Waking up on day 31 of Whole30 is one of my most favorite experiences. Even after many, many Whole30s over the years, I still open my eyes with a smile on my face. Starting my day knowing that I completed 30 days of eating whole, real, unprocessed foods is the absolute best feeling. Knowing that I kept my full commitment to my wellness boosts my confidence, strengthens my resilience, and of course, truly makes me sparkle.
Every single time I complete a Whole30, my life changes a little bit more for the better, building and strengthening the foundation of sparkle within me. This January Whole30 experience was no different. I found myself in the Tiger Blood zone quickly, and I reached new levels of comfort in my own skin, not to mention all the other non-scale victories: my sleep is solid, my skin looks clear, my pants fit better, my digestion is moving, my focus is sharp, I have consistent energy throughout the day, and my intuition is lit. I reaped all the personal benefits of completing Whole30, but this round exceeded all previous experiences. Not only did Whole30 make me sparkle, but also, I was granted the honor to support others in this process. Witnessing a beautiful group of humans change their health, habits, and relationship with food made me sparkle more than I ever could have imagined.
This Whole30 was special for so many reasons. We have spent every single day of 2018 prioritizing our wellness and our sparkle. For those of us that are Whole30 Certified Coaches, it was likely our first group coaching experience as official members of the Whole30 family. Personally, I had the chance to connect directly with 19 other individuals who were on this journey to sparkle together in my coaching group. This badass crew of gorgeous individuals came from all over the country, from California, New York, Texas, Ohio, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado and Chicago. This was a group of men and women, from all different walks of life, who allowed me to enter their world every single day. While I will tell them over and over that they sparkle, that it has been an honor, that I see them and celebrate their worthiness, I don’t know that it is truly possible to express my gratitude to those special people who took a chance on this group. To all of you, thank you. Your sparkle is so damn bright, and witnessing you has been a true gift.
But, wait! There is more! In addition to all of this amazingness, there was a cosmic Whole30 happening at the same time as our 2018 January Whole30. On January 1, 2018 we began Whole30… the same day that our gorgeous moon was last at her fullest. While we have been making the decision to prioritize our health, habits, and relationship with food every single day of this moon cycle, our majestic moon has been making her transformative shifts, devoting her energy to completing her own cycle in full.
To quote a previous blog post about the moon from this very website:
Just like the moon, the small shifts we make can result in something truly gorgeous.
This, dear sparkly one, sums up the Whole30 experience to me. Every single day, we have made small changes and shifts. Some days these choices felt big, others felt like many small moments adding up to create this beautiful experience. Just like the moon.
Not only was the moon cycling alongside all of us on Whole30, but on day 31, the first day following our 30 day reset, the moon is showing off her sparkle in full. On January 31, 2018, our lunar light is a full moon, super moon, blood moon, and blue moon, experiencing a lunar eclipse in Leo. WHOA.
I think we can go ahead and say that THIS is the lunar equivalent to ALL the non-scale victories and lunar Tiger Blood. The moon is celebrating herself, showing off her beauty, and sparkling extra bright at the end of this cycle. I hope you will join me in taking some inspiration from the moon and celebrate your sparkle in a bigger, brighter, more potent way.
A lunar eclipse is a great time of change and transformation. For those who are completing Whole30 the same day as the Lunar Eclipse, there is extra magic moving you towards finding your food freedom, changing your life, and releasing old habits that no longer serve you. Intentions that are set during a Lunar Eclipse hold extra power and energy, so as you reflect on your progress, resilience, and victories throughout this month, keep in mind that this is just the beginning. You have put effort, love, and energy into this change, and it does not end today. Your food freedom begins now as you step into the important phase of reintroduction. Gathering the data and outcomes about your personal sparkle protocol is the reward for all your hard work over the past 30 days. You are worth it.
Take time to honor this beautiful accomplishment today and in the coming days. Reflect on your successes, your struggles, and the many lessons that come with this experience. Celebrate yourself. Just like the moon, we are shifting into our next phase, that of reintroduction in the coming days. Each phase of our processes and cycles are important and needed, so be sure to go through your reintroduction all the way. Set intentions, inspired by the moon, to continue to grow, shift, change, and sparkle your very brightest. Your transformation has begun and there is no stopping you now.
Just like the moon, you truly sparkle.