Challenge Accepted: The Whole 30

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This Sunday I will embark on my first Whole 30 journey.

If you’re not familiar, The Whole 30 is a nutritional program where you only eat whole and unprocessed foods for a consecutive 30 days. The goals in this is to “help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system”(source). Sounds easy enough right? The program also requires you to cut out all happiness-inducing foods gluten, grain, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol.

In short, I’m nervous.

While I consider myself a relatively healthy person – eat pretty clean, exercise regularly, rarely overindulge – I’ve never gone this extreme. I still enjoy the occasional croissant, pint of Talenti or casual beer.

So why do it?

I like a challenge and this is one I’ve wanted to tackle for some years now but could never find the “perfect time”.

Reading the book and testimonials, the program boasts attractive benefits like, increased energy, better sleep and potentially reducing/eliminating flareups due to my autoimmune disorders – ankylosing spondylitis and chronic iritis, if you’re wondering .

There’s also the appeal of me being able to enhance my fitness levels and muscle tone, which means my abs may finally come through.

While I’m nervous about the long list of don’ts associated with The Whole 30, that’s outweighed by my curiosity and desire to 0experience the heavily-praised results.

I’ll check in around Day 15 and let you guys know how it’s going. Hopefully my family and friends still love me.

This is going to be hard but I’m harder.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. I’ve heard good and bad reviews from bloggers who gave it a try. I’m too scared as my diet affects how I run, but good luck! Excited to see how it goes for you!

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