Good morning loves and happy February!
Starting a new month is always exciting and gives me such a fresh feeling! Does anyone else feel this way when a new month comes along?
I’m particularly excited for this month because I get to go home and visit Eddie and both of my parents (only 8 more days!) and I started Whole 30 on Saturday, February 1st.
Last week I mentioned that I would be doing my first Whole 30 Challenge this month and I wanted to go into more detail about my decision today. So, today I’ll discuss why I’ve chosen to do Whole 30 and what it means to me!
Why Whole 30?
I decided to start my first Whole 30 for a number of different reasons, but the two main reasons I am doing it are because:
- I want to continue working on healing my digestive tract and improve my overall digestion (more on this in a future post!)
- Learn how foods, especially diary, affect me personally
I am most interested to see how dairy affects my body when I reintroduce it into my eating schedule in March when I complete Whole 30.
Sugar, legumes, alcohol, gluten, and grains are also foods eliminated during Whole 30, but my eating habits are pretty much free of those foods these days anyways.
Sugar, legumes, and alcohol are foods I don’t frequently consume due to personal preference, but it was only a couple short months ago when I chose to remove grains and gluten from my diet, as well. I haven’t spoken about this on the blog before, so I will be writing a post later this week about why I chose to remove grains and gluten from my diet.
Right now, I know from self experimentation that my body functions best without gluten, grains, sugar, legumes, and alcohol, but I’ve never been without dairy before. So, these next 30 days (28 now!) are being treated as a self experiment and I am excited to learn more about myself, continue to heal my digestion, and enjoy some real good food over the next 28 days!
Even though the way I have been eating for the past couple of months is very similar to Whole 30, besides the dairy component, I’ve already experienced some benefits from the Whole 3o program over the weekend!
I’m so excited to keep you updated on my progress and share some really great Whole 30 approved recipes with you, too!
If you’re interested in participating in Whole 30 yourself or just learning more about it, I highly recommend reading It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I got it for Christmas and it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read! I love their approach to eating. It’s amazing and powerful and something that definitely aligns with my beliefs when it comes to food, eating, and living!
Have you done Whole 30 before? If so, how did it make you feel? Did you enjoy it?
If you haven’t done Whole 30 before, is it something you would consider?