I’m 2+ weeks into Whole30 which, if you’re not up on the latest diets is a paleo-like one that allows basically meats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. No grains, no dairy, no added sugar. It’s more for gut health than weight loss. Amy and I are doing it together.
Here are some thoughts and observations.
1. You can eat as much as you reasonably want, and the lack of hunger makes it possible to maintain the diet, which I consider extreme. My colleagues think I’m a cookie monster, but it hasn’t been too hard to avoid them, because I’m not usually hungry when I’m around them.
2. My life has a little less sparkle without the anticipation of my favorite foods.
3. But I feel great, because it is almost impossible to overeat on the foods they allow you to have.
4. I haven’t noticed anything with regards to gut health or energy or allergies.
5. Amy says Whole30 is trendy, which is weird because I’m usually a late adopter. Just ask Randy or my mom about cargo pants. I think I was late on cell phones too.
6. I better understand why people that often try new diets talk about them so much – it is so interesting to talk about the new challenge and what it is doing to your body.
7. I’ve actually broken the diet once (maybe twice). Balsamic vinegarette evidently is often no good, because it has added sugar. One evening I found myself at home with the kids and no obvious food to eat. I put vinegarette on the salad I came up with and Amy told me it was a no-no.
8. One of the main purposes of this diet is to clean you out, which I think is why it is so important to keep all of these potentially inflammatory foods out of your body for a month.
9. I would not want to eat like this for more than 30 days, but I hope there are a few good habits I can pick up. Like finding the balance between going into a meal really hungry (bad, because you’ll end up eating too much or too much junk) and being full all the time (bad, because you’ll eat when you really don’t need to. Somehow this diet threads that needle: I eat the approved snacks when I’m hungry, but by the time a meal rolls around I’m hungry.