I'd been looking for an excuse to cut away some excess - but especially sugars and natural sweeteners (like honey), having celebrated two family birthdays this month. So, two web-friendly ways to follow the July Whole 30 challengers:
- Having just started up a Twitter account this very month, I suggested we tweet about it for moral support using the hashtag #JulyWhole30 in our tweets.
- There's a Facebook group that you can join for the July Whole 30 too! (I'm not a Facebooker, but figured that lots of you are and would join!)
A lot of the Whole 30 challenge I've already had lots of practice in tackling; for example, I very rarely eat grains. The big challenge for me will be foregoing my beloved pastured butter and coffee with heavy cream since dairy is out - but then again I've been thinking about doing a trial dairy exclusion for a while. I'm the only one in my family doing this for July; my husband and girls will soldier on with their usual lineups and packed lunches.
In lieu of butter, I'll be cooking with leftover bacon fat, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and other high-heat-stable fats.
Another challenge for me will be going a whole month without weighing myself - as the Whole 30 Challenge guidelines suggest. I'll do initial weigh-in and measurements on July 1, and a final weigh-in and measurements on July 31.
So are you in? Are you going to try doing the Whole 30 Challenge in the month of July? Join us on Twitter (with hashtag #JulyWhole30) and at the Facebook group and say "Hi!" Hope to hear from you soon!