I want to take a minute and say a huge congratulations to everyone here who made it all the way through. I am so proud of each of you and have talked with most of you and the stories you have shared about what you learned and how you felt and the shifts in your thinking have been amazing and so impressive.
You guys make this job so great.
It’s SOOOO CLOSE. Hang on and finish this journey strong. I really am proud of all of you. Please use the comments today to start to put together your personal success story on the Whole 30. How you feel, What you Learned, If you’d recommend it for others, anything. Please give me your thoughts and feedback on this process.
Did you discover you had ‘go to’ meals or websites or cookbooks? Please use the comments to share with the group any of the above.
We are almost there guys. Only 3 DAYS LEFT!!!
Are you going to begin reintroducing on Thursday? What are you going to reintroduce? Why that food group first?
On a separate note: Primal Blueprint is on amazon.com for $11. October 7th @ 6pm will be the first meeting. We will post more details tomorrow.
Sorry about the missed posts! There are 4 days left!
Sorry about the missing few days. My mistake with the auto posting
Now it’s time to start thinking about how to behave without the safety net provided by the Whole30 rules. You might be looking forward to indulging in a special treat after you cross the threshold of Day 30; you might be feeling so good, you don’t want to mess up your perfect record; and you might be downright scared to go off-plan after feeling so good these past few weeks. But some day, some time, you will eat something that’s not Whole30 approved, and when you do, we want you to be ready. So this week, we’ll prep you as best as we can to take the next step—what we call “riding your own bike.”
Stay on the path for just one more week—and have a great Day 22!
If some of what you were hoping to see hasn’t happened yet, do not fret. Depending on your previous lifestyle and your individual context, your magic might not kick in until the very end of your program—and you might need to continue your squeaky-clean commitment beyond 30 days to accomplish all of your goals. Medical conditions are especially tough to resolve, as are longstanding habits. If your skin isn’t clear just yet, your digestion has yet to settle down, or your Sugar Dragons aren’t yet dormant in their caves, take heart. Many Whole30 participants report they didn’t get to the real life-changing stuff until their very last days on the program… and that their results continued to improve as their program extended beyond the initial 30 day period.
At this point in your journey, you might find yourself hungry for more life-changing information—and not just about nutrition. We’ve talked about exercise, recovery, sleep, stress management… but what about those other factors? Today, we’re sharing some reads we think you might enjoy, all about fun and play, personal growth, and temperance.
- Drop Dead Healthy, by A.J. Jacobs. The true (and truly hilarious) story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world. (You can also listen to his TED talk on the subject.) [Personal Growth]
- The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. [Fun and Play, Personal Growth, Temperance]
- BuzzFeed, http://www.buzzfeed.com. Promising you the hottest, most social content on the web, BuzzFeed is good afternoon-wasters like 32 Pictures You Need to See Before You Die and 32 Signs You’re Addicted to Pinterest. [Fun and Play]
- What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, by David DiSalvo. In What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. [Personal Growth, Temperance]
- Hyperbole and a Half, http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com. The brainchild of a creative genius named Allie, this blog is good for hours and hours of laughing out loud (literally, not in that annoying “LOL!” kind of way). Start with This is why I’ll never be an adult and you’ll know what we mean. [Fun and Play]
- You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you’re as deluded as the rest of us. But that’s OK—delusions keep us sane. [Personal Growth, Temperance]
- Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer. Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” drawing on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade. [Personal Growth]
- The Art of Manliness, http://artofmanliness.com/. Specifically for the guys, this website promises to revive the lost art of manliness with such articles as How to Shuffle a Deck of Cards, Want to Feel Like a Man? Then Act Like One, and 8 Ways to Stay in Shape at the Office. [Fun and Play, Personal Growth]
Comments are losing a lot of steam. You are in the tail end of this 30 days. Please keep it up and get back to the posting.
The media’s influence on our lives:
- A study of 4,294 network television commercials revealed that 1 out of every 3.8 commercials send some sort of “attractiveness message,” telling viewers what is or is not attractive.
- In articles about fitness or exercise plans, 74% cited “to become more attractive” as a reason to start exercising, and 51% noted the need to lose weight or burn calories.
- Among children 8 – 10 years old, 50% are dissatisfied with their body size.
- Among 9 – 11 year olds, 46% are on diets “sometimes” or “very often.”
- 82% of those 9 – 11 year old’s families are also on diets “sometimes” or “very often.”
- Among 11 – 13 year old girls, more than 50% believe they are overweight
- An average US woman is 5’4″ tall weighing 140 pounds; the average US model is 5’11″ weighing 117 pounds!
- 44% of US women are on a diet.
- 29% of US men are on a diet.
- 35% of people on a diet develop some sort of pathology around food.
- $109 million is spent in the US every day on diet and weight loss products.
Statistics from eatingdisorders411.com and nationaleatingdisorders.org
As Melissa Joulwan writes:
“What if I’ve been looking at this thing from the wrong direction all along?
My underlying motivation for all of it – the weight loss, the physical challenges, the healthy eating – has always been that I wanted to be the best version of myself that I could possibly be. Happy, healthy, fit, strong, attractive. But that pure motivation got bastardized into numbers and external measures that divorced what I wanted from what I did.
So what if I try something different? For the first time in almost 30 years, what if I don’t set a physical goal – no weight loss, no leaning out, no target time on the clock or weight on the bar.
Instead, what if I just behave like the best version of myself? Then I will be her.”
What would happen if instead of setting goals to become a “better you,” you simply lived as the Best Version of Yourself?
Whether you are perusing the farmers market, have invested in a CSA share, or pick veggies from your own garden, eating food that is in season is easy on your wallet, and provides you with nutritious food that is yummy and natural. Take a look at the info below and decide if eating seasonally is something you are ready to incorporate into your new healthy food habits.
- As soon as a fruit or vegetable is harvested, its nutritional punch begins to fade. Vitamins are highly unstable and are largely depleted after just a few days. Since out-of-season produce may be shipped from thousands of miles away, it loses keys nutrients on its path to your table. But when you buy local produce that’s in season, more of the naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients make it from the food into your body. Bite into more of the benefits of seasonal produce.
- Mother Earth News has a whole series of articles on How to Eat Seasonally including How to Build a Basement Root Cellar and How to Eat in Sync with the Seasons.
- This interactive map from SimpleSteps.org helps you find produce in season, depending on your geographic location within the U.S.
- It’s pretty well-known by now that your local farmers market is a great way to get seasonal, local food without much effort. Check out Farmersmarket.com and find out more about what’s going on in your community.