I'm not even sure how many of your will be interested in this type of blog but I am going to keep a diary for myself and if you are interest it might help you out in some way.
I have decided to do a Whole 30. What is that you may ask? Well here is a little background about it and why I have decided to do it.
I have the pleasure of working with an amazing woman named Denise who would be know to the world as Irish Paleo Girl (_www.irishpaleogirl.ie). She has a huge following on her blog & Facebook account and rightly so. Denise is studying to become a nutritional therapist and passionately follows a Paleo Diet. In her words "The Paleo diet mimics the diet of our ancestors. The emphasis is on clean, real foods - with no grains processed foods, sugar or dairy."
Now I am NO expert on nutrition or the Paleo diet but after working with Densie for over 2 years I have a general idea of what is good and what is bad. And let me tell you we are all be hoodwinked by society today. I bet you think Special K is good for you...WRONG!!!! it is FULL of sugar. And sugar is BAD, BAD, BAD!!!I'm not going to get into a whole load of detail but if you are interested in finding out more go check out Denise's page.
So a Whole 30 is basically stripping certain food groups from your diet like sugar, grains, dairy, legumes oh & of course alcohol. These unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory foods are zapping my energy levels, making it impossible to lose weight, disrupting my sleep and basically killing me slowly. A Whole 30 is like pressing the reset button on you body. It is a great kick start to what will hopefully the start of my new healthier lifestyle
Now before you go saying oh it's the same as the Atkins or any of those other fad diets I can assure you its not. Yes you have to remove certain things from your diet like bread, pasta and sugar but if there is one thing Denise has taught me is that there is nearly ALWAYS a healthy tasty Paleo alternative.
A little about me!!!
Well where do I begin - I am 33 and have been over weight for nearly all of my adult life. I have a very busy hectic life (which I love) but unfortunately don't always have the energy levels to keep up with it. I suffer from PCOS and don't sleep well at night. That's me in a nutshell. And I'm hoping this Whole 30 will be the kickstart I need to fix some of those problems.
I have tried EVERY diet under the sun from Weight Watchers to Slimming World, Atkins, Lipotrim and the Cambridge diet to name a few. I always do well for about 6 weeks then I fall off the wagon and return to my old ways therefore putting on whatever weight I had lost (and sometimes even more). About 18 months ago I joined my local Gym and stuck to a brilliant regime and healthy eating plan (mostly Paleo) for over 3 months. I lost 2 stone and then Christmas came and I threw all my hard work away.
So I have decided to start again!!! I am kicking off with a Whole 30.
The Whole 30 is basically a really strict version of Paleo. It is a great way to jump start my new healthy lifestyle and even though it will be VERY tough I think I am up for the challenge.
I will keep you updated on here. It may not always be a full written blog but I will post photos of my daily menu and how I am feeling on them days.
Wish me the best of luck!!!!