Well here goes nothing! The start of the 2nd week of the New Year has arrived and I'm doing what I promised myself that I would do when January 9th came along. I'd clean up my diet and make sure that I completed the Whole30 to the fullest - checking that off the 2017 goals sheet!
I can't wait to cross it off my list early in the year cause the OLD me would have put it on the list and then just said I'll do it next month cause its easier to do that. Not this year - not this time!
I first learned about Whole30 about a year and a half ago from some other Beachbody Coaches like myself who were learning to eat minimal to no processed foods, no dairy, no sugar, no grains, legumes and no alcohol. EEEEK! I wanted to jump all IN last year about this time but I was 7 months pregnant and didn't really think it was the time for me to be making drastic changes. Ha!
Good plan girl! Good plan!
I'm just like a lot of people who use their fitness program as a way to eat more or justify their nutritional behaviors. I'd workout and reward myself with more food. Not a good idea if you want to finally lose that baby weight and fit into your jeans again! I don't think it was until I was in my daughter's 4th birthday pictures that I realized just how much I needed to change what I was doing. I was in denial that I had gotten that heavy after my 3rd pregnancy and that I'd eventually lose it with just by working out. Deep down inside I knew that I needed to make some changes if I wanted to reach some of my goals in 2017. Even as a coach, I struggle just like my challengers. Im not perfect - I reach for food when I'm happy, sad, and tired just like them!
So after October 1st, my daughters birthday I made a decision to start Whole30 on January 9th after the holidays were over and after the New Year! I had NO more reasons NOT to give this a shot. So here I am sharing with you guys my journey to better health and fitness.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 was created by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. It's a 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. In short - to me this is a process of taking your body through a complete detox of sugars, processed foods, dairy, grains, legumes - many of which are known to cause inflammatory responses and other ailments in the body. Without going into too much boring details here - you can run on over to Whole30.com to learn more for yourself.
I purchased a book off Amazon which is on the New York Times Best Selling list. The white book in my picture above is one that gives you an overview and a complete cookbook for delicious recipes to try during your 30 days. It's called 'The Whole30 - The 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom"
They also have another book called "It Starts with Food" that does into complete detail. If you'd like a crash course in nutrition and the theory behind why Whole30 was created - then that is your book. I also purchased it off Amazon too.
Why Did I Choose Whole30?
I decided to do Whole30 versus the Beachbody 21-Day Ultimate Reset simply because I wanted to continue to workout. There is a big difference in the 2 and that was the biggest reason I decided to do Whole30. I also wanted more flexibility in my "detox" that I could find in Whole30 vs Ultimate Reset as I know that my family and I will take a few short mini vacations during the winter time while my husband is in his "down season."
Plus, I wanted to be a poster child of results for people like you who might be reading this blog post and trying to find inspiration for better health through nutrition. Not everyone wants to do a 21 day cleanse with supplements and such (I have done it and had great results).
I actually semi-started this on January 2nd as I did a quick 3-Day Refresh after the holidays cause I felt BLAH! I had already committed to starting Whole30 on January 9th so I just decided that I wasn't going to eat like crap again for 4 days and then try to get re-motivated again so I just kept dairy and grains out as well as most sugars although I did have a large margarita with my husband over the weekend. I just had to. Live a little right? So far I have already noticed less joint pain in my right knee which I have had so much trouble with and less lower back pain during my workouts.
I'm currently on week 3 - day 2 of T25.
What Can't You Eat on Whole30?
For 30-days you can't have:
- Sugars of any kind (no honey, maple syrup, agave, cane sugar) NONE
- Dairy (no milk, cheese, butter)
- Grains (no rice, quinoa, barley, wheat, etc) NONE- zilch
- Alcohol (not even cooking wine)
- Legumes (no peanuts or beans - not even peanut butter (GASP!)
- No soy! Absolutely NOT! soy sauce, braggs liquid aminos
What CAN you eat?
- Meats ( red meat, seafood, chicken, turkey, pork)
- Healthy Fats
- Almonds, cashews, dates, etc)
- Here is a grocery shopping list
Week 1 Meal Plan for Whole30
I am so surprised how much I do not miss much of the foods that I was clearly eating too much of each day. I am shocked at how tasty food can be when it isn't all decked out in cheese or unhealthy fats! Who would have thunk? Right?
Many of you have been asking about what I've been eating so I put together a meal plan and will do this each week to help inspire you to try it out yourself. My friend and I pinned recipes that we'd like to try on Pinterest (click to see my board). Once those recipes have been identified I sit down and plan out my week. When are we going to be out of the house, what events do we have scheduled and what do I need to have that is quick and easy so that I can just grab and go! Here is a great meal planner and grocery shopping tool that I use to make that happen. Once that has been done - I simply to go the store and we get together and cook and prepare these meals for the rest of the week!
Below you will find Week #1's Meal Plan with clickable links included. Click on the image below and you will be taken to the exact recipes that I'm using!
While Shakeology isn't Whole30 compliant -you may notice that I AM continuing to use it. I wasn't willing to take this out of my diet because it's important to me. I won't ever stop taking it so why do it for 30 days? It will always be part of my lifestyle as it has been for over 7 years. I currently am using it as a snack in the afternoon because I tend to get hungry and start craving bad things at this time.
Snacks are limited as Whole30 recommends that you do not snack unless you need to or you get stuck somewhere and you can't eat for awhile. I purchased the RX bars that are whole30 compliant to use when on the road or away from the house. I have not been snacking in between breakfast and lunch as my breakfast choices are large and keep me more than full during that time.
What Did I Buy In Advance?
Here are a few items that I couldn't get in my local grocery store that I purchased on Amazon to help me get started. You wont' need to get these each week because you'll be using them for the next 30 days. Your initial grocery bill might initially be higher but it won't be that much each week. Just to help you get a jumpstart!
RX Bars - these are Whole30 Compliant. Larabars are mostly compliant but there are some that are not for obvious reasons - chocolate, peanuts, etc.
Coconut Aminos - you can't have soy so this is fills in.
Ghee - clarified butter since you can't have regular butter
Avocado Oil - you can also just use extra virgin olive oil or other cooking oils I just love this with eggs!
Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausages - purchased these at Hyvee but you can also find them at Target.
I hope that this blog post was helpful for you! I was completely scared to tell you the truth but now that I am a few days into it and I have spent the time planning accordingly I tell you I am having the best time! I already feel better, more energy, less bloating, and my knee and pain aches are less!
Food is fuel guys! If you need more help, please reach out to me at www.facebook.com/reneeschnuerle or send me a message here! I can't wait to share the rest of my 30 days with you and show you progress and results at the end!
Thank you for following me on this incredible journey!