Aug 2, 2012

Whole30 - Day 1

I ordered and read "It Starts with Food" last month.  Awesome book.  I cannot recommend it enough.  I learned so much about how our bodies work, why we should eat paleo, and the effect overcarbsumption has on our hormones/psyche/waistline/health. 

I also took it up a few notches, and had to re-read a bunch and explain 80% of the book to Sean, because he "doesn't read."   He also wanted to know about energy sources and ATP (which isn't referenced in the book).  I just gave myself a biology lesson.  Thanks Wikipedia!

Anyway, moving on.

The authors offer a plan to break free from conventional eating (the Standard American Diet-appropriately abbreviated SAD) called the Whole30.  It's 30 days of whole, real, food.  Nothing processed, no alcohol, no sugar, no grains, lots of (healthy) fat.  The point is to eliminate everything that doesn't meet the Good Food criteria from your diet for 30 days in order to let your body heal from all the crap you've been feeding it.  Then, you introduce the foods back in to see how you react--and how often (if at all) you should continue eating them

I have already been eating pretty clean, and was somewhat "paleo" but would still splurge. Often.  Ice cream and sugar (and beer...) was consumed way too much.  And 2 "cups" of coffee a day?  Even with just cream. It's a bit excessive.

So, yesterday started my Whole30.

And, so far so good!

Breakfast was 3 scrambled eggs in coconut oil, with a handful of sauteed kale, and 2 pieces of bacon.  Would have taken a picture, but was already late for work! (naturally) 

Lunch (made the night before)

Chicken breast, broccoli + 1/2 avocado


Citrus chicken cooked in coconut oil, sweet potatoes and green beans

Snack was a handful of macadamia nuts while cooking dinner

I gave up coffee as well, even though you can have it black (or with coconut milk-from the can) on the "rules" of the plan.  No headaches today, and while I was super sleepy this morning, it wasn't so bad.  And I've been chugging water all day, so that's a good thing, right?

In addition to giving up coffee, I'm making it my personal goal to get more green leafy veggies into my (our) meals. (sorry babe!) I've had an aversion to them my entire childhood, and once able to cook for myself, just avoided them completely.  I know this is not good.

I have a feeling I'm going to be best friends with sweet potatoes and coconut butter this month....

In case you want more info on the Whole30 Program: