Join me for a new round of the Whole30! It’s no secret, I’m a fan of the Whole30 Challenge, and I am in major need of one, personally.
2018 was an emotionally draining year for us, which affected my mood, eating habits, stress levels; everything. Life was a rollercoaster for the majority of this year. To gain back some control, I did my fourth round of the Whole30 in July.
But as the holidays crept in this year, everything came back up [for those of you new to Casa de Crews, we lost our dad unexpectedly in January] and I found myself feeling out of control again with my mood, emotions, eating, etc. while still trying to keep it together and enjoy the good times, simultaneously – which, if I am being honest has been exhausting in and of itself. In a lot of ways I feel as though I’ve lost this entire year to loss, and some years and some seasons are just like that. There are these big life events that you will have no control over, and you just have to survive, and that’s okay. It’s taken me a whole year to feel like it’s okay, but it is. It really, really is. And if you’ve had a great 2018, I’m so happy for you!
Whether you’ve had a great 2018 or a not-so-great year, doing a Whole30 is a good way to mentally get yo’ head right for 2019. For the first time ever I am asking others to join me! I’ve created a Whole30 Club anyone can join [here!], along with free printables including an eBook, a pantry staples cheat sheet, and menu planning template. To receive the freebies, subscribe here!
If you have never done a Whole30, but are curious, I highly recommend ordering the book, It Starts with Food – this was my bible for my first ever Whole30 in 2014. It lays out the program, its ins and outs, and why things are the way they are.
Why I like the Whole30 program:
Counting calories has never worked for me. Ten years ago, I’d try ww or other calorie trackers and drink diet coke, 100-calorie pack snacks, and low-fat cheese and still be ravenous and HANGRY and very unhappy. I tried macros, and gained weight. Low-carb/Keto has been a great success for me as well – when I was diligent, but I would obsess over carbs and how many I could have. So while I was satisfied and could eat cheese (how I love thee), I was mentally not right, if that makes sense.
The Whole30 is not a diet to lose weight, but a reset to learn what your body can and can’t process well. It’s an elimination diet, and quite frankly it’s kind of like all the “diets” cleaned up and rolled into one. Sometimes, on keto I’d get resentful I couldn’t have a potato, or fresh fruits like apples and grapes – but on the Whole30, the goal is to get your body acclimated with whole foods, allow your gut to heal, and learn about yourself. It’s intended to set you up for the future so that you take what you learn and make good choices.
Does that mean you can’t ever have bread, ice cream, or anything else ever again? No. The Whole30 peeps like the term #foodfreedom, which means that maybe you go out for cocktails or pasta but don’t obsess or need it the next day or let it ruin in life. You’re setting yourself up to have a healthy relationship with food in general.
It does mean you will need to invest in yourself for 30-days to truly get it and that will be the hardest part. But! That’s why I’m here. For moral support!
My most popular Whole30 recipes:
Here are a few of the most viewed recipes from Casa de Crews to help you get started!
- whole30 beef stir-fry in the slow-cooker
- shredded brussels salad with bacon + figs
- roasted paprika chicken
- chopped chicken antipasto salad
- air fryer chicken parm [omit the cheese]
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Have you done a whole30 before? Are you ready to join me in a #januarywhole30? What are your questions?! I’d love to chat in the comments!