Remember when Dave and I went to Prague in November for the release of the Czech version of Well Fed — a.k.a., Dobře živeni? The book has...Read More
Whole30 and Well Fed
Did you see the awesome announcement? Whole9 is sponsoring another new year’s Whole30 that starts on January 1. To help everyone kick it off right, they’ve compiled a list of tremendously helpful resources — and Well Fed is included in their list. If you’re still thinking about trying a Whole30, I want you to commit. So in the spirit of getting you on board…
5 Reasons You Should Do a Whole30… NOW
1. You’ve got Well Fed to help you — and it’s Whole30 approved.
|Well Fed is packed with recipes to make you want to smash in your face with joy and all but one are approved for use during your Whole30. In addition to recipes for dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Scotch Eggs, Chocolate Chili, and Bora Bora Fireballs, Well Fed also includes lots of information for how to cook without a recipe — lots of ideas for ways to combine basic protein, veggies, and fats into something special that ensures you won’t get bored and you won’t spend all of your free time in the kitchen. Get your copy of Well Fed now!|
(If you’re curious, the “offender” recipe is a fruit crisp that uses Whole30-friendly ingredients, but is too dessert-y to comply with the spirit of the Whole30. That recipe, however, is just fine for when your Whole30 is complete, and you want a sweet treat.)
2. It’s winter.
I’ve always thought of this time of year as the very best combination of looking ahead and lying low. The days are shorter, the nights are colder… we’re emerging from the holidays and thinking about what we want to accomplish in the coming 12 months. It’s really the ideal time — not for resolutions, but to commit to change, to a new philosophy, to new habits — and to allow time to unfold slowly as we hibernate, gathering our resources for when spring arrives. I like to think of a January Whole30 as the start of superhero training for what’s coming during the rest of the year.
3. It’s uncomfortable, but it won’t be forever.
If you’ve never give up your evening glass of wine or your Saturday morning pancakes, I know it probably seems very daunting. And I’m not going to lie: it can be very uncomfortable at first. But change is always uncomfortable — and we can’t evolve if we don’t ride out the discomfort.
If you’re a CrossFitter, you’ve endured the discomfort of Fran or the front squat or thrusters or [insert your least favorite move here]. But you did it because you wanted to get better. If you practice yoga and/or meditation, you’ve surely felt the discomfort of a pose that went on too long, or a meditation that woke up feelings you didn’t know you had. But you rode it out because you wanted to learn from it.
Giving up some of your favorite foods might very well be uncomfortable. But I encourage you to do it because you will heal your body; you will learn new things about how and why and what you eat; and you will ultimately, feel so much better than you do right now.
4. Why wait?
I would argue that you have no good answer to this question. Why would you wait to start a valuable healing process? Put yourself — your true self — first. Make yourself a priority over social commitments or fear or someone else’s expectations or the demands of travel. You must be your number one priority if you want to be valuable to yourself and others. Why wait?
5. I’m in, too!
I’ll be at it tomorrow, too. I’m continuing with the “rules” of The Healing Experiment and committing to at least 30 days of very strict eating so I can heal my body after the stress and celebration of the last few months. It’s so much more fun when we tackle this stuff together. Join me!
Bonus Reason: It will change your life.
Yes, it sounds sappy, and I wouldn’t try to predict how a Whole30 will change your life. But I know it will. You will be surprised, and I’d wager my last jar of coconut oil that you’ll also, ultimately, be delighted.
Happy 2012 to you! Happy Whole30 to you!