When I joined Be Strong, Drew had shared some information on the Whole 30 program with me. After Thanksgiving I decided to give it a go. Sure, December is the month of all those healthy cookies, cakes, pies, and everything else that packs on the pounds... what better month to start?
Whole 30 is a reset plan. For 30 days you remove sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and anything that you purchase processed. It is an interesting challenge that will help you figure out what you can and cannot live with in your daily diet once you finish your thirty days. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT saying it was easy. Once you start reading labels, you will see that sugar is in pretty much EVERYTHING that comes in a bag or a can. The sugar withdrawal can be painful for the first 14 days as your body works it out of your system. Halfway through the 30 days things start to change for the better. You find you have more energy, you feel better, and you really nail some workouts. At the end of the 30 days, you have a great plan of attack as you decide which food items to introduce back into your diet.
After completing the 30 days I came to realize that I really didn't crave the dairy I had before. Almond milk filled the space of milk just perfectly. Some of the items I gave up for the 30 days I needed to add back into my diet, some I did not. It was a great learning experience between what you really need versus what you had just become accustom to eating.
In the end, between the great workouts Be Strong provides and the change in my nutrition, I had a rather unexpected weight loss occur. I dropped 25 pounds in 30 days. The 30 days I spent on this program helped me break some of the bad eating habits that I had been practicing and realigned my ability to jump back on a healthier track.