I've just finished reading "It Starts with Food" (great book by the way). I thought my diet was reasonably clean, but wow am I spotting all the little bits that have crept in around the edges. So I'm looking over those little bits and going to do a Whole30 starting tonight with dinner.
Things I need to get rid of (the list will undoubtedly grow): a lot of seasoning items that I haven't been really counting - soy sauce, occasional miso, hot sauce and spice mixes (Mrs Dash you've betrayed me!) that have sugar in them. Goat cheese. Cream in coffee. Those lovely salmon burgers that I let slide despite the (gasp) canola!!! B-b-b-butter. (thank goodness for the ghee exemption)
Anyone else up for a major food fix? What do you need to get rid of?
Added: Seems like people here would be interested in doing a chat. What day/time is best for you all? I can do any evening before 10 EST.
I am in need of a food fix up too, we tried a whole 30 last month in my house and it did not work out. I have the occasional Braggs liquis aminos in stir fry (its much gmo-free wheat-free soy sauce), Annies organic maple BBQ sauce, protein bars, Kerrygold Dubliner, and perhaps a few too many paleo-fied desserts. I am re-reading my paleo books to reinspire myself to stay on track.
Good luck with your whole 30, I have yet to make it through the full thing, but will keep trying!
OK. I guess this is it. I absolutely have sucked at this in the past. But whole 30 days. I usually let cream for coffee sneak in, and I have a major problem with not drinking alcohol when a special occasion comes up (Usually about once or twice a month). Also eating bread at restaurants is a hard one for me. Would anyone be interested in a group daily meetup? We could chat for 15 mins at night on oovoo just for support/ranting.
Yes, I am planning to do another Whole 30 - probably starting July 1st. I ordered "It Starts With Food" yesterday and it should be here via Amazon Prime tomorrow afternoon. I was happy to hear that ghee had been added into the Whole30 experience! :) I am going to have a really, really hard time cutting out the macadamia nuts and dark chocolate, however. But I will do it - it's just for 30 days! Although I am going to have some issues when I start training harder on my bicycle. I'm fairly certain that Lara Bars are not Whole30 approved even if they don't contain peanuts. I'm not doing it to feel any better, I already feel pretty darn great as I'm 98% compliant but for the dark chocolate and too many nuts, I just want to drop these last nagging 8 pounds. I'm definitely up for a group "meetup" or however we want to work that aspect of it!
I'm planning on one in mid July. I've been on a low carb (less than 50 grams) diet, but day 1 of the Whole30 kicked my butt. Same thing happened on day 1 of the Gaps intro, I got really depressed. So, either my ED tendencies kicked in, or I'm really addicted to cheese and cream.
Also, and this might be advertising, but I'm trying to collect peoples menus for a new website, I would love to get a collection of Whole30 menus :). ActualMenus.com
I plan to do a whole 30 starting July 1, and would love the support. I started one before but didn't finish due to traveling for work. I ordered "It Starts with Food" and plan to read over the next week or so, then jump in for the whole 30. I've been allowing a few things that I really shouldn't due to some stress so I think the whole 30 would be a great way to get back on track (I'm not looking to lose any weight, just feel more alert/energetic).
I'm starting one this Monday. I did one in May and lost 20 lbs. I fell off the wagon last week because I had several graduation parties, reunion, and other family events. I couldn't believe how great I felt on it and it has inspired me to exercise more!!!
Friday was the last day of my first Whole30 -- loved it. Lost 9 lbs (very quick weight loss for me), need to buy new pants for work cause all of mine are falling off, subjectively improved performance at certain CrossFit movements (box jumps and pull ups especially -- they just feel more natural and do-able), and so on. Psychologically feel very accomplished and proud of myself for saying "no" to the 100s of temptations I faced over the last 30 days.
I've reintroduced dairy (pastured organic heavy cream) with no issues, booze... yeah it makes me bloated and logy the next day, but I will probably still indulge from time to time. May try hand made corn tortillas from my favorite Mexican place tomorrow, but other than that think I will be on the paleo straight and narrow going forward.
I did Whole 30 once, honestly I didn't feel much better than I already did on Paleo. I just cut out cream in coffee, butter and didn't eat as much fruit or nuts. I'd say it's only extreme if you are eating a lot of packaged stuff already, but if you're pretty clean paleo it's not much change.
I know of more people who have done it 2 or more times than completed it once and have rolled on in to a better way of eating, living etc. If it didn't work the first time, or even worse, if it did but you need do it again, that means it didn't. Go figure. Personally think the 80/20 way is easier and as you come to sort food & activity then work towards a 90/10 lifestyle. That's where I'm at. Overwhelmingly I'm in a good place with 1 in every 10 meals slightly off track. I'm fine with that and its easy to live by without the fully focussed anti everything, other than approach for 30 days.