Sunday, January 26

Featured Whole30'er: Sara

Why did you decide to do a Whole30?

My friend did a Whole30 last year, so I took interest in it. I read the details and thought it could be cool to do at a time that made sense. So I put a hold on It Starts With Food at the library and when I finally got around to picking it up, I read it very quickly. I was sold— especially about the prospect of it increasing my energy and potentially alleviating chronic pain issues. I wanted to go back to eating unprocessed foods. I knew it would be challenging— I LOVE my cheese and chocolate!— but luckily I brought a friend on board to do it with me to start off fresh in 2014.

What’s been the hardest part?

A few things...
  • I keep kosher, so it is double as important for me to plan, because I can't just stop by a restaurant or deli at lunch and pick up a salad with chicken. 
  • Explaining it to people! I find it so interesting how many people tell me they “couldn't” do this. “I would DIE without chocolate.” I reassure them that they wouldn't, in fact, die.
  • Staying full. I have a really fast metabolism (luckily!) so I get hungry very quickly. I am trying not to snack but that’s not always so easy.
  • Patience. I am not a patient person, and I am also not seeing drastic results, so I have to remind myself why i am doing this and about the incremental changes.

What’s been the best part?

I think the best part is how empowering the process is. It’s a great test of willpower, and I am proud of myself! 

I also love eating real food. Four years ago I did an elimination diet to reduce my chronic migraines, and I was really careful about not eating things that were processed. It’s even better this time around— I am trying to not even search out things and look at ingredients but just buy whole, real foods. Fruits, veggies, nuts, meat, eggs... things in their purest forms. I am glad, and thankful, to be going through that process again and reminding myself how important (and relatively easy with a little research and planning) it is to eat real, delicious food!

Lastly, I finally started making homemade almond milk. Oh my gosh, it’s so good. I will forever continue to make it and drink it with much happiness. And homemade almond milk lattes? "Dieting" never tasted so good! 

Do you have any advice for future Whole30’ers?

Future Whole30’ers, don’t fret! Here are some things I have picked up:
  • Do it with a friend, or be active on Twitter, Jessie and Brian’s GroupMe, or the forums. It’s SO much easier when you have a support network and can ask questions.
  • You can do the Whole30 and eat DELICIOUS food. Wonderful food the way that you are supposed to eat it! This is not a diet. Enjoying eating is not forbidden.
  • You CAN do this. It’s really not so bad. Cheating to me is not an option. Sure, pizza smells good, and cookies look great, but I just can’t eat those right now. There are plenty of other things in life that seem wonderful but you just can’t do. So move on!
  • Plan ahead, read lots of blogs, and Google everything. I am constantly googling from my iPhone in supermarkets (Whole30 string beans?, Whole30 almond butter brands, etc.). There are a TON of resources out there that will save you time and money and direct you to exactly what you need.
  • Make things from scratch. Almond milk, mayo, etc. YUM! Cheaper, and better. Win-win.
  • Not having hangovers is awesome. Keep in mind how awesome you will feel the next day when you are out at night sipping seltzer. Just sayin’.
  • Clear out your shelves of anything not Whole30 compliant. You can keep it or toss it, but just make sure anything you see or reach for you can eat. I hid mine way up high where I can’t reach it/see it.
  • Come up with an easy way to tell people what it is, and why you are doing it.
Be sure to check out Sara's blog, Necessary Trouble!

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