F word #1: Food . . . I am a Whole 30 Graduate!

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Completing a Whole 30 has been on my mind since before I became a BB coach. However, I chose to join a Beachbody Challenge Group & that completely transformed my state of mind! I LOVE the relationships I have made, the fun I’m a part of, the consistency in my healthy lifestyle changes, the accountability I get from my team, and helping my family and friends change their lives!

So why Whole 30? Here’s a little bit of why I chose to go ALL IN for 30 days & stray from my 21 Day Fix nutrition plan:
•Lingering curiosity from a year ago… (I have several friends who have completed a Whole 30 and were blown away by results.)
•Slaying the sugar dragon! I’ve succeeded before & just needed to go ALL IN again…no better time than after a week trip to NY where I did nothing but over-indulge & in the month before Beachbody Summit & our family beach vacation!
•I LOVE a challenge. This was different than what I was doing, and a lot more rigid. I LOVE proving to myself that I CAN.
•New recipes! An opportunity to learn new clean meals I can prepare for my family & share with my friends. (Found some new faves!)
•Back to the basics :: Not rocket science…eat clean, unprocessed food.

Whole 30 in a nutshell:
-Do not consume ADDED sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
-Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
-Do not eat grains.
-Do not eat legumes.
-Do not eat dairy.
-Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
-Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients.  This most definitely includes pancakes.  No “healthy pancakes” allowed … no pancakes of any kind.
-One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program.
-Do this for 30 days :: NO CHEATING or you START OVER!

Results:

•Incredible REM sleep. Vivid dreams I can recount. 22 days (of 30) of REAL sleep! For someone who has an anxious, wandering, up all night mind – this is priceless! Processed sugars have such a HUGE impact on our ability to wind down & it is in almost everything!  This alone was my greatest victory!

•AWARENESS: Example: Searching an entire shelf at the grocery store to find only ONE kind of ONE brand of chicken sausage that DOES NOT have added sweeteners other than natural fruit juice & has all natural ingredients with no nitrites and only minimal processing. That goes for loads of other food you would never expect to have sugar or yeast or MSG.

•Addiction Admission: The struggle is real with processed sugar. I hate admitting I crave it, but I do.

•DISCOVERY: Example: New favorite spaghetti sauce with NO ADDED SUGAR or artificial anything. Learned so much about focusing on ingredients! Discovered I really can drink coffee with unsweetened coconut milk (and that’s it…and I didn’t die!) 😂

•Clear Skin: HUGE win for me! I have always struggled with acne. Over the course of this Whole 30 I only had 1 breakout. That’s unreal for me, nothing changed with my face washing regimen. Simply changing my diet was all it took!

•WEIGHT/STATS: I lost 8 LBs during my Whole 30.  That’s about 2 LBs per week.  This was great for me because I really AM such a clean eater MOST of the time.  I go off the wagon sometimes and it does not take much for me to gain weight.  This just reinforced a concept I already know…I know what I am willing to do/eat in order to be a certain weight and what I am not willing to do.  I won’t be more strict than a Whole 30 regimen regularly and I am unwilling to exercise loads more etc.  This means I need to be comfortable with my weight.  I have been thinner before…even after the twins I was able to get back to my pre-baby weight of 119 LBs by following an Ideal Protein diet.  However, I am unwilling to go through those measures again.  I learned a lot on Ideal about nutrition but I was also consuming artificially created protein shakes as 2 meals per day.  I was having 8 oz. of meat for dinner and 4 cups of vegetables per day – and that was it.  I don’t want to do that again.  I want to eat yummy foods.  I want to have Shakeology which is a natural, whole food type of shake without anything artificial.  AND I only want to have that as one meal per day…not as a 2 or 3 meal replacement.  I also was not exercising while on Ideal…(not supposed to during the weight loss phase) which means that once I lost the weight and was in the maintenance phase, I didn’t practice exercising as a way to relieve stress.  I practiced eating.  I practiced alcohol.  I practiced NOT eating.  So I gained about 14 LBs back and was at 133 LBs.  Through Team Beachbody, I have learned to create an exercise habit & actually use it to benefit my mind when I am anxious or stressed!  It helps me feel better!  Exercise: A God given system to prevent sabotage!    So here it is for the world to see, I am 5 ft. tall and I weigh 136 LBs.  This is 3 LBs heavier than my pre-baby weight of 133 LBs with Nicklaus AND it is the lowest I have ever gotten with Team Beachbody & now Whole 30.  I know I am eating clean foods and listening to my body.  I feel better, I’m sleeping better, my skin is better, my mood is better . . . so I cannot and will not let that number define my success.  I might add my blood work is green light central.  I do not suffer from high blood pressure, low/high blood sugar, cholesterol is perfect, iron in check etc.

Please note: by the classification of WHO, I am considered overweight.  I am considered less than optimal weight for my height and age.  My Smart Body Mass Index is 43/70 and my ideal range is 30/70 – 40/70…so I am 3 points outside of the maximum of my ideal range.  I know I CAN get “skinnier” … but I don’t want to commit to that (at least not today, lol).  I have watched my friends transform their bodies through weight training and intense nutrition / diet control…it’s AMAZING…but I do not want to put in that kind of work.  It is important to want to be better and feel better and go after it, but it is also important to listen to your body and do what YOU want, not just to attain someone else’s idea of perfection.  I feel great and am happy with how I look.  Is there room for improvement? Always!  DUH!  Balance looks good on me though… 🙂

Do I recommend the Whole 30 for weight loss?  If you are constantly eating processed foods and treating your body unkindly, you will most definitely lose weight by switching to a Whole 30 nutritional regimen.  There are faster and more effective ways to lose weight.  I had amazing results with 21 Day Fix and it was easier than Whole 30.  However, if you’re looking for a reset and to actually learn about food and the way it impacts your body – plus lose some LBs, I definitely recommend completing a Whole 3o.  If you have food sensitivities and aren’t feeling well and cannot identify the cause, stripping your food intake to the basics and slowly re-introducing foods back into your diet after you complete the Whole 30 will help you identify what is making you feel bad and what you should stay away from long term.  I LOVE having 3 large clean meals a day and having a banana with almond butter as a snack.  I think snacks are the death of me, so having 3 full plates of clean foods daily is better for ME & why I think Whole 30 inspired nutrition is my favorite so far.

So what now?
First pancakes! Chocolate Vegan Shakeology pancakes because those are my favorite!! Except, with a little whip cream this go-around! 😜

But then…beer. Because…Bell’s Two Hearted!  Hahahaha!

Seriously? 😂 My game plan is to continue a Whole 30 inspired nutrition plan during the M-F week. However, I will be making an exception for Shakeology daily because I love it, it’s a multivitamin, protein packed, whole food supplement, and amazing! I believe in it & I LOVE the simplicity of a shake for a meal. When I have my daily Shakeo, I feel like I conquer my sweet tooth! Weekends (starting Friday night) I will relax and indulge but NOT overdo it. After a vacation or a period of overindulging, I may repeat. This plan works well for me & my goal to continue to build upon what I know in order to be the BEST version of myself! ❤️ I would LOVE for you to join me for my next Whole 30 Inspired Challenge Group starting August 1, 2016!  Contact me here or LIKE my Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/searchingformybestself and send me a message!  Let’s chat about how I can help you discover the best version of yourself!

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