Today is Day 1

For those who don’t  know, Whole 30 is a 30-day plan of cutting out all junk from your diet. The details are at For 30 days eat no wheat, dairy, alcohol, or added sweeteners of any kind. Eat real food. That means meat, eggs, vegetables, good fats, and some fruit.

I have a few friends who are doing this or who recently finished it. You can read about their experiences at Reepicheeps’ Coracle and 3 Ring Binder.  I have a few reasons of my own for wanting do do something like this. I realized about 2 months ago that I have gained about 20 lb. over the summer, and I wanted to get rid of it. About that time I also came down with a case of bronchitis that has taken almost 2 months to clear up. I was diagnosed with milk allergies at the age of 11, and feels like the allergy is coming back to haunt me.

A longer-term reason is the fact that I have gained about 60 pounds in the 20+ years since graduating from college. Most of that came in the past 10 years, when I no longer had to meet Navy weight standards. Even discovering Crossfit 3 years ago, and learning about the benefits of healthy fats and less junk in my diet, has not led to losing weight. I snack too much and I’m willing to have “cheat” meals far too often.

I sort of followed Whole 30 last week from  Monday through Friday, but I wasn’t really being committed to it. I cheated this weekend with wine and cheese on Friday, and a few beers last night. So I’m starting over today.

This is not something I want to do for 30 days then forget about it. It’s important to me to make a lifetime commitment to being healthier. Doing this stricter diet for a few weeks is a good start, but it’s only the start. Even if I allow myself a few drinks now and then, or some honey as a sweetener, for the most part I want to keep myself a lot cleaner then I have been doing. Long term I’d like to stick with something like Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint, and if I could come close to looking like Mark does, I would be satisfied with my health and fitness.

So this is where I am right now. Breakfast today was coffee, a Waffle House Fiesta Omelet with no cheese and no toast, and some sausage. I have some plans to make a steak salad tonight, and maybe some fried sweet potato chunks. (Sweet potato is allowed under Whole 30, but not white potato.) At some time today I will get out for some exercise, maybe rowing intervals or even some running. I’m pretty much out of shape after 2 months of bronchitis so I will have to see how well that goes.

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