New Year, New Whole30

Today is Day 1 of global Whole30. After a few solid weeks of consuming more sugar than I have in a very long time, I was so ready for today, if only to slay the sugar monster that had taken over.

Going into it, I knew that I was going to set a couple intentions for this round, which I intend to go as long as necessary to completely reverse my auto-immune disease, something I expect to take longer than the prescribed 30 days. I tend to eat, particularly during the work week, on a schedule, regardless of actual hunger. When 11 AM rolls around, I’m wanting to eat lunch because I eat my breakfast at 6:30 AM and it’s just time at 11. If I’ve eaten a breakfast that best supports my body, I’m rarely actually hungry at 11. I end up eating because of some preconceived notion that it’s time to eat so I should eat. Either that or it’s a good moment between tasks. On the weekends, I’m still struggling with a bit of boredom eating, which really doesn’t have to be the case. I have PLENTY to do. If I’m bored it’s because I’m being lazy. So one of my two intentions for this Whole30 is to only eat when I’m hungry, the only exception being breakfast during the work week. I really can’t roll into the office and plunk down my breakfast in the middle of doing payroll.

My second intention is to mind my fluid intake, especially on the weekends. I tend towards dehydration, especially since one of the side effects of a medication I need to manage my condition leaches all of the sodium out of my body. I’ve never been very good at drinking enough water, including as a child. I don’t have a set amount in mind for my daily consumption, I’m more looking for mindfulness. Dehydration has many symptoms, including false hunger, exhaustion, and headaches. I tend to experience these symptoms regularly and rarely does it occur to me that I’m dehydrated until I start thinking about how little I’ve drunk for the day.

Here’s to a healthy New Year, I’m well on my way!