A few years ago I was introduced to the Whole 30 Program after reading the eye opening book It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.
The book was an eye opener for me because it outlined how just how messed up our food system has become and why most of the food we think is good for us is actually hurting us at a cellular level.
So I embarked on a journey to improve my health and in less than a year I dropped 60lbs, rid myself of several long term health issues and frankly, never felt better.
Shortly after the successful implementation of the paleo diet (which is what they are proposing in the book) I needed to have a hysterectomy. Coming home from the hospital I was unable to cook for myself and I found myself eating foods I wouldn’t have normally chosen on the plan. Combined with not being able to work out for several months, as sure as the sun shines, I started to put on some weight. Well, actually a lot of weight.
So now, two years later I find myself needing – no actually, wanting to do another Whole 30 in an effort to kick start my much needed weight loss and get my health back on track.
Here’s what I am hoping to achieve by doing another Whole 30:
1. Loose the 30 pounds I’ve gained
2. Reduce the overall inflammation in my body
3. Get my cholesterol numbers to go down to something not so scary
4. Improve my sleep
5. Get rid of the aches and pains that have started to slowly creep back into my body
6. An overall feel better than I do right now
It sounds like a lot to expect just from changing my diet, but I know it can be done and I can feel better because I’ve done it before. It worked then and I honestly believe it will work again.
I’m going to write about my paleo, Whole 30 journey regularly so you can see the progress and struggles (i know the first week will be the worst).
If you’d like to join me on this journey I’d love the company. Let me know how you’re doing in the comments section.
I’ll be starting January 1, 2015. I hope you’ll join me for the experience.
Here are some additional resources you might find helpful as you consider this type of eating plan:
The ground breaking book for anyone who wants to get healthier.