Monday, January 9, 2017

Why Whole30?

Last week, I mentioned on Instagram and Snapchat (annaleewhite) that I'm doing Whole30. I've gotten a lot of screenshots of the recipes I've shared and several questions about the program, so I wanted to share more about it here on the blog!

If you are at all interested in doing Whole30, then I highly recommend that you order the Whole30 book. It is so helpful because it explains the program, gives tons of tips, and has lots of recipes in it! Of course, you can always visit the Whole30 website or Pinterest to find out anything you need to know about the program, but I find that having the book is really helpful so that all your information is in one place.

So what is Whole30? It's a program that promotes a body reset by putting an "end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system." To do this, you cut out certain food groups for that could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness. You are cutting out "all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food good groups for 30 days." That includes sugars, grains, dairy, and legumes - which also means no added or "fake" sugars, alcohol, and all processed foods. You can see a full list of rules and of what is off limits here.

Please keep in mind that the Whole30 is not just a diet. It wasn't created to be a weight loss program, but rather a body reset and lifestyle change - teaching you about food and how different foods affect your body.

So what can you eat? Real food!! Think meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and good fats from oils, nuts, and seeds. "Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they are totally natural and unprocessed." 

So why do Whole30? A lot of people have the misconception that Whole30 is just this strict, drastic diet for quick weight loss and that all the weight will be gained back as soon as the 30 days are over. As I mentioned before, the Whole30 is not just a diet, so if the only reason you are doing it is to lose weight... then it may not be the right choice for you. While you will more than likely drop some pounds, there are so many other good reasons to complete a Whole30.

"Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-consistent? Do you have aches and pains that can't be explained? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive aliments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn't helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat - even the 'healthy' stuff."

The only way to figure out if (and how) these foods are affecting you is to completely eliminate them from your diet. The program allows your body to heal and recover from those foods that could be having a negative affect on your body and life. Whole30 will change your life - it will change the way you think about food and put you in control of your habits and cravings.

Here are just a few benefits you'll reap from completing a Whole30:
  • You'll sleep longer and more soundly.
  • You'll wake up feeling optimistic and alert.
  • You'll enjoy consistent energy.
  • You'll say goodbye to digestive distress.
  • You'll feel the difference between emotional appetite and real hunger.
  • Your skin will be brighter.
  • Your body image will improve.
  • You'll stop dieting and just eat.
*Most of this information was adapted from the Whole30 official website.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me or you can snap me (annaleewhite). I would love to help in any way I can! This is my second time to do Whole30, and I can say from experience that it does work and that you will feel the best you've ever felt. I will also add that it does take a lot of planning and preparation. I will be sharing more about that and tips to help you succeed in future posts. For the next four weeks, I will be posting a Whole30 update here on the blog every Wednesday - sharing recipes, giving tips, answering questions, and sharing my overall experience with you guys, so let me know if there is something you would like to see! Thanks for reading!

PS. Weekly Meal Prep and Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin