A couple weeks ago one of my coaching clients approached me about wanting to try the Whole30 program. I have considered trying it in the past, so I took the opportunity to jump in with her and start a closed Facebook group to provide us and others who decided to join us support through the 30 days. One of the hardest things about trying different dietary theories or food programs is the isolation that can happen by not being able to easily eat out or join in on a social happy hour with friends. In a matter of a few days we had over 20 people starting with us!
The Whole30 is a nutrition and lifestyle program with the goal of changing people's lives through eating whole foods and removing possible irritants for 30 days. The focus is on protein (meat, poultry, fish, and eggs), vegetables, some fruit, and healthy fats, such as nuts and seeds, healthy oils, and avocados. On the Whole30 grains, legumes, dairy, sugar (artificial and natural), alcohol, and processed foods are avoided. The program is meant to reset the body, diminish cravings for sweet and salty foods, and improve all the bodily functions, including hormone balancing, digestion, immune system, allergies, and inflammation, to name a few.
One of my dear friends and I have a creative night once every couple of weeks where we switch off who hosts whom and cooks dinner. We catch up on life, eat a delicious meal, then get to work on whatever work we need to sit with. It is currently creative night and my friend Tasha was so thoughtful to prepare a Whole30 approved meal for the two of us. Recipes and pictures from creative night will come in a future post!
A couple of takeaways from starting Wandering Heart Does the Whole30 group:
- Power in numbers-when you have others with a common thread to reach out to when you are questioning yourself, reassurance is a large part of success and not feeling like you are going totally insane!
- SUPPORT-the power in numbers brings in a great deal of support. When you state your commitment to someone, whether or not they are also making the same commitment, most of the time they are going to do whatever they can to help you fulfill your commitment and reach your goal.
- Everyone wants to feel better-I feel pretty darn great most of the time, but I still wake up with puffy eyes and have random breakouts at 32 years young. No matter what, we desire to feel great and full of energy all day long.
- The social media world pays attention-from one little mention of a local restaurant I received a message from that restaurant wanting to talk about a potential collaboration for Whole30. Umm...what?! Not to mention it is one of my favorite places when I want something healthy quick! I may not be a big fan of how social media is utilized by everyone, however, I do have a great appreciation for what it can do when utilized in a positive light.
I will continue to post throughout the 30 days of Wandering Heart Does the Whole30. Already some people in our group are experiencing the not-so-great sugar withdrawals. Sugar addiction is real, people. It's real and a mighty beast. Thankfully we have programs like Whole30 to help kick those habits and reset our minds and bodies back to the way they were intended to be!