Two years ago I could be quoted as saying, “The next new diet thing is going to be Paleo…just wait”.
Have you heard of it yet? More than likely your CrossFit friends are doing it. : )
It’s based on an evolutionists world view but regardless of that the basics are this: Eat fresh fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, fats. (in case you missed it that’s NO: Dairy, legumes (beans, peas, peanuts), soy, grains (wheat or otherwise), sugar (natural or artificial), MSG, carrageenan or sulfites.
My brother and his wife started something called The Whole30 last October (and are still doing it). My parents bought the book It Starts With Food, I got colon cancer, my parents bought me the book, they started their Whole30 (and are still doing it), I read the book while recovering from removing said colon cancer, realized I need to “re-set” my system and today is our Day 1 of our Whole30 adventure! I cried. I won’t lie.
It’s basically 30 days of the above eating and then whatever you really want to try eating again (something you missed for 30 days) you incorporate just that one thing for a few days, see how you look, feel, act and if you’re good-keep eating it. Otherwise, stop.
The bottom line: There are no neutral foods. the foods you eat are making you healthier or less healthy. That’s it.
I put my KitchenAid in a safe place. The flour and sugar canisters that normally sit out on the counter are hidden away. I cleaned out our pantry of everything and anything “Non-Whole30 Approved”. Did I mention we are doing this as a family…as in children, too?
Here’s some recently heard exclamations from those 13 and under in our house:
“The day after Palm Sunday my life is going to end.”
“This is torture, I am not doing this!”
“But what about Easter and chocolate?!” (repeated at least six times over the past few weeks leading up today-and possible a gajilion until actual Easter)
Here’s the deal: I am 37. I had cancer growing in my colon. They say it is normally genetic. NONE of my family has a history of polyps let alone cancerous ones. Everything I eat gets digested and goes through my colon. I think cleaning things up a bit and finding out how my body reacts to certain foods can’t hurt. Same with the girls,right? Mood swings? check. Random episodes of exhaustion? check. Irrational behavior? check.check.check.check.check. Autism? check. ADHD? check.check? Extreme tiredness? check. Inflammation (i.e. gobbling down ibuprofen like it’s going out of style?) check. check. Sleep issues? check. Not to mention poop issues (I won’t go there but I think you know what I mean).
Okay, you get the idea.
So over the next 30 days I will be sharing with you our ups and downs of this Family Whole30 Adventrue we’re on! I wont’ post pictures of our beautiful plates of Whole30 foods. You can Google Image search that if you want to-there’s lots of them out there. Plus I don’t have my iphone and do you remember how long it takes to take a picture, plug your camera into your computer, download, upload…right.
This morning at breakfast (the only Whole30 meal we’ve actually eaten so far) we had one child exclaim she was not doing this, started crying and screaming how unfair this was and asking what her friends would think when she told them she could not have cheesecake. This same child just 30 minutes prior to this meltdown announced she would be writing a book for kids about eating healthier.
She got up from the breakfast table, stubbornly leaving her full plate behind to go write her book. Riiight.
Here we go!
Of course, if you have tried something like this I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts, experiences, etc. You know I love hearing from you : )