So for the past few months I’ve been learning and researching and reading and planning a Whole 30. What is Whole 30 you ask?
Well… I will first tell you that you should read It All Starts With Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. This book, available in e-reader format as well as printed copy, will explain the science behind, the results found, many many testimonies, and every detail surrounding what Whole 30 is.
But, in my own words, I will try to explain it and not send you running for the hills…
It is 30 days of clean eating, essentially an elimination diet where you refrain from certain foods for 30 days. This is to give your body a reset, and clean slate, so to speak. By not eating certain foods that are known to disrupt our health, you give your body time to heal and recover. Then you can slowly try those food groups again to see if they are issues for you. It is also a time to deal with sugar addiction or food addictions in general. The entire plan is about eating good clean foods, eliminating certain food groups, and creating healthy habits that will no doubt carry you beyond the 30 days.
What Whole 30 is not – It’s not a lose weight in 30 day plan. In fact, it’s not about losing weight at all. Most people do lose weight, but it’s not the goal of the plan. The plan is to break away from junk food, detox and recover, and then learn how to cook and prepare good healthy foods.
Doesn’t sound too bad does it?
Well, in theory it’s not. However, let me tell you what foods you cannot have…
Grains (of any kind), sugar (of any kind -not counting natural sugar in fruit and vegetables) legumes, or dairy.
What, hold up. Are you serious?
This is where I point you back to the book for all the details and sciency stuff. But there is reasonable cause to believe that those food groups do not add a whole lot nutritionally to our bodies, and in fact, are the main cause for a lot of the ailments, diseases and sickness that we find. A big one is inflammation.
We all know inflammation is “swelling”.. and yea, in general it is. But it is more than I think most people realize.
Medically speaking, any term that ends in “-itis” is essentially a form of inflammation.
Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, bronchitis, pancreatitis, appendicitis, conjunctivitis, plantar fasciitis, cystitis, etc. I could go on all night.
My point is that there is reason to believe that many of our ailments are due to the foods we eat. If you want hard core proof, go read the book….watch many of the free documentaries online about our food industry, etc. It’s hard information to swallow at first but it sure does motivate you to do better. When you know better, do better. I’m sure someone important said that.
Anyways, so I am writing to you from my 2nd day of Whole 30. I’ve not had sugar, grains, legumes, or dairy for 2 whole days. LOL It takes a lot of planning and forethought. Yesterday I had quite a bit of anxiety which was not expected, especially since it was day 1. I ate breakfast around 6:30 a.m. and for some reason from 10:30-11:30 all I could think about was eating something or not eating something and lunch. I wasn’t physically hungry. I think my mind was just racing too much about the next meal…even though I had it all packed and prepared at work with me.
I did learn yesterday that I didn’t plan enough food. I didn’t have nearly the amount of vegetables I should have had. I had good food all day just not enough, so I think that contributed to my feeling uneasy or unsatisfied… I’m not sure. I just sort of stressed out about it all. I guess that first day seemed daunting.
Today I added a lot more veggies and I made sure to get healthy fats in and I’ve felt good all day. Days 3-4 worry me a bit as I fear I will be in full on detox mode…but hoping I can manage all that well… I feel like I’m doing a great job considering. I have been very proactive about meals and clean up and pre planning. And I’ve got accountability. My buddy Tracy is doing it with me and I’m in two separate groups on Facebook that are great for bouncing meal ideas and questions off of. Also been talking a lot with Christin who’s doing it too..she read the book in a matter of 24 hours so we’ve been texting a lot about it too. It’s harder for her as she is a vegetarian.
Anyways, I’ll be back with more details as this journey progresses. 28 more days to goooo………….