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Best Investment

Science Project 1974
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The best investment I have made in my 49 years, came this year when I purchased the @Whole9 / The Whole30 Daily! The cost of investment was $14.95.  The ROI was priceless! Yes, I know this sounds hokey.  Quite frankly, I felt like it will be another wasted $15 on computer generated motivational emails. Furthermore, I will not take to the time to read the emails completely and it will just take away time from my limited hours after work.  Not!  It has is read immediately following my daily devotional Jesus Calling readings!  I cannot tell you how powerful accurate information is when you are searching for answers to the symptoms of addictions! Let me repeat this…  clear concise information about what you can expect during your detox! I never expected I would need support.  I thought all I need was simply being disciplined enough to simply eat what I am suppose to eat.

I did not bargain for what was revealed to me… addictions!  I have had an issue with the fact that I have had an addiction that I could not control… to the fact I would risk my health for it.  No it is not tobacco, alcohol and/ or drugs but worse SUGAR! It is in almost every product we consume.  I have loved sweets since I was a child buying “Now or Later’s” from Ben Franklin’s (chain store back in the day) to enjoying the new low fat/no taste diet Snack Welt cookies.  It scares me to think that I have universally trusted all food and the source.  In this day and age, how can food be bad for us… we have scientists testing things all the time and they let us know when we should be aware of concerns. How naive! My eyes have been opened and I would like to pose some questions to see if you are ready to make an investment in your health.

  • Does everyone need to go through a Whole30?

In my opinion, it is the best science experiment for your body EVER!  It is not a fad diet, latest greatest thing to “fail”, nor is it a quick fix. Quite simply… It is an investment in your health!

  • Is your health worth 30 days of discovery?

30 days seems so short when you look at the length of time compared to the years we  have eaten so badly.

  • Are you willing to give up foods that give you side effects?

Yes, side effects!  Hidden and noticed side effects are a huge observation during your experiment.  It will surprise you that you have masked the side effects with medication, and /or more food that causes more tolerating side effects.

  • Can’t find 30 days that you can dedicate without major celebrations or sabotaging events?

Good try… I have had these celebrations in my first w30… 3 workplace birthdays, 1 baby shower (my first grandchild), beginning of school year, Labor Day cookouts, wedding rehearsal dinner, wedding, friends bringing me thank-you food (cookies, GiGi cupcakes, homemade gaja kalwa- yummy India dessert and hospital junk food) and the birth of my granddaughter!  Yes, I planned this time as it was the least tempting 30 days.

So… sit down write down the date you thought you might be willing to try it… then go straight to Whole9 | The Whole30 Daily and subscribe to the daily newsletter.  It will tell you everything you need to know to get started… even how to prepare to start.


Challenge or Destiny?

Since August 14th, I have been challenging myself to become healthier, stronger and leaner.  I began the ultimate 100% clean eating plan… Whole30! Today is day 41 of my challenge.  It is one of the hardest thing I have done in my 49 years of life.  The challenge came about when I realized that I have been comfortable being average.  Why? Life can throw many things at you and you adjust; however, sometimes you are just happy to not be in panic ready mode.

I like to think of my plight this way…

Football fan? Sorry… soccer fan?  If so, you will understand this imagery… I see everyday like it is my own football match… I am the manager and I must have RIGHT formation, the BEST possible players I can afford, and I must be trusted to do my job to the BEST of my ability so I can BEAT ManU (doubters), Chelsea (food-pushers), Man City (sugar), Arsenal (grains), Newcastle (legumes) and Tottenham (dairy) so I can be BACK in the Champions League (the best shape and fitness)!

Hence, understanding my club’s motto… You’ll Never Walk Alone!

The Whole 30!

Yes, I have cleared the pantry, fridge and the junk drawers!  The time has come… Whole 30!  I have started this process before only to be crushed by my robotic grazing actions.  I never knew how much I eat that I did not remember eating!  WIth Day 0 – Day 4 behind me… I have a realization that I have been chewing sugarless gum for the last 4 days!  Why would I never consider that food?  So… despite my concentrated efforts, I cheated.  Therefore, I have hit the “reset” button and am on Day 2 of my FIRST Whole 30.  I pray that I have the strength and the dedication to stay focused to not only finish the Whole 30 but feel and learn from every step.   Feeling confident but I will not #FAIL.The