I’ve always eaten pretty healthy.
I’m lucky because I didn’t have to make a major lifestyle change somewhere along the way. I grew up eating healthy.
I’m not saying I haven’t ever eaten unhealthily, that would be ridiculous. I eat pizza, burgers, potato chips and cheesecake just like everybody else. But given the choice, I usually prefer the good stuff - raw veggies and fruit, whole grains over processed, lightly sweetened over sugary.
I also notice a huge difference in how I feel when I eat clean (or at least more clean than not). But that doesn’t stop me from being lazy and eating crap because it’s convenient. And like everyone else on the planet, when I eat crap, I crave crap.
I cooked for my family for 20+ years and I got tired. Tired of the work of shopping, prepping, cooking, of fighting the constant requests for junk food, and listening to the complaining when I wouldn’t give in. So, I gave up. I retired. I walked away from the kitchen.
I ate whatever was easy. If my husband cooked, that was great, but if he didn’t, I ordered pizza or ate a peanut butter sandwich, because… easy.
So, here we are, 4ish years later, and I’m still tired. But now I’m tired because my body isn’t getting the fuel it needs to flourish.
I’ve gained a few pounds, but that’s not the issue. The issue is how I feel and I feel like crap.
I have some pretty ambitious goals, but I can’t accomplish those things if I’m tired and feel like crap.
So, enter Whole30.
I’m going to be completely honest about this adventure. I’m not planning to do it “right.” I’m planning to do it my way. This way of eating is not that far off from the way I already prefer to eat. It’s more strict and I get why, but I know few things about myself:
I’m a rebel. I hate being told what to do and I find abject joy in breaking the rules. So, since I’m guaranteed to do it anyway, I’m allowing myself some preplanned rule breaking.
I do not like to be miserable and I will do whatever I need to do to not be miserable. This is scarily close to just being lazy, but since I know it’s going to happen, I’m cutting myself off at the pass. I’m giving myself permission to think through my decisions to stick to the rules or veer off a bit. Not completely go off the rails, but to use reason and self knowledge to cheat.
I don’t crave sugar. I don’t even like things that are too sweet. Sugar is not my vice, so while I plan to stick to an almost no sugar diet, I will make some exceptions when it comes to sweetness. For example, I drink an Advocare Spark most mornings. It is sweetened with sucralose. I water it down because I can’t stand the super sweet taste it naturally has. I will continue to drink these because the vitamins it contains give me a boost that coffee can’t (with less caffeine).
I’ll never make it 30 days without alcohol. It’s football season for crying out loud! However, I do plan to cut back quite a bit. It’s not that I’m a heavy drinker, but we tend to drink a couple of glasses of wine before dinner and maybe more than that during football games or when we have guests over. My plan is to leave it out during the regular week and have a damn glass of wine if I want on the weekends.
Let me be clear that I don’t think the Whole30 rules are supposed to be flexible, I’m just not doing this thing in the way in which it was designed. I’m using it as a guide and recipe plan to get myself back on track. Back to where I spent most of my life. Back to where I know I feel good.
I have a sneaking suspicion that once I do this thing “my way”, I’ll want to do it again a little more strictly to see what happens. But I’d rather do it this way and make it to the end, instead of following strictly and lasting all of 1 week. Know thyself, right?
I will be checking in via video and this blog during the next few weeks with my progress and with recipes that we really loved. I will be attempting to live stream or upload these short videos to my Youtube channel - if I can figure out how to do that easily. If you know me, you know I’m tech challenged, to say the least. I’m also lazy, remember? Easy gets done, hard gets jettisoned.
You can follow along here at the blog and/or you can watch my stumbles there. Here is the link to the Jackie Blackwell Yoga Youtube Channel
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