The Whole 30
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
So I'm trying the paleo diet again.
I just finished reading a book called "It starts with food". It was written by a friend of a friend and has a plan called the Whole 30. It's sort of a 30 day "cleanse" so to speak where you remove grains, beans and dairy from the diet because they are believed to be the cause of inflammation and are possibly the root of disease.
I know, I know...I tried to do the paleo thing at the beginning of the year but...I was still juicing and blending, something this books says not to do because of insulin spikes, and then I of course dove right into making muffins, waffles and pancakes from "approved" paleo ingredients that are supposed to only be eaten as treats and especially NOT during the first 30 days of the plan. So I'm back to eating only meat/fruit/veggies/healthy nuts and oils again.
Today is day 3 and I'm pretty tired. But the book says that energy levels will be low while the body retrains itself from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. My girlfriend confirmed that her and her husband felt pretty crappy the entire first week. My friends that did the program now feel fabulous. She lost 12 lbs and her husband lost 20 lbs just in 30 days. So I figured...why not give it a try? I sure could stand to loose 10 lbs if this works and I sure would love to get my energy back and start sleeping better at night.
This plan is meant to be a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. This plan is also not an all or nothing for the rest of my life plan. Being Paleo doesn't mean I can never eat a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream again or that I can never have another alcoholic drink ever again. Those things just need to be kept in moderation or for special occasions. Treats. But since I am already lactose and gluten intolerant I'm not really going to be missing all that much anyway.