It’s the first day of a new year – what does that mean? A fresh start!
Eating healthier and losing weight is the number one resolution made each and every New Year. But who actually sticks to it? Who actually follows through?
I’ll be the first to say that I’ve had this resolution once or twice over the years. We all get so excited for that, “New Year, New Me” motto. But then we quickly fall right back into old, bad habits.
I’m here to tell you it can be done! But, and only one BIG BUT – you have to WANT it!
Throughout my struggles with Crohn’s Disease, I’ve learned over the years that food plays the number one role in my disease. Although not the case for everyone, for me, it is.
With the results of my food sensitivity test being primarily DAIRY and GRAINS, I looked to google to help me find the best diet plan for these food restrictions – up came The Whole30. I first did the Whole 30 right after my surgery in January 2017, I thought that would be the perfect time for a clean slate. I’ve seen so many benefits from eliminating these trigger foods. However, throughout the year I didn’t always stick to the rules of Whole 30 (always keeping away from the major foods that trigger me)
As Melissa Hartwig says, the creator of The Whole30, that’s my Food Freedom.
Let’s dive into what The Whole30 is all about.
The Whole30 is a 30-day diet plan that emphasizes whole foods and during which you eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy from their diets. The Whole30 is similar to the paleo diet. Foods allowed during the program include meat, nuts, seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits. the program is complete, the book explains how to strategically reintroduce foods outside the endorsed Whole30 list, document the health consequences and culinary value of these additions, and determine if the addition is desired. The program's founders believe that sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, and legumes affect weight, energy, and stress levels.
So why am I doing this RESET? Why do I look to The Whole30 for guidance? There's a few reasons; I've already seen the improvement by eliminating Dairy and Wheat products - why not kick it up a notch see how else I can change my health. Secondly, the Whole30 community is so supportive and informative - the online community is always there with guides, recipes, tips and lots of motivation. Speaking of motivation, have you seen Melissa Hartwig? She's the definition of motivation.
I strongly recommend checking out The Whole30 website here; www.whole30.com
to learn more about the program and it's benefits.
My most used resources include the following;
And don't forget to follow my stories on Instagram to see my journey with The Whole30 this month!