So one of my biggest issues with a healthy diet has been accountability and sticking with it. Until now, that is. Recently, I completed a Whole30 challenge. (For more info, visit http://www.whole30.com). This is basically a Paleo challenge. Think no grains, legumes, dairy, sugar. You may be thinking, what the heck did you eat then??!?!?! Well, one of my new obsessions happens to be brussels sprouts and bacon. It is absolutely delicious. I have never even though about trying brussels sprouts before and now look at me! Another new food I’ve developed a love for through this process is the plantain. It looks like a banana but only tastes somewhat like one in its very ripest state. My favorite recipe to make with plantains so far is a tostada to eat as a substitute for taco shells. Again, it’s DELICIOUS!!
Not only have I tried new foods through the Whole30 process, but I’ve also felt better than I maybe ever have. I can honestly say that I went 30 whole days without cheating once – and that means 30 days with no SUGAR (besides that found in fruit), and I survived.
I did this challenge with a group of people which really helped with the accountability aspect. I knew I couldn’t cheat because I knew there were other people counting on me to complete the challenge with them. It’s true what they say about finding someone to workout with and hold you accountable!
So where do I go from here??? Instead of 30 days – how about 8 weeks??!?!?! Enter the Whole Life Challenge.
It’s 8 weeks of not only nutrition accountability, but fitness and overall well-being as well. I start on January 11th and am again going to be doing it with a group of people from my local gym. If I can do the Whole30 for 30 days, I can certainly do the Whole Life Challenge for 8 weeks (especially since the Whole Life Challenge isn’t as strict). I’m so looking forward to feeling absolutely amazing when I finish the 8 weeks! If you’re interested in doing the Whole Life Challenge, make sure to add my team as one of your teams. Search for Next Level Iowa to find us!