Tuesday, October 1

Featured Whole30'er: Taza

Why did you decide to do a Whole30?


Even though I am close to achieving some major life goals with grad school and my career, I still had moments where I felt as if I was going backwards in my life with respect to certain areas, physical health being one. Although I wasn’t completely out of shape, I had used school and work as an excuse to let myself go and I was just constantly exhausted physically and mentally. I definitely needed to make a change and was looking for anything to get myself moving forward in terms of my physical well-being. After hearing what Kylie and Stacy had to say about the program, I figured it would be a nice challenge to dive into because it was so structured and organized.

What has been the hardest part?


The hardest part for me was the preparation that it took to ensure I would be Whole30 compliant throughout the month. Between work and school, I had limited free time. I would try to cook meals two days in advance, just so I wouldn't fall into the trap of eating out and ruining the plan. 


I know people thought that not being able to drink for 30 days was borderline absurd just because our social lives in our mid-20’s revolve around grabbing drinks and partying almost constantly. To be honest though I really enjoyed that aspect of it, because I hadn’t gone 30 days without alcohol since I was maybe 17. Not drinking for a month has a huge positive effect on your wallet, your energy levels, your outlook on your problems and heck just your life choices in general.

What has been the best part?



Undoubtedly, the best part for me has been how I feel on a day-to-day basis. I am constantly full of energy, I don’t hit those mid-day walls and have actually been a lot more attentive and focused throughout the day.  I lost a lot of weight which obviously boosts your self-esteem and confidence. I’ve even had people comment on how much better I look, and in general I am just riding that high you have when you achieve your goals. Kylie, Stacy, Denise, and Brian even refer to me as McDreamy post-program.

Any advice for anyone doing one in the future?


The best advice I can give is to prepare as much in advance as possible. I know it can be a process especially when you are trying to cook 3 or 4 meals to last for a few days but it is so worth it. Second, I know it seems daunting at first, but really 30 days will fly by. Especially after you get past that first 5-10 days of low levels of energy as your body adjusts, everything about you just starts to improve. When you feel good and confident about yourself, naturally your life improves because you have a better outlook and because you are moving in a positive direction and that’s a great feeling.  If you are trying to make positive changes, especially in terms of physical health, this is the perfect challenge for you.

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