I have one week left in my first round of Whole 30 and wanted to record some thoughts for myself.
As I reflect on the last month, it just still hasn’t been that hard. I think what must get most people is that they don’t usually plan meals and cook for themselves. I did those things before, and I am doing those things now. So there’s still not major change in that way for me.
This morning I was listening to a Podcast between Jen Hatmaker and Whole 30 founder, Melissa Hartwig. A couple of things really stood out to me.
First, Jen said her favorite thing about Whole 30 is that you don’t sacrifice any flavor. She can still cook whole meals for large groups of people and they don’t eat and say, “what was missing? Something was missing.” Yes! When people ask me, what I can eat, I say pretty much everything I was eating before with slight modifications. I don’t think people realize how many flavors and spices they’re missing out on when they eat convenience food.
Second, Melissa said that in taking the Whole 30 from a meal plan idea she shared on her blog to a couple of hundred people to the huge entity that it is today, it was really important to her that everyone had access. That everyone could be able to do this. You don’t have to sign up or buy anything. Yes, Whole 30 is a brand that is now slapped on the side of many, many products you can buy in a store, but you don’t have to buy anything specific to eat real food for 30 days.
And that is what I love most about it. It is not a gimmick or a fad or a diet, even if it’s really popular and annoying right now. If someone is telling you that even if you eat whole food and exercise regularly, you’re not healthy unless you buy their product, just walk away, or hang up, or don’t respond. They do not have you’re well being closest to their heart. They are trying to make money.
I am sure Melissa Hartwig makes PLENTY of money off of Whole 30 books and endorsements. It is heavily marketed and is it’s own brand. But at it’s core, you can find everything you need to know, for free, on the website. You can make it cost as much or as little as you need. There are a whole slew of supplements that can take you to the next level, I’m sure, but when it comes down to it, the Whole 30 people are not asking you to buy anything. They want you well and so their research and science and support and experience is all FREE. It’s important to it’s founder.
I have wasted so much money on the latest and greatest products that have promised to give me more energy, mental clarity, fewer headaches, and a better sense of well being. So much money. I am a total sucker for that crap. I always knew, deep down, that I needed to eat better and sleep well.
The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this so far is that now I know, for certain, that all I need to do is eat better and sleep well. They are so connected to each other and to how I feel.
That said, I am still having headaches every day. Bad ones…but guess what, it’s Fall. I have wretched allergies EVERY Fall. You know how I can make my allergies go away? I could just never go outside. That would do it. Nature gives me a headache. Ugh.
Some other randoms: I can honestly say that the thought of eating pizza or a whole doughnut or drinking a latte makes me feel sick. And that makes me sad. I am mourning the loss of those things…kind of seriously. One thing I’ve heard Melissa say is that after the Whole 30, when you eat a doughnut or drink a latte, just be honest about why you’re doing it. Don’t tell yourself you deserve it because you’ve had a bad day or an awesome day, just be real. I want to eat this doughnut because doughnuts are delicious. And then just really think about how you feel after you eat it. I already know I won’t feel good. My plan for my next doughnut, cut it into smaller portions and share with my kids or eat it over a couple of days.
I could, however, eat about 14 tacos. Good, yummy, tacos from like Hoppy Gnome. And if I eat tacos I’ll want a beer, but just a tiny ONE. I thought beer would be the hardest thing to give up because I LOVE a good IPA but it just hasn’t been that hard.
That’s all for now.