Whole30 – And so, it begins.

August 27th, 2012 | Ann

I’m back.

And I’m on the crazy-train.

No, just kidding. Not quite on the crazy-train, but I sure feel like it.

Today, I started a new thing. A “project”, a “meal plan”, a “program”. Whatever you want to call it. My dear friend Ash recommended the book – It Starts With Food – a book that breaks down the science of your body and the foods you eat and recommends a 30-day food plan (the Whole30) that is meant to help you reclaim the natural processes of your body – the way it’s meant to function. With her recommendation, it also didn’t hurt that Ash had a case of The Rage, reading about the chemicals that are put into food, and the way that food manufacturers pump up the sweet, salty and fatty foods to trick our “natural instincts”.

Either way, it was truly eye-opening.

Ash didn’t send me the recommendation thinking I’d follow the food plan. She was simply sharing a resource to help with my journey and better understand the functions of my body. But the more I read, the more I realized how much I needed to follow it. I had an epiphany-moment when I read about the cycle of a “unhealthy day” and how much it mirrors the food ups and downs of my current diet – the spikes of blood sugar, the response of cortisol (stress) levels, and the insulin/leptin imbalances.

This book has helped me understand the way food gets processed in my body – and how really, truly horrible I was treating it. Even losing weight by restricting calories and eating “low fat” or “low calorie” foods – it tricks our body into a completely unnatural (and frankly, scary!) way of processing these chemically-altered, lab-generated foods.

So, I jumped in, feet first.

I’ve gone grocery shopping, I’ve cooked healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, and I bought myself a new tea canister. I read, read, and re-read the information, came up with meal plans, and decided I wanted to do it. Today, I ¬†journaled – not calories, but foods I was eating and how I felt.

And I’ve promised myself that – no matter what – I am sticking by this for 30 days. To prove that I can; To give my body the chance to re-set it’s functions, hormone levels and the natural processes it’s supposed to do. And I’m sticking with it because I deserve to healthy. I deserve to feel good, and I deserve to treat my body the way I should.

So, that’s the deal.

I’m not making my glorious “I’m back and I’ve lost __ pounds!” post, but I am coming back, to talk to you about this journey that I’m on. Sometimes the journey on the road to healthiness takes a million twists and turns – but if I end up more¬†knowledgeable, more healthy, and more happy – then that’s all I could ask for.

I plan to give up as many updates as I can – what I’m feeling, what I’m going through, and most importantly, what I’m eating.

(curious, right?)

In the coming week, I’ll talk about my first trip to the grocery store, how many hour(s) it took me to prep the food, and my initial reaction to changing my diet and my mind-set. Here’s a quick sneak-peak….


Thanks for sticking by me through this weight-loss journey. I’m really looking forward to following this program and documenting my experience(s) along the way!

28 Responses to “Whole30 – And so, it begins.”

  1. Hannah says:

    Hooray! I opened up Reader and audibly cried YES! when I saw a new post from you. Can’t wait to read all about it! Love you, lady!

  2. Ashley says:

    SO FREAKING excited about this. Like – #wanttogetonaflightandcometoMN to chat in person about this. YAY yAY YAAY!

    and yeah for a new blog post. :)

  3. Melinda says:

    Yeah! Good luck on the Whole30 plan. I’ve sent a link to your blog to a friend who is doing it as well (I think she just started week 2).

  4. Danielle says:

    SO excited to follow you as you take this journey – and now seriously considering reading/implementing this myself. I have literally been poisoning my body for far too long, and I need to find a way out of this mess.

  5. Good for you! I did a Whole30 in January and had fantastic results (and felt great). Did another partial Whole30 just before summer, but didn’t finish. Contemplating another…

  6. Corryn says:

    Whole eating has always intrigued me. I figure nature can’t really have it all wrong, right? The tough part comes in implementing it in our fast-food society. I’m so excited to read about your project. :o)

  7. Kari Lundquist says:

    Awesome! John and I are doing the 100 days of real food challenge, which sounds so similar!

    Good Luck to you!

  8. Becky says:

    Oh this is exciting! My coworker just finished the plan and said it really really helped her. She no longer has cravings. Additionally, she had a day “off plan” and the processed foods made her incredibly sick. Its true that a lot of what we eat today is poison. The plan works, but it is hard. I’ve been too afraid to try it!

  9. Kat says:


    For what it’s worth, you get the congratulations for food journaling what you’re eating and the feelings sans-calories. Truly, I’ve never heard of anyone doing that before and it struck me as so completely profound. I’m going to have to chew on this one for awhile.

  10. Laura says:

    Good luck dear! So proud of you!!!

  11. Heather says:

    Welcome back! I can’t wait to hear about the journey.

  12. Cindy says:

    I am Melinda’s friend. I used to blog over at Being Mom…Now, but now I just use the blog’s Facebook page to talk about parenting and my health.

    Anyway, I am on day 8 of my Whole30. I am doing it mostly because I have a lot of digestive issues. So far I feel fantastic! I have about 25 pounds to lose so I certainly hope that I lose some weight. :)

    I just read this article about calories not being equal. It really confirms that a paleo or even a real food diet can be better when trying to lose weight. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/08/27/the-hidden-truths-about-calories/

  13. I’m glad you’re back Ann and excited to read about this journey!

  14. Misy says:

    Welcome back – I’ve missed you! And I’m excited to hear about this 30-day experience. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Liz says:

    Welcome back – so excited to see a new post :-) I can’t wait to hear about your experiences with the Whole 30. I am going to try this as soon as I am done with my marathon in October – I don’t want to make any drastic diet changes during training – but the crazy thing is, I can’t WAIT to do this! I didn’t realize there was a book – I think I am off to Amazon.com right now. Good luck! Looking forward to your updates.

  17. Gina says:

    So exciting; very much looking forward to reading along & learning with you:-)

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  19. Bridgette says:

    ANN!!! I’m soooo excited to see a post from you and to hear how your Whole30 adventure goes. I instantly looked up the book and website and am going to have to take a look at this myself. I have some health issues and I have a feeling I’ve been damaging my body as much with the food I put in it as by the food I haven’t. This really intrigues me.

    Good luck, I can’t wait to read more and Ann, it’s REALLY good to see you back!!


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  28. Carrie Braun says:

    Ann- you’ve inspired me. Today was Day 1 of my Whole30 and it went great. I’m actually looking forward to the next month. Keep it up- it’s great to continue to see you keeping the healthy habits and I’m already taking mental notes for how to navigate after by watching you. Thank you for being so transparent and honest.

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