Whole30? Challenge Accepted.

I have started the Whole 30 program today, September 1, 2015!

Basically it’s 30 days of REAL food like meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. And LaCroix, because that deserves a category shout-out all on its own. You are not allowed to have grains of any kind, no sugar, no dairy, no corn or peas, no alcohol, no legumes, no crap. If you do, you’ll have to re-start back on day 1. 

Cue the dramatic music. 

I know I constantly talk about not following diets and to just eat clean 80% of the time and 20% eat whatever, but I do like the science behind Whole 30. I also like that it’s a temporary trial period to evaluate your health and relationship with food. After all, when you break it down, it’s really just an elimination of typical inflammatory-causing foods so you can ditch unhealthy cravings while discovering whether or not you have any food sensitivities or allergies.  

Click HERE for a list of all the foods that are compliant.

I haven’t been feeling well lately and I was going to just cut out dairy and peanuts on my own, but decided the support from the @Whole30 team would keep me on track. 

Everyone’s journey with Whole 30 will be different depending on what your current lifestyle consists of in terms of food and exercise. For instance, I’ve been gluten-free for four years now so I’m already past that VERY high hurdle that most newbies have to overcome during their 30 days. Giving up gluten was one of the hardest changes I’ve ever had to make in my life, so my heart goes out to those who have to deal with the withdrawal symptoms during the Whole 30 challenge.

That’s not to say this still won’t be difficult for me though! I LOVE peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, dark chocolate, sweet potato chips (albeit a healthier variety, but still a chip!), wine, and ice cream. My go-to 20% meal is almost always gluten-free pizza.

I have a feeling my recent tummy trouble is due to peanuts and/or dairy, but we shall see as this month progresses. Follow my journey here and @belowthefork on Instagram.

Who wants to join me?!?!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at belowthefork.com. Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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