I’ve been reading up a lot on whole foods lately. What are whole foods? Well, they are foods that haven’t been processed, that don’t have added sugar, and basically, just don’t need a nutritional label. Real foods like eggs, meat, vegetables, and fruits.
Sure, I’ve been on my healthy eating plan since last May, but I still eat processed foods, sugar, and dairy. As I’ve been observing what I eat, I wondered if there was a way to make my body even more healthy, and just feel better. I have lower back pain, and sit with a heating pad almost every night. If a change in my diet could help that, it’s worth a try.
You’re probably wondering what the connection between food and my back pain is. Well, according to the books I’ve been reading, they are directly connected. Inflammation and joint pain can be increased and even made worse by eating sugary, processed foods. They are tough on our bodies, and especially our guts.
I’ve been reading The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, both by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. They have a ton of science and research behind their approach to how we should fuel our bodies. The Whole30 is basically 30 days to reset your body and heal your gut.
I will be going for 30 days eating real, whole foods, and I know it’s going to be a huge challenge.
Holding myself back
I’ve been going back and forth so many times on whether I can really do this. Here’s why:
- I have a huge sweet tooth
- I’m not much of a cook
- I’m not good with raw meat
- I love cheese, chocolate, and sweetener in my tea
But, as they say in the book, you’re not fighting a disease, you’re not giving birth, and you’re not performing a death-defying stunt. You are eating real food for 30 days. They do say that it will be hard, but after reading, and re-reading, I’m ready to make the leap. If I don’t do it now, I don’t know that I ever will. My health and my body are worth it.
So, in order to start these 30 days of whole food. There are things I need to do. They do a great job of outlining them in the book, but I’m going to break it down for you.
- Pick my starting date. I’m starting this THURSDAY!!!! May 12, 2016.
- Make a meal plan for at least a week, if not longer. As I mentioned, I don’t cook very often, so I need to plan and write out recipes.
- Make a grocery list.
- Get rid of my regular, go-to foods. I eat Zone Bars, whipped berry cream cheese, and 100 calorie flat breads, which won’t be allowed. Oh. And chocolate. And sweetener in my tea.
- Prepare the food as much as possible beforehand. I still have to get Mr. B off to school each morning, and make meals for the family.
- Get my Family’s support. I’ve already told my husband I was thinking of doing this, and also my mom. I just need to let them know when, and how they can help me.
I will be trying to get my family to eat a lot of the things with me, but I don’t want to deprive my kids of certain foods. Mr. B is a really picky eater, and I don’t want to restrict him at this point.
I’m not doing this challenge to lose weight, but to be more healthy, and help my body.
I’m going to do a check-in on the blog each Thursday. Even though I am not doing this challenge to lose weight, I do want to see how it impacts my body. I will take a reading from the scale, a few measurements, and some before pictures. I’m not sure if I’ll share any of that info, but I just might…so stay tuned.
I was also starting a group on Facebook, if anyone would like to join me. We can support each other, and cry to each other in our unsweetened coffee and tea. Kidding!
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Think about it, and if you are interested, either leave your email address below, or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also just request to join the Facebook Group.
Are you ready to change your approach to food? Will you join me?