Whole30 Challenge

When I started this blog I was right in the middle of my 2nd juice cleanse and I wanted to use this blog to really talk about clean eating along with training for my first marathon and other tips and tricks I’ve found along the way. Eating Clean, Training Mean, & Living Lean. That is why I started this blog and I feel like for the last month, even though I haven’t been completely off track, I’ve had some definite cheat days along with just simply trying to figure out what’s best for my body and training which has lead me to the decision to try the Whole30 Program. I’m gluten intolerant and really shouldn’t have any gluten and yet I find myself sneaking gluten in a lot. I also have a major sweet tooth right now and have been enjoying way too much sugar. When I cleansed my body the first time and lived a plant-based lifestyle for more than 6 months I had never felt healthier, happier and more energy that I knew what to do with. My mind was always clear and I felt great. Lately, with all my cheats and trying to figure out what works for me, i’ve felt rundown, tired, depressed, anxious, heavy, and more. I believe that you can always find balance between the good and the bad, but for me it just works better when i’m focusing on the good and less on the bad. Summer is coming to and end and I thought it would be a perfect time to refresh.

The Whole30 Program is a whole-foods program based on Paleo diet. Here is a list of the don’t’s to give you a better idea of what the program looks like:

here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say, “Paleo pizza.”  This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no coconut-flour pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

I have not decided how much meat protein i’ll bring back in my diet, but what I’ve learned over the last few months of eating a vegetarian based diet is that I don’t want that foundation to change at all. I will still stick to eating mainly fish for more protien, so more of a pescetarian than a vegetarian, but with allowing the occasional egg whites before long runs and staying away from other dairy and soy products. I think this challenge is actually going to work for me and be the best for my body and mind and something I can easily make into a lifestyle change, not just 30 days.

I’ll be beginning the program on Sept. 3rd. (I would like to start on the 1st and probably still will, but for some reason i really like monday’s as my start date to anything). I’ll be recording my journey along the way. Letting you know things that work and my struggles. If there is anyone who wants to join me please leave me a comment below. Like I’ve mentioned before.. I want to use this blog to help motivate others to live a clean healthy lifestyly. And even though we all have days we get off track, it’s my goal to you to lead my example. 

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3 thoughts on “Whole30 Challenge

  1. Hi Jessika! My daughter’s name is also Jessika, she’ll be 26 this October. I’m starting a Whole30 September 1st, but for different reasons and will definitely be checking in on you. So share some recipes along the way. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    • Hi Tammy.. What a coincidence we share the same name. I’m excited to do it and look forward to hearing about others doing it.. I think it’ll be fun to talk about the hard days, recipes, strengths and results. I’ll be checking in with you as well and feel free to ask me any questions as you go. I’m excited there are others doing it with me and can help keep me motivated along the way! Good luck and thanks for reaching out.

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