I'll let you in on a little secret: sometimes I am not a strug. Yes, I did give my coworker an accidental black eye last night. But todays blog is not about that. Sometimes I figure stuff out. And in these times, I like to share with people the things that I've figured out.
Today is day 27 of Whole 30 and I am feelin’ great. I have survived! I’m sure my boyfriend can’t wait for me to stop saying, “Sorry I can’t eat that” and finally split a bottle of wine with him and watch Netflix like our normal routine. I have to give him credit though - he has been very supportive and even ate some paleo meals with me. I know, I am #blessed. I’ll stop rubbing it in your face.
I have lots to say about Whole 30 and why I am singing it’s praises, but I think the biggest thing that has changed for me is exactly what I wanted to change, and that was my habits. Woo hoo! All that Gretchen Rubin obsessing has paid off! Maybe I’ll finally shut up about her (neverrr!).
Here are some of my new habits:
I wake up in the morning and make breakfast.
It’s not always the same exact breakfast but it almost always involves eggs, sweet potatoes and a green vegetable. This helps me get my day started on the right foot, and I’m not even kidding you...my energy is completely different. I don’t crash at 3pm like most people, it’s amazing! You know that feeling you get when you’re working out and you feel dizzy or you want to give up because you are exhausted? That doesn’t happen to me anymore. Because I’m not all carbed up, my energy is more sustained throughout a workout, and throughout the day in general.
I pack a snack for work.
My usual routine pre - Whole 30 was to not pack a snack for work. I would get there and family meal would be bland rice with overcooked vegetables and questionable meat, so I would load up on focaccia bread, olive oil, and coffee. At the end of my shift I would be starving and get home and order Seamless in order to keep myself from eating my hand. Lets be honest, nothing healthy ever came to your door from Seamless. That’s not a thing. Also, it’s just boring to order delivery if it’s healthy. Delivery is supposed to be greasy and indulgent, because Seamless is the highest, most decadent form of lazy. It’s fine every once in a while, but not multiple times a week.
I go to the grocery store the same day each week.
Sometimes I have to make small trips in between, but making trips to the grocery store part of my routine has been very helpful. I usually go on my day off (Mondays) and cook one meal that will last me through the week. The more prep the better. I got better with knowing what I’d actually eat & pack with me to go, so I feel less overwhelmed with what to buy when I get there.
Those are the three major changes, and they really are so simple. Anyone can do these things, but I don’t think I would have done them if I wasn’t forced into it by Whole 30. The bottom line is- health is about preparation. Whole 30 isn't for everyone, but anyone can maintain these healthy habits. If you make eating healthy convenient, you wont even think about making a run for fast food or ordering pad thai.
When I’m done with Whole 30 on Monday, I don’t plan on changing any of these habits. I actually can’t wait to keep them because it’ll get even easier with time. I’m obviously excited to have some alcohol and ice cream (maybe together...?) but I’m not even really thinking about gorging on all of the things when it’s over. I’m thinking about how great I’ll feel 6 months from now when I still have these healthy habits.
Being healthy isn't about not eating and it isn't about being obsessed with being skinny. It's about eating food that makes you feel great and having a positive relationship with food & your body.