The husband and myself are starting today we turned 25 in January and would like to make a change in the poor eating habits we've had up to this point. it's lifestyle change time, he has an APFT in April and my Pure Barre gym is doing a March Madness challenge of 20 classes in 31 days so we picked march to start our Whole 30. It also happens to be our 5 year wedding anniversary so we prepped together last night and have the Italian Slow Cooker roast going as we work. Coming home to a wonderful aroma and a good meal is just how we'd like to spend our anniversary. While also playing Fallout 4 of course.
I am anticipating the Sugar Dragon to be my biggest enemy on this journey especially while I am at work. So I plan on packing a filling lunch so those 2 o'clock cravings wont overwhelm me. The no snacking thing confuses me a little and presents its own challenge for me. I have a hard time eating three meals a day I usually eat about four or five times a day in small meals/snacks. So I've got a Lara bar and some sunflower kernels to help with that. Some might say just tough it out and skip he snacks but for me that isn't an option. As a ED survivor I know that skipping one meal/snack tends to lead to me skipping more which leads to more destructive behavior. I love cooking though and plan to do some major prep this weekend I've been obsessed with roasted carrots lately.
I hope the Whole 30 helps me get back in touch with the Chef I lost post Culinary school when life became more complicated and cooking became less fun. I am also hoping it helps with my Fibromyalgia and the inflammation in my joints. I am also hoping to find some new foods that I love because as a pretty picky eater I have a hard time trying new things. So here's to 30 days of change!
I am total newbie to the Whole30 program although I have been eating pretty healthy about 70% of the time for several years now. At one point I lost 90 pounds, but gained back about 30 and have been pretty steady since no matter what I tried to do to lose the last 30 pounds again. I am a recovered binge eater and just recently started having some digestive issues which is the main reason I am doing the Whole30. I want to determine what food sensitivities I may have and focus on eating for health and not weight loss anymore.
I just finished reading the Whole30 book earlier this week and have been cleaning out my kitchen. Today I am meal planning for the week and will do shopping tomorrow and prep Monday and Tuesdays. For years I have always done meal planning for the following week on Fridays, food shopping on SAturdays, and meal prep and portioning on Sundays. Having my meals ready-to-go really helps me to stick to a healthy meal plan.
My biggest obstacle for the Whole30 is going to be giving up the grains and added sugars. Plus, I am not much of a veggie eater. Because I know i will have a hard time eating a lot of 'plain' veggies I ordered some Whole30 approved sauces from : http://www.tessemaes.com/collections/all/whole30-approved
These should help not only with 'seasoning' veggies and salads but giving me some toppings for my meats instead of having just plain baked/grilled. I also ordered some Ghee and avocado mayo along with some coconut flour and milk because I have seen a lot of Whole30 recipes that use these ingredients.
I figure the more taste I can give to my foods and the more variety of recipes I can make the more likely I am to stick to the program for a full 30 days.
I will try to check this forum daily for support but am really better with Facebook. Anyone want to be in a private FB group for the month? I find that platform easier to use than an online forum like this.