yours?

The Plan:

  • On Tuesday, the Whole30 will arrive in my mailbox…woohoo!!
  • Im going to take a little time to read through and plan ahead.  Preparation is key.
  • This Whole30 will start on May 3rd and run through June 1st.

I would LOVE to have anyone who is interested join me!

Let me know if you’re in, and we can support and keep each other accountable during the 30 days.  I have some things planned already to keep it fun and fresh.  Below are the official Whole30 books, plus a few of my favorite cookbooks, so you’ll have all the info you need before you begin…

Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Andra wrote:

    I’m in!!!!!!!

    Posted 4.18.15 Reply
    • Andrea wrote:

      Yay, Andra!! We will have to schedule a Whole30 friendly lunch soon:-)

      Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  2. Miquela wrote:

    I’m in! And with you on the coffee thing…as I drink my 3rd cup today. eek.

    Posted 4.18.15 Reply
    • Andrea wrote:

      Hi Miquela! So glad you are going to do it along with me! I’m so bad right now with the caffeine…this is exactly what I need to help me get back on track:-)

      Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  3. A couple of friends and I are starting Whole 30 on May 3 (the day after I get home from a vacay) but I am SOOOO nervous! Any helpful tips you have would be appreciated! I know I will cook most of the time but do you know of any Dallas restaurants that are Whole 30 compliant?

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
    • Andrea wrote:

      Hi Elise! Fun that we are starting the same day. Luckily, there are Whole30-friendly options in Dallas! My go-to is HG Sply Co for their Burger Stack or the Free Range Bowl. On the go, Snap Kitchen also has some menu options that are Whole30 compliant. I have worked with them on a list, and you can request the list at the counter. Look for a post on Whole30/Paleo dining in Dallas coming soon, here on the blog. Also if you go to the Nutrition tab on my main page, I have a whole section devoted to my Whole30 posts over the last two years! Keep me posted on how you are doing!! –Andrea

      Posted 4.19.15 Reply