Ahhh! I cannot believe that I am going to say this, but as of today, I am starting Day 1 of the Whole30, and I’m going to do it while sticking to my assigned macros.
I’m not sure if this decision happened over night, or if it accumulated and my ultimate decision was made Sunday night, but I can owe it to one girl; Brenda. Brenda is my homegirl Jen’s best friend. Jen is an NYC based blogger who I met several years ago through blogging, and from day 1, Jen has been so inspirational in my life. Several weeks ago I saw on my Facebook news feed that Brenda was starting the Whole 30, which got me excited. Excited for her, not for me. She posted pictures of her meals, and it made me miss really cooking. Now I’m not saying that I haven’t “cooked” while following macros, but when I ate Paleo, I always felt like I was extra dedicated when I cooked my meals, or that they were more elaborate and felt special.
Brenda posted several times on her blog about how it was going, and then this past Sunday night, I stumbled upon her latest 2 & 3 week update. What truly inspired me and made me decide to do my own Whole 30, were the changes that she has seen in the 3 weeks. I found myself on Pinterest, reading all of the Whole 30 guides, and one in particular encouraged you to figure out WHY you are going to embark on the Whole 30. Decide on your why, write it down, and post it where you will see it the most or where you need to see it in times of temptation.
So what is my why? I’m not going to sugar-coat my reason. I’m tired of being a bitch about my eating habits. I am addicted to sugar like Justin Bieber was addicted to Selena Gomez. The past few months I have found that I’ve been adding sweeteners to things like my oatmeal, shakes, tea, etc. All I crave is sugar, sugar, sugar, and it’s making me feel incredibly out of control. My sugar cravings hit at night, and I find that I want to eat sugary snacks even when I’m stuffed to the brim.
Example 1. In the evening or in the middle of the night I will wake up and crave ice cream. A craving so bad that I have debated crawling out of bed, changing clothes and buying a tub of ice cream at the store. Who the hell have I turned into. Thankfully I never did that, but still. That’s friggen scary.
Since the Bahamas I just haven’t felt like I’ve had control of my body. I don’t hate my body at all, and while I do feel like I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been, I also know that I need to change. My health is of most importance to me, and if getting control of my cravings is the first step, then that’s the step that I will take.
30 days is scary. In a sense, 30 days, compared to 365 days isn’t long at all, and committing to 30 days really isn’t hard. Another category where the “easier said than done” line can be used. This is how much of a sugar bitch I am. I originally said, “Allie, do it for 21 days,” because I wasn’t sure that I could last 30 days. But I’m tired of being a sugar addicted food bitch, and so I am going to do my best to succeed with the whole Whole 30.
Am I concerned that I will be on the Whole 30 during Thanksgiving? Not at all. Several members of my extended family eat Paleo, and several years ago I actually had an entire Paleo Thanksgiving meal. I’m sure I won’t be Whole 30 on Thanksgiving, but I will do my best to stick to Paleo foods. And you know what, if I’m that concerned, then I can simply bring my own dish.
Paleo vs. macros. I’m still going to stick to my macros during this journey, and I know that it can be done. Every one is different, and I believe that tracking my macros is what works best for me. I know that I won’t eat Paleo once I complete the Whole 30, but I do know that at this moment in time, that the Whole 30 is something that I need to do.
I think what I’ll miss the most is my oatmeal with peanut butter in the morning, but I’m not incredibly sad, because back when I ate Paleo, my breakfast included sweet potato hash, avocado and chicken sausage, and well, that meal was the bomb as well.
Little tweaks like almond butter instead of peanut butter. Fresh fruit instead of english muffins. Wraps made with lettuce instead of a tortilla. Miss you already!
Have you ever done the Whole 30? Do you have tips for it?
I’ve never done the Whole 30, but I have done a 30 day Paleo challenge before.