Today I am so excited to introduce you to my guest blogger: Megan Ogar! She introduced me to this thing called the Whole30 and since I am participating in it this month, and I have blogged about it… I figured I would invite her to give you her perspective! (also check out this blog that also features her!)
Without further ado… Party People… Here is MEGAN:
When I first heard about the Whole30 in the beginning of 2015, that’s how I felt. My cousin was doing a Whole30 challenge at his gym and said I should try it. My reaction was something like, “That sounds awful. Never ever no no no.”
So what is it? The Whole30 essentially asks that you cut out the aforementioned food groups, which have been known to make people less healthy, for 30 days. At the end of 30 days, you re-introduce those groups one-by-one, reflect on their effects and decide if that food is worth it to you.
Please understand this about me: I love food. I love food so much that my friends in college turned my name into a verb meaning “to eat a lot.” Let me use it in a sentence: You just Megan Ogar’ed that entire plate of appetizers all by yourself! I have never been overweight so I just figured I could eat whatever I want, and I did.
Yet, here I am doing my fourth Whole30, two years after saying how awful it sounded, and I’m pleased to tell you it isn’t awful at all. It’s actually pretty amazing. I’m happier, healthier and all-around feel more empowered in my life because of Whole30. Let me share with you what I’ve learned:
- Food is fuel for your body. It affects so much more than weight and when you feed your body good things, you can tell. When I did my first Whole30, I was amazed at how much energy I had. I didn’t need to set six alarms – I woke up with the first one! THAT’S HUGE FOR ME, PEOPLE. I could also focus on a task at work without getting distracted, and I felt less anxious than when I’m hopped up on the sugar. Overall, I just felt better.
- Real food tastes better. I have made so many delicious Whole30 compliant recipes, and I’ve found that I can really taste food without the sugar or additives we find in a lot of our dishes. It also turns out you don’t have to smother something in cheese to make it taste good. Who knew?
- You can do anything for 30 days. This isn’t giving up popcorn for the rest of my life. It’s for 30 days. I’ve survived weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties and even a barcycle bachelorette party while doing Whole30, and it makes me feel #limitless.
- I’m still fun! If I’m being honest, a big reason why I didn’t want to explore the Whole30 and the biggest struggle I’ve had while doing the Whole30 is that unhealthy food felt like part of my identity. I never wanted to be that I’ll-just-have-a-salad-no-cheese-no-croutons-thanks girl. I was the girl who ordered a cheeseburger on the side of her pancakes. What I’ve found, though, is that I still have a personality without pancakes, and cupcakes don’t define me.
More than anything, the Whole30 empowered me to make positive choices in my life and to feel good about choosing a healthier lifestyle. This empowerment has spilled into other areas of my life such as regular exercise and sleeping and maybe even sticking to a budget this year. Big things. So when they say the Whole30 can change your life, look no further than the gal who went from qualifying Diet Pepsi and Doritos as dinner to really looking forward to roasting up some brussel sprouts tonight.
Are you doing the #januarywhole30? Thinking about doing one? Comment below!
Megan Ogar is da bomb! She also just had a really exciting engagement in ATL with all of her girls! It is actually an adorable story! To learn more about Megan, check her out on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook!