I decided to start the year out by joining the Whole 30 movement. Whole 30 is a 30 day commitment to a strict Paleo diet with no cheating. This diet consists of animal protein (meat and eggs), vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats. My good friends Kristine and Cliff are avid Crossfiters, eat Paleo regularly and have done Whole 30 successfully before. My friend Grace and everyone in her family switched to the Paleo diet last year and swear by the change. Talking to them convinced me that it was something I really could do and wouldn’t suffer from doing.
After beginning to consider doing Whole 30 I bought the book “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig who are the creators of the movement. The book was a fascinating mix of the science behind how our body works, what our body needs and how foods we don’t need affect our bodies. They also featured their own stories and of those who’ve followed their plans and the great impact this dietary switch had on them.
Armed with all sorts of info I started January 2nd and did awesome at the “diet” for about 3 days. Then I got really sick (not related). I stuck with the diet for several more days; largely because I just didn’t eat since I was so sick. So I got off track pretty quickly.
Once I got over my doozey of a sinus infection, I was a bit off track and never fully got back on board. Not because it was difficult, but because my schedule and routine never was fully developed. I had to jump back into life with full speed as the school year had started and my hope of starting the semester with an established routine was shot. Despite not committing fully to Whole 30 for the month of January I am pretty proud of how well I made the dietary switch.
I am also surprised at just how much difference I’ve noticed in how foods I used to eat all the time impact how I feel. I learned that I can live without carbs and gluten based products. I also learned that dairy is rarely worth the impact it has on my body. My biggest take away- I am now almost exclusively a black coffee drinker. The times since Whole 30 that I’ve added flavored creamer I’ve been shocked at how sweet it tastes and it ruins the coffee. Regular creamer makes it taste watered down to me. Black it is.
The only thing that was and remains to be a struggle is figuring out what to eat for breakfast. I don’t love eggs and I hate sausage. Other than eating bacon every day or choking down an omelet, I’m not sure what is a solid, filling breakfast. I need to do more research and experiment some more. Even though I didn’t finish the Whole 30 in its entirety I feel as though I learned a lot about my body and food. I’ve made some major changes as a result and I am going to do the Whole 30 again—maybe starting April 15th.
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