Today is Day 29 of my Whole 30. I was more diligent in posting about this journey both on my blog, and instagram when I first began. But somewhere around Day 11, I decided that truly this is how I am meant to eat most of the time.
As a kid, I thought I was fat. I wasn’t. I was taller than my friends, and I was never a size 0, and so even though I went from 5’1″ to 5’6″ at the awkward age of thirteen (and grew boobs…even more awkward), my friends were all tiny, and I felt like a giant. My weight wasn’t an actual issue until I was about 17, and then it crept, slowly through the years. I didn’t know how to dress. By the time I hit my twenties, I weighed more than at 17, but started to know how to dress for myself, and mostly felt comfortable in my skin….most of the time. I carried my weight well.
I first tried my hand at the Atkins diet when I was twenty-one. I lost 20lbs right away, and felt amazing! The low-carb diet gets a bad rap. People think you just eat bacon, and mayo. But if you read the book, it’s not like that at all. And eventually as you get to each phase, you can add more natural carbs, and of course are cautioned to stay away from refined ones. And sugar….which isn’t that was all diets tell you to stay away from? At twenty-one, no one else I knew was on a diet. So I didn’t always tell people I was eating low-carb, because I felt like a freak.
I tried the Medifast diet at around twenty-three or twenty-four, and had similar success as the Atkins. Again, no one I knew was doing anything like this. At this age, we’re about happy hours after our first professional jobs, that turn into late nights, and drunk pizza. It was fun! It’s what you did…
Since then I have also done Weight Watchers (always felt hungry), W30, Atkins again, and I feel like one other “fad” that I am forgetting.
Then there is clean-eating, which says eat unprocessed foods with five ingredients or less! Primal eating is Paleo with cheese (um, isn’t that pretty much the Atkins diet, then?)
In all honesty, if you break it all down, each of these “diets” are pretty much the same. The same principles and theories. The bottom line: Don’t eat shit food. You guys, it is that simple. Just don’t.
Ten years after my first real “diet” (I mean, am I really thirty-one? what the…), and people proudly wear their invisible food badge, with honor. It’s crazy to me, because here I was hiding my way of eating. And failing to be like everyone else (ahhh, naive twenty year old me) , instead of embracing the good foods, and cooking at home. I was ahead of the game, and I didn’t even know it.
I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation. Right before I began the Whole 30, I had miserable bronchitis for two weeks, and barely ate. When I did eat, it was a lot of soup, crackers, Natalie’s OJ, etc. and I lost weight. So yes, I think you can eat shit food…sometimes, but if you’re going to do so, make it worth it! Eat a quality burger, or sip a tasty cocktail. Moderation is hard for all of us. I obvs struggle with this one, often.
My point in this post: Just eat good food. The Whole 30 reminded me of that. It’s quality over quantity for sure. I feel great. We’ve had a lot going on (many blog side projects that I can’t share yet), Jason starting a new semester, we recently took on the responsibility of taking our six year old nephew on weekends like he’s our own (I haven’t decided if I will share more on that or not. Just know we’re going through some transitions right now, and it’s been a tad stressful on me)…and all these events would have most definitely made me sick, and/or stressed to the point of shutting down. But I haven’t. And I truly believe it’s because of how I have been eating. I’m sleeping better, and my mind is more clear.
Going forward, when I share recipes, I plan to include more clean ingredients (which I feel like is a buzz word, and yet here I am using it), as well as the original. For example, if a dish calls for panko, I would suggest panko, or almond meal so no matter how you eat, anyone can make the dish.
I purposely shared W30 and Paleo compliant recipes in August, but didn’t promote it as such. Because anyone can make a Shrimp Stir-Fry, or Jerk Chicken, or Peach Salsa no matter your dietary needs. Because…it’s just good food.