Wednesday 15 March 2017

Self Care- Trying Whole 30

I have been putting a lot of research into nutrition lately. I have been tired, feeling sluggish and foggy.  In general, I have not felt well in a long time.  I have peaks and valleys but the last 6 months have possessed a lot of valleys.  Along with the general blah feeling, I have been dealing with some other health issues. Our family has also been sick so much this year.  I know that it is part of having a child in daycare (daycare can a bit of a petri dish), but it would be excellent if we could prevent some of these viruses from infecting us.  I would love to have more energy and less headaches.  Good nutrition is a part of self care and I wanted to focus on eating well this month.

After a lot of reading, I have decided to give the Whole 30 a try.  I did a similar plan when I was trying to get pregnant.  After I became pregnant, I let my nutrition slide a bit.  I would say that I generally eat well but I don't restrict much of anything.  I feel like my consumption of simple carbohydrates, cheese and sugar are likely contributing to my low energy and headaches.

I read the book "Whole 30" by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.  I am ready to give myself 30 days to "reset" my nutrition and hopefully gain some energy.  My Hubby and daughter are not going to participate fully.  They will be eating Whole 30 supper meals.  I am the main cook in the family and I will be making meals that I (and the whole family) can enjoy.

March 13, 2017 was my Day 1.  I made sure to enjoy my favourite restricted foods the day before I started, but I didn't go overboard.  I had some Mac and Cheese and some perogies.  I do tend to love cheese, but sometimes I wonder if it is an energy suck.  I tend to eat HUGE portions of rice and pasta, which isn't a healthy way to consume food.  I am interested to see if my addiction to simple carbs will be helped with this process.

Have you ever done the Whole 30?  What were some of the things you gained?  What were some of the challenges you faced?  Do you have any great recipes that want to share?

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