I am amazed, simply amazed and grateful so many of you have reached out with the desire to improve your own health and to ask questions and to lend support. I had no idea this many people felt this way. It’s incredible.
The beautiful thing about Whole30 is this: you don’t have to buy anything except food. You don’t have to hire anyone to teach you how to eat. You can spend $14.95 for a daily email throughout your 30 days (I have come to LOVE my 4am emails!). If you buy the creators’ book “It starts with food.” it’s a good investment (great book!!!).
There are no pills, powders, shakes, bars. It’s affordable and it’s an amazing thing for your body.
In the beginning I set the goal for 30 days. That was it. I thought nothing beyond that. Last evening my husband asked what I would do when this was all done. I am honestly not sure but if I feel this good now….. why would I go back to my old way of eating? While that remains to be determined, I am focusing only on there here and now.
It feels GOOD to really take care of your body and your health. It feels GOOD knowing that I am taking care of myself at the cellular level, where the whole disease process begins. It feels GOOD to not grab a cookie here or there, even in a workout window. To be this good to myself feels GOOD.
Now onto today’s questions:
How is this different from The Core Diet?
Excellent question. When it comes to Ironman and Ironman fueling I think The Core Diet is hands down the best by the way. This is different in that dairy, grains, and refined sugars of any kind are eliminated for 30 days. Typically when training for distance we eat grains in workout windows. We fuel every single workout with sport drink and we fuel that workout with gels, cliff blocks and / or bars. Which at that level is necessary. I am in no way knocking it. I don’t think there is a way to avoid it when you are training 20 hours a week.
It’s much easier to do and handle when training volume is 10-12 hours a week. I have a banana or mango before and after each workout. I use water during the workouts. Nothing I am doing is over an hour except a weekly long run. There is no way I could have done this during the season. I was too tired to prepare anything!
How did you get started?
I flipped a switch about two weeks ago. I spent two hours in the kitchen making things I ahve never eaten and the subsequent 15 days I have eaten those (made again and again of course) when I am hungry. There was not lead up, taper, prep period….. I just flipped a switch.
I set a goal that at first I thought I had a 40% chance of attaining. I have never eaten this clean this long and the goal was big enough to be frightening. Then I failed. Then I started again (the round I am on now). I thought about my long term season goals and I asked myself “What are you willing to do to achieve that goal?” I wanted to know if I was willing to commit that much.
Turns out I am.
Am I tempted with my family NOT being Whole30?
Not at all. That’s what I am surprised about. There are maple cookies, pumpkin bread, bread, and a jar of creamy peanut butter on my kitchen counter right now. I walk by them ALL several times a day. I have not felt the urge to grab anything. To me that means I am not emotionally attached to food, which coming from an EDO background is a good thing.
If this is something you are considering…. flip the switch and do it. Don’t be afraid to be challenged, to be turned inside out, to be stretched. If you fail begin again. Get the emails, read the book, join the community we have growing right here.
I have categorized my Whole30 experience, at the top of this blog under today’s title it says Whole30 in the category, click on that for all the posts.
Jump on the wagon with me. You won’t regret it!