Whole30 and my very first post!

14 Aug

I made this blog months ago and really thought I’d be actively blogging by now. But its confusing, and way more time consuming than I anticipated. Plus, I had NO idea where to begin! I’ve attempted over and over again to make my first post on PrettyInProtein and backed out because I didn’t know where to start.

But NOW…I have the perfect starting point.

I decided to make 2012 all about me. My health, my happiness, my goals, my future, my body, me me me me me! During this year I’ve made slow progress, progress none the less, to finding my happy point. Primarily with my health and fitness.

I was feeling sluggish, bloated, lazy and unmotivated. And one day I had enough. I made a promise to myself that I would get myself together and change my life in 2012. So, I hit the gym harder, longer, and more consistently. I counted calories, upped the protein, watched the macros, and I SLOWLY started to see results. This brings me to me to where I am today- In relatively good shape, feeling stronger, healthier and motivated. I’ve come far but have far to go! I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

This leads me to the decision I made TODAY! I’ve for the most part followed a paleo-like diet. 100% paleo, 80% of the time, or some ratio like that. Whatever, my point is I eat pretty damn good. But not GREAT. And after researching and reading up on The Whole30 I’ve decided to REALLY clean up my diet, and take The Whole30 challenge. Bye-Bye whey protein, greek yogurt, protein pancakes, rice cakes, and Extra Gum (Wahhh!!!) I’ve felt the amazing benefits in the diet I already follow, but I’m ready for a challenge and a goal.

***By the way, this is not some silly pyramid sales pitch bogus product, just a healthy eating “lifestyle”, the website and the book just provided guidelines, supports, recipes, and in depth information. You can spend the 14.99 to become a member (they gotta make money somehow) but I will not. Because I’m too stingy, hey I bought the book at least.

For anyone who is actually reading this (probably out of pitty), and is not familiar with the Whole30 or a Paleolithic Diet for that matter, it is basically a diet, oops I mean “lifestyle”, consisting of high fat and high protein. I will NOT be eating ANY dairy, grains, legumes, sweeteners (artificial OR natural) YIKES!, no white potatoes, and obviously no alcohol. I WILL be eating extra lean grassfed beef, chicken, extra lean ground turkey, bacon (BACON?!) and any other form of meat, eggs, veggies, small amount of fruits, nuts (NO peanuts…DARN it, NO peanut butter), avocados, and coconut in many forms. Of course this is just a basic guideline, there are plenty of other things I can eat, but even MORE items I cannot. BRING IT ON.

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.” -The Whole9

I also picked up It Starts WIth Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig (creators of the Whole9) and I am already really intrigued. I highly suggest it to anyone interested in Paleo or The Whole30 for a more informative and knowledgable explanation. The book primarily focuses on the use of food as medicine, and how the food we eat can make us healthier or more unhealthy, but the choice is ours.


β€œLet food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

― Hippocrates

This has been a very unorganized post and I feel like there are so many things I still want to go over, but I don’t want to overload my readers…or should I say my only reader (Hey, Dad!).

My Whole30 Challenge officially starts tomorrow. I wanted today to be Day1 but I had some $$$$ Siggi’s Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt) I could not see go to waste. Oh and I HAD to finish that jar of Peanut Butter obviously!


Tomorrow is the day! I will be blogging throughout my 30 days to hold myself accountable, sharing my groceries, my meals, my not-so-fancy recipes, and whining about my cravings. I don’t anticipate this being to much of a struggle for me since the last 8 months I’ve slowly developed an almost most of the time (yes, almost-most-of-the-time) Paleo diet. Here we go!




8 Responses to “Whole30 and my very first post!”

  1. William M August 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM #

    Being at work and trying to kill some time I stumbled upon your blog through FB. I am very impressed indeed. You go girl. Just out of curiosity, what negative impact does chewing gum has on your body, apart from the fact it initiates some functions of the gastrointestinal tract?

    As for me, I have left dentistry and now work at Procter & Gamble as a manager for Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. It is very demanding, but I love challenges. Also it includes lots of travelling (mostly within Europe) which I do not mind at all πŸ™‚

    • Brooke August 14, 2012 at 4:01 PM #

      William! I’m so glad you took the time to comment and read, it is so good to hear from you! Terribly sorry for not keeping in better touch! Sounds like you are doing wonderful and enjoying life, you’re such the adventurous type! I’m surprised to hear you’ve left Dentistry but so good to hear you’ve found something you’re enjoying. As for your chewing gum question, it contains the artificial sweetener Aspartame, which essentially coverts to formaldehyde…But I’m simply cutting out all sweeteners, natural or artificial, it’s simply not part of a “clean” diet…I’m just covering all my bases:) I’ll quote the book more as I read, and become a little more knowledgable. I’m sure you’re far more knowledgeable on this subject matter than I πŸ™‚ Smarty Swede!

      • William M August 15, 2012 at 5:57 PM #

        No worries, Brooke! Living to the fullest is time consuming and makes it hard to keep in touch with people πŸ˜‰ Life has indeed been very adventurous lately – I have been working both in Sweden and overseas as dentist and made some crazy trips along the way. I had not planned to leave the field of shining teeth, but when I got the offer from Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B section I eventually changed my mind. Let’s just say that life is awesome πŸ˜‰

        Hmm.. good point regarding the chewing gum. I guess you could circumvent the aspartame issue by opting for gum that only contains xylitol and sorbitol (not sure if you can find that in “sugary” US :p). As for pure formaldehyde it is unfortunately very hard to avoid that completely, e.g. a pear you buy at the store contains 13 mg(!) formaldehyde.

        As I said, I am very impressed by your new healthy approach to life. It is very inspiring indeed, and I will definitely follow your blog with interest.

        Carpe diem!

  2. amyfgray August 20, 2012 at 4:33 AM #

    hi!! new to the blog and am so excited to read about your journey. love it so far! πŸ™‚

  3. amyfgray August 20, 2012 at 4:34 AM #

    new to the blog and lovin it so far! i cant wait to read about your whole30 journey! thanks for sharing!

    • Brooke August 20, 2012 at 5:23 AM #

      Thank you so much for Checking it out! I’ll be heading on over to your blog now!! Cant wait!

  4. Tyson Ragus September 6, 2012 at 4:39 AM #

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    • Brooke September 9, 2012 at 7:14 PM #

      Why thank you!

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