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Best Things About the Whole 30 Program

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A few months ago, I was getting ready for a trip to Hawaii and the Azores, and I was feeling bad. I didn’t want to be the biggest girl on the paddleboard trip on Kauai and I didn’t want to show up in the Azores looking slovenly. This was going to be my first beach trip without kids and my first trip to Europe. I wanted to look both beachy and glamorous. Carrying an extra 25 pounds wasn’t really making me feel too excited about either trip. At first, I had decided that if I couldn’t lose 20 pounds, I wouldn’t go to Kauai. I gave myself six months and then just kept at my same old habits. My friend and yoga instructor, Janice Baxter, said something like, “ Speak to yourself with kindness. You will love being on Kauai at any size.” Her words really helped and I decided that I was going to let something like weight get me down. I would rather have the experience than not.
Sometime soon after, I saw a random tweet about someone about to begin the Whole 30 Program. I started to do some research. The Whole 30 is basically hard core Paleo kick start—no grains, no beans, no sugar, no alcohol, no dairy—for 30 days. It is meant to get rid of a lot of addictions (sugar!) and to reboot eating habits. I was intrigued. I signed up for their daily email newsletter and bought Paleo cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo and got to it on June 1st.
I kept it up for 30 days with no cheating—which is something I am very proud of.

I started to blog about the journey but stopped at  Day 8. If you are interested in those posts, you can find them here:

Day 1


Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

(Keep in mind, they are not beautiful but do give some food suggestions).

I also have some great recipe posts from the Whole 30 challenge like the Roasted Cauliflower Bacon recipe.  One of my favorites!
I am planning to kick off another Whole 30 on September 1, 2014 because I had such amazing results with the last one and I am an all or nothing kind of person. Interested in what I got out of the Whole 30?

My Top 7 Favorite Things about the Whole 30 Program

1. I lost 9.5 pounds in 30 days and two months later, I have kept it off. I lost two inches on waist, hips, and thighs. I lost 1.5 inches on my breasts. I wasn’t a slave to the scale either and didn’t weigh myself until the end—but I felt lighter and that felt great!
2. My skin felt clearer, the whites of my eyes seemed brighter.
3. We didn’t eat out much. It was too complicated to eat out since I had so many restrictions. Not only did I lose weight and feel better—we saved money!
4. It was fun to get out of our usual rut in the kitchen. I had to cook more meat—which Aaron liked but I also experimented more with fruits and veggies.
5. I never felt deprived! The best thing is that you don’t count calories or anything (although I did keep track on some days). Mornings did get a little boring with eggs almost everyday but when I was in the need for a snack—bananas, berries and nuts did the trick.
6. I really didn’t do any focused exercise the entire month. Although I normally love to exercise, I was just really out of the routine of it and kind of just let it go for the month of June. It didn’t seem to matter.
7. The kids got into it! They would talk about different recipes and how we could make them Whole 30 compliant and they were encouraged to eat better themselves. It was fun to see them getting involved and helping me out. (BTW, I never talk to them about being on a diet. I talk about eating healthier for our bodies and the environment but I never make it about losing weight. I don’t want my kids to have the same disordered eating habits I have had.)

BONUS: I went to Kauai and paddleboarded with a group of fun and active people! I wasn’t the skinniest person there but I didn’t care. I had a great time and I wore a bikini!

Want to do the Whole 30 with me for the month of September? Let’s support each other!

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