As you can see above I am doing a personal whole30 challenge. If you know me then you know I eat Paleo (pay-lee-oh), well I may or may not have kinda falling off track. I did start working out a lot more to counter balance not eating as healthy I should be. At least that’s the lie I told myself. Don’t get me wrong it’s ok to have cheat days…as long as they aren’t everyday! Now I haven’t gotten that bad but I was strick Paleo nor was I even moderately Paleo. So I kept telling myself you’ll start over tomorrow and would you know tomorrow came and I never started over? Well since I’ll be the big 30 next month I told myself I had to change now! This is my last month in my twenties after all. What does that have to do with food? It has a lot to do with food, I told my self I was going to go into my 30’s being the healthiest I have ever been. I’m the only one who can change me. So in honor of myself turning 30, I figured I’d set up a Whole30 on here.
What does Whole30 mean?
This is taken from an insert from Whole30.com, the amazing people behind this wonderful program.
What is the Whole30®?
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?
Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?
This will change your life.
We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. (Need convincing? Just read some of our stunning testimonials.)
The Whole30 Program Rules
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)
As you can see there are a lot of HUGE changes to be made. I first discovered this program after purchasing their book when I first started the Paleo lifestyle and would you know they just came out with another book, Titled “It starts with food.” They recently revamped the Whole30 and have added white potatoes to the program. I can’t tell you how happy that made me! It however doesn’t mean I’m going to run out for french fries, that wouldn’t be Whole30. It does however mean you can make mashed potatoes and not feel guilty about it.
So lets get down to food:
Here is my meal plan for this week:
sweet potato hash fritatta
banana, blueberries and unsweetened coconut chips in almond milk
banana, white peach, and coconut chips in almond milk
hard boiled egg, apple and almond butter
homemade chicken breakfast sausage
Lunch and Dinner:
bunless hamburgers with roasted garlic paleo mayo
kraut, sausage and smashed potatoes
jalapeno lime chicken wings with avocado mouse
shredded chicken BLT”s
shredded chicken BLT salad
and last but not least leftovers.
All the above recipes will be available at my Week 1 progress report.
They say it only takes 21 days to break a habit….think of what you could do in 30?