It’s Women’s Health Week! And I’m on a mission to take better care of myself… I’m starting Whole 30! I think you’ll understand why in a minute.
Time To Cut The Junk: Countdown To My Whole 30
Do you ever have one of those mornings where you feel hungover…except you didn’t drink anything the night before? I woke up feeling that this morning. YUCK. And I wondered why. I’m not a huge fan of hangovers of any kind.
According to Merriam-Webster, a hangover is something (as a surviving custom) that remains from what is past; a letdown following great excitement or excess
Now, I realize that the most common reason for a hangover is drinking excessively. But. This morning I realized that alcohol is not the only reason. This is hard to admit, but I may have consumed an inordinately large quantity of sugar last night.
Okay, okay. I ate a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. It wasn’t as good as Blue Bell. And I don’t know why I did it. It tasted good, but I wasn’t really hungry…and then it hit me: I have a sugar problem. Once I start, it’s really, really hard to stop.
It’s Time To Go Back To Clean Eating (Via The Whole 30)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling groggy, foggy, and like I quite literally have to roll myself out of bed. The problem, I’ think I’ve fallen so far off the path that I get one or two good meals in and then I want a milkshake (Preferably a Cookie Dough Sonic shake with extra whip, please.). This is a huge problem, because I know what I should be eating, but often, exhaustion and cravings win out.
So I’m taking back control. I’m not going crazy, but I am going to re-read the books that helped me so much when I started down this path:
And then I’m going to use June as my Whole 30. I need to get control again. But I also know that change takes time. Just like working out, changing my diet overnight to a far more efficient and healthy option is going to take a bit.
So. I’m giving myself until June 1st to get the junk out of the house. In the meantime, anything that does come in will fit within Whole 30/Paleo guidelines. In the meantime, I’m going to focus on exercise, and continuing to build better habits.
What’s Your Relationship With Food?
Let me tell you, mine currently sucks.
Even though I’m waiting a few more weeks to officially dive into my Whole 30, I think that it’s important to focus on starting to get more mindful of my relationship with food. I know I have a sugar problem…I also have a bit of a carb problem. Okay, okay…I devour the bread like it’s my job. Something has got to give.
I need to go back to focusing on my Macro nutrients (carbs, fats, proteins), and how I feel, instead of what my cravings want. Likewise, I know I function so much better when my foods are nutrient dense. Thankfully, going into summer, there will be an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available for eating.
At least, I hope I will get excited about them. I love melons, stone fruits, berries…they’re absolutely delicious. But, as I said, I have a serious sugar problem. I’m actually typing this while I stuff my face with some Vanilla Almonds….
Yes, I know. I have a pretty crappy relationship with food lately. It wasn’t always this way, but this year has been a tad bit stressful. That being said, I need to kick the habit of eating the entire batch of cookies, 8 servings of chips because I have to finish the guacamole.
So for the next three weeks, I’m going to focus on positive change, leading up to my Whole 30.
It’s hard to give up the junk. I know. But, I’ve done it before: I’ve gone from omnivore to raw vegan and back again. I really love the way I feel when I eat a Paleo diet. It’s time. The Baby is almost 1 and I’ve still got a significant amount to lose.
I know sugar is an issue, but my body isn’t terribly thrilled with cheese, either. So that’s got to go. Giving up your “favorite” foods can be a huge challenge, and so I’m determined to keep a positive attitude. Along that vain, I’m trying to look forward to late spring and summer fruits.
Delicious Whole Foods
Let’s see…some of my favorite fruits are watermelon, mango, and blueberries. Watermelon has lycopene, and is over 90% water. In addition, watermelon also has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C. Mango and blueberries are also high in vitamin C.
One of my favorite salads actually includes mango with red onion and green peppers. I also love the combination of watermelon, cucumber, and radishes. Seriously, you should try it. And if you’re a blueberry fan, you have got to try them mixed with some dried cranberries. In fact, when I was stalking Salata’s site, I noticed that they are adding all 3 items to their menu for a month.