As a health and fitness editor, I prioritize eating to nourish both my mental and physical health. But it’s not always easy to maintain that balance, for two major reasons. The first is that, yes, I’m a health editor — which means I’m constantly bombarded with info on the latest “it” food, cutting edge nutrition research, and new insights from experts on the healthiest strategies.
Secondly, I’m only human, and I have a busy schedule — which means sometimes reaching for the easy-to-grab thing in my pantry for lunch, or ordering takeout on nights neither my partner nor I can muster the energy to cook up a meal.
There’s nothing inherently “wrong” or “bad” with either of the scenarios I just listed — but it has taken most of my adult life to let go of obsessions over eating the “healthiest” or “best” foods, and the guilt I feel when I don’t. Now, I try to prioritize eating in a way that minimizes stress, isn’t overly complicated, and feeds my unique body according to its individual needs.
That’s why I was so intrigued by the new Plant-Based Whole30 protocol. The whole concept centers around the idea of eliminating potential triggering foods, and really tuning into what impacts your body. Even though I already follow a mainly vegetarian diet, with occasional seafoodI was very curious how a full month of unprocessed foods, no added sugar, and a little extra mindfulness could help me check in with what’s really serving my body.
Don’t worry, I’ll spare you the 30+ day journal, and instead give you a few of my personal takeaways from this experience.