Preparing for the challenge of The Whole 30

I have drastically changed the types of food I am eating each day more towards a ketogenic type of eating. It has been around 6 days now and I am seeing things change pretty rapidly. April 1st is that day that I actually start my 30 days with the “The Whole 30” so I have been slowly prepping for the month.

For right now I am learning several things that may be vital for my success next month. The one thing is that lifting heavy weights brings about inflammation in my body and causes my weight to go up. This doesn’t mean that I am not going to lift weights, but it does mean that I will tone down the amount of weight I am throwing up. I have to start lifting for body movement verses muscle growth. As a type II diabetic I have also noticed that after a day of heavy lifting my blood sugar also rises slightly the next morning.

Another thing is that while I am quietly making progress on nutrition and allowing my body to utilize body fat for fuel, I am killing it with a few beers after work. The Whole 30 calls for the complete restriction of any alcohol so beer will come off the table.

I certainly plan to keep exercising during the whole 30 day period but I will even keep the treadmill at a comfortable minimum. If after the completion of the whole 30 program I see the results that I am looking for I may decide to increase the exercise just slightly.

At 56 years old I have learned throughout the years that nature moves at it’s own pace and we humans are certainly a part of the natural world. Any efforts to try to move things any quicker brings about problems. I am developing a plan for life and staying in balance with nature will result in positive changes. It’s so easy to get excited and push a little harder when we see positive results. Sometimes the ego likes to take over and visualize faster progress than time allows.

One of the things that I have starting is going back to taking certain vitamins each day. Although I have never been a strong believer of taking supplements as our food sources should be enough to fuel our bodies I have realized that after a long winter of eating the wrong foods I have to supply my body with the nutrition it has been lacking. This may change after adjusting my diet to whole foods, but for now I want to make sure they are in my body.

One of the tasks I will be taking on is food shopping. I will have to purchase those foods which are on the list of approved food sources and try to find both local and natural processes for both meats and vegetables. Nothing processed, nothing that has been factory farmed and nothing microwaved. I have to bring these foods into my home and start developing a way to make sure they are always available even while working and traveling 11 hours each day. I haven’t completed any of these tasks yet but Saturday I will eat bacon and eggs for breakfast then go out with a shopping list that will yield enough produce for the week. I will have do this each Saturday morning and as time goes by I believe that my creativity along with the Whole 30 cookbooks will inspire me to try different things.

I never like to look too far ahead, but I am scheduled for another blood test in June and it would be fantastic if I could keep the new eating lifestyle up until that time so I can see the actual results of what is going on inside my body.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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3 Responses to Preparing for the challenge of The Whole 30

  1. kkeevins says:

    You are an inspiration, Bill! I’ve been away — both physically and in my writing. Getting back to YOUR blog is pushing me to move forward on my own. THANKS!
    –Kathy from:

  2. det-res says:

    Good luck, keep us posted

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