I don’t remember how many times I say to myself: “ok, starting from tomorrow, no chocolate. I’ll be healthy and start exercising” But, yeah, predictably, that tomorrow never comes…
I guess when we say tomorrow, it can take days, weeks, or even months. Tomorrow can seem so far. In fact, sometimes it’s like it doesn’t exist. Because no matter how motivated or self-disciplined we are, something can always get in the way of tomorrow.
But girls, if we set a more tangible deadline, a realistic one that gives us a chance to actually manage the tomorrows, we can easily prepare ourselves to diet. I suggest Whole30: a 30-day clean-eating plan in which we cut out foods and eating habits that have a negative impact on our health. Yes, by negative impact I mean sugar, booze, grains, legumes, additives, soy, diary, smoking, everything. And chocolate too. I know it sounds intense or like there won’t be flavor, but girl you going to feel so accomplished later.
It’s about time for a reset. Whole 30 can actually help.
Here is the list of foods you can eat as much as you want (let’s try to keep it adequate though):
Honestly, who would say no to strawberries?
Familiar with Sweetgreen’s motto? “Beets don’t kale my vibe.” (Sorry for the terrible puns).
Why don’t you have that barbeque you’ve been talking about when the weather is still so nice.
Let breakfast be your favorite meal: Eggs any style.
You can always have sashimi.
Time to fill up on some guacamole. Whole 30 doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?
→ Black coffee and tea
Always works better than your alarm clock.
And here are the ones you should be avoiding:
Whole 30 just got tougher. NO wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and EVEN all gluten-free foods like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Beans of any kind: black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.; peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. You heard right, no peanut butter either.
Say bye bye to soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame…
→ Sugar & REAL or artificial sweeteners
This surely wasn’t a surprise, I mean if healthy goes hand in hand with Whole 30 this is possibly the most expected one. But you’ll also be missing the natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, and stevia
Cow, goat and sheep’s’ milk products. We swear it’s not as bad as it sounds, just replace it with… water? Smoothies?????
→ Baked goods & junk foods
No honey, you can’t have even a tiny slice of that delicious cake- keep it away, put it down.
We all know you’re going to be hungover the day before you start to your challenge. Totally FINE! Keep your body hydrated though.
Well, it is very bad for our health anyway.
Yes, it’s intense. But honey, you got this! Whole 30 is honestly all about making healthier eating choices and living your best life. There are so many benefits to it and you will actually feel pretty great.
During these 30 days, try to stay away from the scale too. Your body composition is going to change a lot. But it’s a gradual progress, we can’t force ourselves to feel healthier by tomorrow. Give it some time. Give it 30 days.
Also, a final tip try to incorporate any kind of vinegar into your diet. It’s not the miracle ingredient, but it’s one of the closest to it.
Best of luck my queens. And while you are at it, why not start working out a bit? Check out our favorite beginner’s workouts.
XoXo Queen Sel.