The Challenge.

Alright, while home my old gym, as well as some gyms of some friends, were doing a lifestyle challenge called ‘The Whole 30.’ This is based on the nutrition ideology of Whole 9 which is centered around the paleolithic nutrition plan. This is not a diet plan. I repeat, this is not a diet plan. This is a new way of treating your body, and the things you put in it, with a little consideration. But, the best part of this little change is? You will actually lose some weight as it will help improve your body composition, you will have a lot more energy, better sleep at night, better attitude and last, but not least, better athletic performance. Think I’m lying? Well, take the challenge with me and see what you think. If at the end you are unsatisfied you can personally find me and rub my face in a pile of refined sugar, but I have a feeling that will be unnecessary.

So, this is for all those talking to me about getting a jump start back in to a good eating lifestyle that will also benefit their beach bod. Read up here on the philosophy behind the Whole 9 nutrition scheme – ‘Nutrition in 60 Seconds’

March Whole 30 Challenge (Albanian style)

After you have done your research a bit on the philosophy behind Whole9, now you are ready to take on this challenge. We will start March 1st, tomorrow, and continue for 30 days. Here are some notes to keep in mind:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. We will cut these suckers out for 30 days so your body can recover from the effects these nasty things may be giving you.

Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.

Here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program:

Zero sugar of any kind, real or artificial

Zero alcohol

Zero grains

Zero legumes

Zero dairy

And…zero white potatoes (and since these are the only kind we have here in Albania, zero potatoes)

[quotes taken from Whole30 site, link below]

I know what you are thinking. “Woman, that is like my whole diet here in Albania. What the heck?” But please, I really do encourage you to take some new steps and try to follow this, just for 30 days. Veggies and fruit are super cheap, most meat is too, the hardest part is the ‘plenty of good fats’ portion which will require some searching on your part. I have been eating like this, as close as possible, while here with a few slip up lately. (Hey…winter makes you seek small little food-like pleasures in life) But, I’m ready to kick start my own healthy lifestyle again. Plus, why not do this somewhere where you have an abundance of time and produce to think of really great meals? Just saying.

Here is the Whole 30 Plan laid out, I encourage you to read it: The Whole30 Challenge

Leap Year WOD:

2 1/2 mile run

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of:

Squat jumps

Push ups

Sit ups


Enjoy and happy 30! Remember YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!


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