The Whole30 comes to town

6 May

Okay, everybody! Guess what I’m fixing to do- I’m about to embark on the healthiest thirty days of my life! I have been planning this for about a month and my month is almost up. And I’m kinda scared. Because the Whole30 ain’t no joke, y’all.

It sounds simple enough on the surface. For thirty days, all you eat is fruit, vegetables and meat. When I heard that I thought it would be no problem for me to avoid sweets and bread for thirty days. But, then, when I started planning, my eyes were opened. For my entire life, I have been BLIND to what I’ve been eating. When I started thinking about ingredients and reading labels, I realized what I was really getting into. No dairy (uh, yeah, that includes cheese!), no grains (including pseudo grains like quinoa), no added sugar, no legumes, no soy and while they aren’t forbidden, corn and potatoes are discouraged because they can feed into a sugar addiction. Now, start reading the labels on the food you buy. Yeah. Everything has sulfites, sugar, MSG, carageenan or soy. It’s redic.

So now even though I see that it’s going to be super hard (mainly when I’m not home), I really want to do it. The point is to basically rid your system of all the processed junk and to do it for long enough that your brain has a chance to become unaddicted to the sugar and chemicals. The point is to change the way you look at food. I haven’t even started yet and it’s working. Even though I’ve still been eating normally, I have been thinking about what’s in everything.

This takes a lot of planning because you can still have a few substitute-type things like extra-virgin olive oil, coconut milk and ghee. So, I went to Whole Foods the other day to get some pantry items. Unfortunately it was packed in there and we had Jack and my niece with us so I gave up and left half-way through. I’m starting on Monday so hopefully I have a chance to get back over there this week. I’m going to do some meal-planning and prep some things and put them in the freezer so that I’m not having to cook every single meal on the fly.

After the 30 days you are supposed to introduce the banned food groups back in one at a time so that you find out how each one affects you. It’s a great way to uncover any food sensitivities! I am planning to still eat cheese and grains once it’s over (as long as I don’t notice any adverse reaction) and have a treat now and then but I think this will really help me learn about healthy eating for life!

If any of you have done a Whole30, please share your experience! I’ll post about it once we get going and maybe share some recipes. Whoo-hoo!

If anybody else wants to learn about it, check out the Whole30 site. There are even shopping lists to help you get started! There is also a forum on the site and you can google recipes. Let me know if you decide to do the challenge with me!



6 Responses to “The Whole30 comes to town”

  1. Traci May 6, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I’m trying a cleanse diet for the next four weeks, too, to see if it will impact my energy level and allergies. I think the hardest part will be restaurants . . .

    • Heather @ CrawdadsInMySink May 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Yes,allergies!! I’m dying over here! I agree about restaurants. I’m a stay at home mom which makes it easier to eat healthfully most of the time but sometimes I am just SO TIRED of my house and my own cooking. So. Restaurants will be tough for sure. I think you can get the carnitas at Chipotle and be safe and at steak houses you should be able to order a steak with no marinade or seasonings and a salad, I think. Anyway, that’s my plan for if I absolutely must eat out.

  2. Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON May 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Good luck. I have been eating a lot healthier for the last year and a half and feel so much better but I haven’t gone to a whole diet or cleanse. For me, I decided I needed a lifestyle change that makes a healthier diet my standard for the long-term. But different things work for different people and I did stay away from bread for a month or more just trying to get my body over the fact I love it so much that it is far too easy to indulge!

    PS – For some reason I feel I should mention I had crawdads Friday 😉

    • Heather @ CrawdadsInMySink May 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Thank you! I think this is a way to change the way I eat for good. The way the Whole30 is set up is to be off anything potentially addictive long enough to break the habit. Then, you choose what to let back in. So, I don’t foresee doing this radical 30 days and then going right back to the normal junk. I do foresee possibly slowly
      slipping back into old ways for convenience but hopefully now I’ll know how to get back on track. I will definitely keep everyone posted. Memorial weekend is going to be a major challenge!

  3. Sweet Home Minnesota May 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    This sounds awesome!!! Good luck!!

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