Another Whole30 in the books! I have to say that this one was significantly easier than my first Whole30. I knew what to expect since I had did one before and I was just so ready to make a change. The holidays definitely brought more sweets around than usual and I’ve found that once I start eating sugar, it’s hard for me to stop. And it’s healthy sugar too (at least for the most part!) like Paleo cookies or some dark chocolate after meals. I don’t regret having these things at all, but I think it’s good to give your body a re-set when you find these items creeping into your diet more often than you would prefer.
When I used to pick up a packaged food item (and by packaged I mean anything that comes with a label and an ingredient list), I used to immediately look at the “nutrition facts” section. I would go straight to the serving size and the calories per serving. Calorie count was the main indication to me if a food was “healthy” or “unhealthy”.
To start off, this isn’t a post against Whole Foods. I absolutely love Whole Foods and they are one of the main reason I love grocery shopping so much. I think they have an abundance of amazing products and I respect their overall mission. This article could also have been titled, “Not Everything at Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, etc. is healthy” but because Whole Foods is known as the “natural” grocery store, I thought this title was fitting. So, while I am still absolutely espousing the benefits of eating so many of Whole Foods’s organic/local/ natural foods, that doesn’t mean that every food/ product that is carried there fits this criteria.
We’ve all heard before that stress isn’t good for us. It can cause weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, etc. but the real question is why does this happen and what can be done about it? To understand this more, we have to talk about cortisol.
The New Year is upon us! I don’t know about you, but 2016 definitely had its rough moments. All in all there were some wonderful highlights and amazing memories, but there were also some low points. Sometimes when we’ve had a tough year we approach the New Year as a “re-set” point or a time to “change things around”. I think it’s fine to set goals and aspirations, but if there is one goal I can encourage you NOT to set, it’s a weight loss goal.