Lately there has been a few too many sweet paleo treats on my plate. With two kids birthdays in a week, I am feeling the effects of sweet treats. You all know that I am fore paleo treats over the grain and refined sugar versions, but they should be in moderation. My moderation has been a little off whack.
So, to get things back on track I’m going to do a Whole 30. I haven’t done this program before, and want to give it a go, road test it if you will.
What does this program entail? You can find out all the details on the program here, but the rules are pretty simple. Here are the Whole 30 programs rules:
Eat real food (Whats allowed)
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.
Avoid for 30 days (Whats not allowed)
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients.
Its not really any different than my usual eating habits, apart from that last point…do not re-create baked goods, junk food or treats with approved ingredients. This is the one area I want to clean up on after the celebrations, so it will be the one I am really focusing on.
So when do I start? Today. There is no time like the present.
I’m mostly doing it to get my eating back on track as I have mentioned, but a little weight loss would be nice as well. Its also been a very stressful time lately, with restful sleep eluding me, so hopefully it also helps with this as well. Overall, I could just knuckle down and eat well like normal, but by committing to something like this, I have a goal/target of getting through the 30 days.
For those of you that this would be a whole (get it, ‘whole’) new way of eating, there are printable’s and guides available to assist you. Not to mention their book. Eating clean is a lot easier than you will first think.
I’ll jot down what I ate and fill you in on how I progress and what I have been eating. You can follow my journey along on Instagram at @evolvedpaleo. Let me know below if you have attempted or completed the whole 30. Anyone want to join me?