In an effort to hold myself accountable, I will be blogging about my experience with the Whole 30, starting on January 1. Visit to read my ramblings, view some food porn, get some recipe ideas, or just to watch me suffer.
SO. What is the Whole 30? It’s a diet program through which I hope to discover some of my food sensitivities and transition into a better diet that keeps some of my irritating health and skin problems (asthma, migraines, eczema, acne) under control. Meals consist of protein from pastured/grass fed, organically raised or wild (ideally local) animals, good fats, tons of veggies, and fruit. Sounds tasty, right? The challenging part? Here’s the “NO” list:
- No grains
- No dairy
- No soy
- No added sugar or sweeteners
- No booze
- No sulfites, carrageenan or MSG (preservatives)
- No white potatoes
So I’m saying goodbye to my favorite processed foods, ice cream, beer, diet pop, and my BFF, cheese, for a month. At the end of the month, I’ll introduce grains, dairy, and soy back into my diet one at a time to see what effect they have. Then I’ll decide what my diet needs to look like moving forward, but I have a feeling it’s going to look an awful lot like the paleo diet.
But a caveman would totally eat pizza if he got his hands on one right? Going paleo isn’t just about eating what cavemen ate. It’s about eating what’s most digestible, doesn’t cause systemic inflammation (remember all of those chronic inflammatory problems I have?), and doesn’t fuck with your hormones. Also, as a CrossFitter (trust me, I use the term loosely), it’s about not being hungry and fueling my weird CrossFit/yoga mashup workout schedule. Oh, and hopefully losing some weight.
So join me in my adventure here in blogland. I don’t expect it to be easy, but I do expect that I will make some major dietary changes after I’m finished.