It’s been a while since my last post. It was a much needed break…plus I was incredibly engaged in my work at school in what was the most rewarding year of my career to date!
Anyways…. I have recently started the whole 30 challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the Whole30 Challenge, it is basically an implementation of the Paleo style of eating for 30 straight days.
My love affair with Paleo goes back several years and my success with it was the reason I started this blog in the first place. Since that time I have experimented with different eating strategies, but have never felt as good as I did when eating Paleo.
It helped me lose 50lbs…so how can I not support it. The Whole30 takes Paleo principles and encourages people to quit their bad eating habits cold turkey and go hard for 30 days.
Paleo = no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no legumes
The Whole30 goes one step further to exclude alcohol and tobacco products.
This challenge is difficult at any time of year, but July is typically a jovial month around our house….school is out for the summer, birthdays are abundant and wedding season is in full swing.
The best weapon I have in social situations is the word “No”. It is so easy to say yes to food, especially when everyone else is eating it and it’s delicious of course. You must be prepared for questions, comments, and snickers from your friends and family. My go to line is that I’m putting my body through an experiment to see if the food I eat has an effect on me.
If you are thinking about starting the Whole30 or experimenting with Paleo I am happy for you. I also suggest that you do it cold turkey, no baby steps, figure out what you can and can’t eat, and go to it, don’t waste time, and dive in head first.
Over at the whole9lifewebsite they have a great article about the day to day feelings of the typical whole30 participant for the duration of their 30 day adventure.
Check it out if you are interested. The commentary is quite funny, and spot on for what I am experiencing. Check it out here. The benefits of eating this way are not always realized in the first few days and your body will need some time to adjust, but it will. You will be so satisfied when you completed this challenge. You will feel better, have more energy, and know that you have to the power to change whatever behavior you want.
What Dallas and Melissa Hartwig have done in their book “It Starts With Food” (I downloaded the Kindle edition, and then later bought a hard copy) is give you the tools to get started today! I have read countless Paleo books, and this one is practical, easy to follow, and more so than any other I have read…inspiring. I read it, and started my whole30 the next day.
I’m sure I have been the “Debbie Downer” in a few social situations of late, but I feel pretty good about my health, and people get used to it. I hate being that guy at a party…the one that everyone is trying to accommodate, but it’s ultimately up to you what you decide to put in your mouth, nobody else.
Since I am preparing for the Tough Mudder event in August, it’s a good thing I did this WHOLE30 right now, otherwise I could have easily tacked on 20lbs!
I will detail my Whole30 experience in another post, but at this moment I am on day 18 and I feel awesome!
The best part about the program is that you get to reitroduce the food that you gave up. The catch…you must reitroduce each group on it’s own day. For example after day 30, you get one day to eat dairy products, then evaluate how you feel. Then another day for sugar, etc….
I am particularly excited for this part of the program as I’m sure there will be some interesting revelations at that point. I can’t wait to down a chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard from DQ! Is that dairy or sugar? Who cares, I’m eating it after my WHOLE30, and I will let you know how it feels.