So: who’s doing the August Whole30® starting Thursday?
If your hand is raised, you’re not alone. Tons of folks are cleaning out their pantries of all the bad stuff and getting ready for a month of clean, whole, nutrient-dense foods. No matter if you’re doing it for the first time or the twelfth, this month will give you an improved sense of how different foods affect the way you feel.
I just completed my second Whole30! I’m happy I did it and glad it’s over. Doing a Whole30 isn’t that much of a change from my usual diet because I have to eat clean 95% of the time to fuel my busy life. However, I recognized that I was getting kind of sloppy during the holidays and decided to commit to a month of super-mindful eating.
It was much easier completing this Whole30 than finishing the first one. When I did my initial Whole30 a year ago, I was a brand-new cave girl and perpetually petrified that I’d fall face first into a bread bowl and never crawl out. This time around, I was much more confident: Over the past year, meal-planning has become like second nature, and I no longer have any hardcore cravings to kick. Plus, I’m really glad I was allowed to cook with ghee this time around.
In a nutshell, at the end of this 30-day challenge, my jeans fit better and my sugar cravings (a.k.a. dark chocolate habit) were tamped down. I’m looking forward to reintroducing grass fed butter and bacon back into my eats, and munching on dark chocolate and macadamia nuts in moderation.
For those of you too lazy to click through my archives, here’s a recap of my eats for all 30 days:
Will I do it again? Probably — but not until next year!
Looking for more Whole30-approved recipes, a 30-day meal plan, Paleo 101 primer, and ideas on how to stock your kitchen and pantry? Check out my Whole30-approved iPad app!