Here we go friends! It is time to kick off Whole30 round two! I will admit, this is probably my third attempt to make it through the FULL 30 days for the second time. If you have ever tried to make a significant lifestyle change, you know how hard it can be, how discouraged you can get and how easy it is to give up. My first round of Whole30 ended in March, I still tried to maintain a 90% Whole30 lifestyle, and I was doing great up until a couple of weeks ago when life got crazy, pizza was convenient and Portillo’s was open.
For me, Whole30 is not about the number on the scale or the size of my pants, it is about being healthy and happy. My Whole30 journey began due in large part to my food allergies which include two big ones soy and peanuts but also some pretty uncommon and odd allergies as well like carrots, green beans, apples, almonds, and lemons. When people thing of food allergies, they tend to only consider the two most common reactions of hives or anaphylaxis. I did not have either of these reactions, but rather I had a weak immune system due to my body constantly fighting off food allergies. Pre-food allergy me would eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at least three times a week, one of my favorite snacks was carrots and ranch dressing, green beans were my go to veggie and I had lemon in my tea always. Once diagnosed, all of those foods were immediately eliminated from my diet. I won’t bore you with all the details of my food allergy journey, that’s another post for another time, and my purpose here is to tell you how this led to my love of Whole30.
After about a year of being “soy free” I gave up. Avoiding soy was hard (I’m not joking, it is in everything in some form) and seemed impossible at times, so I gave up, how bad could it be right? Well, as it turns out, pretty bad, I began getting sick all the time and eventually came to realize I HAD to give up soy to maintain a healthy life and I had to give it up for good. I knew this was going to be a challenge and began researching “soy free diets” and Whole30 came up. A good friend of mine had a great experience with Whole30, delicious looking foods and not a negative thing to say about it. I reached out to her, and my journey began.
Angie encouraged me to read “It Starts With Food” I am not a reader, but knew if I was going to go all in, I needed to give it a go. Within the first two chapters, I had so many “ah-ha” moments and within the first six chapters I was so grossed out by the things I was putting into my body that I was excited and ready for this change. I pinned recipes, bugged Angie like crazy, cleaned out my cabinets and got rid of all of my candy-if you know me, you know how big of a deal this was and it began.
Whole30 is HARD. The timeline is spot on and the “kill all the things” struggle is real, but man, is it worth it. Once I got through the shakes and headaches from ridding my body of it’s favorite thing, sugar, I began to feel amazing. I was sleeping better at night, my brain was not nearly as foggy, I was far less crabby and irritable, my skin was smooth and flawless and my hair just felt so much better. After the last couple of weeks of feeling blah, crabby, bloated and tired, I decided I needed to make a change. No more pizza (spaghetti pie is a great substitute) no more Portillo’s (but I hear my friend Elise has a great Italian Beef Recipe so stay tuned) and no more grains. Luckily, I don’t love sugar as much as I did pre Whole30, so that will be much better this time around.
If you are still reading, thank you! I know this was a long one, but I felt the need to share with you why Whole30 is so important to me. Are you starting this round with me? I would love to hear your Whole30 why! Feel free to message me or share it in the comments below. And be sure to follow my page for recipes and more! R2D1 here we go!