There is something called the Whole30. An eating program designed to reprogram the way we eat, and the ways in which we think about food. I’m a fan. It has worked for me in the past, and when I am in need of a reset, I will return to it again.
Loosely, it goes something like this. For thirty days, cut out all dairy, added sugars, legumes, grains, and alcohol, choosing instead to consume real food including good protein, plenty of vegetables, fruits, and ample amounts of natural fats. By the grace of God, you can still have coffee.
There were days when this it felt like an impossible assignment. I did it anyway.
There were days, when I felt like a total fraud. I did it anyway.
There were days when I wanted to give in and give up. I did it anyway.
Every time I have completed the Whole30 (and occasionally, the Whole60 or 90) I have felt better. Lots better. More energy, better sleep, increased clarity, and a more positive outlook (after the initial crankiness wears off).
I’m not jumping back on the Whole30 bandwagon just yet, but the program has me thinking about how these same principles—cutting out things that can have a detrimental impact on our health and wellbeing, and consuming instead what will nourish and fuel our lives more effectively—might transfer to other areas of our lives.
Welcome to the Whole Thirty-One: Soul Food Style
Loosely, it goes something like this. For the next 31 days, cut out all negative self-talk, fear-based language, and scarcity thinking, choosing instead to begin each day with a positive mindset, language seasoned with gratitude and grace, and the faith that what is needed will be provided. By the grace of God, you can still have coffee.
There will be days when this will feel like an impossible assignment. I will do it anyway.
There will be days, when I will feel like a total fraud. I will do it anyway.
There will be days when I will want to give in and give up. I will do it anyway.
This sounds like good food for thought to me. Maybe it does to you too.
Welcome to Day 1