I eat Whole30 style almost all the time, so I always feel kind of weird when I say “I”m doing a Whole30.” In the last three years, I’ve done several super-strict Whole30s, but now that eating this way is a habit, I’ve promised Melissa and Dallas of Whole9 that I won’t make myself nuts by trying to be “perfect” all the time.
During a normal week, I cook all of our weekday meals at home, and I don’t prepare anything that’s not Whole30 approved in our kitchen. When Dave and I eat out on the weekends, I avoid grains, dairy, legumes, and added sugar, but I know the neighborhood restaurants where we usually eat may be sneaking factory-farmed meat and non-Whole30 ingredients into my food. I’m OK with that because I eat so clean at home.
On August 1, Whole9 is launching another official Whole30, and this is my announcement that I’m participating for a variety of reasons:
(Disclaimer: My Whole30 will actually be a Whole 24 because I’m traveling on August 24. I allow myself this leeway because I’ve completed full, totally strict Whole30s in the past and have definitely sent the sugar demon to the depths where he belongs.)
1. Moral support
A bunch of my favorite people are taking on the Whole30: Holly of Holly Would If She Could, Kathleen at Jeremy & Kathleen, and my kickass PR team at Bread & Butter PR. I’m jumping into the fray with them in solidarity.
2. We’re traveling at the end of August.
Travel means I happily indulge in yumminess when I get my hands on something edible that’s worth it. Melissa H. did a brilliant job outlining smart travel guidelines in her recent post Anatomy of a Vacation, and I follow a similar set of guidelines. I like to put deposits in the Good Health Bank before we fly off to adventures to ensure I enjoy myself when I indulge, so now’s a great time to start building up the Good Health Bank Account.
3. Science! (Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto, you’re beautiful!)
I’m trying a new thyroid hormone protocol for the next month and the best way to ensure that (a) I don’t collapse into a weeping, fatigued heap on the sofa and (b) we know how the thyroid medication is working is to eat very clean, rest, and listen to my body. I can’t hear my body over the noise of crappy food, so Whole30 it is.
The Whole30® Daily
If you’re thinking about trying a Whole30, think about this: For the last few months, Dave and I have been collaborating on a project with Melissa and Dallas of Whole9. It’s called the Whole30® Daily, and it’s totally badass.
Have you ever wished that someone would check in on you every day to see how you’re doing with your goals? Someone to ask… What’s your motivation like today? Did you sleep OK? Are you having trouble with cravings, or are you kicking ass? Someone to offer just the right piece of advice — or a kick in the keister — when you need it?
That’s just what the Whole30 Daily is designed to do. If we want to get all official about it, it’s like this:
The Whole30® Daily is a newsletter and daily check-in system to prepare you, motivate you, and ensure your success, every single day of your Whole30 adventure.
The content in the daily emails goes beyond the rich information already found on the Whole9 website (for free), the Whole30 Success Guide, and the brilliant new book It Starts With Food, although — who are we kidding?! — you should really get yourself all of those resources, too.
Here’s what Melissa H. says about the Whole30 Daily:
The idea for the Whole30 Daily came from science — habit research, to be specific. Studies and trials show that when trying to commit to a new habit… daily check-ins foster twice the success rate, reduce “slips” caused by lingering cravings, and lead to greater success long-term.
But it’s not just about the daily check-in… the type of message matters. In a study of overweight teens, positive messages proved to be the key to weight loss success… Which is exactly how we designed our Whole30 Daily: daily check-ins full of positive messages.
I’m immensely proud to have been a small part of the team that brought this project to life. Melissa and Dallas (and their Whole9 team) busted their butts to make the content relevant, fresh, and original. My husband Dave toiled countless hours to make the technical magic happen and keep the project on track.
If you’re ready to take on a Whole30, I encourage you to learn more about the Whole30 Daily and add it to your arsenal. When you sign up, you get 32 robust emails — one every day of the 30 days, plus a kick off and close out message — and it costs less than 50-cents a day.
And now, questions for you! I’m wondering how much of my Whole30 you’d like to see documented on The Clothes Make The Girl. Do me a favor and share your thoughts in comments, please.
1. Are you interested in a recap of what I eat each day?
2. Are you interested in a recap of my workouts and amount/quality of sleep?
3. Do you want to know about non-Whole30 stuff I eat, or is that demotivating for you?
4. Is there anything else you’re curious to know about my Whole30 experience?
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