Failing Forward

I’ve been known, at times in my life, to take on too much. See also: signing up for a half marathon while I’m planning a wedding, traveling 2x a month for work and starting an independent business. 

Am I too ambitious? ADD? The world may never know. But I did it again. I posted about starting a Whole 30, and made it 8.5 days into it before falling off the wagon. In my defense, I was at a funeral and emotions were running high. And did I mentioned we’re under contract for a house? These are all excuses, true. 

I failed. That is what it comes down to. Do I regret the croissant I bit into that day, ending my streak of Whole30 perfection? Not one bite. I learned so much from this failure. I fully intend on trying Whole30 again when I can devote preparation time to it, when I’m not setting myself up for failure by traveling 3 days into it. I believe in the science behind it, and using it was a reset to get my body to baseline and understand what I react well to and what I react poorly to. 

But for now? I’m not beating myself up. I’m just failing forward. 

PS: I did not eat that ice cream cone, but I wish I had one.

Why I’m Doing a Whole 30

“Isn’t that paleo?”

That was a question a coworker asked me the other day about my Whole 30, and because I was busy that day I just replied, “Nope.” But really, I should have given her a better explanation. Or directed her to read It Starts With Food. (Which you really should read.)

Have you ever read a horoscope and felt like it was exactly describing your life and/or current situation? That’s what I felt like reading It Starts With Food. Seriously. I had been feeling pretty crappy off and on for months. It happens every so often and I ignore and eventually start to feel better, but then I came down with pneumonia and it felt like the last straw. I felt unhealthy. And this is coming from someone who eats pretty well and works out. 

I won’t try to explain all the science behind Whole 30, but I will say that the Hartwigs (who wrote the book) make their reasoning clear. They don’t eliminate foods because it’s the way cavemen ate – they eliminate foods that can be problematic. 

What attracted me to the Whole 30 is that it’s a nutritional reset. 30 days eating whole foods and avoiding those that are physically or psychologically bad for you in order to heal your gut, tame the sugar dragon, and change your relationship with food.

So, why am I doing a Whole 30? What do I hope to accomplish?

  • Improved digestion
  • Better sleep
  • More energy during the day
  • Break my sugar addiction (this is my BIGGEST goal)
  • Heal this weird patch of dry skin/eczema on my elbow that I can’t get rid of (TMI?)
  • Learn to eat more intuitively

Non-goals (is that a thing?)

  • Lose weight.

See that? I am not doing this to lose weight. For maybe the first time in my life, I am more focused on my HEALTH than I am my weight. I am happy with how my body looks – now I need to work on healing it. I can’t promise I’ll always be quite so self-accepting, but I am enjoying it for now.

Can I just say….the Whole 30 is hard! In the grand scheme, I know that it isn’t. But when you’re traveling 3 days into a totally new way of eating, it’s pretty difficult. I’m excited to get back to Salt Lake, get back in the kitchen and experiment with more new recipes!