I'm not going to start talking about "new year's resolutions" and fresh starts or other cliches that we are all fed up with and know that it's just something we say because we've just been costumed to. It has become a habit and, as most of our habits, it doesn't live long...we get to the second or third month of the year thinking that we don't have enough time, enough energy to do it but, essentially, what we lack most of the times is COMMITMENT.
It takes strength to commit to something and STAY committed for a long time, lets say...a lifetime!
As far as food goes I've always tried to eat healthy during my post-kids life and I do my best to pass on to my kids my love for food and cooking. This didn't always happen. Growing up I always ate what I wanted and it showed on the outside. I was "the chubby girl" in the classroom and with that came the body shamming and the whispers by the boys (and girls! let's not blame it all on the boys). I practiced sports until I was a teenager - I did ballet, judo, swimming and aerobics when that was a hit! But the one thing I didn't think about changing was what I was feeding my body with. I started gaining weight and cellulite showed up to the party! I started having issues with showing my body and looking to my body and I finally got to a point when, after having my son I weighted almost 220 lbs.
Wow! It's the first time I share this out loud and it feels good...I'm not ashamed, embarrassed or sad.
I realized I had to change and a few months after I birthed my son I seeked help through acupuncture to loose weight. I started the treatments which involved acupuncture sessions and diet. On the first week of the diet I though I was going to die! No, really, I was so sad and started feeling depressed because I felt hungry all the time but I knew I had to go on because I, finally, wanted to succeed. I carried on and by the second week it became easier and little by little I started changing my daily diet and it all became easier. When I finished the treatment I as happy with my weight which had come to about 147 lbs. I'm a tall girl with a strong bone structure and any less than that it shows on my face and I really don't look good at all. Besides, I think we all have to feel good to feel happy and spending life counting calories doesn't make me feel happy at all!
I changed my lifestyle in the way that I broke a relationship I had with food. I used it to console me, to give me comfort whenever I was going through something or if I simply was feeling bored. It's easy to grab that snack, it takes a strong willed power person to say NO and just grab a cup of water or warm tea and get busy!
Even though we try to eat healthy in our daily life when we really look at it we don't do that much. Everything we have in the pantry has an ingredient list that, usually, consists of dozens of ingredients most of which we can't even pronounce! That means that we are eating too much processed foods, too much sugar, too much additives. Starting to read the "Paleo Manifesto" by John Durant was a turning point for me. I don't like extreme measures and I don't know if I'll ever eat Paleo all my life but I believe in trying to eat the most naturally possible and that's what I'm going to do for me and for my family. It has been a truly rewarding journey and I've been learning a lot about several issues that I had never tough of and I have learned a lot about what modern society medicine and brands have imprinted in our mind about what we should or shouldn't eat.
With that being said I started reading about the Whole30 program in December. I thought it was pretty interesting, specially to me, because it comes out as a way to know my body in a way that I never though possible. By removing a lot of food groups I'll be able to reset my body and then start to experiment and document what changes I sense in my body. For example, I suffer from migraines everywhere from 2 to 8 times in a month and it will be extremely interesting to learn if food, or certain kinds of foods, are a trigger to that. Also, inflammation and joint health are a concern to me as is my bone health. I had spine surgery almost three years ago and once in a while I do still have back pain and that will also be interesting to observe when I start reintroducing the food groups in my diet.
As some of you know, the basis of the Whole30 is to trust whole natural foods and eliminate the following groups:
Well, that is a pretty long list of ingredients, if you go one by one! To be honest, the thing I'm going to miss the most is BREAD. I love bread and I'm used to having it in the morning - without even thinking about it I'll just grab two pieces of bread and will have it toasted with some butter on it (oh, boy! I can't have that either!).
The issue here is that I need to know how what I putting in my body is affecting me. I can't thing of this as a life-time sentence for bread or pasta or for any other food group. After the 30 days reset I'll try a weekly reintroduction of each food group and document what I feel different, how I feel and decide what I'm going to do from that week forward.
Did that make me feel any different from when I cut it back?
Did I notice a difference in my skin, in my energy levels, any mood swings?
Did I feel more/less joint pain or aches?
Were my migraines more or less frequent than when I was doing the Whole30?
I'm really interested in this and it will be like a case study. I'm going to be documenting a daily food journal on my Instagram account so anyone can make me accountable for what I'm choosing to do! If you come across my posts please give me some input - that would be deeply appreciated! I think this is the first "personal" post I share but I think having a blog is so much more than, in my case, sharing recipes and shopping trips! I love having a space where I can write my thoughts and feel like I've shared something that I need to get out! I hope that it can also inspire others to follow a healthier and happier path.
These are the basic steps I'm taking until the day when I'll start the program which will be on Janurary 29:
So far I've been feeling pretty excited and encouraged to do this. It will definitely be a test to my will power as long as food goes. I don't think it will be easy but I think I'll be successful with the support of my family and the Whole30 community.
And now, let me get back to studying all the theory behind the program and get this February month all planed out in terms of meals, snacks and shopping lists! Just to give you an example of what I'll be doing on my meal prep on a weekly basis, this was the veggies that I roasted last Sunday. They were great to build my meals throughout the weekdays - I just had to cook my protein of choice and add it to the veggies and season with some fresh herbs. It also worked perfectly for the whole family because we all love vegetables and I appreciated the downsizing of the workload during the weekdays!