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Making the choice to be healthy is not an easy one. Well, it’s easy to say you want to be healthy, but actually taking the steps in that direction is just hard. It means saying goodbye to the things you love so much… things like sugary sweets and candies, greasy burgers and fries, and even those sodas and unhealthy drinks we all love to enjoy. The thing is, all of those things wreak havoc on the body, leading to numerous health problems and illnesses. I have tried many times to get healthy and lose weight, but I am bad about following a plan for a couple of weeks, then awarding myself with some unhealthy “treat.” Then the cravings come on so strong that I can’t resist, and I go back to my old ways. So this week, my husband and I decided to go on this journey together. We are holding one another accountable; no cheating allowed. With the help of a nutritionist, we are working together to overcome this thing, and become the best versions of ourselves that we can.
So, what’s the plan? Well, I’m glad you asked! We are doing the Whole 30 Paleo diet. Of course we had to pick the most restrictive diet out there! The biggest reason is because I have been having some problems with pain and inflammation, so we decided to pick something that would eliminate foods that contribute to inflammation. We started with reading the book “It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. This book is literally packed with information that has been a great deal of help with understanding the diet and the reason why so many things are eliminated. At first it was overwhelming, but after searching Pinterest for Whole 30 approved recipes, we have found tons of help with making foods that we will both enjoy while staying compliant on our diet.
Dallas and Melissa Hartwig have written another book called “The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, which I will certainly be buying soon. I have had so much fun experiencing and trying out new recipes, and this book is filled with over 100 Whole 30 approved recipes! It also contains tons about the diet, as well as how and why it works. After reading the sample on Amazon, I am super excited about reading it! More than anything, I am excited and really looking forward to the results I will see at the end of the Whole 30 plan.
Note: I am not a healthcare professional, nor do I have the education or experience necessary to make dietary or health care recommendations. Nothing written here is intended as medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Before beginning any diet or weight loss program, please consult with your physician.