Our recent blog covered the WHY behind changing your diet before embarking on new exercise habits. But figuring out where to start can be overwhelming and make you want to give up. There are literally hundreds of different opinions on how to eat, and some are so conflicting. It gets confusing fast. We are here to tell you we feel your pain. We’ve been there, we’ve all set out to make healthier choices when it comes to food and have ended up overwhelmed by choices, expert opinions, fad diets, busy schedules, the grocery store, eating out, and figuring out how to get your whole family on the same page. It’s exhausting just talking about it.
But what if it can be made simple?
We’re going to provide a plan that makes jump starting your diet achievable, and bearable. Because let’s face it, if you’re miserable you’ll quit.
Maybe you’ve already heard of this plan. It’s called “The Whole 30”. It’s essentially a cleanse disguised as a competition. Who’s the competition? You are. You will be your biggest enemy in trying to get healthier. And if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll blame it on snow days, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, your period, stress, pregnancy, work, the most beautiful cupcakes you’ve ever seen, and that restaurant not having the right options, and on and on the list goes. To quote The Whole 30:
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
What is The Whole 30 Challenge?
Basically, it’s eating only whole foods for 30 days. What’s a whole food? “Food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances” like preservatives, GMO’s, pesticides, and other non-food ingredients (you know, all those unpronouncable words on food labels). You’ve gotta realize your body is not set up to metabolize foods laced with chemicals. Eventually, you will feel the effects, from lethargy to a chronic health issues, and even cancer. Study after study has shown these genetically modified foods lead to declined health and increased risk of illness. It’s not a matter of chancing health, it’s a matter of guaranteed illness.
Why do The Whole 30 Challenge?
Right now your body is full of chemicals from food that it cannot rid itself of. Without realizing it you are most likely experiencing daily allergies to these foods that carry a shelf life of 1-10 years. As a general rule of thumb – if a food lasts that long outside the body, it’s gonna do some damage on the inside of the body.
Taking on a “clean” foods approach will detoxify your body and allow you to find out which foods are wreaking havoc by slowly reintroducing those foods at the end of 30 days. Now, we don’t mean eat a candy bar on day 31. It’s just crazy to go that far and ruin all that progress in a matter of seconds. Check out the online version of The Whole 30 Guide to help you navigate your way to a clean eating lifestyle. And here’s a printable version for your convenience.
Top 5 Reasons to Cleanse According to Dr. Opal:
- Increase Energy – Our bodies can become fatigued and sluggish by eating the wrong foods on a consistent basis. When we cleanse the system of unwanted waste and increase our micro nutrients, we feel energized!
- Bye-Bye Bloat – Your digestive system will thank you. Bloating happens when our digestive system has inflammation. Eating sugar and dairy can cause bloating, gas, and puffiness in the body as your digestive system slows down and your immune system is compromised.
- Identify Allergens – Food elimination can help you find out what foods your body does not tolerate well. Should you perform a 21 or 30 day cleanse and eliminate corn, soy, gluten, dairy, eggs, artificial sweeteners, and sugar. After you finish the cleanse you can reintroduce those foods one at a time over the course of one week to see if you tolerate them well enough to keep them in your diet from that point on.
- Beat Cravings – Discipline is achieved when you continually say no to eating unhealthy. This gives you the power over whatever bad food you crave. This is especially vital if you are an emotional or stress eater, because it isn’t the food you are conquering so much as your ability to beat stress and depression.
- Empower Yourself – Doing something that is healthy for you will empower you to eat better, live better, because you will feel better!! When you start feeling better you will begin to want to sustain this feeling. You will want to choose your foods more carefully. You may even embark on other healthy habits, like exercising, drinking more water, taking the stairs, etc…
If after making diet and lifestyle changes you still aren’t seeing the results you expect, you could be having an issue with your nervous system. Learn how body imbalance might be the underlying cause of your health issue.
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