You’ve seen the photos on Instagram, Pinterest, you name it. You know that everyone and their mom is talking about #Whole30 lately and everyone’s attempting this new fad “diet,” if you will. It’s straight-up everywhere. And you know what? I’ve been guilty of wanting to jump on the bandwagon, too.
The thing is?
It scares me to no end.
It sounds so appealing though. Decreased inflammation throughout your body, only providing your body with the fuel it needs to function and thrive, and the endless amounts of energy and decreased mental fog! And the results are absolutely mind-blowing! Some of the before and after photos seriously have me rubbing my eyes and taking a second look just to make sure they’re real. The beautifully photographed whole foods always appear drool worthy and simply delicious.
I’m just worried that it’s more easier said than done. Actually, I know that it’s easier said than done. You see, I was one of those folks who hopped on Amazon and purchased It Starts With Food after seeing one too many Whole30 Instagram posts. I even texted a few of my friends with rose-colored glasses and a dash of over-excitement. I wanted to do this, in a big way.
I read through the entire book. I highlighted, placed sticky-note book marks and daydreamed of all of the delicious, whole dishes I would be making over the 30 days that lay ahead. It was gonna happen. I even made a grocery list for cripes sake and meal planned. (That doesn’t happen all too often!) I even purchased this Paleo cookbook to assist me. I was gung-ho, fo sho. (Yes, I just said that.)
Flash forward to the very next Monday I was due to start the Whole30. I had to work and I didn’t pack a lunch. Heck, I didn’t even have time to grocery shop. I decided I would eat a dry veggie salad from Subway and then go shopping immediately after work. Yeah that did absolutely nothing for me. I quit before I even started. I fell victim to my cravings and got Taco Bell after work. Yes, I realize that’s completely disgusting. But I suppose that’s what happens when you go into such a huge life change totally and completely unprepared.
Part of me still really, really wants to participate in the Whole30 and change my eating habits for the better. I haven’t been eating as much Taco Bell lately (thank goodness), but there’s still some changes I could make to my diet to become happier and healthier. I mean, who couldn’t, right? I still find myself munching away on crackers and mindlessly eating while I’m watching TV late at night and I know that these eating habits are totally and completely unhealthy. I know that, but it’s the changing that’s the hard part, you know?
It’s more than that, though. I have some serious reservations when it comes to the Whole30 lifestyle:
What if I fail? This is my biggest question of all. I hate going into something and jumping in feet first with the ever-consuming feeling of failure. Story of my life right there! But seriously.
But I love dairy. I live in Wisconsin, okay. So, cheese is basically a huge part of my diet that I eat sometimes every day. I mean, how in the world am I supposed to give that up? Not to mention the fact that I’ve been told my whole entire life that you’re supposed to drink lots of milk and that dairy builds strong bones. Is the Whole30 going to give me osteoporosis? (Kidding. Maybe.)
Bread and gluten can’t be that bad, can it? Second to dairy, I love me some bread. You know that bread you dip in olive oil at Macaroni Grill? Yeah, that’s my jam. I don’t know how I can live without sandwiches (with which bread and cheese are both necessary) and crackers. I really, really love crackers.
One Word: Coffee Creamer. This one doesn’t even need any elaboration. I fuel my life off of coffee and drinking coffee black is out of the question. Bleh! What’s one to do?
What the heck is ghee? I don’t even know what to say about this one. I have zero clue. Isn’t that a show on TV?
In all seriousness though, I have some serious reservations when it comes to the Whole30 lifestyle. I’m hesitant to call it a “diet” because I know it’s really more of a lifestyle change. No matter how scared I am or how much this Whole30 thing freaks me out and makes me want to eat all the bread and cheese I can get my hands on (I’m an emotional eater, too, did I mention that?) part of me still wants in on this. I want that feeling of empowerment and that feeling you get when you slap all of our fears in the face and realize that you can do something amazing for your body.
I know this Whole30 thing isn’t impossible. I see people accomplishing it every single day. It amazes me. I envy them. I want to be them. I just don’t know if I can do it. You know? I know this post has become a jumbled mess of my fears, expectations and serious reservations, but I can’t be the only one feeling this. Can I?
That all being said… I think I want to do it. But don’t quote me on that… I’m still scared out of my gourd.
But, it’s the things that scare you the most that feel the greatest when you accomplish them, right?
Have you completed the Whole30? What tips do you have for a scaredy cat like myself?
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