I can’t believe we’re jumping on this bandwagon, but Nate and I are doing the Whole 30 and we start today. If you’re not familiar with Whole 30, it’s not so much a diet as a food experiment. You eliminate certain food groups from your diet and after 30 days, you slowly reintroduce those items and take note of how they affect you. We’re getting rid of dairy, gluten, grains, soy, beans and legumes, sugar and focusing on proteins, vegetables, and fruits. The fact that Nate has willingly agreed to participate is bananas.
Nate had a recent hospital stay which was a giant wake up call for him to be more proactive about his health. I haven’t put much energy into losing the weight I gained while pregnant and want to help support Nate as we both learn how to be healthier.
Hopefully, we get into a rhythm with planning and prepping because it took literally all of my Sunday to prepare. During Everly’s nap, I continued to read my Whole 30 book (because the rules are fairly involved) and created a meal plan. Once she woke up we went to several grocery stores and then once she was in bed for the night, I cooked and prepped for over 2 hours. I’m hoping a lot of this was because of my learning curve and I become faster at this throughout the month. If not, send help.
I really want to see this through. Partly for the health benefits but really to prove I can. I’m dipping my toe into the world of self-affirmation and trying to change my internal dialogue. Instead of my typical negative thoughts like “You don’t have self-control” or “You have no will power,” I’m replacing them with positive statements. Affirmations like “I am strong” or “I choose to be healthy.” It seems so simple, but after years of being unkind to myself in my thoughts, these short little affirmations are surprisingly effective.
Nate and I have totally different reasons for taking on Whole 30, but mine boils down to something I’ve been wrestling with since becoming a mother. I’m worth the time and effort. It’s really easy to put myself in last place. Not in a Christian-serving-others kind of way, but in a neglect myself and let myself become run down and worn out because I’m too tired to care kind of way. I don’t think the Whole 30 is the full solution to this, but it’s one way I’m showing myself that I’m important enough to spend the time and energy on to make this happen.
If you have any tips, favorite recipes or websites for whole 30–please share them! This is gonna be a lonnnng month and we need all the help we can get! Packing, moving and totally changing our diet over the next 30 days… what could go wrong?