For 60 days, I followed the Whole30 rules exactly. No slips, no cheats, no excuses.
I have said no to (this list adapted from here):
- Sugar, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, sugar alcohols, etc.
- Alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.
- Grains, including but not limited to wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat.
- Legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, etc.
- Dairy. This includes cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products like milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
- Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
- Baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
- Stepping on the scale or taking any body measurements
I have said yes to:
- Eating real, whole food.
- Knowing exactly what I was putting into my body.
- Feeling my feelings instead of attempting to numb them with food.
- Being aware of my hunger and satiety signals.
- Celebrating my non-scale victories.
- Prioritizing my health.
At the 30 day mark, I wrote about all my non-scale victories.
That robust list has only strengthened over the second half of my Whole60. My skin looks glowy; I feel so much more comfortable in my skin; I can confidently admire my strong muscles; my energy is consistent; my clothes fit better; my sleep is so damn restorative; my mood is positive; my digestion kicks ass. The ~all too familiar~ screaming voice in my head telling me to eat to numb is quiet.
To sum it up, I feel fucking awesome.
Also, I lost 16 pounds in 60 days.
I have shared that Whole30 has changed my life for many reasons in many ways, but in particular, it is because Whole30 builds resilience. And, over the past 60 days, that is where my true victory is found. Two months ago, I was motivated to strengthen my sparkle, my vitality, and my joy, because I was feeling depleted. Two months ago, I was feeling less than my best, attempting to keep my head above water. This Whole60 didn’t just give me better skin and more satisfying poops (although, to be sure, that was an added bonus). This Whole60 reminded me that I am a strong, healthy, capable human who experiences the ups and downs in life, and STILL can sparkle. I can untap my sparkle in record time. I can bounce back after a rough couple of months where life felt like it turned upside down. My food freedom comes back strong even after I see myself sliding back towards old habits that do not support my sparkle.
My food freedom is now primed and ready for me to make my way through the holiday season that will soon be upon us. My food freedom will support me in making educated decisions about what is worth it and what is totally not. My food freedom will support me in celebrating with family and friends the next time I am visiting Chicago (soon!), how to truly cherish my blessings and feel gratitude on Thanksgiving, and how to enjoy every moment of holiday cheer through the end of 2017. My food freedom will stay strong, and I know that I will start 2018 off right with my traditional January Whole30. (Want to join me? Be sure to subscribe to stay in the loop on January Whole30 group coaching and support opportunities!)
Whole30 is a tool in my toolbox that doesn’t just make my pants feel looser; it is a tool that reminds me that I am a beautiful, strong, capable, and resilient human. I am in control of my wellness. I am empowered to make choices that untap my sparkle.
I am Whole30.