I just want to preface by stating that Fun Fabulous Fierce (and I myself) is in NO WAY affiliated with the Whole 30 program. I am completing my own Whole30 program but am not sponsored or endorsed by anyone. In fact, I strongly doubt the W30 people even know FFF or I exist.
It’s Sunday and I’m trying to get myself organized for the week ahead. I started this morning at 8am by hitting up Whole Foods Market. I spent a small fortune on mostly meat and vegetables, ready to prepare a huge Cook Up to get the week going. You see, I’m almost in the middle of my Whole 30. Not sure what that is? Well, let me tell you!
Whole 30 is like a 30-day kickoff to the Paleo lifestyle. The essence of the program is to remove foods that don’t satisfy all four of the following “Good Food” standards:
1) Promote a healthy psychological response
2) Promote a healthy hormonal response
3) Promote a healthy “gut” (intestinal tract)
4) Promote a healthy immune system
Many of the foods we regularly consume seem really healthy because of how they are marketed, but upon deeper investigation do not satisfy those 4 simple rules. I’ll let you read all the details of that elsewhere (Whole 30’s website is a great place to start!). Eating “whole foods” (not necessarily purchased at a Whole Foods Market…who is also unaffiliated with the program, I believe) like grass-fed beef, free range chicken, wild-caught seafood and organic/non-GMO vegetables does allow your body to respond to foods in these positive ways.
I’m working my way through the program and I’m truly enjoying it. Because of my history with disordered eating, I struggled as to whether this super-restrictive plan would be right for me. I’ve done other cleanse/detox/crash-diets before and found myself craving everything I could not have and feeling constantly deprived. I also felt lonely, like I was the only person not having any fun!
I signed up for the Whole 30 Daily, which is a daily motivational email cheering me on and giving me thought-provoking ideas about things like exercise and stress reduction. The more I learn, the more I feel like W30 and FFF are like soul sistahs!
Speaking of stress reduction, I really haven’t much of it lately. My love just returned from a biz trip, which meant Mama running the show solo and with dwindling patience for the wants/needs/whines of two little people. Their cute little people but whining has a way of erasing even that. On top of that, I decided to use the dad-free time to switch a few things up around the house. The kiddos have been sharing a room lately (the little one was getting scared being alone – both wanted to be together…double win!), which meant there was an empty bedroom. Our “office” has been a corner desk in the family room, which has made it tough for anyone to work in the house if anyone else is home. So I decided power through and “surprise Daddy” with a HGTV style mini-renovation. Yikes. That was a ton of work!
Oh and speaking of exercise, remember that marathon I did back in August 2014? Well, I keep telling myself that I’m not one of those people who runs a marathon and then never runs again. The problem is that now that the race is behind me, I don’t really know what to do with myself. I still want to be a “runner” but I dread running. Getting out there, I LOVE being alone in the woods with my podcasts and miles of trails, but I’m finding it harder and harder to get to that zone.
So I’m trying to take a page from the FFF handbook (which doesn’t really exist) and give myself permission to not be a runner – for now, forever? I’m not certain. Maybe I run a little, maybe I hike or walk. But the point is that I still need to exercise and I’m not super motivated for that either.
I’ve got a personal training session coming up this week. Maybe I’ll come away inspired. Maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll do the Tough Mudder with Tina in June. Or maybe I’ll just. Actually I don’t know how to finish that sentence. Maybe I just don’t know right now. Truthfully, I don’t.
My energy is full throttle on what I’m eating, which is bringing me enormous pleasure. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve followed meal plans from the website, The Clothes Make the Girl. She offers very detailed and simple to follow meal plans for the first 2 weeks of a Whole 30. Unfortunately, I’m starting week 3 this week and she has started kicking me out of the nest. So I searched one of my favorite online sources (Danielle Walker’s Against All Grains) and here is what I came up with for the week:
1) Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Greens
2) Blackened Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa
3) Grilled Flank Steak with Cilantro Balsamic Marinade
4) Crock Pot Thai Beef Stew with Coconut Cauliflower “Rice”
I’m not great at living with uncertainty but I’m OK with where I am today. I hope these resources help you, if you are considering a Whole 30. Please comment and share your experience!