August 1st my family and I embarked on the Whole30 challenge. Never heard of Whole30? Whole30 is “Whole9’s original program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.”
Sound like a winner? I couldn’t wait to start! I strive to make healthy choices for my family, but we have really fallen off the wagon recently. Summer can do that to you and I knew we needed something pretty extreme to get us back on track. My motivation wasn’t to lose weight or tone up, though many enjoy this benefit to the program. We aren’t huge veggie eaters so this was going to be challenging for us. My husband was on board (which really surprised me due to his love of a drive-thru and Mexican food), and we even got a few other family members to join us.
Whole30 approved eating consists of meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, fruit (in small amounts), nuts (also in small amounts) and healthy fats and oils.
Implementing the Plan:
– I started out with a 10 day meal plan, hoping it would give us a great foundation to build off of for the rest of the 30 days.
– I focused on simple meals – familiar recipes using foods we already knew we liked.
– I made sure our house was full of the right foods – a grocery run to get tons of fresh items and good-for-you proteins, an order placed for chicken with Farm to Fork Foods (a supplier of natural raised and local meat) and salmon already in the freezer from a previous F2F order.