That Whole30 Life
I’ve never been one to go on a full fledged diet. But as I’ve grown older and a little bit wiser, I’ve changed my typical diet for the better. Gone are my grade school days where I started my mornings with 2 Little Debbie Honey Buns, and my college years filled with Hot Pockets in between classes. Nowadays, I typically eat some sort of vegetable at lunch and dinner; I only indulge in super sweet things every once and a while; and I always find a way to get some exercise at least 5-6 times a week.
With all that being said, there’s plenty of room for improvement in my nutrition. So when my lovely fiancé suggested we give the Whole30 Life a try, I thought, “Sure, why not? I eat pretty healthy..how bad could it be?”
So I’m half way through my 30 days, and it has NOT been easy. I didn’t realize how dependent I was to foods that could be adversely affecting my body! Cutting out added sugars was hard enough, but to cut out carbs like oatmeal, chips, rice, and other grains has really thrown my body for a loop. As a result I’ve felt hungry pretty much nonstop since I’m also training for a marathon at the time. How have other runners substained themselves while on this diet?! I’ve beem eating potatoes and veggies all the time, but I find myself craving more..
That’s another thing I’ve learned: I don’t always know when to stop. This Whole 30 lifestyle has shown me the difference between feeling satiated and feeling full. I typically alway eat until I’m full. It hasn’t really affected yet, since I’m pretty crazy about high intensity workouts. But this is a lesson I need to practice, especially as I get older.
Lastly, we have been cooking a lot more often while on this Whole30 kick. Sure, you could eat out and find restaurants that may cater to the Whole30 guidelines, but in out experiences eating out is not very feasible. Many restaurants haven’t heard of this reset, and those that have usually put a premium on meals that fall within the guidelines. That being said, places like Snap Kitchen have a dedicated area for Whole30 meals, which taste pretty good if you are willing to pay the price.
Many of the photos here are homemade meals or meals I bought from Snap Kitchen. This experience has definitely forced me to broaden my horizons. I’ve cooked and ate foods I’ve never worked with before. So for that I’m great full. Otherwise, I cannot wait for the next 2 weeks to be over.