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Why I am attempting Whole30

Friday, July 05, 2013

I planning on beginning Whole30 on Monday 7/8. I am in the busy-making-meal-plans-and-gro
cery-lists stage. Whole30 is basically paleo, but if you want to check it out, here is Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's website:

http://whole9life.com/

Whole 30 is based on "real food and healthy nutritional habits."

Why does Whole30 appeal to me? Well, first, the possibility of losing weight is always appealing. Second, I find tracking every calorie I eat utterly exhausting. I can't seem to only view "food as fuel." How can you do that if you flat out love to eat, as I do? I enjoy food; I enjoy chewing. I realize tracking is a part of the SP guide, and cutting out food groups is not exactly moderation that SP advises to do. Third, as I'm learning more about the food industry, the processing of it (including factory farming), creeps me out. So yes, I'm looking forward to going back to the basics of whole, real, no processed foods.

But....I'm also terrified of being hungry. Slaying that "Sugar Dragon" as the Hartwigs call it, won't be easy. But I'm going to commit to it, blog about it (hopefully that way I won't give up when it gets hard if I'm accountable).

My spouse might not really be amused with me the first couple weeks, either, as I anticipate some crankiness. But hey, I'm cranky when I run out of my 1500 calories at 3pm and I'm starving, too!

So, here we go...
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REVIVED 7/7/2013 6:51PM

    the whole30 people will tell you you should never feel hungry. If you are hungry or having cravings you should have a mini-meal or protein and fat at the very least - not sugar or a handful of nuts. That will help kick the cravings. It didn't take me long at all to get rid of the cravings and also to have no trouble going 4-5 hours between meals without getting hungry. Good luck!!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/7/2013 4:22PM

    Best of fortune to you!

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JITZUROE 7/7/2013 3:02PM

    Good for you! Looks like we are all excited for you!
The food options are great, so don't worry.
Hugs,
Bren

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UFEDAK85 7/6/2013 2:05PM

    I did a whole 30 March of this year, and I have to say, at the end of it, I felt awesome! It was difficult and it requires a lot of planning, but if you stick to it, you're gonna feel great! I felt sleepy, cranky, and out of sorts the 1st 2 weeks, but on day 15, I started to feel much better! Sugar cravings started to lessen and I didn't feel like I had to snack since I ate til I was satisfied during my meals. Good luck on your whole 30 journey! emoticon

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RYDERB 7/6/2013 2:03PM

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When I started my Whole30 my spouse had no choice but to come along for the ride, since I do ALL the cooking and shopping, but he started feeling better almost immediately, and has seen amazing results, so he's pretty grateful to me now, and doesn't care that I keep extending my program.

Hope your spouse jumps onboard to support you through your whole30 too. It's a lot easier when you're doing it together.
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CSINICOLE18 7/6/2013 9:56AM

    Thanks! It will definitely be a journey and a challenge, but so looking forward to the results-and certainly curious. I'm trying to be as prepared as possible. I don't cook much, and my partner is a vegetarian...so this should be interesting. Got some family gatherings over the next 30 days too, which I'm a little nervous about (my family is huge food pushers and I know they will think I'm crazy).

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DEZZIEJAMES 7/6/2013 9:42AM

    I'm so excited for you! The ladies on the Whole30 team are very supportive! I can't wait to see how this works for you, and I hope you have fantastic results!

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CSINICOLE18 7/5/2013 6:57PM

    Thank you! I know there will be some hard times, but so looking forward to not being a slave to sugar!

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CECE0330 7/5/2013 5:06PM

    You can do it! I feel best when I am following my modified Paleo eating (unlike some paleo hard-core peeps, I do still eat some dairy: cheese, sour cream, and greek yogurt. And natural, organic peanut butter)

Honestly, once you get used to the no-sugar thing, you really DON'T feel hungry.

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