Congratulations on deciding to start a Whole30 in July! If you stick with it until the end the process can truly transform your life, I am so excited for you!
SusanMarks had some fantastic tips, so I second all of those! In addition, I always stress to my coaching clients to go into the experience thinking of the 30 day elimination as just phase ONE...it's not the end! As you mentioned, in order to see a lasting change we have to truly change our relationship with food, not just what we put in our mouth. Part of that requires that we take the reintroduction period after our elimination seriously. I can't stress enough how valuable it is to take your time in systematically reintroducing the things you've eliminated, and paying attention to how each makes you feel, starting on day 31. Do not skip this part! Once you know how individual foods/food groups make you feel physically/emotionally/mentally it becomes much easier to make conscious, informed, and deliberate decisions about whether or not those foods are worth bringing back into your diet and if so, in what quantities/how often.
Have you read Melissa Hartwig Urban's book Food Freedom Forever yet? I absolutely love it and I think it is one of the most helpful resources available and definitely worth the investment...or borrowing from a friend/the library! It gives so many real-life examples and tangible tips for navigating food freedom and life after Whole30 and is just super inspiring. Highly recommend reading that one during your Whole30 so you can begin to see the big picture and what's possible with food freedom!
Finally, if you expect something to suck, it probably will There is no doubt that completing a Whole30 is HARD! It's normal to feel a little anxious before you begin, so I totally understand that you're dreading it AND looking forward to it at the same time. Change is always difficult. But try to go into it with a positive attitude and LOOK for blessings along the way, things to be grateful for, reasons to be PROUD of yourself, and non-scale victories (even the teeny tiny ones!) each and every day...I think you'll be surprised at how joyful the experience can be depending on your perspective. Headaches from sugar withdrawal on days 2-3 mean IT'S WORKING! Your body is already responding to the big changes you're making. Woohoo! Digestive "issues" around the beginning of week 2? Unpleasant, but a sign that your body is flushing out all the junk! YAY! Just take things one day at a time and remind yourself that nothing worth having happens overnight.
Food freedom is a process and healing our relationship with food takes time, but it is so worth it.You are worth it.
Best of luck! You're going to do great!
Hello Everyone! I will be joining everyone for the July Whole 30. I've done it once before. Loved everything about it. I have a sugar problem and need a reset. I'm a runner too. I remember having a sustained energy issue while on the whole30, but I upped my sweet potatoes/potatoes intake and that really helped! I'll stay connected
Below is a link to the Whole 30 Calendar in case anyone wants to print it off to mark the days off! Cheers to everyone on this journey!
A little about me.....I did a Whole30 a few years ago and never felt better. Then I talked and ate my way back into old habits. Now, I'm overweight, sad and feel crap-tacular. I need to do this so I can feel better, physically and mentally. I'm 5'1(ish) and I weigh in the ballpark of 170 pounds. I gain weight in my mid-section and I hide it well, most times, with my clothes.
If anyone is interested in being my July buddy, that would be great!