What’s the Whole 30 & Why You Should Give it a Try

It all started with the fatigue. Then the depression set in, then hives, and the inflammation.

I had gained 20 pounds in less than three weeks, even while struggling through a bout of stomach flu.

Something was wrong.

My body wasn’t happy.

I knew my workout schedule had been sporadic. Oh, who am I kidding–it was practically nonexistent.

It was time to get back to work.

It was time to focus on my health again.

Friends had been advising me to try the Whole 30, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. I’m in love with milk, like if I could marry milk I would … that much in love.

Also, withholding food reminded me too much of my past anorexia.

I was worried; could I do it?

Well, I only have five days left, but it’s been awesome.


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If you’ve ever thought of giving it a try, I strongly encourage you to go for it.

Here’s why…


1. What do you have to lose?

Sure you can’t have pizza, cookies or cupcakes for 30 days, but seriously it’s ONLY 30 days. If you hate it, you can order a large pizza and chase it with cookies and cupcakes on day 31.


2. You might just surprise yourself!

I’m not sure about you, but green leafy things are not high on my list of foods I love. In fact I’ve avoided green food my whole life. However, this month I’ve eaten more spinach, tomatoes, avocados, and green healthy food than I have in my entire 41 years. That’s progress.


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3. Cooking can be fun.

It’s no secret that I hate cooking, and making dinner is my nemesis. But with the Whole 30, if I wanted food I’d have to cook it. There were no easy outs {aka a frozen pizza}. So, I was forced to cook, and I have to say I’ve embraced it, and even look forward to it. Sunday mornings have now been turned into meal prep mornings, and it’s made all the difference for my hectic schedule.


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With these three tips in mind, the Whole 30 can change your life.

If you are interested in trying it and are seeking some advice, support, recipes, or just a place to vent, feel free to post in our secret Facebook ICMB Wellness Group {formerly our C25K Blogger Dash Group}.

Just ask to join and we will add you to the group.

I look forward to seeing you over there and chatting more about the Whole 30, and other wellness topics.

Brook {without the "e"} is a spunky faux redhead and former UI grad who has decided to call Iowa City her home for over 10 years. She met her husband on the internet, and they spend their days playing superheroes with their two boys, Edison (2007) and Grant (2010). She juggles mom life with a full-time job as a marketing consultant, competing in triathlons and writing her heart out on her personal blog www.redheadreverie.com. She believes life is a journey, not a destination.


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