If you’ve been around the paleo-sphere, in or around Crossfit gyms, or just not hiding under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of the “Whole 30”. Thirty days of squeaky clean paleoesqe eating that eliminates grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol (yep.) and processed food from your life for 30 days to reset and heal your body. Sound crazy? It can be. You go from feeling like you can take over the universe to “kill all the things” and back again, several times. In fact, the crazy cycle is so common the creators of the program made a ‘how you’ll feel’ timeline! So, why me, why now, and what do you care? I can’t really answer the last part except to say maybe following my little adventure will; A. Help you figure out how to do your own reset, B. Learn some tips for super busy and mega broke people to get through this, and /or C. Laugh your ass off at me as I make my way through the feels. No bread? No problem. No added sugar? Ok. No dairy? Now you’re starting to hit me where it hurts. No wine?? FML.
So, why me? I’m not setting out to lose weight or have killer abs. Although, I wouldn’t be sad about that. Actually, I feel like absolute shit lately. I’ve been dealing with some sadness and grief, some life changes, and some trying to figure out what’s next for me. I am a pediatric nurse who works night shift, and I tend to bring it home with me. My body has not adjusted well to the sleep cycles and I’ve been exhausted. I am guilty of grabbing boxed and takeout “gluten free food” and adding a TON of sugar and dairy back in. I’ve also been self medicating with wine. I don’t stay asleep, I’m swollen, my face and neck are breaking out like crazy, I have no energy whatsoever and I am bitchy and whiny. I can’t even stand myself. So no matter how I feel on W30, it can’t be as bad as what my family is dealing with now (I hope!)
So how does one go about starting something like this, should one decide to? I recommend reading “It Starts With Food”. It gives you the program how’s but also the whys. Knowing what is happening to your body when you eat crap food and drink alcohol helps you want to stay on track. And listen, I don’t feel like this is a punishment. I’ve been back in the gym for a couple weeks following a recent illness and I really want to reward my body with what it deserves. I WANT to feel better. If you do too, or are just morbidly curious to see if I’ll make it, I’ll be updating my snapchat (nicca9), and my Instagram story (CavemommaRealTalk) constantly. Warning: you’ll get real-deal stuff including f bombs because that’s who I am. Otherwise, I’ll be here updating a few times per week. Just to show how crazy I am, I’m also going to post some before stats and photos. 😯 tomorrow morning. Because who doesn’t love a good before and after ?! See you soon!