Here's To a Healthy New Year with the Whole30

I didn't explicitly make any goals for the new year, but one of the things I really want to do is get healthy. I'm thin, yes, but I'm definitely not healthy. My resting heart rate isn't great, I have almost no muscle mass, and my skin's a mess. I'm also not making my depression or sleep problems any better by eating crap food all the time. So, I'm doing the Whole30.

For those of you who don't know, the Whole30 is essentially a month-long reset. I hit the reset button by cutting certain foods (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) out of my diet for 30 days. That way I get rid of "all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory" foods that have been causing symptoms I may not even notice anymore. After the 30 days are up, slowly reintroduce the foods I've been skipping out on to see how they affect me. Maybe dairy makes me break out. Maybe gluten makes me tired. Who knows? That's what I'm here to find out.

I actually started my Whole30 yesterday, but I wasn't able to write this post until now because preparations kept me crazy busy. First I had to clean out my kitchen of all non-compliant foods. It was a great excuse to clean the fridge (which desperately needed it), but I cried a little when I said goodbye to the peanut butter.

All my non-compliant pantry foods

All my non-compliant pantry foods

Then I had to plan and shop for my first week of food. All I can say is that's it's a good thing I cleaned out the fridge beforehand because I have never bought so much produce at one time in my life. Then as soon as I got all the food loaded into my fridge, I started prepping lunch for Day 1, which consisted of the adventure that was making homemade mayonnaise and ranch.

So far, I've been getting hungry more frequently, but I think that's because I'm not snacking as much, or maybe because my body's starting to process this new diet. Either way, this is going to take a little getting used to. Apparently it only gets worse from here as my body adjusts, but if I make it past days 10 and 11, it'll be smooth sailing. 

Even though I'm only on Day 2, I can tell you I'm eating better than I have in I don't even know how long. I'm putting in a little more effort than I'm used to, but I'm really enjoying the food, and I know I'll enjoy the physical and mental benefits I'll get by the end of this month.

I'm doing this with my dad and my friend Chelsea, so that makes it easier to move through the changes. Have any of you done the Whole30? Are any of you doing it right now? If so, let me know. We can be Whole30 buddies!

P.S. I'm going to try to post some photos to Instagram so you can see how delicious this food is. Follow me, if you don't already, so you can hold me accountable for that.