I didn’t know January Whole30 was going to be as big as it was until I had actually started. I had done my fair share of telling myself I wasn’t ready to stop putting sugar in my coffee and start reading what was actually in my food. I knew there was way too much food in my diet for me to cut out and go cold turkey, but I had been wanting to do this for such a long time so I started somewhere. And that somewhere was exactly where I was, in that moment, at that time.
It’s December – the month of family and friends, baked goods, holiday parties, eating out, overspending, & all that jazz. When it comes to the foods I’m putting into my body, I know I’m doing it all wrong, but it’s what everyone else is doing, right? Totally justifiable. NO. I knew I had travel plans coming up, holiday parties in my agenda, and all the opportunities where I would gladly say calories didn’t count, but if I didn’t take control of what I ate at those places, that food I ate would end up taking control of me. So, I decided to do a little mini whole30 and incorporate some Whole30 meals in my diet. I figured it could help me 1. Make sure I’m not eating empty calorie foods all the time, and
2. See if I could even fathom living this way 24/7 for 30 days.
I told myself I would still enjoy myself at all my upcoming events, but I would try to get at least one Whole30 meal in a day. This seemed reasonable. I CAN DO THIS! If I didn’t get the meal in, I DID NOT STRESS- I just TRIED. I attempted to learn more about the program, cook some Whole30 compliant recipes, and see just how hard it really was. Some advice from Melissa Hartwig herself, “Cancers hard, Whole30 isn’t!” Basically, suck it up!
The benefits of this approach were grandiose! I had no idea how much I would learn (thanks Google) and how curious I ended up being when reading those mysterious ingredient labels. Xanthan gum, Sunflower lectin, whats in my food, ahhhhh!
By the end of December, I had cooked a good number of Whole30 recipes, read a lot of blog posts, as well as bits and pieces of It All Starts with Food, and felt as ready as I was going to get, so January 2nd, I went for it! I was still nervous but felt confident that I could actually do this thing!
All in all, my Whole30 experience has been successful, and if I hadn’t trained for this 30 day marathon, I don’t think I would have had the stamina. I skipped the hangover stage thanks to my pre-introduction and had cravings but never felt miserable throughout the process. If you’re having doubts or just wants to learn more about the program before completely committing, this is such a great way to train before starting.