Since Sundays are the time for me to write about productivity hacks, self-accountability, and ways to improve your mind, body, and spirit, I want to share my most recent monthly “better me” task: The Whole 30.
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I have done The Whole 30 3 times in the past 3 years, so I don’t know why it’s much harder this year. Oh, wait. Yes I do. My mother came over for Christmas break and left me empanadas, tamales, biscochos, and vegetable oil. :/
It’s difficult for my Mexican family to understand our Paleo/whole foods lifestyle. For generations, we (our culture) has gathered together simply for the enjoyment of making traditional food for each other. Even when I was watching The Great Food Truck Race on Netflix recently, I related to the Madres Mexican Food Truck and their darling family whom were passionate about their cuisine, but were slowly losing, and I kept cheering for them to secretly win, even knowing that what they cook may limit your life span. But every time they made some sort of gorditas…oh boy. Go Madres, go!
You can find much information on The Whole 30 online, so I won’t share too many details and bore you to death of all the whys I am doing this. Since this month I am reflecting on my body for my Selfie Sundays, I wanted to update you on the process simply to inspire you to try a new way of eating for a measly 30 days.
The website and book will tell you to basically eat what is on the above banner.
The Whole 30 is:
- very restrictive
- not a diet
- for people who want to change their entire lifestyle of eating
- for people whom have had medical problems that may have been caused by a bad diet
- to cleanse your body
- NOT A DIET
- to reduce cravings, so you can’t even chew gum to trick your brain into eating-mode
- not focused on losing weight, although that will be a definite outcome for mostly everyone (mostly because some people don’t need/want to lose weight)
- Spinach Frittata
- Protein Salad
- Roasted spaghetti squash, homemade tomato sauce with ground meat
- Beef brisket
- Salmon cakes
- Venison sausage
All of these dishes were accompanied by either a fruit, some greens, nuts/seeds, or an avocado/healthy form of fat.
- Lunches were a bit blah until leftovers came into play (yay for reheated salmon cakes YUM)
- My clothes were already feeling better
- The updated Whole 30 book has recipes created by a new chef, with a lot more flavor than the original recipes in the It Starts With Food edition (Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s 1st book)
- We saved money by only dining out once this entire week, but even then we had a gift card
- I had better sleep, better energy this weekend than at the start of this week
- Struggled with knowing what kinds of snacks were appropriate for my long runs, still experimenting
- Cravings: chips, chile candy (stop stereotyping me), granola, cheese, GF pastas
- My husband claimed he had a dream about tortillas
Well, week 1 is finished, folks! Not too bad, but different events will come our way to where we will struggle and find temptation. Who else is on the Whole 30? For mini updates, you can look on my Instagram profile.