So listen, I believe diets are personal choices just like politics and parenting. There's no reason for any of us to tell someone else what and how they should eat. This is not me saying, "you should try Whole30!" but rather that this has been my experience and take from it what you may. Let's talk!
I first did Whole 30 in April of this year. It wasn't about weight loss so much as trying to jump start a more disciplined way of eating and preparing for a heightened fitness regimen. The decision to stick with it 100% and not cheat is the most difficult part. Once you're set on really doing it, the rest comes much more easily. Don't underestimate determination and resolve!
So, what is it exactly? It's a program based on cutting out foods that are inflammatory. You can eat meat, veggies, fruits, nuts (not peanuts - they're legumes!), and oils. You may not eat grains, legumes, and sugars, which includes alcohol. Here's a helpful shopping list!
My greatest challenge is that I don't like to cook anything that takes more than 10 minutes of prep work, but my greatest strength is that I can eat the same thing for days and not be tired of it.
My favorite meals:
1. almond crusted chicken or fish with peppers and onion (blend almonds in my Magic Bullet, use eggs to coat protein for almonds to stick). Drizzle veggies in oil. Bake everything for 22 minutes at 400. Pineapple for dessert.
2. 3 eggs with broccoli and onion and an avocado. I'll bake broccoli and onions in a large batch and use them in my eggs over several days, cooked on the stovetop in oil. Sliced avocado with salt. Pineapple for dessert.
I told you I like simplicity! I'm on day 6 for my second go round now. I just stumbled on this website and look forward to trying out some of their asian inspired recipes!
The greatest successes are getting into good eating habits at home, becoming more educated and intentional about what I shop for or order, feeling flat tummied for such a long period of time, weight loss (bonus - I lost 8 pounds in April!), and improved sleep.
Oh, and about that no alcohol challenge? When it comes to socializing and wanting that glass of wine in hand, I'll order a soda water with lemon in a cocktail glass!
Have you tried Whole 30? Share your favorite recipes or resources with me! Curious about it? Feel free to ask questions!