Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend while remembering and honoring the heroes who have fought for our freedom!
For those who haven’t read my previous post about my trip (If you didn’t, you can check it out here) my family and I just returned from a 2 week trip in Croatia! We were visiting my husband’s family.
Vacation was great, but along with vacation comes the deep set-in feeling of regret after eating whatever I wanted for a week or two!
I’m determined to spring back into “Summer Prep Mode” and would love you to consider taking the journey along with me!
The Scoop? I don’t do fad diets, because they don’t work. They are quick fixes and unrealistic. It takes a true lifestyle change to re-work bad habits and achieve consistent results.
I really like the Whole 30 program because it’s simple and mimics a lifestyle that can be achieved well after the 30 days are up. The first 30 days is the most challenging part, and then after that it should become second nature to live a healthier, more un-processed lifestyle.
Let me add in a voluntary disclosure here. I’m not selling or endorsing this program. I am not making any money of this post and am not affiliated with Whole 30 in any way.
I’m asking you to join my journey along with me on Facebook starting on Monday, June 1st. I’ll post the link below to the group that I will be hosting. It costs nothing. It’s just a commitment and a chance to join a community of others with the same goal.
What Is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is nothing new or overly “trendy”. It’s a very simple lifestyle that focuses on taking all of the garbage out of your diet.
We all know that certain foods negatively impact not only your body, but your mind too. You could feel drained of energy, have aches and pains all the time, have skin issues, digestive issues and even mood disorders. Is this your “normal”?
It shouldn’t be. Don’t settle for mediocre.
Have you ever considered that the root of all these problems could be your diet?
Ponder it awhile.
So, the idea of Whole 30 is to strip all negatively impacting foods from your diet completely. You will cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.
Doing this will let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing.
Whole 30 describes this program as pushing the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making.
Through this process you will learn a lot about yourself and about the foods you’ve been eating and how they have been affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.
You can read in more detail here
The Skinny On The Whole 30
The Whole 30 is not a “weight loss” diet or fad. But, you will lose weight if you follow the program consistently for 30 days. It’s just one of the great side effects of re-working your lifestyle and improving unhealthy habits. What you will hopefully come to learn, is that the weight loss is just one of the benefits of this lifestyle, coming below everything else.
“We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life.” – Whole30.com
Whole 30 Program Rules
This content is all taken right from the Whole30.com website, which can be looked at in detail here.
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
Do NOT consume:
- Added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.
- Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made withWhole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)
See more here
Let’s Do It Together!
I could just do it by myself, but what fun would that be? The purpose of Naturally Nicole and everything I do on here is to help and guide others to live a healthier lifestyle.
How I Will Help
- I will post Whole 30 Approved shopping lists and recipes to inspire you and give you ideas on what to make during your lifestyle change
- I will hold you accountable! If you aren’t ready to be held accountable, then you aren’t ready to make a change. I will not ask you to do anything I won’t be doing myself. These things may include taking photos of your meals, writing short blurbs on what you have learned, how you feel, your current goals, your future goals and any other mojo that may come along.
- I will motivate you. I will keep you going the best I can! It won’t be easy, but it WILL be worth it. We will do it together and inspire each other to keep going through all of the stages of the process. (Especially the stage where we hate the world and everyone in it…heh)
So, if you want to feel better, get into Summer shape and do it with a group of like-minded folks with the same goal, join my closed Facebook group here. (Closed means we get privacy. Your Facebook friends won’t be seeing anything you post)
Grab a friend or two and invite them along! We are starting Monday, June 1st. Eat your garbage and Memorial Day leftovers now because they will be off limits come Monday!
Please dont’ forget to like Naturally Nicole on Facebook to stay current with what’s going on as well.
Please Note: I can’t participate in groups under my business Facebook, so please look for me under my personal account name, “Nicole Christine”. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
Naturally Nicole XO