It's 3AM, I can't be the only one awake.
It’s 10pm and I have just come upstairs from putting my boys down.  I haven’t eaten dinner and I need a drink.  I’m so tired I don’t feel like cooking.  I’ll probably order a pizza.  My house is still a mess and I can’t think straight.  There are about 64 things I would like to accomplish before I go to bed.  I might get through one of them, maybe two.  By the time the pizza gets here I will be so tired that I won’t want to eat it.  But maybe while I wait I will barrel thru one of my many tasks.  Or maybe I’ll fix that drink and check my e-mail instead.  If I don’t get to bed before midnight, tomorrow will be rough.  At least one of my boys will wake around 1am and need something.  And then they will both be up by 6am.  They won’t be tired.  They will bounce off the walls and hang from the ceilings from the time they rise until the time they fall asleep.  They are those kinds of kids.  There are many  words for it – I will choose the word, awesome, albeit challenging.  We all have to leave the house by 8:30am to get to work and day care.  Those two and half hours in the morning are tough.  I need to be rested so that I can get everyone ready to go and not lose my mind in the process.  This is how it goes.  This is my life.  Poor me.
I’d like to go back to the ‘challenging’ part.  My boys are seriously challenging.  I love them dearly and they are  cute and blah blah blah but they are so full of energy that they make that drumming rabbit look like a snail with a broken shell.
They climb, fight, spit, pee, scream, run, dance, sing, yell, whine, jump, and have absolutely no fear.  Ever.  I know one day I will love this (maybe not the spit part) but today it is exhausting me.  I’ve read all the books, taken classes and changed their diets.  But no matter what, they still have the same amount of energy.  So I have returned to a very simple, tried and true philosophy; if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!  I must acquire some new found energy to match theirs.  And this is how I am going to do it: with my diet.  Was that a let down?  Stay with me.
Food is medicine.  I have known this to be true for many years.  I have healed myself of carpal tunnel by removing wheat from my diet.  I have recovered quickly from multiple surgeries by eating raw, organic foods.  I have gone from Vegetarian to Paleo and everything in between.   But as soon as I feel better, I start to slip.  I’m a cheater.  When I was a vegetarian, I never ate enough veggies.  Now that I’m Paleo I eat too much cheese and I drink a lot of bourbon, neither of which is really Paleo.  Cheater!  And sugar.  Oh the sugar. Not white sugar mind you, but maple syrup, agave, and stevia!  I use stevia in everything.  I am a sugar addict and even though my choices have been better lately, I am still causing my energy levels to spike and drop all throughout the day.  This can’t happen anymore!  This is ruining me.  I have a very limited amount of time with my children and I want to be able to play at their speed!  And their speed is FAST.
So…I’m challenging myself to the Whole30.  I read the book, It Starts with Food, from the creators of this program, and it really makes sense to me.  I’d rather get a brazilian wax while I’m on my period than give up my nightly bourbon/lemonade/ginger cocktail for a month. But I do want to play hard with my children now and when I’m old(er) so I’m doing this.  If it works it will be life changing for my whole family.  Bring on the energy boys – Mama’s about to catch up.
Here are the basics but I encourage you to take a look at the Whole30 website.
  • I will not eat sugar, grains, dairy, or legumes.
    (this includes alcohol! yikes!)
  • Instead I will eat real food – organic, grass fed meat, seafood, eggs, lots of organic veggies, some fruit, and good fats from oils, nuts, fruits and seeds.

30 days baby!  I can do anything for 30 days.  I think.

Who is with me?  Who is up for this challenge?  I know a few of you are –

Lindsay, producer of the hit show Expressing Motherhood wants to get ready for the upcoming Chicago debut.  Not only that but she is a busy mom of 3! Three y’all.  And she raises chickens.  You heard me.  Talk about a need for energy.  You ready Lindsay?

Amy at Pair of Genes has been taking major steps over the past year to literally save her life. Her story is amazing.  Brave and honest is her blog, said Yoda apparently.  And did I mention she’s funny.  Yeah, that’s right, smart, brave, and funny.  And oh yeah, she’s got a 9 year old boy!  ENERGY NEEDED FAST. You ready Amilah?

We all have different reasons for doing this challenge.  Let’s do it together and support each other on the way.  I know it will be challenging.  I know I will need help. Maybe you will too.  Let’s do it.  Let’s tweet it.  Let’s change our lives for ourselves and for our kids!

Tomorrow is my start day.  I know, why put it off?  Well because I need a goodbye bourbon ladies. A final toast, if you will.  So tomorrow it is.  July 19th, 2013.  The day I change my life.  Join me.