Those of you who have read Whole 9’s It Starts With Food or came to our nutrition Q&A a few weeks ago may know that our bodies are wired to crave sweet, salty, and fatty foods because of an innate desire to thrive. What our DNA didn’t account for though, was the once undulating cycle of feast and famine that came with the seasons has been replaced with a perennial buffet in today’s world. So our poor bodies now have too many opportunities to mess up our hormones to such a degree that we turn to food for other reasons than thriving.
We did not require a food log this time around, but that’s not to say we don’t encourage it. Whole 9 recently posted an article about stepping away from the food log. They advocate ditching a calorie counting chronicle in favor of a journal where you can better document your relationship with food. Are you snacking because you’re hungry/angry/lonely/tired? Are you not hungry in the morning this week, but after tweaking your sleep/food/workout you find yourselves waking up hungry the following week? Do you feel better when you incorporate a certain food into your pre/post WOD meal?
Diving into the Whole 30 program is not about crash dieting, but rather a way to assess your lifestyle, nutrition, and overall health. You are your own science experiment and health retreat. So why go through this journey and come out with just a list of foods when you can learn so much more? Here’s an excerpt from Melissa’s article about why you should cut the calorie counting in favor of a journal:
Because the Whole30 is about you creating a new relationship with food.
Because counting calories tells you absolutely nothing about how your body feels when you fill it with vibrant, nutrient-dense, satiating meat, vegetables, fruits, and good fats.
Because, like stepping on the scale, tracking calories and fat is ultimately keeping you from listening to your own internal cues that help you intuitively know which foods are making you more healthy, and which are making you less healthy.
Read the rest of the article here.
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