trying whole30

So, in case you haven’t heard of it before….. the Whole30 is a 30 day program intended to “clean out” your system and work on eating habits, finding out what food choices hurt you and helps your body to reset.

While originally Austin and I planned to start January 1st (which go figure is super popular, go figure). But with an upcoming out of town event I felt like I would be setting myself up for failure. Instead, our start date is (hopefully) MLK weekend.

In talking to people about this 30 day program, I’ve found that a lot of people seem interested or at least want more information…. so I figured I would “journal” my journey here. After all, this blog is nothing if not a journal of all my adventures (yes, most of which haven’t been completed…but enough about that).

So for those of you asking….. check out their site first. I also recommend this book (buy or borrow from the library like I did). But here are some other tips/things I’ve learned so far via friends (thanks AMY), the book and other research.

Essentially the purpose (or at least for me): To cut out all foods that can be harmful or hurt our bodies (dairy, gluten, etc) for 30 days to give your insides a chance to reset. After that 30 days, you can slowly add some of these things back into your normal routine, taking note of how they make you feel. Struggling with IBS for over a decade I have learned that I have food issues, but I’ve never been able to pin-point what they are. I’m hoping that in studying how my body adjusts to all of this and what foods I should steer clear of in the future. Other people have done this to help in their binge eating, excessively craving food, or to avoid eating when they’re not actually hungry.

What I can have: So there seems like a long list of have-nots on their page, so before you start to freak out (or was I the only one doing that) here are some things you CAN have the entire time!

  • basic cuts of meat, seafood, and eggs
  • veggies (but no corn, peas or lima beans)
  • all fruit
  • green beans
  • snow peas and sugar snap peas
  • ghee (instead of butter)
  • fruit juice
  • vinegar
  • olives
  • nuts
  • coconut milk and almond milk
  • coffee
  • virgin olive oil
  • potatoes
  • acorn and butternut squash
  • plantains
  • canned veggies and fruits (just make sure they aren’t packaged in syrup)
  • yellow mustard (but check labels)
  • eggplant
  • yams
  • some pickles

Here are the no’s

  • scales (the purpose is not to lose weight, so you’re supposed to avoid weighing yourself)
  • alcohol
  • added sugar
  • grains, wheats, oats, rice, corn
  • beans, peanuts, soy
  • dairy
  • butter
  • dark chocolate
  • gum
  • hummus
  • mayo (but you can make your own— same with salad dressings)
  • canola oil

Just 2 more weeks until I start. If you plan to do it too (at any point) please let me know. I’d love to do it together.

I also hope to share recipes (and if you have some– please share!!!!!)

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