Needing a Reset

Lately, I’ve been feeling in need of a reset.

I’ve been so swamped with work and life that I haven’t really been focusing on myself or my health (or this blog… elephant in the room) in quite some time. This is not to say I’ve gone completely off in the deep end or anything, but I’ve just been feeling more tired and less focused than I want to be lately. I’ve put on a few pounds, and also my skin has been awful with breakouts lately. (And I’m 30! wtf) Besides the short-lived “I’m going to try not eating carbs!” and “I’m completely recommitted to Weight Watchers!”, nothing has really stuck. I’ve been eating crappy food more than not, not exercising as much as I should be, and just not taking the best care of myself. I’ve been toying with lots of ideas on different approaches I might take since the usual suspects have not been sticking around long enough to help snap me out of this rut. And yesterday, I finally took the plunge and started something new.

Whole30.

I first stumbled across the program several months ago, but immediately dismissed it because it seemed so extreme and wasn’t something I was even willing to consider. But Whole30 kept coming up again and again in my searches, and I started reading a little more about it each time. The tagline of the program is, “let us change your life” and while I’m still feeling really skeptical, I’m willing to give it a try. You can click on over to the site to read all about the specifics of the program (its free), but it’s basically a strict 30 day program where you eat very clean and detox your body from all potential allergens. That means no gluten (bagels), dairy (cheese), legumes (chickpeas), sugar (all), and the clincher – no booze (wine). (In case you were wondering, I put my favorite option from each category in parentheses.) By eliminating all of these items from your diet, you give your body a chance to reset and start to feel better, more alert, and just generally healthier. Also, you lose weight because of the kinds of food you’re eating. At the end of the 30 days, you reintroduce the groups back into your diet one by one to see how you react to them and figure out what foods affect you negatively. Please don’t tell me my results are cheese and wine. And bread.

So what can I eat? Nothing. Ha, just kidding!

But really, what I can eat is meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, and some fruit. That is it. Each meal has to be built around a protein source and then have a few types of veggies and a fat source (like avocado, coconut, olives, or nuts). Fruit is optional and can be part of your meals if you wish.

For me, the equally compelling part of the program besides the lose weight, clear up your skin, and feel less tired part, is that it claims to break psychological holds food has over you, too. I’m not allowed to weigh myself for the duration of the program, and I am supposed to eat three meals a day (no snacking unless really hungry). While this leaves me partly terrified, it’s also partly exciting because it takes the guess work out of it all. I am not allowed to cheat or have slip ups for the 30 days, and I kind of love the strictness of that because I think it’s a good test and I really feel like I can give 30 days if it makes so much of a difference.

Anyway, while it does seem drastic in a way, I’ve never been one for moderation, so this is no exception. With that said, it really isn’t THAT drastic – it’s just a focus on eating real food for 30 days straight and paying very close attention to everything I’m putting in my body. It’s already been pretty eye opening to be reading the labels on foods (I’m not talking nutrition labels) and see how many random things are added to everything that has a label. Also, I don’t know if I should be afraid of putting this out there on the record, but the thing I’m most worried about giving up is the booze! Maybe that should say something.

I’m planning to document my Whole30 experience and will definitely share menu plans, results, struggles, reflections, etc along the way, but if you have any specific questions feel free to ask.

Day two!

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32 Comments on Needing a Reset

  1. Nina
    September 2, 2014 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    I have been a Weight Watcher lifetimer since 1977 and a few years ago I switched to paleo. I’m not saying that I never have something that’s not paleo, but I was finding that with weight watchers I was eating so much processed stuff. I am so much happier eating whole foods. and healthier. You don’t have to think about it so much either. Good luck with this new way of eating!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Nina! I’m not sure where I’ll head after the 30 days, but I am definitely loving how much less processed food I’m eating with Whole30 than I was with WW!

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  2. Sue
    September 2, 2014 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

    Go Beth !! You can do anything you set your mind to !!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks mamadukes! Always my #1 fan and supporter. 🙂

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  3. Kim Waltz
    September 2, 2014 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome Back! We all slip up but the important thing is that you recognize it and are doing something about it!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Kim! Glad to be back. 🙂

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  4. Linda
    September 2, 2014 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    What about WW Simply Filling/ Power Foods?

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    • Jo-Anne
      September 3, 2014 at 7:46 am (2 years ago)

      I agree – Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling and Power Foods Rule! Sure, watch your intake of carbs (stay away from white & processed breads) but try to use more whole grain / starchy vegetables in place of bread. Perhaps you’re just tired of tracking and points?

