My Journey Through Whole30®
When we conscientiously make investments in our external appearance, we don’t always consider the fact that beauty starts from the inside. The way we feel mentally and physically. How our body acts and reacts to situations. The glow of our skin. The health of our hair. Even the clarity we experience when our brains function properly.
As many of you know I’ve worked Whole30® successfully a few times. The first time I was dealing with an extremely painful herniated disc. I thought if I could control my weight with food when my back goes out preventing me from working out I could manage it. It was a lot of work, money, time and well, willpower. The results were amazing, I felt fantastic and indeed I was maintaining and controlling my weight. I even went off all the medications I was on. I started to realize that it really does start with food and what you put in your body is everything!
Because of this experience, I truly believe you can heal yourself with the right kinds of food and it feels incredible!
I started to think back to when I was a kid analyzing my relationship with food. Facing I had an unhealthy one was unsettling. I was living to eat not eating to live.
I was 41 when I had my daughter and I attribute my healthy and relatively easy pregnancy to eating paleo. Full disclosure, I could not entirely eat Whole30® while pregnant and may have consumed quite a few burgers from Wendy’s :) I was always sure to throw the empty bag in the barrel just outside work so no one would know. Haha!
We can fast forward to my third successful Whole30® cleanse and even though my month was hard I feel fantastic. I have clarity, more energy, no more heartburn and my body no longer craves sugar, carbs or processed foods. Was it easy? No, but I wanted to get to this place again. In my third time cleansing I’m better at shopping, cooking, saving money and time.
Even though I have gone through this several times I never look at it as a diet or I’m only doing 2 months and then I’m done. I do it with the intent to change my lifestyle. To be healthier and feel better so I can do all the things I dream of doing. I’m older now with a four year old and a business. When my daughter wants to run and play, I want to be able to do it with her, not watch from the sidelines because I’m tired or overweight. I also want her to have a healthy relationship with food.
Life happens to everyone and when you get knocked off the horse, just get back on and ride it the best you can.
The picture I’ve shared above is my well loved book. It’s spine is now broken and the pages have food stains riddled throughout. The pages that are still attached are filled with my daughters artwork so I can find pages easily. It’s indicative of my journey, not so perfect but well loved, full of knowledge, and always there when I need it.