When I am working with a client on changing their Nutrition, I always like to initiate it with a Whole30 challenge. In case you have not read some of the previous posts, the Whole30 challenge is a very strict diet regimen that is designed to help reset your body from Head to Toe. It is 30 days of expected 100% compliance. It resembles Paleo, but don’t make that mistake – it IS NOT PALEO. It is even more refined than Paleo. There are no ‘loop holes’ with Whole30. There is no argument of ‘Wine is Paleo’ or ‘This Cake is made from all Paleo ingredients (no grains or dairy) there for it is Paleo’. In Whole30, when it says No Alcohol, it means NO.ALCOHOL. After all, it only 30 days. Anyone can do ANYTHING for 30 days.
I write this post for a few reasons –
1. The Whole30 group I am working with in Paso Robles, CA is finishing up their 3rd week of Whole30.
2. Being over the half way point, some people are excited about the results, some are a little disappointed.
3. It can become very easy to prematurely ‘Reward’ yourself for being so compliant for this long – but be STRONG
Why is Whole30 so strict?
Let’s talk about why we are focused on food for a minute. Food should make you HEALTHIER. When you take the time to remove problematic foods, you are able to uncover what foods help you and what foods harm you. If you keep disrupting your great changes in your diet by holding onto your vices (wine, honey, cream, oatmeal), you are never going to get to a TRUE level of understanding. Remember the article I wrote about ‘Clean it up…‘ and my almond realization. Do you think I would have ever discovered the impact Almonds were having on my shoulder if I had not decided to remove the ‘vices’ in my diet? I was addicted to almond butter. It’s Paleo – but my body does not like it… especially on a daily dose. Until you remove your vice, you will not know how it truly impacts you – even if it is Paleo.
This brings me to Point #2 from above – what to expect as you are heading into the second half of Whole30…
It is not about the scale.
That’s right… this IS NOT A WEIGHTLOSS program. I said that from Day 1. This is about making you healthy.
You could lose weight by starving yourself, but that won’t make you healthy.
This is about helping your body heal and recover from YEARS OF ABUSE.
The body is pretty amazing – you get a cut or a scrape and it starts to heal immediately. The same thing happens on the inside, but if you keep cutting/scraping it, it won’t heal and it may get infected (Systemic Inflammation, disease, sickness, etc…). In order to help the healing process, you have to first repair the gut. You repair the gut by putting the right foods in and leaving the bad foods out. Those ‘cheats’ are BAD FOODS.
So – get off the scale – keep it 100% Whole30 compliant for the FULL 30 DAYS – and measure your health by reading THIS ARTICLE.
If you are disappointed with the results so far, be patient. Whole30 is a starting point – it may require Whole45 or Whole60, etc… The more your body has been damaged, the longer it will take to recover. My wife (a former Vegan for 25 years) is still recovering after 2 years of eating a clean Paleo diet. It takes time.
Finally – I will post an article about how to navigate the days after the Whole30 next week.
There is a system to it. You don’t want to waste all of your hard work – so be patient and follow along.