We decided to try the Whole30 eating plan in January. If you haven’t heard of this, the idea is to eat clean for a whole month then add certain foods back one at a time to determine if there are foods that negatively impact your health. I had long assumed this was just another fad diet until a good friend explained to me the real reasons to do a Whole30 and I decided we should give it a shot.
Let me be clear: we were not in this to lose weight. If we do that, the next time you see us, you won't. And I already blow away in the wind easily. Rather, we were hoping to improve the way we feel. We want to be done with fatigue, poor sleep, sugar cravings, headaches, injuries that take a long time to heal, etc.
I don’t do many things halfway so I dove into this like …well, I dove in hard. I bought the Whole30 book and got busy.
The first problem was the recipes are made for 2 people with enough for leftovers so you can have it for lunch the next day. There are five of us, and yes, I know how to scale a recipe, but going from 2 to 5 is not easy math (2.3 cans of coconut milk, anyone?) and since 3 of our 5 are teenagers, there is really no such thing as leftovers here most days.
This deal requires a lot of prep. No more easy box of Rice-a-Roni for a side dish. No grains means no Triscuits for my afternoon snack or chips and salsa for lunch, so I had to have cut veggie sticks on hand with Whole30 compliant sauces and dressings. And if we cannot eat Cheerios or toast for breakfast then I had to have the diced sweet potatoes and homemade sausage patties ready to go or risk failure (I am not a morning person).
I had great intentions of blogging about it throughout the month, but by the time I finished planning meals, shopping at ALL the stores, cutting, dicing, bagging, and mixing up all the foods and sauces and snacks and emergency snacks, I had approximately 3 minutes and 22 seconds of free time leftover. And that was just the first week.
So how did it go? Tune in tomorrow for my Whole 30 diary.
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