Today marks our first day of Whole30. In a very quick nutshell, Whole30 is about eliminating certain foods that could be having a negative impact on your body (low energy, aches/pains, issues losing weight, etc). Those specific foods are sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes and MY GOD, dairy.
What’s left? Meat, seafood (which we don’t eat), eggs, vegetables, fruit and health fats like coconut (YUM!), avocado and olive oil.
Once upon a time, when I was diagnosed with a milk allergy, I removed all dairy from my diet. Of course, the options then were eat dairy and go into anaphylactic shock or don’t eat dairy and live. The choice was simple. Today, I eat a lot of cheese…well not today, but prior to today, cheese and I were tight. Cheese and bread…that was dinner.
One of the things I’m excited about is that the Whole30 can change your relationship with food. I have a very bad relationship with food — that goes back probably 30 years. I’m not sure 30 days will change it all that much, but if it changes it even slightly I think I’ll be better off.
Sean kicked things off with a huge shopping trip. I moved everything that was off-limits from our main fridge to the one in the garage. Our deli/cheese draw is stocked with fresh fruit. The door is loaded with eggs, lemon juice, and root vegetables. And the rest of the fridge is overflowing with greens and meat. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much good food at once…I’m a little overwhelmed.
I’m also pretty excited to see how things go. I know this isn’t for everyone and that’s okay with us. We’re going to see how it works and if we like it, we’ll probably adapt to a more paleo diet. I don’t know yet what will come of this, but it will be interesting to see how we feel and what new-to-us food we can cook up.