Yes! I’m doing it again! I’m starting another Whole30 challenge from now on, this time vegetarian style.
Not only my weight-loss journey is kind of in stagnation mode right now, but I’m also feeling fatigue, powerless and unmotivated. I started my #missionbikinibody on my Instagram account (@eatcooksmile) a few weeks back. I counted WW points, macros, calories, was weighing, measuring and didn’t go anywhere with all this. The only thing I have achieved was getting myself really frustrated.
I’ve been on Whole30 already last year and experienced various great developments for both body and mind:
- weight-loss and body shape improvement (see below)
- better sleep and easier waking-up in the morning
- no cravings or “afternoon-lows”
- perfect skin, shiny hair and strong nails
- higher energy levels throughout the day
- great performance in the gym
- great overall body image and feeling
The only aspect that made me want to quit after the 30 days, was the consumption of meat. This didn’t make me feel good mentally and really bothered me, especially towards the end. I didn’t know how I could successfully carry out the program without eating meat. To tell you the truth I stopped eating any meat ever since I finished my last Whole30. I simply didn’t feel good about it, my conscious was nagging on me.
But I couldn’t neglect the great improvements of my body and health I experienced doing the Whole30 program, so I thought about a vegetarian version of the program. After some research I decided to give it a trial! If I fail it doesn’t mean that I will start eating meat again. I stopped eating meat for various other reasons than me, myself and I. But I want to take this challenge and see what will happen to me in the next 30 days. Or maybe 60 or 90… If the diet works well for me physically and mentally I might extend it to 90 days, as I feel that 30 days are not enough to change your health and body completely. It just gives you a glance of what you could become if you go one and stay on track. So let’s see. There is no perfect diet, there is no perfect day. I just start and see
A few days before I started today my vegetarian Whole30 I already eliminated sugar, alcohol and simple carbohydrates. By doing this I hope to have an easier start to the program. When I did my first Whole30,I didn’t know better and had kind of a “last feast” the day before I started the diet, which wasn’t a really smart move I guess… I struggled especially in the first days with pretty heavy detox symptoms like head ache and fatigue, which almost made me quit. This time I really want to avoid this!
And this is all you need to start the program:
- Download and print the Whole30 Program Rules
- Download and print the Whole30 Meal Planning Template
- Download and print the Whole30 Shopping List for Vegetarians and Vegans
- Stick 1.-2. to your fridge door
- Go grocery shopping!
- Let your family/boyfriend/flat mates know that your are doing the Whole30
- Seek for support on Instagram, Facebook or in the Whole30 Support Forum
You can follow my #whole30vegetarian journey on Instagram (@eatcooksmile) or here on my blog. I will post meal plans, food logs, recipes and other tips and advice. You can subscribe to my blog by submitting your email, top right on the menu bar and unsubscribe any time.
I’m super excited to welcome you to my #whole30vegetarian journey. For any questions please use the comment function of this post or drop me an email email@example.com .