If you've been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you'll know that I've decided to re-do the Whole 30 this month.
I guess the first point to address is 'why?'
Six months ago when I first did the Whole 30 - nourishing my body with pure, whole, natural foods and eliminating grains, legumes, sugar/sugar substitutes, dairy, alcohol and any chemical nasties - I came to feel the best I ever have physically and mentally. By the end of the 30 days I was in control of my cravings, never overeating (as my body knew when it was full), my skin was clear, I'd lost body fat, I was strong, happy and had this overwhelming feeling that I could achieve anything and everything (this is true :P), people said I was 'glowing', I was more motivated to achieve my goals and doing so was easier.
All from the fact that for 30 days I only consumed food that was 100%, unquestionably GOOD FOR ME.
This year has been incredibly hectic. I've got commitments and projects all over the place and at times I've found myself stretched pretty thing, not seeing the results I want due to stress and neglect for my own wellbeing and recently my diet has gone a bit slack. I've gained a little fat (along with a lot of muscle - so not all bad) and my skin and sinuses are not having a good time...
So I figured it's time for a reset. I want to get back to that incredible energetic, happy, fit feeling and taking on a 30 day detox/reset diet is a way I know I'll definitely get there.
While i've enjoyed being a bit more relaxed in the foods I eat (I was definitely getting consumed with the numbers - macros, calories, etc.) my body is now letting me know it's time to get back on track.
I'm particularly excited about taking on the challenge again as this time I've managed to inspire/convince/coerce a group of people to do it with me.
While doing the Whole 30 alone is definitely doable, I'm finding that the process is far easier with the support of other people - and I'm only two days in! Having friends, family or coworkers to bounce meal ideas off, ask questions on allowed foods/replacement food ideas and for moral support is definitely a huge help... not to mention an extra hand for meal prepping!
So here we go... before pics are taken, team is assembled, meal prep has begun and we're two days in.
I had an enormous weekend - Friday uni, dinner in the city and watching a rugby game, all day Saturday spent working with Muscle Republic at the Sydney Fitness Expo followed by dropping in at two parties, work, soccer and dinner out on Sunday then to be up for work 4:30am Monday - I'm exhausted, my skin is appalling and today is DEFINITELY a rest day.
But already I'm feeling better in other ways... I feel proud and content knowing I'm taking steps to improve my health and my bloating (which has been pretty bad lately) has completely vanished :)
I'm excited to start seeing the results to come!
Some lessons I learnt from the November Whole 30....
The hardest part of the Whole 30 is when you get caught off-guard - out and about with nothing Paleo friendly to eat. Then the hangries set in and it's no fun for anyone. Yesterday I did a HUGE meal prep to prepare for the week. Snacks, lunches and work meals ready to go - healthy, macro friendly AND delicious.
There's a lot that get's cut out of your diet when you do the Whole 30, and some substitutes - like paleo bread, slices, cakes etc - are not allowed, but there are some great options to help make the diet a little easier.
Coconut products - these are a lifesaver if you just need something creamy! Coconut yoghurt (just check the ingredients to make sure they don't use sweeteners or have flours as thickeners), coconut cream and milk for sauces, curries and dressings. The high fat (good fat!) content adds heaps of flavour and is very beneficial for your body!
Potato - both regular and sweet potato are fantastic for getting more carbs into the diet, while doing so in a more nutrient dense, gut-friendly way. Roasted, mashed, fried (in approved oils/fats of course), baked etc etc. Super flexible veggies.
Cauliflower - something I didn't try last time, but included in my meal prep (and will again and again in the future) is CAULIFLOWER RICE. This low carb, low calories, super healthy veggie is a perfect replacement for rice or cous cous. It's so easy to make as well - just blend it up to your desired consistency then pan fry in a little olive oil and salt. Perfect to go with a stew, curry or to bulk out any other meal. My new fave.
TELL PEOPLE WHAT YOU'RE DOING
Let the people around you know that you're doing the Whole 30. While some will question your sanity and possibly give you a hard time, I've found most people to be incredibly interested and supportive. And the more I've talked about it the more support I've gained. People will surprise you, some may even want to join in.
And I don't blame them... 30 days to feel the best you ever have? Definitely worthwhile!
If anyone else wants to join in, I'm 100% up for being here for support and accountability - it's only for 30 days and it's never to late to start!!
I'll be posting regularly on Instagram and FB throughout the next month to keep anyone who's interested up to date with the effects and results of the program :) Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or are tempted to try it!