Health Challenge and a Whole30?

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Yes, I can’t believe I’m saying it but I think I’m going to do a Whole 30.  I don’t advocate strict diets (or whatever label you want to put on it) that have lots of restrictions.  I think they set you up for failure.  So let me back up a bit and explain.

My CrossFit gym is having its annual health challenge.   You team up with other peeps at the gym and get points for doing healthy things like eating a paleo diet, attending a WOD (workout of the day), or getting 8 hours of sleep.  You can also lose points for things like eating crap or getting less than 6 hours of sleep.  At the beginning of the challenge you get a health assessment that includes weight, waist measurement, cholesterol, sugar, blood pressure, and a workout.   At the end of the challenge you re-measure all of these statistics and see what kind of improvement you have while adopting healthy habits.   The point of the whole thing is to help you develop healthy habits and see how much better you can feel when you take care of yourself.  I signed up as I thought it was the perfect way for me to refocus my path to better health.

On January 4th we had our test in workout and assessment.  The 10 week challenge officially kicked off on January 6th.   I have been very indecisive about whether or not I was going to be strict with following a paleo diet.  I don’t want to be miserable while trying to do this and being super strict could result in perpetuating a bad relationship with food. IMHO.  I have spent some time researching the paleo diet so I could make an educated decision.  I am currently reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.  I think I’ve decided to give Whole30 a try starting this coming Monday (I am going to a beer festival on Saturday after all : ) and yes this will result in negative points for the challenge. C’est la vie.)

Here’s why.  I’ve been struggling with digestive issues for almost a year now.  The Whole30 has you eating real food but eliminates added sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy.  You follow this for 30 days.   After that time, if you choose, you can start to add back some of the foods that were restricted one at a time.  The point is to see how your body reacts to those foods so you can decide if you want to eat them again or keep them out of your diet.  I see this as a perfect opportunity to determine if there is a particular food that is causing all of my problems.  This is going to be hard as hell and I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate it.  In the long run, it has the potential to be good for me.

So here I am ready to start a Whole30.  Never would have thought I would end up doing such a thing.  I’ve spent last week transitioning to a paleo diet and I’m pretty much eating Whole30 prescribed this week.  I’m hoping that this will make all of it less of a shock as I lay out a plan for myself and make adjustments to my eating habits.   I’m going to enjoy my weekend out with friends and be ready to go on Monday.

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Have you tried the Whole30?   What were your results?  Have you been able to pinpoint some health issue by experimenting with your diet?


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8 comments on “Health Challenge and a Whole30?

  1. Good luck!! I have similar concerns with restrictive diets and mind-screwy-ness (if that's a word!!). I hope it works out for you.
    • Thanks. It's definitely something I'm going to keep in mind while I do it. I don't want it to turn into something negative for me.
  2. While I do not think a Whole30 is sustainable, I love the idea and think everyone should at least try it once, not just for the health reasons, but it really is great to change habits and perspective on other things. Go all or nothing.. don't do Whole30 "except for.."; it's only 30 days.. you got this!
    • Agree! I definitely don't think it's sustainable. I know you've done it before so I love hearing the positive perspective from someone who has been there.
  3. I think it's a great idea to be "restrictive" for 30 days to see if you can pinpoint the cause of your nagging digestive issues. In the grand scheme of things, 30 days is not bad at all! Plus, you'll have plenty of beer beforehand to tide you over. I hope it brings you some answers and helps you refocus.
    • That's how I'm looking at it. 30 days is nothing when you look at your life.
  4. I really wish you luck in your diet!
    • Thanks lady!

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