Day 1 of Whole30

A new book recently made its way into our house.  The fact it’s a book is not really a big deal.  We have a plethora of books in our home and have given away just as many over the years.  The fact it’s a book about healthy eating is kind of a big deal.  However, I have bought several books over the years on healthy eating, in my endeavor to eat healthy in a culture of overabundance, where it is hard to consistently eat healthy.  The fact the book was bought, read, and tried by my main man (MM) is an even bigger deal.

He read the book, It Starts With Food (by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig) while I was away and decided to try it.  He’s been happy with the results thus far.  Which makes me happy.  Because, while I know the Lord is the author of our lives and has ordained each one of our days, I also know the Lord has given us our bodies and the responsibility for the proper care and feeding of them.

I am a big advocate for healthy eating, so of course I have decided to read the book and try the plan, called the Whole30 program.  30 days.  I can give it a go for 30 days.  And, in the spirit of a writer, I thought it would be worthwhile to keep a journal of my 30 day journey.  And, of course, in the spirit of a blogger, I thought it would be interesting to share it with my readers.

Since my MM has read the book, he is able to coach me through the plan and I can read the book as I go along.  There are 22 chapters in the book (along with the 2 appendices) and since I currently have several other books I am reading, I decided to read a chapter a day, which will take me through most of the 30 days.

Today is Day 1
What are the big changes?  Well, first off no coffee.  Not because I can’t have coffee.  Whole30 allows it.  But because I can’t have my sugary creamer with my coffee.  And I just can’t bring myself to drink black coffee.  So, I made myself a cup of herbal tea, no sweetener.  It wasn’t bad.  And I was still able to wake up to a cozy cup of something warm.

The second thing is no sodas.  They have sugar or a sugar substitute as well.   Not too big of deal, since I usually only drink one diet soda a day.  But no coffee and no soda meant no caffeine.  Kind of tough today, since I am still jet lagged after returning from my trip yesterday.  I think the little nap I took helped me survive.

Chapter 1: Food should make you healthy
True statement.  But in our culture today, food does not always fulfill that role.  Especially when we’re rushing through the drive through or trying to throw together a quick meal, or snack on the run.  We are a very busy society and our food choices and, therefore, our bodies, suffer for it.

The first chapter, as well as the foreword and preface are, of course, geared to convincing the reader to check out the amazing plan.  Because it will change your life, it claims.

We’ll see.

My attention was drawn to one of the many areas Whole30 is supposed to provide relief: joint pain.  Something I have been suffering from over the last 5 years or so.  Nothing debilitating or keeping me from my normal exercise routine.  But annoying and a bit disconcerting nonetheless.  I would be delighted to find out if there is a certain food causing it.

1 day down, 29 to go.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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4 Responses to Day 1 of Whole30

  1. Janet says:

    You make me laugh! Hope you get this new lifestyle change to work!


  2. The no sweetner thing is tough for me. 🙂 But by God’s purpose and design…. I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength! 🙂


    • I went through some serious withdrawals. I like it in my coffee and I love chocolate. I could not imagine living without chocolate. But amazingly, the cravings begin to diminish and I find that I am actually enjoying the almond milk in my coffee.
      Of course all of this takes time, planning and a little bit of preparation. A luxury I know today’s families rarely have.


  3. Pingback: Revisiting Whole 30: Needing a Restart | tablets of human hearts

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