I first heard about Whole30 five years ago. At the time, I was in college and our nightly ritual consisted of grabbing our favorite pints of Ben & Jerry's and as many bags of chips as our arms could hold. Safe to say, going 30 days without sugar, carbs, dairy, and alcohol was something I absolutely could not wrap my head around. Fast-forward to March of this year, and there I was beginning the program. What changed? A whole lot.
Four years into working full time I found myself with a laundry list of gastrointestinal issues, an extensive medical bill from the many doctor visits and tests done, and no answers. Even though I was now eating a healthy and balanced diet, I felt I needed some type of reset. My friends and I were continuously tossing around the word "reset" and began considering the idea of doing Whole30 without ever thinking we had the discipline. That is, until, all of a sudden, three of us agreed that March 1 would be our first day.
After people questioned my sanity for completing Whole30, they always asked what I learned. The list is long, but here are a few take-aways: