WE MADE IT!
My husband and I completed our second Whole30 on March 1st. Our first Whole30 was definitely life-altering. We went from being grain-addicted, dairy-filled, and chubby to being energetic, strong, and healthy (with clearer skin and smaller waistlines!)… read more about that experience here. That first Whole30 was in July of last year.
On the recommendation to do a Whole30 every 6 months, we planned our second round for February. Honestly, it was time. We had allowed ourselves to get a little lax with our food standards (cheating with corn and sugar a little too often, not caring quite as much about preservatives, etc.). We welcomed February with gusto, and added several other goals to the mix (read more about our February goals HERE).
I knew that I would learn alot from this second Whole30 experience, but I was not prepared for how much I would learn. Honestly, this challenge has not been very difficult… it’s not too far off from the way we usually eat. However, I did not realize how many little things I had allowed to slip into our regular diet. When they are just little things (like a few preservatives in So Delicious Coconut Milk, etc), we don’t see them as being very serious (it’s not like we were eating gluten!). But during the course of this month, I was very fastidious about checking every single thing… we ate super-clean, and we feel SO good!
As with our last Whole30, we both trimmed up a little and feel better in our jeans. We have been getting much quicker results from our workouts (three cheers for MUSCLES!). We have slept better. And the biggest difference has been our overall sense of feeling good. All this from making a few tiny tweaks in the extra ingredients we were allowing to sneak in!
So until our next Whole30 (coming up in July), things will be different than they were before. Sure, we might have a few corn chips when we go out to eat. We’ll splurge on some 85% dark chocolate occasionally. We might even spread some goat cheese on our chicken. BUT… our standards will be higher. Except for a little dark chocolate here and there (it will ONLY be 85% or higher, and Mark Sisson says it’s okay!), cheats will only be “allowed” when we are out with friends/family (no corn, sugar, or preservatives will enter this house). And even then, we will try to avoid them. They truly just are not worth it!
So, in a nutshell, we learned this (it was more of a reminder, really…): we feel better, look better, and ARE BETTER when we eat simple, real, whole foods 100% of the time. What a concept!
If you have never experienced a Whole30, YOU MUST. If it’s been at least 6 months, YOU MUST AGAIN.
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