For the past 30 days I have not consumed:
sugar in all its forms(only in fruit)
legumes (in all forms)
no msg or sulfites or other equally nasty additives
I participated in Whole 30.
Sounds crazy and it was and it wasn't.
For the past 30 days I have eaten the most delicious wholesome foods, with the exception of sardines.
I have consumed:
almonds and macadamia nuts
meat...lots grass fed, organic meat
tons of veggies
avocados like they were going out of style
seasonal organic fruit.
and so on.
I tried new recipes.
coffee coconut milk
I did not explore too many new recipes.
For the most part I would serve a meat protein with a big portion of veggies and the kids and John would eat rice or bread with it. Simplified family eating.
I scrambled ground pork with all sorts of vegetable goodness.
Fried eggs over veggies.
I ate every sort of salad imaginable.
Learned to love "burgers" with lettuce buns.
Smoothies and fresh green juices
Snacks consisted of
handfuls of almonds,
handfuls of raspberries
apples and almond butter
hard boiled eggs
and coffee..without cream.
Yes, you heard me...now I take my coffee black.
I must admit I miss the creamy goodness of a latte.
The things I learned about myself and my eating habits are innumerable.
For instance, I am a sugar junkie and I need a hit around 11am and 3pm.
Eating out was a bit of a challenge, Chipotle was a saving grace.
Learning to adapt meals...and grocery shopping.
Learning to recognizing hungry versus boredom.
The number one reason I did Whole 30 was to see if eliminating high inflammatory foods would help my many "issues" and would help me finally stop taking medication for my iritis.
Following Whole 30 helped me :
shed extra pounds
eliminate achy feet and hip issues
no more bloating and puffiness
increased energy and brain clarity
increased awareness in what we eat as a family.
I hope to continue eating a mostly paleo diet. I will likely add back in potatoes, corn and natural sweeteners...we will see how my body responds.
I want to choose good health and wise choices but do not wish to be bound by an obsession.
I am grateful for the discipline of eating Whole 30 and for the bounty of California produce.