I ended Whole30 (whole9life.com) and didn’t blog about it and I have had people ask me about it and haven’t taken time to really talk about it more than my initial one.
There is a lot to it. I highly recommend reading, making lists and being prepared if you embark upon it. Be informed. It can be intimidating. I DID go through sugar withdrawal or carb withdrawal and had what is referred to as "carb flu" symptoms days 4-5ish. My family embraced it and we had some amazing meals, made new friends, learned lots and I am ready to do it again!
There are so many resources. Google away. Share forward. Join teams. Ask ?'s. Embrace the journey! And honestly, for me, I wasn't looking at it as a diet but a lifestyle but many do lost LOTS of weight.
Having completed it and now going into another Whole30 beginning 1 November and a challenge that my good friend TEKRU1 aka Terry has proposed , now is a good time to speak to that more as well as to talk myself through some things like Paleo/Primal/Hunter Gatherer and such.
First the 1 November Challenge.
NOVEMBER ONE -30 day clean eating challenge! Everybody is welcome to join! You don't have to go all the way to a WHOLE 30, but make a commitment to yourself to avoid something you KNOW isn't good for you! Is it fast food? Deep fried? Too much sugar? Soda? 30 days without something that is holding YOU back!
What is clean eating?
Eating food in it’s most natural state.
Nothing white (flour, sugar, rice, etc).
Avoid all things processed and refined.
Lean protein and healthy fats (like those from nuts)
Lots and lots of organic fruits and vegetables.
Shopping for organic and grass fed products.
No preservatives, no fast food, no alcohol (gasp!)
No or limited dairy (depending on who you ask)
BONUS: A recipe!
It is much like a challenge Terry first proposed when she was a co-Cappie of Azure Destinations back in August I think. Whole30 is very radical and at the time when Terry first proposed the one above I remember saying to her - NO WAY, I am EVER doing anything this radical lady; are you on drugs? Give up sugar (artificial and natural), milk, alcohol, grain?!* And you aren't SUPPOSED to weigh yourself at all for the 30 days but that isn't an option during the BLC so that part is off the table. One of our Azuritas (I won’t say who) who was doing it weighed after 10 days or so (we were on a break) and had lost like 10 # or more and while I was intrigued, I admit that for ME what really pushed me into trying it when someone said they were doing a second round beginning 9 September was the possibility of (ok so this is unrealistic but I've tried everything else) finding that some of my growing laundry list of ailments, maladies, autoimmune issues etc. might be remedied or lessened. I've tried everything else so why not this? We are the only mammal on earth that continues to ingest dairy after weaning ourselves. So many are gluten intolerant etc. I just thought what did I have to lose except 30 days of being resentful and why was THAT any different than any other fad "diet" I'd ever been on (lemonade, maple syrup, cabbage soup - you name it). And for ME/US it wasn't that huge a change as it turns out because I am a foodie. I prepare our meals with great love and time commitment each week. Shop naturally and without much processed having converted long ago eliminating food colors, preservatives and processing making most things with love from scratch most often. BUT (and some of you know what's coming next....and I have a whole lot of junk in my trunk), just because it's made from scratch doesn't make it healthy. So yes, there were adjustments but it was like a foodie's adventure for ME and my family actually embraced it for and WITH me.
It couldn’t have been THAT radical or terrible because I’m in for another Whole30 and with a smile! Did it cure my maladies/ailments and old age? Of course not. Do I feel better? I think so. I am also down a good bit and wearing jeans I haven’t worn since 2004 and well on my wEIGH to wearing my USMC dress blues that I last wore on August 19, 1988. THAT is a WIN in my book!
Whole30 isn’t meant to be forever. It is fairly strict/radical. So where do you go from there? Let’s talk a bit about that because honestly I didn’t know anything about Paleo/Primal/Hunter Gatherer etc. when I started this. I was a total virgin and it was a crash course (btw, if you’re going to start on 1 November, read up ahead of time because it is time consuming and a little bit of knowledge and planning goes a LONG way toward success).
I need to move forward after Whole30 so this is part of my plan that will make this blog my blog for the mid-round slump challenge along with joining the new spark fitbit movement, www.sparkpeople.com/fitb
It gets confusing and my head begins to spin (not a pretty picture). I wanted to find a chart and the one that I found to be the most helpful is below and includes Atkins which while isn’t in our discussion actually isn’t bad to compare since many of my Spark friends do do a low carb diet and consider it similar. This shows how each diet looks at carbs. Atkins only considers low carbs not whole foods or quality ingredients. You can have sugar free and processed foods and grains and count carbs on Atkins. This may have been one reason why Whole30 wasn’t a huge change for us because we already were eating relatively clean, whole and unprocessed foods. Paleo and Primal are very similar. This chart sets out the biggest difference between the two. Dairy. The Paleo diet is about high fat (interesting on a “diet” site right?), high protein, hunter/gatherer style eating like our ancestors ate. It does not allow for grains or dairy products. The Primal diet has a similar goal and does not allow for grains, but it does include high fat and dairy.
What is Paleo Eating:
Paleo is also called “caveman” or “primal” eating.
Lots of organic and grass fed lean meats
Lots of organic veggies and fruits.
Lots of nuts and healthy fats.
Consuming food in it’s most natural state.
No sugar, no beans, no grains.
The biggest difference between paleo and clean is that clean allows whole grains. The main premise of Paleo is to eat only foods available 10,000 years ago in their most natural state (a common myth is that Paleo is raw food but this is not true. But the less processed/cooked the better in their eyes).
I really thought it was be terrible not to have bread and butter and mashed potatoes and ice cream and cheese. As it turned out I initially most missed stevia in my coffee and chewing artifically sweetened gum all the time. Seriously. I missed those two things the most.
Oh; and the one thing that made Whole30 doable was they told me no alcohol but they didn’t tell me no coffee or all bets would have been OFF!
Now post Whole30 round 1 I am at a crossroads. Do I stick with the Paleo lifestyle or start adding back whole grains and let myself eat clean? They are both compelling arguments and they both make a lot of sense.
Post Whole30 reset I am afraid that if I were to start eating steel cut oats for instance that would lead to whole grain breads and then I'm right back where I started so for me, for now, I think I'm going to try to live 85 or eve 90% Paleo and go from there.
I am going to commit to a lifestyle change that is permanent for my family. Of course we’ll make exceptions but for the most part, we are going to try to find a word that causes fewer weird looks and raised eyebrows than any of the above do (since when do I care what people think? Oh...always).
Where will your journey take you?