My dog-eared, stained, bookmarked copy of Whole30.
I started the Whole30 eating plan for a couple of reasons.
- I have digestion issues and thought it would help me pinpoint the foods that are the cause.
- I have not been making good food choices for a while, and felt I needed to do something drastic to kickstart my diet.
What Is It?
Whole30 is a 30-day elimination eating plan that is pretty strict. You must eat three complete meals every day. You cannot eat grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar or drink alcohol. You need to eat protein, healthy fats and lots of vegetables at every meal. Fruits are OK on a limited basis. Food choices are not designated as breakfast, lunch or dinner foods. You are encouraged to eat any of the compliant foods at any meal. Snacking is discouraged.
After 30 days, you gradually add in the eliminated foods to see how you feel. After so long without these foods, it should be easy to figure out which ones do not agree with you.
Some of the things I did not know before deciding to try the Whole30:
- Your tastebuds relearn to appreciate the taste of whole healthy foods without the tons of added sugar in so many American processed foods.
- You learn how to add healthy fats to your diet so you are less hungry.
- You learn to have a healthier relationship with food.
- Your body learns to burn fat for energy instead of carbs!
I’m on Day 14 of the plan, and I thought I would share with you some of the things I am experiencing.
This huge Greek salad with romaine, red onion, tomatoes, 15 kalamata olives, diced chicken and fresh-made dressing was one meal. I had to make it in a huge plastic container because I couldn’t find a bowl big enough to hold it. This salad can be eaten for any meal, including breakfast.
The first few days are pretty hard. I’m not a breakfast eater, but the plan says to eat within an hour of waking and before you drink coffee. I’m not hungry in the morning, and I love drinking coffee while I get ready, so this change was hard.
In those first few days I confirmed that I cannot eat eggs. I had a stomach ache for three days before I realized both the hard boiled eggs and homemade mayo were bothering me!
Unfortunately, eggs are a big part of this program. Not only are they a good protein source, good for breakfast and portable (hard boiled eggs), but I had planned to eat lots of salads made with mayonnaise (tuna salad or egg salad). And I even made mayonnaise from scratch with raw eggs for that purpose!