I remember thinking when I started my first Whole 30, that I wasn’t sure I could do it. I mean, it was just so different than what I was used to. I thought I ate a pretty healthy diet, I counted calories, and tried to stay within a certain range. But, I kept hearing about the success others were experiencing doing Whole 30 and Paleo. And, so I became curious! I did a some research, and with a little fear, began after spring break. It has completely changed my life and how I look at food. My outlook on food is the healthiest it has ever been. I don’t stress about it or count calories anymore. I don’t need to! I have learned to listen to my body telling me what it needs. My point is, sometimes you just need to try something new in order to achieve change. I’m not saying that this is the perfect plan for everyone, but you won’t know unless you try. Look at is as an experiment! If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be raving about things like ghee, homemade mayo, and coconut oil, I would have thought you were crazy! It may seem tough in the beginning, but give it the full 30 days, and you will feel and see a difference in your body.
Day 1: I had a good first day. I had indulged the day before, while visiting the State Fair with my family, so I was ready to start! Energy level was good all day. I ran into trouble at the end of the day, when it was time to go to bed. I felt wired, and couldn’t go to sleep when I went to bed at 10. I got impatient and decided to get up and read a book, so that I would get sleepy. That took a while to work, and I went to bed at 11:30. Not ideal! I’m going to have to force myself to just stay in bed next time. Decent Day 1.
Day 2: Woke up at 6:00 am feeling tired. I got up anyway, and make breakfast, prepared for the day. I made meatloaf for dinner, with enough left over for lunches, etc. I also roasted extra veggies and cooked a batch of fajita meat with mushrooms and peppers for another dinner. Going to bed tonight by 10 and staying there!
*If you are doing Whole 30 for the first time, here are more great reads to motivate and inspire you:
General Success Tips: http://www.whole9life.com/2013/07/january-2013-whole30/
Paleo/ W30 on a budget: http://www.whole9life.com/2011/01/paleo-poor-your-guide-to-the-grocery-store/
A 71 year-old’s Whole 30 success story: http://www.whole9life.com/2013/02/whole30-success-story-gerry-c/