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      • Beth
        September 8, 2014 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

        That’s entirely possible… but this is working for me right now so I’m going to stick with it!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Linda and Jo-Anne! I do think WW Simply Filling is a great plan, but I was struggling to stick with it (I did try). I think I had just gotten really far off track with my healthy eating habits, and this Whole30 is giving me the reset I need to figure out what’s going to work. I think I will probably end up going back to WW after this, but it’s been really good for me to look closely at what I’m eating and how it’s affecting me, not just “is it a WW power food or no?”. You know?

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  5. Morgan
    September 2, 2014 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    As soon as I read the phrase “nothing has really stuck” I immediately thought “oh she should try the whole 30!” so it’s great to hear that you’re giving it a shot. I’m starting my third week of the Whole 30 and I have to say, its the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I have zero cravings, my energy levels are stable, and my skin is clearing up. I’ve also been far less bloated and the weight I’ve been wanting to lose is falling off. Best of luck with your first Whole 30! Let me know if you need recipe resources!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

      Wow good for you!! You must now be starting week 4 – the home stretch! Congrats. It’s honestly been a little easier than I expected, but the social part has been the most challenging for sure.

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  6. Michelle
    September 2, 2014 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

    Good luck with Whole30! I’ve heard great things about it.

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Michelle! So have I. 🙂

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  7. Tamara Burnett Penny
    September 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Whole 30 plan, it was honestly the only thing that helped me lose weight and break through the cravings and tendency to give up on other weight loss plans in the second or third week. Its strict, but it also takes away some of the guesswork and really forces you to appreciate the simplicity of food, with no addictives or distractions. The first time around, I lost 17 lbs. I just started my second round two days ago. Just make sure you talk yourself through the third day, where the headaches of withdrawal set in.

    Looking forward to hearing about your journey,

    Tamara

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

      I gotta tell you – the strictness of the plan is totally doing it for me right now. I was at Wegman’s grocery shopping yesterday and walked into the bakery section, and I felt so in control. It was just like “nope, not even considering getting any of that” whereas before I might have been suckered into it, and/or looked for the lightest option, and/or played mind games with myself the whole time I was walking through. It’s refreshing!

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      • Jo-Anne
        September 8, 2014 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

        This is how I feel with Simply Filling. I make better choices for snacks aiming toward a power food rather than processed snacks. Sure we can have anything on WW but you make better choices. Either program you choose will work – the key is can you sustain it for life! You’ve got this – you’re worth it.

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  8. Emily
    September 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I did the the Whole 30 and loved it! I also got pregnant during it because I speculate it boosted my fertility. Either way, It’s great for a reset!

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    • Beth
      September 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope that doesn’t happen to me!! 😉

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      • Victoria
        September 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm (2 years ago)

        LOL best comment reply ever.

        (I’ve done 3 Whole30s and if you have questions or run into speedbumps, ping me)

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        • Beth
          September 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

          Haha glad you enjoyed. Will do Victoria – thank you!

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  9. Kate
    September 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I did a whole30 last fall and it completely revamped the way I think about food. I loved it! I noticed improved energy and just overall felt less sluggish. It was hard at first to retrain my WW focused brain to not be paranoid thinking about calories/points/etc but it was totally freeing. I definitely felt tempted to weigh myself but I’m glad I didn’t because I think that takes the focus away from what’s important. I hope you have the same positive experience! Good luck!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m definitely experiencing that – restructuring the way I think to not be scared of dietary fat and calories. What a different world!

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  10. Stephanie Heaton
    September 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

    My hardest part with the Whole 30 was the sneaky soy lecithin that was in all of the teas I wanted to drink, sugar was easier to avoid than that. If you don’t find your energy improving try adding a little bit more fat into your diet, once I added just a little more fat I stopped being so tired while doing the whole 30. I very much enjoyed my time on the program and stuck with paleo for several months after (the holiday’s finally intervened). I should really do another one soon… Good luck!

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  11. anon
    September 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like this reset really works for a lot of folks. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences – what you are eating and how you are feeling. Good luck!

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  12. Lola550
    September 6, 2014 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to hear how it all goes!!! Have you started yet? Love to have a menu plan!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Lola! I started last Monday, so today is day 8! I’m planning to share some of the food I’ve eaten later this week, so stay tuned!

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  13. Suzanne
    September 7, 2014 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

    Good luck Beth!!! Clean eating will re-energize you.

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Suzanne! It’s definitely doing that!

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  14. Liz
    September 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL I also did a Whole30 and got pregnant, it is great for fertility. Baby will be here in December 🙂 I loved the restart it gives you and has given me a healthy pregnancy. Good luck!

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    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

      Ahh congrats!! Definitely enjoying the restart portion… 🙂

      Reply
  15. Jill
    September 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Right on Dude! I did one in November-I learned a lot. Lost a few unwanted lbs….I think it is a good plan.

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