My life has been a rollercoaster of a relationship with food. Like many others, I have struggled with my weight since I was a young girl. Only now as I am pushing 30 am I beginning to gain clarity around what food means to me. I have completed 3 Whole 30‘s now, and these have been my spring boards to understanding how food affects not just my body, but my mind and my experiences as well. I won’t lay out the details here because you can read those at whole30.com/whole30-program-rules. In summary, it’s 30 days  to reset your body’s relationship with food by eating only whole foods, things that are 100% food – no chemicals, no added ingredients – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oils. The program is accompanied by a book titled, It Starts With Food. The creators of the program/authors of the book emphasize how much (read: all) of our health and well-being is affected by the food we eat. This sentiment has truly taken hold with me and extends into many facets of my life. Relationships often start with food. My first date with my husband was a dinner date. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. My day starts with food. My monthly budget starts with groceries. My holidays and celebrations tend to revolve around food. I have underestimated just how important the purchasing , preparing, consuming, and discussing of food is to my daily life and my whole life.

So, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I’m undergoing a Whole 25 Days of Gratitude – 25 days of eating whole food and reflecting on food and fitness related good fortunes. Thanksgiving is about food & gratitude – so why not be very intentional about both? It has been scientifically proven that people who express gratitude are generally happier than those who do not. So I am combining the science of thanks with the non-science of eating well for 25 days of resetting my body, resetting my mind, and getting ready for the holidays and the new year on my own terms. Follow along. And Happy Whole 25 Days of Gratitude! Let’s start.



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