I’m about to share on a whole new topic. I tend to have a hard time narrowing down my interests which is why I named my blog what I did. Now I’m free to talk about anything I’m interested in, mommy stuff/my kids, and anything that moves me which I consider beautiful. Let’s go back to this past Sunday so I can bring you up to speed on what I’ve started this week.
Sunday night, I was tired after a super fun 3rd birthday party with our friends and I was beginning my meal plan for the next 15 days so we could grocery shop. I’m scrolling through pinterest looking for something that inspires me so I can shake up our dinners. I see a post on Whole30 that I chose to check out because I’ve heard a lot about Whole30 though I know nothing about the plan. The meals look good so I google Whole30. I like it because it isn’t a change your lifestyle diet (though it may change my life we shall see) nor is it a quick fix gimmicky diet. It seemed like something different. As I was reading the instructions I thought it seemed like just what I needed. So, I decided I would meal plan that night, shop the next day and start.
When Millie was born and I was still breastfeeding she had some sensitivities until around 4 months while her belly was maturing. I cut out dairy and soy which really helped her belly issues. With that change I started researching, read books, watched documentaries and we got really passionate about eating clean, real food. I lost all my baby weight plus an extra 20 lbs by the time she was 6 months old. Somewhere along the way, we moved, got busy, I got pregnant again and then became the mother of two and was just plain tired. I didn’t feel the motivation that drove me before. You can probably guess that I did not lose all the baby weight this time and haven’t felt that great either. I truly want to eat better and feed my family better but have been feeling too overwhelmed at the thought of trying to make eating better work with our budget and my lack of motivation to cook periodically. Whole30 has stepped in now and I’m really excited about it.
When you do Whole30 you do 30 days of eating real food. You can eat fruit, veggies, meat, nuts, eggs and that’s pretty much it. You can not eat dairy, grains, beans (green beans excluded) or any kind of sugar/sweetner which means no honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave. All the alternative sweeteners that are often used are not allowed while doing the 30 days. The way I’m looking at this 30 days is it is an opportunity for me to redefine my relationship with food, remind myself that eating the way I want doesn’t have to be overwhelming or break the bank and try to determine if there are any foods I consistently eat that are negatively impact either my physical or emotional health.
Just like that in the span of 10 minutes I was starting Whole30. I’m now on Day 5 and thought to myself, “Hey! Maybe there are other moms or anyone really who feels like I feel! I should totally blog what I’m eating since I’m a normal, busy person.” I’m going to do just that. I have a spreadsheet so I can keep track of my meals and share them. I don’t have time for ingredients I’ve never heard of for every meal (though I love trying and cooking new things). My kids cry at my ankles if cooking takes too long so I want something that isn’t too time consuming. I also unfortunately do not have my dream luxurious grocery budget and I’ve honestly been nervous I won’t even be able to make it the full 30 days due to that so I’m excited to prove myself wrong.
If you’re interested follow along with me! My next post will be my first five days. I’m really excited about this dietary reset for me and my family and hope its encouraging for you too!