Simon says: Build your village.

They say it takes a village. I’m not really a people person. Step four of the Whole30 is to build a support team. This part is harder for me than following the food rules. I like the thought of the accountability, but currently I’m not a fan of the sharing. A few days ago, I told my friend that I’m planning this. That was easy. Today I told my husband and kids. That was harder. I don’t know why.

But doing this Whole30 is really important to me and skipping steps lacks commitment. If I want this, I have to suck it up. It’s only 30 days. When I decide what date I want to start, I’ll post it on facebook too. I don’t much facebook, but at least it’ll be “out loud” and out in the open.

I’ll also subscribe to the Whole30 Daily Newsletter and maybe post on their forum. I mentioned to the girls in my Mom Group that I was going to do a Whole30 soon. The villagey thing to do would be telling them my start date too.

Step three is commit. Get pumped, choose a start date, go public, take action. Seeing as I went through the effort of creating this blog, I’m committed to the idea. I’ll be more pumped as I get more sleep. Mom’ing a seven week old is often sleeplacking. I’m just happy I am posting today, even if it is after midnight now.

I haven’t decided if I want to start my Whole30 on September 1st or if I want to wait until the Monday SeptemberWhole30 special event on the 5th. Sleep might decide it for me.

Speaking of which….good night.


Simon says: Follow the rules.

The Whole30 program has 8 steps (unless you’ve done this before and then there are only five). I’m going to follow the 8 steps because I’d rather go back to basic basics, in order to be successful. Step Two is Read the Program. It outlines the program rules and what is expected of me. The rules have to be followed exactly to optimize results. Bitching about the rules is pointless. It’s only 30 days. I chose this.

The rules are as follows, for 30 days:

Eat Real Food
This includes meat, eggs, seafood, lots of vegetables, little fruit and good fats from oils, nuts and seeds.

Avoid Not Real Food
No sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. No unpronounceable ingredients. No paleofied baked goods.

No scale. No measurements.

Extras to Remember
Clarified butter or ghee are okay.Fruit juice as a sweetener is okay.
Green beans, sugar snap peas and snow pea pods are acceptable.
White, balsamic, red wine, apple cider and rice vinegars are allowed.
Salt is okay.

As part of the rules, I must commit to these guidelines for 30 days. No slips, no excuses, no whining. 100% commitment for 30 days.

This is Step Two—the information. This is the easy part. I’ll delve into some of the other steps tomorrow.



*All of this information can be found on the official Whole30 site or pdf.

Simon says: Be accountable.

I am going to complete a Whole30 in September. I used to eat this way as a constant lifestyle. For five years. Then last year I got pregnant and eventually all that remained was gluten free. Now I’m trying to manage raising a new baby (along with two older children) and sleep-deprivation and stress. I miss feeling healthy. I don’t want to feel like I’m losing my mind anymore. Anyone up for a game of Simon Says? I need all the help I can get.