Hello Homewarders and friends! Now that Easter feasting is over and most of the candy has been eaten, it is time to start thinking about dietary changes to make sure all of your hard work in the gym can be shown off. Homeward is hosting a Whole30 challenge for members. For those of you who have not heard of the Whole30- it is a 30 day clean (and I mean SUPER clean) eating challenge. There are many reasons to do the challenge and I will use Melissa Hartwig’s (the co-creator of the challenge) own words to explain some of said reasons:
“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.” (https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/)
So, if you would like to see improvements in one or more of these areas:
You should join us starting Monday, April 24 for 30 Days!
The rules are simple:
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial.
Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And ideally, no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
Do not eat grains.
Do not eat legumes (this includes peanut butter).
Do not eat dairy.
Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
Do not step on the scale or take any body measurements for 30 days (do measure and weigh the day before you start so you have a good before and after measurement).
If you are interested, please comment below!