whole30: Days 1 - 10


Whole30 is tough, but rewarding.

That's what I keep thinking each day, each choice, each meal. Sometimes I focus a bit too much on the tough part, but I'm only in the first ten days. Apparently it gets better from here.

Tyler and I chose to do Whole30 for different reasons. We both want to be healthier, but I knew it was more for me. I needed to kick sugar. I needed to stop giving it power over my life. I needed to learn how to say no to the doughnuts in the office, no to the doughnuts in class on Sunday, and no to the ice cream every weekend night.

I had given all the power to my emotions, my whims, and my cravings. My mind wasn't ruling my body anymore, and it was time to put an end to it. Travel season is also in full swing during September and I knew I needed to get my sugar addiction under control before I hit the road. AKA Icees and mini Oreos for days.

But I've done it! I've said no for ten days. I've turned down doughnut holes, dessert at La Madeline, chips and salsa with coworkers, and candy at the front desk. I have never said no for so long. And it feels really really good. Saying no is empowering.

I've also learned how not healthy all those "healthy" things are. Guys, we've been tricked. We've been targeted. And I have fallen for it over and over and over. I eat granola because it's a healthy breakfast, right? Look at the cover of the bag! It says so!

But a deeper look and more knowledge has led to an eye opening experience - there really aren't that many healthy options in the grocery store. The pieces are there - the building blocks - but you have to go the extra mile. You have to combine it. You have to cook it.

It's hard. There are a LOT of dirty dishes. My cutting board gets a lot of action. I'm thankful we have really good knives. Some nights I come home and I just ... don't want to make the effort.

But you want to know a secret? The effort makes the food taste better. My food is worth more. And it is doing more for my body than any food ever has before.

A few tips from the Branhams:

- Splurge on healthy snacks. Lara Bars (frozen or heated up) are an absolute fave. I eat them like treats when I'm feeling totally deprived. The picture above is another treat - Kombucha. It's my end-of-the-week splurge.
- Banana ice cream works for special occasions and tastes so sweet! Tyler's birthday is this month and it's what I'm planning to make to spoil him a bit - Whole30 approved.
- Prep, prep, prep. We make a breakfast casserole each week to eat for breakfast. Such a time saver.
- Experiment with new veggies you don't love/know. I am so obsessed with sweet potato now.
- Indulge in the dips! The best part of Whole30 is getting to eat full fat dips. I love the paleo mayo and can make such delicious ranch dressing with it. I even whipped up a delicious compliant tarter sauce. I'm never going back to the store bought sauces! It is NUTS what crap they put in everything.
- MEAL PLAN. Take an hour, research recipes, make a list, and stick to it. It's such a time saver. And keeps me from going crazy.

Here's to the next 10 days!

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