I know we’re in the midst of the Christmas season when Elf food groups reign supreme – candy, candy canes, candy corn and maple syrup. Oh yes, and fudge, cookies, hot cocoa, pie… But I want to talk about January stuff now – healthy food, resolutions, changes for the better.
I have never been known as a health food nut. I fall into the camp of “everything in moderation”. Except ice cream, which should be eaten as often as possible.
But starting January 2, I’m going to be doing a Whole 30. Jim is going to do it with me. And my sister is going to do it too. I’d love for you to join us! But first, let’s talk over a few things.
What is Whole 30?
Whole9’s original program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food. Since 2009, thousands of people have used our program as a jump-start to changing the way they eat for the rest of their lives.
The best way to understand the philosophy, science and more importantly what you can and can’t eat, is to read the book It Starts with Food. I bought this book the Sunday after Thanksgiving and read through it during that next week. I think that trying to do the Whole 30 program without reading the book first would be very hard.
Basically, the Whole 30 plan eliminates all sugars, grains, dairy, beans and legumes for 30 days. It’s designed to reset your nutrition and help you know what foods may be causing various symptoms. Truly, the program is a bit longer than 30 days, because there are several days at the end of it where you strategically reintroduce foods back into your diet.
Why I’m doing the Whole 30.
Migraines. I’m sick of them. Although my headaches aren’t as intense in pain as they were several years ago, they are coming much more frequently. I’m to the point where I’m actually willing to give up some well loved foods in an effort to see if it will end the migraines.
There are a lot of other health conditions that people have found improvement with after doing Whole 30. You can check out some of the testimonials from people who’ve done the program here.
One reason that I’m not doing Whole 30 – weight loss. I don’t care if I lose any weight or not. It’s not a goal for me for doing this plan. It wouldn’t hurt me to lose some, but I’m happy with the size I am.
What does this mean for Eat at Home?
First, it means that I’ll be sharing some of my prep work with you. I tackle any new project by reading about it and prepping. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing with this. During December you’ll find posts on:
- A list of Whole 30 compliant recipes that can be found on Eat at Home.
- 30 day menu plan that I’ll be following for dinners (and hopefully lunches and snacks too).
- Some foods I’ve purchased that I don’t normally buy, but that will be helpful during this 30 day challenge.
However, I want this plan to fit into our normal family routine. I have four kids, none of whom will be doing the Whole 30. I’m not inclined to cook two dinners every night. My kids still want to eat cookies and bread and sugary treats sometimes.
I intend to make this a fit for all of us. I’ve already gone over my recipes to find Whole 30 compliant ones. And there are plenty! I’ve also made a list of new recipes to try that will fit in the guidelines. I’ll be sharing those recipes as we go along.
You’ll likely see some “regular” people recipes too during January. Like I said, not everyone in my house will be doing Whole 30 and I also have recipe writers that aren’t planning to join us. I don’t have any intentions of turning this into a health food/paleo blog.
Want to Join us?
I’d love to have you join us for our Whole 30 starting January 2. Leave a comment if you think you might come along for the ride. And be sure to subscribe to the email list so you get the list of Whole 30 compliant recipes and other tips and resources I’ll be sharing.
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