Sometimes I feel like people think that there is secret to motivate them to do Whole 30 that I’m not telling them.. That there is a grand secret that I’m not telling them. And there IS, but What if I told you that that secret lies within you and only you know it—cryptic? yes? Hahaha
It’s true! But one of the first things I believe you need to do to start Whole 30 the smart way is:
Begin to examine why you are eating the way you are… Is it emotions, stress, ease, habit, fear of something new, etc.. Just sit down and figure out your biggest pull on why you eat WHAT you eat!
This will likely show you that you have a problem within your control that you want to work on a solution for..
Think you have a food allergy/intolerance?
If you think on that for a bit you’ve likely indentified at least one a problem that is currently out of your control that you want an answer for..
Having multiple problems (in and out of your control) and seeking those solutions are amazing ways to stay motivated, but if you are younger and reasonable healthy those goals will probably start to seem too short term to you to get through the really tough days, and past the 30-40 days of the program towards continued success.
So now I want you to write down what the value of your health really is… *and yes this goal was my biggest helper*
This is something that isn’t explainable in a number.. in fact for me it came down to this…
The value of my health is that lord willinging I’ve been avoid anything serious, and been a good enough steward of my health and I am able to sit on a porch swing at age 80 with Kyle by my side (and hopefully some grandkids near me). The things I’m doing in my life now and the choices we make as a family, always point to this goal ultimately.
I would love to see our kids and grandkids grow up.
I want to see them get married.
I would love to laugh and cry at their weddings, while also hardcore judging their young/hip photographers lol.
However, if we are being honest. With the way I was treating my body before.. I was scared that if I wasfortunate enough to avoid accidents and serious illness in the next decade or two that I still wouldn’t be treating my body well enough to make it to see even Tristan’s wedding..
I decided quickly that I couldn’t prioritize food/laying around over these memories, and this gift of a life any longer…
Because while I was justifying a junk binge that added weight or gave me symptoms that made me want to crawl into bed with the whole #lifeisshort philosphy. I was missing out on the life in front of me, and not being a good steward toward the life that hopefully lies ahead of me.
This is for you if you struggle with the whole #lifeisshort motto….
I had to realize that despitethe colorful mantras dancing across Instagram telling me pizza all week is okay because “life is short” or that I may look back and regret what I didn’t eat… life is not actually that short.
On the days that I wasnt thinking #lifeisshort I was using the whole, “we aren’t promised tomorrow” line on myself #YOLO, but that’s kinda nonsense as well..
I mean, If we truly lived our whole life that way we would blow our life’s savings the first few days after we heard that motto, and likely have nothing after a week.
The funny thing is that we know that we can’t mess around with something as tangible as money because it affects other people, but since our lifespan is very unpredictable due to the unknown. we somehow feel okay gambling with our health and bodies instead— even though this could also affects our loved ones negatively.
Because sure while you may not worry about that daily serving of food that gets bigger and bigger at first— I mean who knows 🤷🏻♀️ you could be hit by a car tomorrow — However, if you are fortunate enough to stay alive and make it to your older years, you will likely regret some of selfish choices you justified while younger, especially the ones that can really effect your health and quality of living later in life.
When it comes to food, a lot of our society lives in this very “all or nothing” way vs. steadily seeking moderation. We were the clean plate club, rewarded with candy, sweets, and pizza parties, and we now look to 4 letters #YOLO to be our nutrition guide?
The problem is that when most of us jump on the health wagon it’s full force and when we fall off.. we tumble HARD and stay down until the next wagon comes to town. Nothing about gradual results, moderation or commitment is really focused on anymore, because this type of success isn’t SEXY anymore. But let me tell you, ANYONE who has had lasting success in any area of their life has had this because of the “hard work: little by little” mindset.
At first, I loved the Whole30 because of how it was full force. I loved the “all or nothing” approach at the beginning, but then at the end as I slowly went back on some non compliant foods and chose to leave other behind I realized how it taught me so much more than just want to avoid. It taught me moderation, wise choices, and how to throw yourself in full force to beniefit your system, but cautioned you to continue that mindset long term without transitioning back to foods in moderation!
If you pinpoint your life’s “WHY” and dedicate yourself to a life of moderation and consideration when it comes to choosing you foods I truly believe you can do Whole30 very successfully and continue those results after it’s over!