Being in a bridal store every day is like having a PhD in girl conversations. If you watch Say Yes to The Dress, well, I live it every day- it’s always tears of happiness, long loving hugs, smiles and lots of beautiful brides. While I love sharing the stories of “I said yes to my dress”, this time I want to take you behind the curtains. It’s important to understand that we become family with every single bride. It doesn’t end when you say yes. It continues until the dress arrives to the store months later, and you see the brides every time for their fittings up to the wedding day! We share stories, we share lifestyles, and we share many more while the bride stands in her dress being fitted.
There is always the conversation of who does what diet, which workout, what gym to go, etc. We talk about the wedding, the photographer, the florist, the make-up, where the venue is and next thing you know, Epiphany becomes the place to share EVERYTHING. While I always share with my brides my ideas of what would look good with the dress, or what hairpiece to wear, or something like that, I get advice from my them as well. One day one of my favorite brides Janelle, comes into the store for her first fitting (I hadn’t seen her for months) and the first thing I noticed right away was that she was looking beyond fresh, energizes, toned and hyper! Naturally my first reaction was, “OMG, Christine is going to have to size her dress down about 3 sizes.” Janelle did this thing called Whole 30.
I had heard a lot of diet stories from my brides but I had never really committed to anything because I love burgers, and I love tacos. But seeing Janelle looking so amazing got me thinking. A month later we had another bride coming for her dress fitting; same story- whole 30. This time I said, okay you know what, my brides can do it I can do this too. In short, Whole 30 is a nutrition diet. It’s not meant to make you lose weight and it’s not meant to starve you, instead it makes you eat healthy and cleanse your system for 30 days, it makes you rethink your relationship with food and start reading labels (I never thought I could find added sugar and added chemicals in a simple tomato paste).
The program takes out any dairy products, any sugar, any bread, and grains for 30 days giving you a new schedule of eating 3 times a day, all kinds of meat, veggies and fruits. You have to plan and cook all the meals for 30 days. Now for someone like me who is used to having her coffee with bunch of milk and a huge cookie this was a big challenge. The first day I thought I would die; I was walking around like a zombie with no sugar or whatsoever and I had a massive headache. The idea of having just black coffee with nothing made me sick to my stomach and not being able to pig out as I wish made my brain have a tiny stroke. All I could think about was eating a chocolate and drinking 3 Starbucks white iced mochas with caramel drizzle and whipped cream. Instead I had to have breakfast (eggs with spinach and tomatoes with a side of avocado and grapes) and believe me I am not a breakfast person, I usually have coffee for breakfast then skip straight to lunch. But then next thing I know the day ended and I managed to survive. So the next day I thought to myself that if I did this for one day I could do it again for 29 days!
Long story short the idea of a change started growing in my head to clean my body from all the dirt I had been eating, because a clean body is a fresh mind and fresh ideas, better sleep, and prettier face. I thought that if I can do this for 30 days and commit to something then I can have the stories to share with my brides, and next time when they tell me “I feel bloated” I can say try out doing this or that, and not sound pathetic in between, coz it’s not theory no more it’s practice. I know my brides, who inspired me, will be reading this and, YES, you can take credit for making me start this. So for the next 4 weeks I am sharing my reincarnation stories with you all and hope that if you are looking for a way to do a kick- fresh- start for your body, you can read my stories and know that there is someone else out there who challenged herself after eating cookies every day for 27 years. Changes are never easy but like Barney says from “How I met your mother” – Challenge accepted!
Welcome to my Whole 30 love!
From Epiphany with love,
PS- I can still have burgers, only with veggie buns and home-made ketchup!