Whole30 January + A Fabulous Giveaway - A 30 Day Challenge from Simply Sissom. Join me in making and eating quick and easy meals that are completely delightful, BUT that just happen to be heavy on the veggies and lean meats... for the month of January.
Do you want to try out Whole30 with me for the month of January?
Or, let me put it a different way.. do you want to join me in making and eating quick and easy meals that are completely delightful, BUT that just happen to be heavy on the veggies and lean meats... for the month of January?
That's exactly what I was hoping that you would say!
What is Whole30?
Think of Whole30 like pushing the reset button (pretty January appropriate, huh?) with your health, your habits and your relationship with food. It's an opportunity to learn how the foods that you've been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long-term health, body composition and how you interact with food.
Let's also take a second and talk about what Whole30 is not. It is not a program that requires you to count or restrict your calories, weigh-in (in fact it's a big no no), or keep track of your measurements.
Yeah, yeah... that all sounds great, but give me some details.
For a full 30 days, you'll completely eliminate the foods that Science has shown to be the most commonly problematic. At the end of the 30 days you will reintroduce those foods you've been missing, while paying attention to any changes that you experience (aka.. bloat, insomnia, weight-gain, break-outs, etc.). END GOAL: you will be able to make educated decisions about when, how often, and in what amount you can include these "less-healthy" foods into your diet.
What is Whole 30 January:
Let's start with what it is not. It's not a super strict meals- all- planned -out type of situation. It's not a cleanse. It is not a course. The message is NOT that the eliminated foods (grains, dairy, alcohol, sugar, legumes, "junk food" and anything that contains carrageenan, MSG, soy, and sulfites) are bad.
This is just a simple and straightforward challenge to give Whole30 a shot! An opportunity to see what foods might be triggers for you. The challenge is to investigate how your body reacts to certain foods, by first eliminating them and then slowly reinstating them after the 30 days are up.
We will get started on January 2nd and will end on January 31st. During that time you'll see a whole bunch of ALL NEW Whole30 compliant recipes that are quick, easy and made with regular, non-scary real food ingredients right here on Simply Sissom.
What are the rules of Whole30 January:
I could spend time writing out all the details, but in all honesty.. the Whole30 website is the best place to get this info. Spend some time looking over the rules and other resources. It's all laid out for you!
Wait, you can only have black coffee?
You guys, I'm going to keep things honest around here because, well... why wouldn't I? Starbucks, creamer and basically anything that makes coffee taste great is STRICTLY forbidden on Whole30 aaaannnnnnd, I could honestly care less. We all make our own choices, and you can do Whole30 your way. Cutting out my morning coffee is setting myself up for failure (or at least hating life). I'd strongly suggest that you don't let a hang up or 2 stop you from participating. While cheating isn't technically allowed (in fact it's forbidden), I know that I need a little wiggle room I this area in order to be successful. This may not be true for you, but it's true for me.
Remember: make your own choices.
I'd strongly encourage you to create a Whole30 January Meal Plan that's specific to you and the foods that you want to eat.
Here's a PDF that makes that easy ->> Whole30 January Meal Planning Template
And here's what it looks like:
How Do I Join You?
Yay, yay yay! Here's what you can do:
- Read up on Whole30 and begin to formulate a plan for what your meals will look like. I have recently added a Whole30 category to Simply Sissom to make looking for yummy Whole30 compliant meals effortless.
- Make sure that you Sign Up for the Simply Sissom E-mail List so you don't miss any new recipes in January.
- Download this FREE MEAL PLANNING TOOL and start making plans for your Whole30 (planning ahead is key for this to work out).
- Join the Simply Sissom FB Community, It's FREE! I will be jumping in on FB LIVE and adding extra recipes, posting my meal plan for each week and sharing tips and tricks for a successful Whole30 that you won't find on Simply Sissom!
- Talk to me about what you are doing by leaving comments on posts or using #SimplySissomWhole30 on Instagram.
- Comment on this post... because, well... who doesn't want to win FREE STUFF (see below for more details)
What if I Want More Information and Support?
I'm not a nutritionist or doctor or anything else that fits anywhere within the realm of Science. I feel like this needs to be said loudly and repeatedly. Just. a reminder.. I AM NOT a nutritionist.
So if you want more in-depth resources, a stronger knowledge base and specific menu planning support I would definitely recommend reading material that is more formally organized than what is provided here.
Melissa Hartwig (co-founder of Whole30 program) does an excellent job of spelling out everything that you could ever need to know on her website - and provides TONS of delicious recipes that are completely Whole30 compliant in her 2 cookbooks. I own both, and they are each fabulous in their own right.
Whole30 Cookbook: I love how this is organized! If you are someone that loves to cook once and eat twice, this one is for you.
Whole30 Fast & Easy: Another 150 Whole30 compliant recipes, but with an emphasis on simple and easy (kinda my thing).
A Fabulous Giveaway:
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!
Let's talk about the FREE stuff! I picked up some stuff for this giveaway that I find helpful when making healthy, real food, Whole30 compliant meals. If you want to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you think about giving Whole30 a shot. You can say "not happening," or "I'm interested," or "bring it on, I love a challenge!" Here's what the winner will get: Giveaway will close on January 1, 2017 at 12pm EST. I'll pick one winner by randomly choosing from the list of comments. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only because of shipping, but if you are not from the U.S. and would like to leave a comment , I would still be thrilled to hear from you!
Lastly: If you have a question about Whole30 January, leave a comment!
And if you aren't already signed up for the Simply Sissom email list... get it done! I don't want you to miss any of these Whole30 January recipes!