I have made up my mind and on April 1, I am going to start the Whole30 challenge with the intention to stretch it 60 days! That’s 60 days of clean eating – no sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, processed foods, booze or chemicals.
It was two years ago exactly that I started my first sugar-free month challenge and I remember well how much that challenge changed my body and life for the better. For most of 2013 I broke up with sugar. However during 2014 the evil drug found its way back into my life and it’s time to cut it out again – cold turkey.
In April, May, August, September, and November of 2013 and February 2014, I went processed sugar-free and it made a huge difference to my body and my mood. I lost weight, my skin was clearer and brighter and mentally I felt better than ever! This time around the Whole30 plan, calls for cutting ALL grains, refined sugar, dairy, legumes and basically anything processed. It seems like an ambitious challenge, but I know I’ve done this before and it really wasn’t that hard. I have made up my mind – I WILL succeed.
There are a lot more temptations in my present life than there were back in 2013. I am living with my brother, who eats like a “normal person” and calls my challenges “extreme” and “nuts” – yet will eat the delicious clean healthy meals I cook, not even knowing how good they are for him! I am living in the most obese province in Canada where most people I encounter on a daily basis have no idea of what CLEAN EATING is – let alone the benefits.
Learning how to overcome the situational and environmental challenges once and for all will be the backbone to my success this time around. I HATE it when people tell me my challenges to cut sugar are extreme and unnecessary and suggest I just try moderation. How about a little support instead?!?
I have been mulling this over for a couple weeks. I purchased a couple new books and am part-way through, “It Starts With Food” . I also purchased a julienne peeler to make some new fun veggie “pasta” substitute meals. Today I picked up groceries and stocked up on lots of veggies, meat, fruits and nuts. I joined a Facebook Whole30 support group and I even made myself a calendar to check off the days – a little visual motivation of my progress . I got dis!
Here’s a pic of a recent paleo meal I made to try out my new julienne peeler and get my creative juices flowing!