Two years ago I saw my first Paleo approved recipe. It was chicken in avocado cream sauce over spiralized zucchini noodles. I made it and it was fantastic. Like, amazingly good. And that was when I realized that I wanted this Paleo thing for myself.
It was a much healthier way of eating, and all the food looked amazing. And something about fat not making you fat? It looked good and sounded better. And then I started Googling. And I realized that there was something about Crossfit training, something about no dairy or sugar, and something about cavemen. Cavemen? Really? So I stepped back into my world of eating the way I was.
Over the last two years I have done a smidge of Paleo and had some success with Trim Healthy Mama, but what really pushed me over the edge was the words "Creationists welcome" in the Whole30 manifesto -- I mean book, It Starts With Food. Creationists welcome? I am SO on board.
I have tried a few Whole30s in my day, and today I start another one. One I plan to complete -- I have never finished. In the past I have done Whole30s (two or three times...my longest stretch was Day 24) with the wrong motive. I wanted weight loss. And I wanted it now. And I weighed and measured daily (a huge Whole30 no-no). But I am trying again this time because I want to really eat whole foods, not just make milkshakes and eat Wasa crackers and too much diabetic friendly candy. I want to eat fruit and fat in the same meal and not be afraid of gaining weight and getting fat.
So what is a Whole30 and why am I doing it?
A Whole30, in short, is a 30 day elimination diet and dietary reset for my body. It subtracts gluten, dairy, sugar, grains, beans, and additives to leave me with nothing but whole and nutrient dense foods. After my 30 days are over, I will maybe begin a reintroduction phase to see what foods are bothering me, what foods awaken my sugar dragon (yes, I DO have one, and yes, she's ugly), and what foods I need to kick out of my life completely.
Will I still have sweets and treats? Yes of course, but on a more controlled basis. The reason behind all this is I had stevia all day every day in my coffee and THM "sippers", and Splenda when I couldn't get stevia, which is helpful for approximately no one. I want to try eating whole foods and see how my body responds. Worst comes to worst I can always go back to Trim Healthy Mama and all the world's fake (ahem..."natural") sweetener and dietetic candy I want.