Hello! I am starting a Whole 30 on January 1st and I would love for you to join me! I am quite aware we aren’t past the holidays yet, and you might not be able to wrap your brain around starting a healthy eating plan, but I am inviting you now so you can prepare and start the New Year off right!
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Why Whole 30?
Quite honestly I never look or feel as good as I do when on the Whole 30 eating plan. Oh, and I can’t button these pants anymore…
Yep they were loose in May and now they are tight. I would love to tell you the sole motivation for my Whole 30 Challenge is health, vitality and well being, but I am as vain as the next girl and I want to fit my jeans. That said health, vitality and well being are the top three reasons…the jeans are the fourth!
What is Whole 30
Whole 30 is an eating plan that eliminates the foods that are most likely to cause inflammation, belly distress, hormone disruption and emotional eating. In other words: sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes, soy, artificial colors, sweeteners and fillers. If you have aches and pains that are troublesome, are having a hard time losing weight, or suffer from a health condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) the symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
You eliminate them for 30 days. Cut them out completely and see what happens. What usually happens is within the 30 days? Your life changes. You make the connection between what you are eating and how you feel. You make the connection between energy levels and what is happening in your gut. You sleep better. You feel better. You look better. The reason we do it for 30 days? It’s do-able. Short enough to make people feel like they can commit, and long enough to feel and and see changes. After 30 days you slowly and methodically add foods back in and see what foods cause you trouble. Then you stay away from those and enjoy the rest! At the very least you realize you aren’t helpless when it comes to how you feel. You hold the power to feel better. When you realize this, your life changes!
How You Can Prepare Now
The very first thing to do is get one or both books and read them: The newest version is Whole 30: A 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (affiliate link) includes a summary of the program, updates and changes, and a lot of new recipes. The older version “It Starts with Food” (affiliate link) is definitely for those of you that want to know the science behind what you are doing. It goes into great detail about each and every step of the plan. So you choose. They are both informative and will give you great education about how certain foods have an effect on body, brain and emotions. And while I will be posting Whole 30 friendly recipes every week throughout January, it would be great to have the recipes in the books too! You have just over two weeks. Get the book now so you are ready to roll on January 1st!
Why Do it Together?
There is something to be said for support. For knowing that other people are cheering you on, holding you accountable, and can relate to what you are experiencing. By following along here on the blog, asking questions in the comment section, sharing recipes, triumphs and set backs etc…we can all support each other! I will be offering tips, suggestions and starting a Whole 30 Pinterest board and Facebook Group to help you along the journey! So grab a spouse, a friend, a co-worker, send them the link to this page and get on board the Whole 30 train! We can do this together. And quite frankly I want to know you are behind me too!
What We Will Be Eating:
We will be eating some delicious food! Lot’s of veggies, protein, healthy fats and some fruit. This is but a sampling of what you have to look forward to!
It will all be delicious and you don’t have to eat anything you don’t want! I will get into more detail in the next blog post about how to prepare, what is ‘legal’ and what is not and will even discuss some of the ‘grey’ areas. I will also post my suggestions for succeeding on your first Whole 30! If you haven’t yet, sign up for my email list so you get all the recipes and Whole 30 updates.
So Now What?
Comment below letting me know you are in. Invite a buddy, read the Whole 30 book and enjoy the holidays. Be sure to check the blog every few days for new info and if you signed up for my emails (please do:) be sure to read them! If you would like to, feel free to follow The Organic Kitchen Whole 30 Pinterest Recipe Board and The Facebook Support page! You can check out my tips for “How to Do A Whole 30 Without Losing Your Mind” for suggestions and guidance to make your Whole 30 a success!
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