I am hoping that maybe some of you will join me in Phase 1. It is not for the light of heart. Nor is it for the lovers of food.
Phase 1 starts with Food.
I LOVE FOOD. I do not have an advanced palate by any means, but I love good, well prepared food. My dream baby shower would have had buffalo wings, nachos (like at the ball park), cotton candy and caramel corn (maybe one day). I like what I like and I don't branch out too often. But I love to eat.
Eating brings people together, it's an experience, and well, it's fun and satisfying. So it's easy to just eat and not think about what you are eating, where it came from, how it is made or even what is in it.
So starting on September 1st and for the whole month, we are radically changing our diets.
We are going Paleo people.
First, let me explain what Paleo is. I will keep is short and simple. Paleo is the "caveman's diet". If a caveman couldn't forage it, you don't get to eat it. In order, Paleo is: MEAT, VEGGIE, some FRUIT, NUTS and GOOD FATS (avocado, oil, coconut).
Paleo is NOT: DAIRY, GRAINS, LEGUMES, POTATOES, SUGAR, SWEETENERS, CAFFIENE and ALCOHOL (last three are easy).
So for the month of September we are doing a Whole30. 30 days of strict Paleo meals. No cheats, no paleo-ifying a pan of brownies. Just lean meats, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and healthy fats.
I spent our Hawaiian vacation reading a fabulous book. "It Starts with Food" by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. That really opened my eyes and shut my mouth. Even on vacation I started going bun-less, avoiding dairy and adding more greens to my plate. Since we have been back, I have been eating Paleo, minus a cheat meal or cheat day on the weekends.
While eating Paleo, I am no longer feeling bloated or gassy. I am more regular. My skin has been fantastic and I have energy all day long. My workouts have felt stronger and my clothes fit better.
After a cheat meal or day, as good as the food was, I felt horrible. I'm uncomfortable and my rings won't fit on my hand. I'm backed up and well, I just feel like crap (literally).
So I started to put the pieces together. If what I am eating can have visible, physical effects on my body, what is it doing to the insides of my body? Could I improve my baby situation by radically changing my diet? Either way, baby or no baby, it won't kill me. It will only make me stronger, healthier and physically better.
It's worth a try.
So I got Jason quickly on board. We both have a few extra pounds that just won't go away. Maybe a whole30 will be the key?
So we are starting with 30 days. We hope that it will translate into a lifestyle. And if (a big IF) we get pregnant, I will only be a healthier person for myself and my baby.
So check it out: whole30
Read the testimonials. It might help you make up your mind.
Talk to your husband, your sister or maybe just a roommate and get them on board too.
It's only 30 days.
It may change your life.
If you are interested and want/need more info, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to send you info, keep you updated/on track and share recipes! I will be posting my meal plan, favorite Paleo sites and other information to help you have a successful whole30. Let's start Sept 1st!!