Why I’m Doing the Whole 30

I’ve followed Whole 30 on social media for over a year now. I’ve heard of different friends doing it and having great results. Heck, I even gave it a shot in February of last year. So why am I doing it now?

I came to a breaking point in my relationship with food about a month ago. I know I know, it sounds weird to say that we have a relationship with food, but we do! Mine has been pretty broken since I can remember (overeating/binge eating/emotional eating). I’ve used food as a crutch. As a rock in times of struggle. As a reward for any and everything. Basically, I’ve turned to food instead of Jesus with a lack of self-control to the point that it made me feel sick, physically and emotionally.

So, like I said, I hit a breaking point about a month ago and knew something had to change. I’ve gotten better about eating healthy foods over the last 2 years, but I’ve still had a crazy addiction to sugar and carbs. As in if there was candy or sweets or anything of the like around, it would find its way into my mouth and be polished off without a second thought. I got to a point where I was disgusted with my lack of self control and the hold that the enemy has on this area of my life. I knew something intense needed to change, and I was ready to put in the hard work to do it.

Enter: Whole 30

I chose Whole 30 because it isn’t a diet or fad, but it’s an eating plan that is meant to change your relationship with food. You can learn more about it here. The basics are no grains, sugar, dairy, or legumes for 30 days. That’s it. No calorie counting or set meal plans, just crazy good recipes to help you get over the food addictions in your life. I love that the program asks you to weigh yourself at the beginning and the end, but THAT’S IT. You will most likely lose weight with this diet shift, but they don’t want that to be your focus.

So, here are the things that I am hoping to accomplish through this program:

  • break my addiction to sugar (yes, it’s a scientific addiction)
  • clear up the acne I’ve been dealing with for most of my 20’s
  • be less bloated/lose the extra pounds I have
  • learn to eat to fuel my body
  • solve my digestive issues (chronic constipation if you must know)
  • sleep soundly
  • and most of all, let this become an area of my life that Jesus has control of

Now that I am on Day 10, I’m already noticing some of these things changing and I couldn’t be more thankful. God has been walking with me on this health journey for almost 2 years now, and I know I can only keep going by leaning on Him. If I need to do a Whole 60 or Whole 90 to truly break my habits, then I’ll do it. I’m excited to pray through this and see where it all leads.

A week 1 recap will be coming soon! If you’ve thought about doing the Whole 30, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! And if you’ve done it before, I’d love to hear any tips you have. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day!

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