Howdy! If you follow along on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed some posts about this Whole30 thing popping up. Part of my quest to better myself is to better my health, and as a long time (try more than 20 years) sufferer of migraines, I felt it was time I made a drastic change in what I eat to see what (if anything) is the cause of my constant headaches. It was Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno who even brought the Whole30 to my attention and you can read all about her experience on her blog. Now I’m going to tell you mine… so far. Let’s start with an intro to the Whole30.
What is The Whole30?
It’s not a diet, it’s not permanent, and it’s not fun. The way I’ve been explaining it to people is that it’s a cleanse, and it’s meant to end your cravings for things like sugar and carbs – I know, the two most delicious things on earth! The benefit here is that your body becomes less dependant on these two toxic things and you reset your metabolism, immune system, and digestive system. Not to mention, you’ll be breaking the habit of eating these things as well. There’s a lot more info right here, if you’re interested.
Why Do It?
As I mentioned, personally, I want to be healthier and I’d love to find triggers to my migraines. You want other reasons? Ok fine… How about it can help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, sinus infections, hives, skin conditions, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, migraines, depression, bipolar disorder, heartburn, GERD, arthritis, joint pain, ADD, thyroid dysfunction, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s, IBS, Celiac disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis. Is that enough for you? I hope so! (Info came straight from the Whole30 site.)
What Can You Eat?
- Vegetables (no legumes, like beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc)
- Meat: pork, beef, chicken and fish – all organic, grass-fed if possible
- Good fat from nuts, fruits, oils and seeds
What Can’t You Eat?
- Sugar (even if it’s maple syrup straight from a tree… not cool.)
- White Potatoes
This is the best list of ‘Yes foods’ and ‘No foods’ is right here and it explains a lot! I can tell you I’ll be adding a few things to my grocery list after finding this little gem! (Like almond flour!!!)
How Does It Feel?
Not good, you guys!!! I want sugar like all day, every day! I dream of Oreo cookies and sushi! For me, the first 3 days were the worst. I had a migraine for three days straight, so it super sucked. Then came the tiredness… I went to bed at 7:30 on day 5. No lie! This apparently all very normal and you can see the whole timeline if you’re interested in seeing all of the potential feelings you can experience on this program. I have to say, I don’t think I felt the anger, but Alex might disagree with that statement…
What Are You Actually Eating?
Here’s a typical breakfast: egg muffins (2 or 3) and a cup of Earl Grey tea with coconut milk. Maybe 4-5 strawberries or a kiwi. Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner the night before like Cauliflower Cottage Pie, and some fruit or a handful of nuts. Don’t you worry your pretty little face, I’m going to have actual Whole30 meal recipes for you. Yep… real food that actually tastes amazing! Dinner might be something like a steak with onions and mushrooms and a side of vegetables or a hearty salad (spinach, tomato, cucumber and homemade dressing). I have the occasional snack in the afternoon or mid morning, like a banana with almond butter (which I swear tastes like a chocolate sundae to me at this point). All real food all the time. It sure makes a day like today hard to bear – there is candy EVERYWHERE! And I can’t have homemade pizza this Valentine’s Day like we did last year, so we’ll have homemade burgers (no bun, of course) instead. Despite the tiredness, cravings and insane limitations basically anywhere with food, I’m enjoying this challenge because I’m excited to see what happens at the end of it. I hope you’ll follow along this month!
One more thing! Don’t forget that you have until midnight tonight to enter the Etsy $50 gift card giveaway!
I hope you’re having a wonderful, love-filled day. Please do me a favour and eat a few extra pieces of chocolate for me?