After office break-rooms filled with sugary treats, a daily supply of donuts, and what felt like cocktail after cocktail I knew it was time to create some new habits. Without a stark change to what I was consuming I knew the rationalizing would continue and feeling crummy would become my norm.
As a tool for research and to reset my habits I have embarked on the Whole 30 journey. The Whole 30 is a 30 day food challenge. It’s basically the paleo diet (no grains, legumes, dairy, artificial sugar) with a couple extra restrictions (no natural sugars except fruit juice, no pseudo grains like quinoa) to really help you see how your body and mind will change on real food.
It’s day 5 today. I’ll admit I’ve had a few moments where all I want to do is go get creamy coffee and a pastry. I haven’t though. I imagine the journey will have more challenges than I’m expecting but what I will continue to tell myself is that it is only 30 days. The cocktails and pizza will be there when I’ve seen this through.
Insight I hope to gain.
How my mood is affected when I don’t consume sugar.
How my physique shifts as I consume mostly vegetables, protein, and fruit.
How my sleep and energy levels are impacted.
How will my life change as a result of simply changing what I eat?
I’m right at the beginning of this food challenge and so far I’m enjoying it. I have had to prepare a lot more because I don’t want to be hungry. A hungry belly is not easy to tame when the only thing available is sugar cookies in the break room.
I’ll likely update the blog with my progress along the way. If I stumble upon any revelations you’ll be sure to know about it.
If you’re interested in doing a Whole 30 please read the program. It seemed scary at first but then you start and you just take one day at a time.