Congratulations

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.

Day 29

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.

Day 27

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.

 

Day 22

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.

Day 20

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?

 

 

Day 19

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.