Ever hear of Whole 30? Neither had I until my fiancée floated the idea that we should do it for the month of September. It would be good for our health, give us recipe ideas for Slavo Salt and I could blog about it – oh, right, and it would be fun….
It was sold to me as a diet where we would only eat whole, fresh, all-natural, unprocessed foods for 30 days. Yeah, that sounds cool I thought. What the fuk was I thinking? This is a horrible idea given that in my 34 years of life I’ve never participated in any sort of diet whatsoever. I took a year off the booze once, which was an enlightening experience (in retrospect), but I’ve never limited what food I put into my body. Let’s cut the shit here, I’m not a big soda or fast food consumer (‘Bertos and In&Out aren’t fast food in my book). However, I LOVE food, good food – not always good for you -but just good grub. That being said, I’ve put on the standard AZ “summer weight” and maybe it’s time to try something new. Here’s an overview of what this diet consists of:
The Whole30 is a 30-day nutrition challenge (created by Whole9 in 2009) that focuses on eating a paleo-based diet. On this program you eat meat, fish, eggs, TONS and TONS of veggies, reasonable amounts of fruit and lots of good fats.
Here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help regain healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- No sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol,
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not eat white potatoes.
- In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices! This equals “Sex With Your Pants On” (SWYPO), and it will ruin your Whole30 faster than you can say, “paleo pizza.” Do not try to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold. This means no “paleo-fying” desserts or junk food – no paleo pancakes, pizza, brownies or ice cream. Trying to replicate junk food with “technically approved” ingredients misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.
Well shit, this is not going to be easy considering a beer every day at 5:30 is one of my highlights – as well as a cheese plate with almost every dinner. This is going to a real challenge but I’m looking forward to seeing if this diet really makes me feel healthier and more energetic or if I’m just a bitter asshole throughout the entire process. Stay tuned as I document this process and share all of our meals and recipes. I think I know the secret to making paleo palatable – so here’s to the next 30 days….