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20LBS, 1 YEAR AND 4 WHOLE30S LATER...

This is me 20lbs heavier from a year ago. Lots happened and I lost sight of my health and my eating got out of hand.

Some may call me crazy.

Over the course of a year, I decided to get my act together and did the Whole30...more than once...4 times to be exact.

Some were more successful than others. I'd like to share my experiences with you in hopes that you too won't give up and will learn something new about yourself each time.

First, what is Whole30? It's 30 days of eliminating processed foods, sugar, grains, legumes, dairy and anything artificial from your diet. We eat only whole foods such as high quality meats, leafy veggies, good starchy veggies, some less sugary fruits, nuts and seeds. That pretty much sums it up. You can also read more here.

After years of practice cooking for me, Cashmere and Mex, I've learned the art of using spices and herbs to flavor things up, kicking it up a couple of notches. So, adapting to eating "clean" was fairly easy for me. The hard part was eating similar meals throughout the week and not eating out.

Here are some things I've learned over the course of doing the Whole30 several times:

1. You need to prepare ahead of time. Grocery shop, prepare the foods, cook some of it in advance. If you don't cook order from a supplier such as Power Supply.

2. It takes work. No one ever said it was going to easy. Simple and easy are NOT the same thing. Just as everyone knows that exercise is good for you but it's still hard to stay committed to it.

3. Your friends may or may not be supportive of your newfound way of eating (and drinking...alcohol is BIG for a lot of people). You have to hold your ground and don't cave into peer pressure. There's always a way around it.

4. Routine was and is my friend. It sounds boring but really it isn't. I like to call it...consistency.

5. You'll start trying recipes from cookbooks you bought 2 years ago and wondered how you never thought it looked appealing before. It's because your mind is seeing things a bit differently the more you grow accustomed to eating a certain way.

6. It's a slippery slope. So, the reason why I did the Whole30 more than once is because I didn't know how to handle the off-roading. I got a little better at it each time though. It was the aftermath of the 30 days I struggled with. One after-dinner treat became two or three. I allowed "cheats" to slip in once in a while thinking it couldn't hurt. And, it probably didn't but that little slip grew larger and more constant. Then, I just found myself back to square one again. 

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I worked hard at reducing stressors. Melissa's Stress video.

Keeping a 90/10 balance is my goal. Zoning helps a lot for portion control too. So, I allow the maple syrup in some of my recipes, I have a cheat meal maybe once a week, I don't go bonkers if I have to be socially polite and eat or drink something I'm normally not used to.

It works. It takes practice guys. So, don't give up if you fall off this time around. Dust off and try again. Bottom line, you're creating a healthier lifestyle, it's not a one time diet gimmick. Off-roading the Whole30 can be controlled if you want to...if you really REALLY want to.

If this is something you'd like to try out for yourself, you can request to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pvpaleoprimal/.

Here's a recent full photo of me with the Mex and Cashmere on our staycation.

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