Today I'm starting my third Whole 30 challenge. Why? Now that it's summer I've been noticing some not so great habits sneaking back in. Before those habits take hold, I want to get back on a track that has been working for me. The truth is that I just feel better eating paleo. Yes, there are treats that I still allow myself, but since those treats have been showing up more frequently, it's time to spend a short time away from them.
For example, I have a really bad addiction to Starbuck's iced chai lattes. Not only are they extremely expensive, the sugar & dairy is more than I can handle. Also, my kids tend to steal them from me making the pricey treat not even worth it. I've been phasing them out with almond milk chai using the Oregon Chai concentrate. I was surprised that the concentrate didn't have sugar per se, but evaporated cane juice and honey still count as sugar and trigger more sugar cravings. These will be the hardest things for me to cut out during the Whole 30, but worth it in the long run.
One of the other key things I want to work on is portion size. Even when eating clean, too much can be a bad thing. The Whole 30 challenge will help get me back to a place of actually listening to my body during meals again.
I got a little burned by making weight goals last Whole 30 and so I won't be doing that again this time. Instead, I'll be focusing on portions and getting in as much exercise as I can. I've set the fitbit for 12,000 steps a day and hope to go over that at least 3 days a week.
I'll be doing Whole 30 from June 4-July 3rd. I'll also be joining my friend Stephanie during this challenge and her journey is super inspiring! I'll wrap up here with how it all went!
Wanna join in??