The Whole 30—Because why not?

So you guys may be confused, but this isn’t a recipe post…and, you say, where the heck have the recipe posts been for the last…*clears throat* YEAR? Here is the deal; brace yourself for some real talk.

I haven’t had time to create new recipes. I’m not sure if you all know this, but I am a full time math major, student teacher, AND run an Etsy shop (which is currently on vacation while I try to get a grip on time management). Lately, I have been relying on the wonderful world of Pinterest to keep myself fed, and to be honest, it’s been great. If you haven’t checked out Confessions of a Fit Foodie yet, you are missing out. She is basically the reason I have been eating delicious food for the last year and haven’t had to mess around with making my own creations.

But here is where it gets real. I am in a rut. I have been measuring food in colored containers for a couple of years, and to be honest, it has worked. I have lost a bunch of weight and for the most part kept it off, BUT I am bored AND I don’t always make the best choices about what goes in my containers. Let’s be honest, if you tell me I can use Stevia and fill my yellow with pasta, I am going to do it.  The problem with this is, my stomach doesn’t always agree with the choices I have been making. The even bigger problem is, I am not sure exactly what my body doesn’t like. It could be dairy, could be grains, could be the INSANE amount of chemicals in food that is deemed to be “clean”.

So, I decided to get back to the basics and take on the Whole 30. Let me put this out there before we go any further, I am not taking on the Whole 30 to lose weight, I am doing it to feel healthier, reset my system, and identify what foods are causing problems.

Without going into a ton of detail, what is the Whole 30? (If you want more info, check out this link.) In a nutshell, it means the following:

So why am I telling you guys this? There are a couple reasons:

1. For support and accountability. I have a solid support system around me, but if I post my meals here, I won’t slip up and eat an entire bag of chocolate chips.

2. To provide insight, recipes, and tips for anyone either doing the Whole 30 or thinking about the Whole 30. There is an amazing community surrounding this program and this is my way of giving back.

3. To create a place with all the things I have learned along the way, for both myself and for my friends who have asked me to keep a log for them.

So for now, containers in the drawer, Shakeo in the cabinet (more on this tomorrow),  frequent blog posts and photos of my meals.  Bring on the meat and veggies…goodbye carbs…my love.