Would you like to eat sugar-free but you keep finding yourself with your hand in the cookie jar? Does it seem like you’ve tried everything but you just can’t seem to kick the dirty habit? I’ve been there!
Sometimes I have crazy ideas and they just WORK!! (Sometimes I have ideas that flop also, but that’s a story for another day!)
So one day last fall when I decided that it would be a good idea for my family of almost nine (I was 32 weeks pregnant with baby number 7) to cut dairy, grain, legumes and sugar out of our diet, everyone thought I had fallen off my rocker! I blamed it on pregnancy brain (that IS a real thing!)
What could go wrong?? I mean really?? How hard could it be to feed my family in a way that goes TOTALLY against the grain? (No pun intended!)
It was HARD! It took time! And planning! And lots of grit (but I’ve never been afraid to do something challenging)
Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!! It was the best decision I could have made for the health and well-being of my family. Guess what?? Nobody died! (Despite some of my kids’ worst fears) Better yet, nobody starved!
The lifelong things I learned about my own body, as well as the rest of my family, were well worth the few challenges that Whole 30 posed. As a result of Whole 30, I was able to avoid heart surgery. You read that right! AVOID surgery! That’s HUGE!
There is a ton of support on the website and also several forums with FAQs.
I was also able to pinpoint several other suspected food allergies/intolerances in several of my kiddos. My husband also confirmed some food intolerances, despite being gluten-free for 3 1/2 years.
It is SO WORTH IT! If you are contemplating Whole 30, I cannot urge you enough to take the plunge! You will learn so much about yourself, your body and maybe even some food allergies. The benefits go far beyond the scale. I was excited at the sheer amount of energy I gained by following the plan.
The best benefit of all (ok, besides avoiding heart surgery) is the fact that I no longer eat SUGAR! None! I don’t even cheat. My cravings are gone! It has been 5 months since my family strictly followed the Whole 30. Despite the fact that we are done with the plan, I have been able to carry on without sugar in my diet. (Something I had tried and failed at several times in the past)
I attribute this to Whole 30’s unique approach to sweeteners. During the 30 days, you will not be able to use any sweetener at all. In the beginning, it is a bit challenging, but as you can tell, I believe in the program and believe it is very worth it to stick to it! As you push through the cravings, eventually you will find that sugar is not even enticing to you anymore! It is a lasting change that will be so beneficial!
I would recommend purchasing the Whole 30 book to help you get started.It is invaluable and even gives you a guide for what to expect each of the 30 days. There is a daily guide included in the book that will help you know what you can expect to feel each day. It was SPOT on for my family.
Plan and Prepare. This is an essential part of Whole 30 and I believe without planning and preparing ahead of time, we would not have succeeded. You’ll need to have approved snacks on hand to grab in weak moments and three ‘go to’ meals in the freezer in case you have a crazy day and just can’t get a meal made quickly.
Maybe you’re at a TOTAL loss and you have NO idea what to cook! Then I would wholeheartedly recommend Real Plans. Real Plans is an editable meal planner that learns your likes and dislikes. It caters to most food allergies, tastes and preferences.
And……They have a special Whole 30 plan that you can check out in the link below. It’s especially great if you are really busy! (And who of us isn’t?!) You can customize your menus and ‘Real Plans’ will prepare a grocery shopping list for you. I absolutely LOVE this menu planning service and the added bonus is that they teamed up with Whole 30!
Shop. Cook. Eat. Love.
Follow the plan and be EXCITED about the results! It will make you feel so much better! I can’t stress enough how THANKFUL I am for Whole 30!
Sometimes you just need inspiration! These resources helped me get started and encouraged me to continue! “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”
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Here is a kit to help you get started:
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Our family LOVES Primal Kitchen!
Are the thoughts of doing Whole 30 still making you shake in your boots? Check out my post on why it shouldn’t scare you here!
I would love to hear whether or not you are thinking of diving in! I’d love to encourage you if you do! Have you ever thought about trying Whole 30? Are you apprehensive about starting something crazy like I did?