Whole 30: The Family that Experiments together ....
Friday, March 01, 2013
hmmm..... maybe I'll have an answer at the end of the month :)
Today begins my family's experiment with Whole 30 - which is a challenge to eliminate all sugar, grains, dairy, and alcohol (as well as anything processed or refined) from your diet for 30 days. After 30 days, during which time we should expect less bloating, more energy, less inflammation, etc, you can reintroduce the excluded foods to see how/if they impact your body. There are still a LOT of foods to be eaten - so says I, but the family claims otherwise!
This week I started the transition by only replenishing W30 approved foods. While there is still a bit of OJ, milk, and yogurt in the fridge and some pretzels and crackers in the cupboard, most of the banned food is gone. Last night after dinner we had "cupboard junk" bars, which the boys made by using up all the random cookie making ingredients. The leftovers have been sent to friends. I threw away some of the most offending foods - hot fudge sauce, creamy salad dressings, and some bagels from the freezer. Those are the things I might not be able to resist on a weak day (I have been known to eat hot fudge straight from the jar with a spoon when confronted with a stressful situation!) My yankee frugalness won't let me toss the rest; I think I'll just let the boys finish it off over the week.
I am hoping that blogging about this experiment will help keep me accountable and enthusiastic about what we are eating! Already though, I've failed my husband. I had an idea of what I was going to send him to work with, but not a plan. Like the saying goes, "Fail to plan, plan to fail;" and I couldn't pull it off by the time he needed to leave. He brought leftover dinner which is W30 approved, but there wasn't nearly enough and he is sure to be ravenous and thus likely to eat something off-plan, and who could blame him? Lunches are going to be the biggest challenge, especially for the teenage boys who consume copious amounts of calories but are very picky about what is convenient enough to eat at school.
And if that wasn't challenge enough, I've signed on with one of my Spark Teams to complete 1000 fitness minutes this month! Hey, it's only for 30 days, right? I can do anything for a month.... I think!