When looking up recipes on Pinterest, I kept coming across recipes claiming to be “Whole 30 friendly.” I wasn’t sure what that meant, so I looked into it and decided to give it try. I committed to starting the day after my birthday. A perfect way to start a new year of life.
About Whole 30
Created by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, Whole 30 is an eating plan outlined in their book, It Starts with Food. It’s very similar to the Paleo diet, but here’s where I would say it differs. There are thousand of recipes out there for Paleo crackers, breads, muffins, pancakes, pizza, etc…Even though the actually ingredients might fit into both eating plans, Whole 30 encourages you to stick to just the WHOLE foods. Don’t try to simulate a cracker with almonds or a pancake with coconut flour. It’s still a pancake. Teach your body not to want those things in the first place.
That’s what the plan is all about…resetting your body. Reset your immune system, reset your metabolism, reset your hormones and diminish cravings.
Also, no honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
What to Avoid
- Sugar-of ALL kinds (table sugar, honey, maple, agave, sugar alcohols like xylitol, and artificial sweeteners)
- Grains of ALL kinds (no corn, no quinoa)
- Carrageenan, MSG and sulfites (read labels!)
What to Enjoy
- Some oils nuts and seeds (there are restrictions)
When I read some of the stories of how just 30 days of eating Whole 30 meals CHANGED lives, CURED or improved many health ailments and just made people feel better and happier, I knew I had to do this. It might seem hard, but this quote from the book inspired me, “Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” Perspective!
Breakfast: A big bunch of kale cooked down with a few mushrooms, topped with 2 hard boiled eggs, half an avocado and black coffee. I could barely eat it all, and was full for several hours.
Lunch: A green salad lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, topped with a turkey burger, olive oil, white wine vinegar and a few sunflower seeds. Note-Costco turkey burgers are just turkey, salt, pepper and rosemary. Watch out for soy and grains in remade burgers. Also, drinking lots of Kombucha!
Dinner: Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers from Primally Inspired. Click here for the recipe. This was served with a baked sweet potato and topped with guacamole.
I snacked on some almonds, pecans and raspberries between lunch and dinner, drank lots of water, herbal tea and kombucha.
It’s day 1. Of course, I’m feeling great, inspired and ready to conquer the next 29 days.
Check out what I ate on Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Days 19 and 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Days 25, 26 and 27, Days 28 and 29,