Here I go again…
Cue the 80s music, I’m starting another diet. Well, this one isn’t a diet at its heart, it’s more of a reboot/reinvention of my relationship with food. Starting Monday (tomorrow), I will embark on a 30-Day venture, where I will not allow myself to have ANY: alcohol, sugars (real or artificial), grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites, or baked goods and junk food.
The goal is, for 30 days, to strip my diet down to only whole, healthy, unprocessed foods without additives. At the end of the 30 days, I will slowly reintroduce these restricted foods back into my diet in order to fully assess and process how my body reacts to these foods. For instance, at the end of the 30 days, I will have a day where I only reintroduce legumes and see how my body reacts – do legumes play well with my stomach, does peanut butter cause a headache, etc.
I’m treating this like an interesting (and challenging) experiment that will hopefully yield the end results of a better, healthier relationship with food and possibly me becoming more in tune with what my body actually likes so I’m not just choosing what to eat out of habit. I’m nearing 35 and I have to get healthy at some point, right?
Some added benefits listed on the website and in the book are: better sleep, more energy, less food cravings, flatter stomach, fewer migraines, less mood swings, and many more.
If you are interested in checking out this diet (read: reboot) more thoroughly, the web site is: https://whole30.com
I have several friends that have been through it and, though they admit that the 30 days are difficult – the first two weeks in particular – they swear that it is completely worth going through.
Funny side story: I told my daddy about this diet and his reaction was too much. Once I got to the reintroduction part, he interrupted me to state: “Well, of course your body is going to react! You have been starving it for a month, JL!”
I patiently explained that the goal is not to starve myself – that the goal is to make healthy food choices. Once I explained a little better what I was allowed to have and how the reintroduction process works, he seemed to get excited for me and told me I could cook chicken breast in olive oil. Excellent point, Dad – and I plan to cook exactly that quite a bit during the next month.
He was all support then – until I got to the part where I couldn’t have alcohol for the 30 days. I mentioned that and he immediately exclaimed, “Nope! F*** that!”
He’s apparently out on any diet that won’t allow him to drink his Bud Light.
Regardless, I’m actually more excited than nervous to begin this chapter. I feel like my primary challenge will be no dairy – I love creamer in my coffee, almond milk smoothies, yogurt, and ranch dressing with my veggies. I haven’t been drinking lately, so I’m not as worried about the no alcohol for 30 days stipulation. Drinking my coffee black has me more freaked. I do have the option to switch to tea – which I already enjoy plain – so that may very well end up happening.
I have a couple of different varieties of tea from The Tea Spot so, if drinking my coffee black turns out to be too much, I’ll just have to start my days with a cup of Choco-Mint Truffle – I can definitely think of worse things.
I have complete confidence that I can make it through the month (remind me of this confidence next week), and I am looking forward to what I will learn through this experience. I do know it will be easier to succeed with my sweet and supportive husband cheering me on. Daddy has already said he’s waiting until the 30 days are over before he calls me again.