My 30 Day Healthy Eating Challenge

The Fit Crasher 30 day healthy eating challenge

Have you ever wanted to change something in your life – a habit, a trend, an outlook – but a nasty mix of momentum + lack of willpower kept you from giving it a try?

*raises hand*

I know I’m in that boat. Whether it’s scrolling through social media before getting out of bed, staying up too late on the computer, or finding myself 10 feet deep in a salty-sweet snack attack death spiral…I have a few things I’d like to sweep away in exchange for healthier habits. We all do, I think.

One of the things I have always wanted to try is a healthy eating challenge. Not a diet. A challenge. Why? Because there are a few things about my current eating habits that I’d like the opportunity to analyze and step away from. Despite having a sensitive stomach, I tend to find comfort in a heaping plate of burrata or an endless bag of salty popcorn. I’ll pick pizza over paleo any day, and I’ve justified banana bread as a fruit product for way longer than an any adult ever should. The result? My stomach has unfriended me.

I will spare you the details, but after too many days (and weeks, and years) of feeling not good and shrugging it off, I’ve decided to do something about it. I also have my other half to thank – he’s the one that suggested finally committing to it, and is doing the challenge right along with me.

So what is this challenge? It’s not Whole 30, although it’s definitely inspired by it. It’s not strictly Paleo, not really vegan, and definitely not a weight loss pursuit of any kind. It’s a mix of healthy eating ideas and habits that I’ve picked up through being in the wellness space long enough to see what has + hasn’t worked for people.

All I know is that this is my challenge, and by naming it as such I feel much more ownership and investment in making it work. For the next 30 days, here are my simple rules.

Things I will steer clear from

  • refined grains
  • dairy
  • processed sweets
  • anything with added sugar

Things I will eat more of

  • veggies
  • fish
  • chicken + turkey
  • beans, legumes, quinoa
  • fruits
  • H2O

Things that are okay in moderation 

  • wine
  • dark chocolate
  • coffee (okay, not so much in moderation, but I’m going to give it an honest try)

I’m currently on day three and genuinely excited about what the next 27 days will bring. It’s definitely not easy – I miss my overnight oats for breakfast and late-afternoon pretzel binge – but I’m committed to trying my darndest to make it all the way through.

What do I hope will happen? I’m hoping that somewhere along the line my stomach demeanor improves, my sweet-salty cravings subside, my energy levels stabilize, and I generally feel more awesome. That may be a lot to ask from 30 days without carbs or sugar, but I’m putting it out there anyway.

Finally, know that this is a challenge I am doing for myself. I am not a registered dietitian, I am not a food + wellness expert with years of study under my belt, and I am not a nutritionist. I am not asking you to join me in this journey, but I know many of you have tried challenges like this before or are committed to this lifestyle all the time. If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences and any tips + tricks + recipes you might have to share.

I’ll check in at the halfway point with another full update. Until then, you can follow along on my Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter for more.

3 days down. 27 to go!

 

8 Comments

  1. Nicole Haber June 29, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Good luck. Interested to hear how it goes. Is the idea you’ll stick with it forever if you find it makes you feel good?

    • DC Fit Crasher June 29, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Hi Nicole – thanks so much for the well wishes! The idea is to stick with it for 30 days and then see what happens when I reintroduce dairy + carbs. I think the end result may be that I stick to a version of this eating routine for a long time, because so far my stomach is already happier. Stay tuned!

  2. Dina June 29, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Good luck with the challenge! What you are proposing is very much like the diet I have evolved into. It has been great. I didn’t realize how sensitive my body was until I stopped eating certain things – and then when I had them again, whoa! You are going to find this easier than you think and you are going to be very happy.

    • DC Fit Crasher June 29, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Dina, that’s encouraging to hear! I’d love to be able to keep this up for awhile. My body is already happy with the change and I’m excited to see what I feel like after 30 days.

  3. Amanda June 30, 2016 / 2:31 am

    Love this! It’s great that you made up your own rules as you know best what your body needs. After my road trip filled with excessive eating and drinking, I’m doing another round of Whole30 (currently on day 10!), and already feeling more like myself. Looking forward to hearing about your 30 day journey and how you feel. Keep us readers posted!
    miss you!
    xo

  4. Ash Diamond June 30, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Good luck! I think it is great that you are doing it in your OWN way on your terms!

  5. CS August 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Dumb question – did you still eat brown rice on this diet? I think that’s what freaks me out about some more rigid clean eating plans. I don’t find that it bothers me and feel like cutting it is a bridge too far (so I won’t – but wondering what you did)

    • DC Fit Crasher August 17, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Not a dumb question! I didn’t eat brown rice because, truth be told, I don’t really like rice at all! But I did keep eating chickpea pasta and quinoa because I felt like those were good, healthy substitutes for my beloved “real” pasta. I do like wild rice and, if it didn’t take so darn long to make, I’d have used it!

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