The One Where I Started the Whole30 (Again)

Back in 2016, Robbie and I did the Whole30. I wrote a recap here about it all. It was exactly what I needed to really get a kickstart to feeling my best after having Eleanor. She started sleeping through the night, and I was working out regularly. I saw the start of big changes for myself physically, and after I continued working out, getting sleep and eating better, I felt better than I had in years to be honest.

Here I am about 8 months out from having Otis, and I am in need of this kickstart again. My mom is super keen for this as well. Robbie and my Dad – maybe not so excited, but they’re going to join us, too. In February, we aimed to do a Whole30, but I had so many things come up with my teeth (basically a 6-month tooth nightmare that only just got resolved 2 weeks ago!) that it was simply too much for one month. My breastfeeding supply was affected because I wasn’t eating enough, but most things I could eat, hurt my mouth. So we did a “Whole15”.

This month, I am ready for it. We are starting today. We went grocery shopping, and I am excited to feel good.

The Issue With Food

The area of food was one of the biggest areas that I was nervous about in moving back to the US. Australia is not perfect by any means, but in general, I find that they are a bit more focused on fresh, real food. The sizes are way more reasonable as well. I always felt so unhealthy when we would come home for holidays to the States. There are a million and one options for everything at the grocery store, and it was overwhelming to walk into a grocery store compared to Australia. I was also sad about leaving all my good coffee spots in Newie. Ohhhhh Australian coffee, how I miss thee!

I was nervous about this part of our move, but if I am being honest, food has never been a strong suit for me. I have such a sweet tooth, and for so much of my life, I have been an emotional eater. Basically all of that amounted to way too much sugar and unhealthy choices.

Being a mom now brings everything into such a different perspective, and as I look at Eleanor, who also has a sweet tooth, I feel so responsible for instilling in her better habits than I have. I haven’t done great, but I definitely am ready to improve.

“My child will never have sugar!”

What a lovely ideal right? I kept Eleanor away from sugar until her first birthday, and then she got that giant smash cake and all those ideals of a sugar-free childhood smashed with that pink icing. Ok, ok, I am being a bit dramatic.

I think as parents, though, we have this ideal, perfect picture of how we will parent, and often, the sugar thing is one of the main ones. It’s incredibly difficult once they know what sugar is to avoid it, especially in the presence of other little friends. I am not afraid to say “no” to Eleanor, but I also don’t want that to be what she hears the most from me. Striking a balance is a bit of an art – an art I am still working on.

Small Steps Add Up

Small steps are something that I know will make a difference and that should be celebrated. I am naturally an “all-or-nothing” kind of person, though, so sometimes small steps feel too…small. I am really recognising recently the power of those small steps, though, and how they all add up over time. So my small step this month is another Whole30, which isn’t actually a small step per say but it is only a month. Anyone can do anything for a month. At least that’s what Rachel Hollis says, and she’s kind of my girl right now. (Go read Girl, Wash Your Face – it’s so good!)

Here’s to the next 30 days – to better health and better habits!

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May 24, 2018|Random|2 Comments


  1. Tina May 24, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    So good Ash! I am so keen to do the whole 30….not sure what’s stopping me…other then our finances. I love your initiative though! Keep it up girl!

    • Ashley Willingham May 25, 2018 at 12:44 am - Reply

      It’s definitely doable, Tina! We did it one month about 6 months after Eleanor was born. We ate a lot of eggs, and then we prioritised veggies and meat. You can probably make it work! Love you!!

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