Why Whole 30?

So apparently there has been a new "It diet" dubbed "Whole 30", I remember coming across a recipe on "A Saucy Kitchen" that said Whole 30 approved and never knew what that meant until my friend/manager asked me if I would like to do Whole 30 with him two weeks ago. After he briefly told me what Whole 30 entails I agreed to go all in and commit to start our Whole 30 program May 1st. 

A week and a half leading up to the start of our Whole 30 program I had a week packed with birthday dinners and events which all included indulgent foods and of course lots of drinks, I guess it was perfect timing to get it all out of my system. Honestly, by the time May 1st rolled around I was relieved because I felt a bit gross from eating greasy fattening foods and drinking my more than usual amount of cocktails. 

So what is Whole 30 you ask? Simply put, Whole 30 is designed to be a short-term nutrition reset designed to help put an end unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, balance your immune system (which I could always use help with), and heal your digestive tract as the Whole 30 website suggests. Sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, as well as alcohol are removed from your diet for a whole 30 days as these food groups could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.

 This is one of the Whole 30 approved shopping list I used to help me navigate what I can cook with and to help me come up with recipies 

This is one of the Whole 30 approved shopping list I used to help me navigate what I can cook with and to help me come up with recipies 

I agreed to commit to the Whole 30 program not only because I am getting ready for my friend's beach wedding in Thailand (late January 2018 , I'm an overachiever lol) , the summer time of course, I want to look great year long, but I also want to eat better for my health. I find that what we consume is super important as it affects our mind and body, as well as our energy levels amongst many other important key factors. 

Although this is my first week of Whole 30 (edit I'm on week 2 now and I feel empowered, determined, and challenged. . . in a good way!) I will say that I love that I am able to eat real food and not just subject myself to juices all day or some crazy fad diet of some lemonade and cayenne pepper concoction. I can eat meats, seafood, veggies, and fruit and there are a ton of blogs and recipes out there for me to find all the answers and delicious meals I need to get me through to May 30th.  

I am excited to see how I feel by the end of the month and I will be sure to do another post at the end of the month as well with a final update. Have any of you completed the Whole 30 program or plan to?