Today is Day 1 of my Whole30 journey. A journey I have been longing to take but could never seem to find the courage, or as I would tell myself “the right time.” Until now.

I have been soul searching something fierce this summer. I deactivated nearly all of my social media accounts, started reading more, spending more quality time with my family, moving my body more, cooking more, connecting more with myself. And so now this seems like the logical next step.

I have made no secret of my struggle with food. At one time going so far to one extreme and now battling at times with the opposite. It’s a rollercoaster I am ready to step off. A struggle I am willing to part ways with. And a person I am wanting to grow from.

Why Whole30? Why do I need a structured program to follow instead of going it alone? Because I know I can’t do it on my own. I have followed Whole30 for years, attempting it once, and I have seen the fruits of the participants’ labor.

I want in.

I want to mend my relationship with my body and with food. I want to feel good as I nourish my body which in turn will nourish my emotional well being. My hope is to be a little more courageous, brave, more of a fighter and a giver, more direct and purposeful. On Day 31 I want to have walked so far out of my own darkness that the old world crumbles behind the existence of who I was always meant to be. I need the support of a community and I need my hand to be held as I make this 31 day journey back to the basics and back to good health.

My mom has decided to join me although not 100%, and I am really grateful to have face to face support. This is important to me as it is one more big step on the road to finding myself. Although I am stubborn as hell, I know I cannot do this without people behind me.

I have done basically all of the reading up on how each day will feel, and from my past experience (making it half way through), I know it all to be completely true. I’m extremely optimistic. I don’t want to revert back to my current ways. I want to move beyond them instead of being weighed down by them.

This is going to take a lot of time, effort, patience, and self realization. And I am so ready. I knew I would eventually circle back around to this at some point, when the time is right. Now it is.

I am going to document my Whole30 experience here, as reference for myself in the future and for anyone who stumbles upon it to maybe draw some inspiration from.

Have I mentioned yet how excited I am to begin? 🙂 I hope you will follow along.

For more information, visit www.whole30.com and be sure to check out the accompanying book, It Starts With Food.

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