Whole 30 was a very eye opening experience. I never realized that so many of the foods we eat on a daily basis have sugar added into them. This sugar is added for no real purpose other than to get us to eat more of said food. With Whole 30, we have become more conscious, as a family, as to what we put in our bodies. We are reading food labels more carefully to find the hidden ingredients that our bodies don't need and we are feeling healthier than we ever have.
I had been training really hard and feeling great after the first week of Whole 30. I decided I would go to Dothan, AL for the SACF Half Marathon and use it as a test race for my goal race in a few weeks. I had a plan to just put a time down for the race and run without pushing too hard. My body felt great the whole race and I ran around 2-3min faster than I had planned to run. My confidence is high and my body is ready for the big race. I give the credit to changing my diet and my body being able to take the hard training miles due to eating the proper nutrition.
After the 30 days were over, we cheated a "little" bit. And after a few of those cheat meals, I could tell my body was not happy. As a family, we have decided to keep with the Whole 30 diet for around 90% of our meals. If you have ever thought about doing Whole 30, DO IT. It's not easy, but things that are easy typically aren't as rewarding as what you have to work for.