As tight as I hold on, I know that it’s time to let it go. Whether I like it or not (I don’t) Summer is coming to an end, and today is the unofficial start to Fall. Queue all the pumpkin spice flavored things, crock pot meals, hot tea and red wine.
Most people look at January 1st as the time to hit reset. New year, who dis? But being a creature of habit, I still can’t shake the feeling of Fall being a time for a fresh start that used to come with a new school year. With school being back in session, travel slows, and the slightest chill to the air brings a level of calmness and desire to get into a routine.
This year’s fall reset is coming in the form of the Whole30 program. I attempted it last October (only made it 21 days) but I felt so freaking amazing. I have never been into trendy diets. I’m a firm believer that if you workout, eat nutritiously and imbibe in moderation, it all balances out. But I’ve found that the Whole30 program to be so critical in my knowledge of the effects of the food I put in my body. I also love that not only do I get to eat real, delicious food, I also don’t have to count or track a darn thing.
If you are unfamiliar with the program, here’s a brief breakdown:
As explained on the website: The Whole30 program is “a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” By eliminating certain food groups that can have a negative impact on your health, giving your body 30 days to heal, then reintroducing them into your diet, you are able to identify how each of these food groups affect you.
These food groups are dairy, sugar (real and artificial), grains, legumes, alcohol, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites.
What the heck do you eat then?! Whole food. All the meat, all the veggies, some fruit, all the potatoes, all the eggs, and you can spice it with herbs, salt, ghee, and vinegar.
And what do you drink? All the coffee (THANK THE LAWD), unsweetened tea, GT’s Kombucha (brand specific- they don’t add any sugar), and sparkling water.
Not so much. It’s absolutely CRAZY how you feel the first few days during the detox period. Think: sluggish, lethargic, dumb, and emotional (fair warning, friends and fam). I recently came across this graphic that sums it up pretty well and made me laugh out loud. But it’s so worth the feeling you have after a few weeks.
If you’re considering committing to this program, here are a few tips:
Be prepared. Dedicate a few hours each week to do meal prep. There are so many great online resources for seriously delicious recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:
Don’t slip up (looking directly at myself here). 30 days really is not that long. Go into it fully committed. Knowing that I tried and failed to make it the full 30 days last year, I decided to be more strategic with the timing of starting the program. Look at your schedule, and be strategic on when you start the program so that you are best set up for success.
Find a friend to join you. Mer did it with me last fall and it was so helpful. We would make meals and share them with each other to cut down on meal prep efforts and so that we weren’t eating the same thing for a week straight. I also found it super helpful to follow people on Instagram who were doing the program at the same time for a little social media motivation and meal inspiration.
Click here for the official program rules.