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Monday, April 2, 2012

Whole30 Challenge

Y'all. Things are about to get crazy around here.

Matt and I started the Whole30 challenge today, so our eating habits are getting a major makeover.

If you've never heard of the Whole30, it's a program that basically resets your body by letting it heal and recover from "all the inflammatory, gut-disrupting, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days."

That means that this month we'll be eating only meats, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and eggs. The good news is that there are SO many options within these categories that "getting bored" really shouldn't be an option.

The bad news is that sugar is out. Cheese is out. Bread is out. And obviously so are a lot of other "comfort foods." But really, if I see food as "comfort" there might be some other issues I need to deal with, haha.

So now our kitchen is stocked with sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, eggs, blueberries, almonds, Larabars (for emergencies), tea, and lots of other natural foods. I'm still trying to stick to our $250 per month grocery budget, but I'm pretty sure we'll go over it while we stock up some essentials. Eh, at least I won't be able to make a quick trip through the drive thrus "just this once." Those quick trips deplete the checking account fast!

We have a pretty good support system to help keep us on track. First of all, I'm so glad Matt is totally on board (maybe even more than me!). If I had to cook separate meals, I'm pretty sure this would be a fast failure. My parents are also doing the challenge again (they've done it before and eat mostly paleo the rest of the time), and I think Aaron and Chelsea might be also based on the annoyed text message Aaron sent me after Chelsea saw the link I posted on Facebook. :)

I won't be doing a daily challenge update or anything (boring!), but I'll keep you posted as we try to make it through April with a completely new outlook on food. Should be fun interesting!


Jamie Butts said...

My hubby did this faithfully in January 2011 and lost 18 pounds and way changed some aspects of his normal diet. I sort of did it with him, but I was pregnant, so I was bad about it. :)

Have fun! I have some good recipes, I'll try to send them to you. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen that month, but it was worth it!

Joyce said...

Good for you! We are trying to eat better too. Luckily, our kiddos already love salads, fruits, nuts and eggs, but we also love cheese and bread, but I've been finding so many great recipes out there that doesn't include those, so maybe it's not as hard as we think. =p (hopefully!)

Megan Card said...

I looked into the Whole30 Challenge after reading your blog post and Greg and I are now on board!

I've been doing a lot of research on holistic ways to treat my fibromyalgia and I really think changing our eating habits will help.

Thanks for posting about this!