Friday, September 26, 2014

Creative Green Living Does Whole 30

Halfway through September, I started an interesting journey / lifestyle experiment toward better health. I'm about halfway through but I think this program has the potential to be really powerful for you, too so I wanted you to know about it and ask: Will you join me?

What are you selling?

Nothing! This isn't sponsored by any company. There are no products I'm selling (although if you buy the It Starts With Food book by clicking on a link from my site, Amazon will give me about $.50 - at no extra cost to you). I'm on a personal journey toward health and wanted to invite you along.

What is Whole 30?

Please pop over and read all the details of the Whole 30 program on their website but basically you eat 100% whole, fresh, unprocessed food for a month and also specifically avoid:
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Sugar
  • Soy
  • Alcohol
  • Grains
  • Carragenan, MSG or sulfites
The purpose of this is to eliminate foods that might be causing inflammation in your body and preventing your body from operating at peak levels. After 30 days, you slowly add back in the foods you want to test and see how your individual body responds. 

Why I'm doing It

It's no secret that I've struggled with endocrine issues for years. But after my most recent bundle of baby was born, something really wasn't right in regard to my metabolism.

After my first baby was born, I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight within the first 12 weeks without trying - I attribute this to smart food choices and breastfeeding. This time I did the same thing - and for the first two weeks, I lost weight. Then it stopped. 

According to standard calorie calculators, I should eat 2200-2400 calories a day to maintain my weight if I'm sedentary. But even though I'm more active than sedentary and was nursing (things that use up calories)  my weight wouldn't budge even with eating 2200-2500 calories. So once my son was about 10 weeks old (and my milk supply was well established), I experimented with eating 2000-2200 calories a day. And nothing. Something was definitely off.

I have a good friend who decided to try Whole 30 for lots of her own personal reasons and was doing really well on it. I have two other friends who had babies at about the same time A was born who also did Whole 30 to kick start their postpartum weightloss and it was working for them. I figured I owed it to myself to look into it.

I won't pretend I don't want to lose weight - before starting Whole30, I weighed the most I've ever weighed in my non-pregnant adult life - but more than that, I'm interested in the endocrine benefits and am using it as a "metabolism reset." Other people have also experienced relief from chronic pain by doing Whole 30 and I'm interested to see if it helps with that, too.

Join Me?

If you're interested in coming on this Whole 30 journey with me, you'll want to do these things (or at the very least, the first one):

Peruse, check out the program, know what you're getting yourself into. Visit the site here.

2) Buy the Book
This isn't required since you can get the program for free on the website but it really helped me to understand the science behind why you're doing what you're doing. Support Creative Green Living by buying your copy of It Starts With Food by click on the link to the left.

3) Decide When to Start
We decided to eat through some of our still-healthy but non-Whole-30-compliant food items before we started to reduce temptation (if we ate it all before we started, it wouldn't be there to tempt us during Whole 30) and avoid wasting food.

Join the group here. Unlike Facebook "fan pages", the group will allow you to see everything posted there. This means you won't miss out on Whole 30 posts as they come out. Don't use Facebook? Subscribe to daily emails instead. Or do both!

Whole 30 on Creative Green Living
While my site isn't about to become "All Whole 30, All the Time", I will be posting several times throughout the month of October about Whole 30, what I'm eating, recipe ideas and more. So join me and let's do this together! (Give me a shoutout in the comments if you want to Whole 30 along with me!)

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