Whole 30 is a pretty restrictive diet that requires you to restart if you go off plan. It happened. After 10 days we now have to start all over again. In this post, I share what happened, how I screwed up, and what changes we are making so this doesn’t happen again.
What is the Whole 30
In my last post I talked a little about the Whole 30 and the benefits that we are looking to gain from the
diet lifestyle change. The diet focuses on eating whole, not processed, foods and the elimination of certain items like sugars, grains, peanuts, and nitrates which are commonly found in processed foods. This is an elimination diet that after 30 days, you slowly bring different foods back into your diet in order to see what is causing inflammation or other items.
Oh, and there is no alcohol aloud either 😬
Why are we doing this?
This is the question that we get every time we tell someone about the challenge. Honestly, we both (my wife and I) needed a reset. Coming off of the holidays where we ate garbage and didn’t exercise we couldn’t help but notice how much tighter our clothes fit. On top of that we are both stressed with school and work so we found ourselves stress eating quite often.
The biggest motivation was to increase our knowledge about the foods that we eat. We wanted to get a better relationship with the different foods and figure out what was causing us to feel like garbage.
How did I screw up?
If you lookup whole 30 and the reasons people have to start over, you often see people giving into cravings. Many people say enough is enough and they break. In my case, I didn’t eat the forbidden fruit. Or at least I didn’t think I did. One day, I was in a rush to get to work because I was on a very tight schedule. It was mid week so we didn’t have anything prepped for me to take to work. I grabbed a can of peas, dumped them in a bowl and tossed some chicken on top. I was set for the day.
That evening, I was grocery shopping and I thought to myself, I need to replace the can of peas that I ate. I picked up the can and happened to glance at the ingredients. That’s when I knew I screwed up. There was SUGAR in the peas that I ate! After 10 days, feeling great, thinking I could do that. BOOM we had to start all over again.
Many people would have thrown in the towel, or decided to grab a pizza on the way home since they would have to restart anyway. We decided not to. We kept on keeping on. Just reset our counters, took a note in our journal and pressed on.
What are we doing so this doesn’t happen again?
So I put together a video explaining what happened and shared a few things that we are doing so this doesn’t happen again. We hope you find this helpful!
Extra Resources For Getting Started On The Whole30:
I am a big fan of Audible audio books. When we first decided to go down this path I listed to the book, “It starts with food” this is the first book that the creators of the Whole 30 put out. This book answers the why behind the diet and shares a lot of good information about the food that we eat. You can get a free copy of that audio book from audible by clicking on the above link and starting the 30 day trial. Simply sign up for the trial and the book is yours to keep you don’t even have to stay subscribed!
We also love these 4 other books, although I would not reccomend these for listening as they are cookbooks as well as a day by day book that includes some journaling.
Note the Whole 30 Guide below, is currently free with Kindle unlimited. You can get a free month by clicking here.
Whole 30 Guide: https://amzn.to/3aNLvIW
Whole 30 Fast & Easy Recipies: https://amzn.to/2Re4a95
Whole 30 Day by Day: https://amzn.to/39LLDao
Whole 30 Slow Cooker Cookbook: https://amzn.to/3aNr2nx
Also, as we were researching recipies, I stumbled upon these awesome blogs so hopefully you will find something that you can enjoy as well!