So, my husband and I decided that Valentine's Day, which we were spending at the Florida State Fair, would be our last big cheat day, and immediately afterwards, we were going to do the Whole 30 cold turkey. For those who don't know, Whole 30 is based on the paleo principles, but it's a program designed to be a "nutritional reset" that takes place over 30 days. You must eliminate: all forms of sugar (including natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey), dairy (except for ghee), grains and alcohol for the full 30 days.
There are some further "rules" - like you should have a palm-sized portion of protein and fill the rest of your plate with vegetables at every meal. You're also not supposed to drink your meals (ie smoothies). For my husband and I, we've chosen not to stick to those rules so strictly. I'm not a big fan of protein at breakfast - I can do it once or twice a week, but it just wasn't sitting well with me. And we seem to be doing okay with our "slightly modified" version for the time being, so I'm not stressing too much.
I know the big question on your mind though - if I eliminated all those things, what the heck have I been eating over the past 7 days? Here's what:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon (not processed with sugar) & mushrooms
Lunch: shrimp stir fry
Dinner: spinach salad with chicken, almonds & strawberries
Breakfast: Omelette with wilted spinach & bacon
Lunch: smoothie (Carrot, mango, spinach)
Dinner: Ranch chicken with broccoli
Breakfast: fresh fruit with Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: taco meat with fresh guacamole
Dinner: lunch leftovers, with sweet potato medallions
Day 4 (probably the most boring day)
Breakfast: Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach Chicken Sausages
Lunch: Coconut Chicken with mango salsa & broccoli
Dinner (not pictured): leftovers
Breakfast: smoothies (horrible picture! I forgot to take one earlier)
Lunch: Spaghetti Squash with meat sauce
Dinner: broiled chicken with avocado dipping sauce
Day 6 (probably our most delicious day yet!)
Breakfast: cinnamon-dusted apples, with almond butter, sprinkled with coconut
Lunch: chicken fajitas
Dinner: wings with sweet potato medallions
Breakfast: Baked blueberry-coconut-almond
Lunch: grouper with spaghetti squash & carrots in a ghee-garlic sauce
Dinner: canned salmon with homemade paleo mayo
So, we're a week in, and I'm feeling really good! You're not supposed to look at the scale during the entire month, but we're ignoring that rule too. So far, I've lost 5 lbs, and my husband has lost 10! I find that I'm not really hungry in between meals very much, but if I am, I'll grab something more satisfying that will keep me going a little bit longer. The only bad thing so far that I've experienced is some muscle aches, starting around Day 5. I'm feeling a bit better now - but I think it's a signal from my body that I need to drink more water.
All in all, I'm feeling great! It does take a little more work to eat this way - definitely menu planning and cooking a little extra so that we're not constantly slaving over a hot stove. But so far, it's been worth it! I can't wait to see how I feel over the next three weeks!