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Day Zero- Getting Prepped for Whole30

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If you've been on my blog before, you might already know that years ago I worked to lose 100 pounds, mainly by removing sugar, flour and most dairy from diet and eating meat, veggies and fruit. Essentially, I followed a whole30 plan before whole30 existed.. well, almost.

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I still enjoyed cream in my coffee, the occasional salad dressing, mayo (in moderation) and cheese. I also happily munched a bowl of oatmeal every morning with an egg too.

Well, it's been over a decade since I lost all that weight and I'm still pretty fit (that's me off to the right), in decent shape for someone pushing 40 with 2 kids in College (at least, in my opinion I am!) lol.

However... and that is a BIG however, I still think there is room for improvement.

I really can't tell you HOW exactly I convinced my other half to try the Whole30 plan for the full 30 days, all I can say is that he agreed, probably on the notion "Happy Wife= Happy Life".

Days after he agreed I started planning... writing out menu plans, figuring and contorting recipes that would work for us and then I discovered I was cheating by having SWYPO (sex with your pants on). Yeah, I know- what the heck is that, right?! It's when you "fake out" your brain by making things that look and sound like desserts or treats... you know it's not right and it doesn't feel as good, but you do it anyway for psychological stimulation. HAHA, aka Sex with your pants on.
For me, the SWYPO cheat was making grain and dairy free banana "muffins". I actually just wanted a way to use up the bananas that were over-ripe, but.. this is a NO NO.

If you're not familiar with Whole30- it's a reset for your body, free of dyes, additives, sugar, added hormones, et cetera. Essentially you eat meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, oils, nuts and seeds- nothing else, for 30 days.

No sugars (real or fake) including honey, maple syrup, agave, Nutrasweet, stevia, etc- no grains or even fake/pseudo grains like quinoa, no dairy (again loaded with hormones!), nothing with "ingredients", no legumes (beans) or peanuts, no msg or sulfites. Nothing Processed. NOTHING. Just REAL, WHOLE food.

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it's simple, it's not. It requires effort, you have to meal plan a bit, you have to meal prep a bit (vegetables don't wash and chop themselves).
If you're a lazy person, this won't work for you. If you're a lazy person who likes to refer to yourself as a "busy person", this won't work for you. I say that a bit of jest in my voice, because hey, we ALL have the same 24 hours in a day- if it's important to you, you'll find the time to do it, period.

Whole30 isn't about weight loss, although many claim to lose anywhere from 7-30 lbs in just 30 days. It's not about starvation, because you can eat as much as you want, so long as it fits into the plan. It's about getting healthy, about giving your body a break from the daily deluge of additives, dyes, hormones and other hidden chemicals in our food that we might not be aware of, or subconsciously ignore.

Are you thinking about taking the Whole30 Challege? Download the Entire Whole30 Program PDF Here.

Challenges

As we embark into this journey, here are the most challenging aspects from my current vantage point:

1. Giving up Cream in my coffee
2. Giving up Real Butter (You cannot use butter, unless it is clarified/ghee) To be honest, I use butter on my butter, haha, learned that from Paula Dean.
3. No Baked Goods- I love to bake, but more than that, I adore tasting all the lovely baked goods that fragrantly fill the home with love.

See, that's the point of whole30, to change your relationship with food. Food is Not love, food is nourishment for the body. Nothing more, nothing less.


Prepping

So, in order to ensure that we're completely compliant this month with the whole30 program, I've cleaned out my pantry.. and packed away EVERYTHING that isn't whole30 compliant into storage totes and placed them away for the next 30 days. I actually hid the food in plain site, I placed in totes along one wall, then covered it with a tablecloth & placed plants on top.

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Perhaps that seems a bit extreme, but it's an effective way to ensure we aren't indulging during a weak (or lazy) moment. Items in the fridge that are not whole30 compliant have been placed in a rubbermaid tote box that the kids can access, but we (the husband and I) shall not.



Whole30 Challenge (& Giveaways!)

I'm looking forward to this journey and will definitely keep you posted as to the pro's & cons!! With that said, I'm issuing a challenge to our members and fans too... Log in, Create a Whole30 Post in your Own Blog (Just click on the Blog Tab once you're logged in!!) and share your journey.

Everyone who journals their journey will receive a prize, like anything in life, the more effort you put into it, the bigger the prize.

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