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 http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30. 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.