My husband and I just completed a round of Whole30. It wasn’t the first time we have completed the program, but it was the first time we completed it in a long time. We have been off the rails with our food choices for more than two years. Once I got pregnant with our son, all bets were off. Once the baby got here, I thought I would go back to my usual eating habits. But everything had changed.
Finding time to make a meal was tough with a newborn in the house. Fast forward to Labor Day Weekend 2022, and we were both struggling with weight gain, brain fog and my anxiety and stress were maxed out. We committed to the Whole30, and we both saw great results. We lost weight. We felt better, had sustained energy. No brain fog. And my stress level, while still full of stressors, was manageable. I didn’t feel like I was drowning in my work life/home life balancing act.
These non-scale victories are what led me to having a renewed interest in exploring mindfulness and meditation. My therapist encouraged me to meditate awhile ago to help manage my stress levels. I’m a working parent with a demanding job, and I am recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser. I’ve done a lot of work over the last year to become aware of how certain things mess up my delicate ecosystem and cause more stress and anxiety.
My venture of 30 days of cleaning eatings made me wonder what benefits I would see from 30 days of meditation and mindfulness. I have the Calm app on my phone. It’s great if you have no idea where to start, which is where I’m starting. Not sure I will always use guided meditation, but I’ve used it before and enjoy “The Daily Trip” meditations with Jeff Warren. So I’m starting with something this journey with something that is accessible to me and has a positive association in my brain. I don’t want to make this any more difficult than it will be.
Things I’m hoping to see/get out of my Mindful30.
- Better manage stress when it comes in big doses
- Better sleep
- Sense of calm
- 10 minutes of quiet time (if you have a toddler, you understand this.)
- Cultivate more gratitude
- Less anxiety in general
Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect. Maybe that’s the best thing for me right now. I do plan to document each meditation session in my journal. I will note the time of day and location so I note any correlations to better/worse sessions. I will share any themes, feelings, etc. that emerge during the next 30 days.
Cheers to a Mindful30.