Rachel and I decided to start this food program called The Whole30. It is more or less a paleo diet. The exact way they introduce it on their website is like this:
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
( – See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.ZD7Hiq32.dpuf )
So that’s a pretty compelling reason to try this out if you experience any of those things. Now, before I go any further, I should say that Rachel nor myself really experience any of the many many symptoms they list on their website and in their book. However, the idea of cutting out all processed food was intriguing. Cutting out dairy is pretty simple since I have lived a practically dairy free life since I was 18 due to a milk allergy. Cutting out sugar and grains though didn’t sound so good. I like sugar, and I like bread, but it is only for 30 days after all, and from everything Rachel has told me about this is that pretty much everyone feels a lot better after the 30 days.
This shouldn’t be too bad. I can still eat pretty much any meat I want that isn’t processed. We can still eat fruit and vegetables. We can still eat….wait, that’s pretty much all we can eat for the next 30 days. Oh, and eggs. No bread, no milk, nothing with added sugar (real or otherwise), no MSG, no grains of any sort, and no legumes. Ah-ha! I thought I had found the first issue here, no legumes would include snap peas and green beans. Green beans are legumes and they are delicious and good for you. I thought I had found my way out, but no. They make an exception for things such as green beans and snap peas because it would be ridiculous to tell someone not to (my words, not theirs). So off to the store it was and after buying the most produce I have ever purchased at one time we can home and prepared ourselves for the 30 days that was to come.
Today was day 1. It wasn’t terrible, we had three eggs with salsa on them and half an avocado. Not terrible if you like eggs. The salsa is made from scratch so it is fresh and tastes great. The avocado is an avocado, so if you know what that tastes like that is what it tasted like. Lunch had me more excited although Rachel was probably ready to bail out at this point. Ok, not really, but she was not excited about having sweet potato soup. Apparently she mostly eats sweet potatoes as a way of holding brown sugar. I personally thought the soup tasted great, but I also happen to like sweet potatoes. Dinner was chicken and potatoes with some seasoning on them. This is a pretty usual meal for us, so nothing much to say here other than it was good.
Breakfast is what got me, I usually have a cereal in the morning, so having three eggs and half an avocado is about twice as much food as I usually eat in the morning. I especially noticed it when it was time for lunch and I wasn’t feeling hungry yet. I still ate because I like to try and keep my eating on a regular schedule when at all possible. I didn’t start to feel hungry for dinner until around 6:30. So, while the eggs may not be my favorite, and sweet potato soup might sound strange. At the end of the day, it did accomplish what it said. You would only need to eat three meals a day. Only time will tell if the other things they say will become a reality, but so far the odds are looking to be in their favor.