This week’s edition of Friday Favorites is all about some tough love things I learned on Whole30. Mostly I learned that I can do hard things and when it comes down to it, following the ‘rules’ is really not that hard.
No added sugar.
No pancakes, cookies, cake, donuts, ice cream, chocolate etc.
This sounds amazing right?! haha.
You can do anything for 30 days. I promise. If I did this I know you are capable of doing it as well. Do this for you, because your best friend is doing it too or because you’ve tried at everything else and haven’t been successful. There is some tough love in this post, but know that it comes from a place of love. I truly believe if I can complete a Whole30 you can too.
- You won’t actually die if you go more than 3 hours without a meal. I’m a snacker. Like snacks on snacks on snacks kind of snacker. Sweet, salty, healthy, not healthy I’m not too picky. I used to ALWAYS have snacks in my car, my bag, my purse. A lot of ‘diets’ insist that you need snack to avoid overeating at meals. Guess what?! You are not going to starve. Eat three balanced meals per day, stopping when you are full. The only exception, you may need to add some fuel pre/post workout if they last longer than 60 minutes.
- Whole30 is so much more than a diet. It’s a complete change in how you approach, shop for and prepare your food. It’s about buying local, fresh and sustainable foods. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds, aka things that grow in dirt. Not shiny, packaged, chemical laden, lab-made food. You can eat meat, you can eat a lot of meat, or you can actually do this as a vegan/vegetarian. There are so many possibilities and so many delicious, fast and easy recipes just waiting to be whipped up in your kitchen. If you can boil water or cook an egg, you can make most of these recipes.
- Fill half your plate with vegetables. This isn’t rocket science, no matter what diet you’re on or whatever food group you’ve decided is bad, vegetables are always in. Steamed, sautéed, roasted, or raw it really doesn’t matter. I prefer leafy green or cruciferous veggies like broccoli and brussel sprouts to carrots and peas. If you think you hate vegetables, roast them in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until they are golden brown and crispy. You’ll never look at broccoli the same way.
- Drinking your coffee black is not hard as queen bee Melissa Hartwig would say. Although somedays it’s definitely better with some NutPods or vanilla bean ghee stirred in. If you prefer a skinny white mocha with extra whip, ask yourself if you’d willing eat a king sized candy bar every day for breakfast on top of whatever else you usually eat. My guess is no. So please just stop with the sugary beverages in the morning. Drink a cup of coffee, tea or hot water, make yourself a real breakfast and start the day fueled and ready for anything.
- I can’t live without “BLAH BLAH BLAH” I promise you, you can live without whatever food first came to mind. I can live without chocolate, I don’t ever want to, but I can. I can say to my favorite cookies, cake, burger, wine etc because I want to. I wanted whole30 to be successful. I wanted to get my health back on track, because I owe it to myself to try. I am working on being the best version of myself. For me that was trying Whole30 and committing to a full 30 days. For you that might mean one less coffee run this week.
- Bonus: Self care is so important, you should not be rewarding yourself with a stale break room donut, or hitting the drive thru because you “earned it.” How about treating yourself to an Inspiralizer so you can make veggie noodles on demand? Or a cast iron skillet? Maybe a week of Blue Apron or Territory meals because life and you don’t have time to shop/cook this week? That workout class you’ve been dying to try? Or the essential oil your friend recommended? Treat yourself with things that will improve your wellness or feel good. A bouquet of flowers or new candle always brightens my mood!
Whatever it is that is holding you back from trying Whole30 or going out for a run or heading to the gym, put it away. Lock it up in a box and throw it away. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
You deserve to eat real food.
You deserve to move your body every day.
You are loved.
You are worth it.
Excuses do not serve you. They have no place in your life. Get out of your own way. Maybe you went into the New Year with big goals, resolutions or intentions and failed miserably the first week. Don’t let the rest of the year go by because of one slip up or mistake. Make February your month, own it, even if the groundhog sees his shadow and we have 6 more weeks of winter.
Love and take care of yourself so that you can give and receive the love of others. I believe in you!