Why I’m doing Whole30 this February

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, I have a sweet tooth. Not just a normal “oh yum cake!” sweet tooth, but “I could eat my weight in dark chocolate sea salt caramels and ice cream” kind of sweet tooth. While I have been losing weight slowly but surely, sweets are something that are still an obstacle for me to overcome.

 

In the month of January, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to kick my daily (ok.. sometimes 2-3 times daily) Diet Coke habit. I blame my second pregnancy for this habit of mine. You hear those old wives tales that if you have really bad morning sickness it’s a girl, and if you don’t it’s a boy. Well with my first (a girl) I lost 15 pounds my first trimester, and for some silly reason I assumed if I was pregnant with a boy the next time around the morning sickness wouldn’t be so bad. Yeah it was just as bad with my second (a boy) and I lost about 15 months in that first trimester too, but this time I was chasing around a toddler. I didn’t have the luxury of taking a nap whenever I was tired like I could when I was pregnant with my first.

 

Enter Diet Coke. I was absolutely exhausted all the time, and on top of the exhaustion I was sick at least 2 times a day from week 6 to week 16. Not only that, but my favorite drink in the whole entire world – coffee – made me sick. I had a drink that gave me the caffeine, helped me keep food down, and tasted sweet and I couldn’t get enough. Once I had my second child, trying to lose the baby weight and now having two children I still needed that caffeine boost in the afternoon.

 

Fast forward to the end of 2017. My baby is almost a year and a half, sleeping through the night, and I’m still drinking Diet Coke every day. Of course I was thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, but not only that I hit a plateau with my weight loss. I know how bad diet soda is for you in general so for the month of January I decided to only let myself have it maximum 3 times. I surprisingly stuck with it! I found some great tea that is naturally sweet (www.teamiblends.com – enter code FFPS10 for 10% off your order!), and I also let myself have some Zevia a couple times a week because I craved that carbonation. But again, I was still eating sweets a few times a week and still found myself craving sweets every day.

 

The last few months I have been researching elimination diets. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it’s a meal plan that eliminates certain food groups from your diet and then slowly reintroduces them later so you can truly see how certain things impact your body. It’s not about eliminating food groups from your life forever, it’s about discovering what foods are best for your body.

 

I decided on Whole30 because one of the things that interested me is that there is no sugar, other than sugar naturally found in whole foods. No sugar, no sugar substitutes (Stevia, Splenda), no natural forms of sugar (honey, maple syrup). None. As someone who absolutely loves sugar and has a hard time staying away from sweets, this is not only going to be a big challenge for me but will also truly let me see how much better I will feel without it!

 

This Thursday, February 1st, I am starting Whole30 and would love if you joined me or just follow along if you’re curious! I wanted to write this post for accountability, as well as explain why I’m doing it and how I’m hoping it will work for me. There are so many great resources out there, and I’m planning to write another post when I’m done with the 30 days, but here are a few I have found so far if you are curious as to what Whole30 is about:

 

Whole 30 Book – Entire Plan Overview, Successful Tips, and Lots of Recipes. This book is perfect if you only want one resource.
Whole 30 Day by Day – This is more of a supplemental book to help you along with your day to day struggles. This doesn’t have recipes, but is meant to be used as something to keep you on track.

 

Websites/Posts I love:
https://whole30.com/
https://www.blesserhouse.com/2016/09/my-whole30-body-makeover.html – This blogs is one of my favorite blogs in general, so you should check it out anyway!
https://www.instagram.com/acouples_whole30/ – This is an instagram account, but man do they post some really yummy recipes that I am so excited to try!

 

 

Have you done Whole30? Did you enjoy the process? If you have any tips or resources for success I am all ears!

 

 

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