The Whole Damn Thing – Guidelines

Today is the day my friends. We’re kicking off The Whole Damn Thing; 30 days of real-food focused clean eating, sweat and overall mindfulness, and we’re doing it as a community.

For any first timers still trying to figure out what level of commitment might work best for you, I wanted to share a few archived posts that we’ve used in the past to provide a little more insight into the differences between Whole30, Paleo, 28toLife, and the new(er) kid on the block, Keto, which I won’t cover as much in this program, but is still an option for you if you so choose.

Here’s a post from a previous year of The Whole Damn Thing that details out the guidelines and differences between our three main programs: Whole30, 28toLife and Paleo.

The real baseline here is removing any packaged foods in your home and daily life, creating fuels and meal simply out of fruits, vegetables, nuts, healthy oils, and lean meats. Preparation is key, and finding easy meals that work for you and can yield leftovers to carry you through the next several days will be essential. No sugar, no alcohol, no gluten, no dairy, those are the common keys.

This also means steering away from any prepared condiments like salad dressing, ketchup, mustard…. everything. If it has a label, it’s likely got chemicals, added sugars, and other ingredients that you want to eliminate. Simple or home-made olive or avocado oil based vinaigrettes and dressings with different spices and flavors will help add some additional variety to salads throughout the month.

If you’re following along on the blog, we’ll be posting some baseline posts throughout the week; Full January Program Members will get all the communications, shopping lists, meal prep tips, recipes and other daily resources (including at-home workout resources and tips for the hard days). If you want to sign up for the full program, local to Charlottesville or Virtually anywhere else, you can sign up HERE!

Alright ya’ll, let’s do this! Happy Day 1.

Meet Vanessa: Run Ambassador + Sweatworker

Vanessa Run Ambassador

Vanessa is a Charlottesville native, cardio sweat junkie, fitness and wellness leader.  Fun-loving mama to Everly (aka Munchkin), chocaholic vegetarian, and wahoo for life.

Vanessa has lived her whole life in the heart of Charlottesville. From back road short cuts and local bands, to the best restaurants and UVa traditions, she knows her Charlottesville stuff. Her best day is spent running and people watching around UVa, taking in the scenery on the back country of ridge road, or headed south to the trails at walnut creek.

 After graduating from UVA, and dabbling in magazine editing and marketing, she settled in at ACAC downtown, where she is currently the Personal Training and Fitness Director.  She is an ACE certified personal trainer, with specialty certifications from AFAA, AEA, and Kettlebell Concepts. On a daily basis you can find her training clients, teaching a multitude of classes, or rewarding her sweat sessions with the chocolate stash in her office.  She has an amazing 2 year old, Everly, who makes every day brighter and teaches her to laugh and love the simple things in life.

Vanessa & Everly : fuel sweat grow blog

 You’ll hear from her on creative running routes, trips on training for your charlottesville races, and ways to sneak a little more cardio into your life.