I’m winding down on the second day of my Whole30 challenge. What’s a Whole30 challenge you ask? Well…allow me to explain…
I’m spending 30 days eating noting but plants and animals. No sugar, no dairy, no chemicals, no junk. That’s the long and short of it. However, to go more in depth let’s look at the dos and don’ts from the Whole30 website itself:
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
I decided to do a Whole30 as part of my year of trying because I feel strongly about it’s foundation and motives. It’s a great program that attempts to return people to the beginning. Yes — it’s trendy and honestly, I think that’s great. I wish more people would adopt a clean eating diet because it’s popular.
I need to breakdown my current relationship with food and rebuild. I’ve associated food with emotions for too long, too intensely. Yes, almost everyone wants comfort food when they’re feeling bad. My problem is that I want comfort food when I’m feeling happy, tired, bored, sad, mad, etc. I make excuse after excuse as to why I need, need to order takeout – and secretly order an extra egg roll for myself and hope Caleb won’t see me eat it. I’m absolutely an addict. I want the simple, immediate comfort sugar and salt can give me. I need to learn to rely on other things for this comfort I crave, as I said before repairing and rebuilding – Carpenter Kaleigh reporting for duty (did I just combine cliches? holy smokes.)
I’ve attempted a Whole30 in the past…and I epically failed. Since this is my grand year of trying I should be able to make it 30 days – right? At least that’s what I’m telling myself. This is just one month of a twelve month try fest. And who knows, I did manage to completely resist the FREE delicious smelling GOURMET pizza at the office today. I do feel different this time around. I feel far more knowledgeable about the program itself and nutrition in general. Locked and loaded baby.
Also, I’ll be tracking what I eat on Instagram – @myyearoftrying – just in case you want to see what i’m ingesting and yell at me when something isn’t compliant.