It is a new month, which means I have a new header. It’s a bit of a departure for me, art-wise, and very…caveman-ish. There’s a reason for that.
For the last couple of weeks, my Young Diabetic Friend and I have been whipping each other into a bit of a frenzy. You see, today begins a Whole9 sponsored Whole30 to celebrate and promote the release of their new book, It Starts With Food. I haven’t bought it (yet), but from what I understand it is an in-depth explanation of their nutritional philosophy and is meant to be a sort of guide and companion for those who embrace the Whole30 plan, either as a 30 day nutritional “detox” or as a lifestyle. At any rate, I’d been pondering it ever since they announced it about 6 weeks ago, and once I got my Young Diabetic Friend to jump on the bandwagon, I figured – why not?
Of course, my first two attempts were not exactly what I’d call “blazing successes” but if you think that will deter me from trying again, well, you just haven’t been hanging around here very long, have you?
The basics of the Whole30 are this:
- No sweeteners of any kind – no honey, no maple syrup, no coconut sugar, no evaporated cane juice, no date sugar, no stevia. If you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you know this is going to be hard for me.
- No alcohol, not even to cook with. Once, this would have been very hard, but not any more. Well, except for the cooking part, but I’ll deal.
- No grains of any kind. Not a problem.
- No legumes. The occasional spoon of peanut butter is out, but I won’t miss it, and the rest of it has pretty much been off the menu for awhile anyway.
- No dairy of any kind. Dairy has become more and more of a problem for me lately – pretty much ever since I came down with pneumonia. I’ve been avoiding it more and more lately, so avoiding it completely for 30 days shouldn’t be too hard.
- No white potatoes. Yeah, we’ve been eating them lately because they’re in season. But they’ll still be in season come August 31, so I’m not going to stress over it. I won’t buy any at the farmers market, and what we get in our weekly CSA share, I’ll just feed to The Young One, and Beloved, if he wants them (he often doesn’t).
- No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. No problem, since I avoid these anyway, especially MSG. The coconut milk I use is carrageenan and BPA-free (Native Forest, for those of you who might be curious).
- No “legal” junk food. For me, this means no gluten-free goodies – the waffles, pancakes, muffins. Which is just as well; I’ve been making them far too often lately.
For someone with a food blog, this presents some interesting challenges – especially me, since the whole premise of my blog is that a “restrictive” diet (mostly gluten- and dairy-free, but also free of processed convenience “foods”) isn’t really restrictive; it’s quite doable, in fact. Most people doing a Whole30 just have to worry about what to eat; I have to worry about providing the recipes they potentially use.
Can I do it? Of course I can. The better question is will I do it? Well, that remains to be seen. I’ve considered documenting everything I eat here on the blog, both in words and photos (very much like what Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo does). If I do, it won’t be on the main page; I’ll set up an extra section and link to it (and provide a separate RSS feed if you’re
bored interested enough to follow every day). It never hurts to have an extra way to motivate and keep yourself honest.
As for why I’m doing this, there are a couple of things I hope to accomplish over the next 30 days:
- Get my blood sugar on an even keel. I’m prediabetic, and my blood sugar has taken me on a roller coaster ride lately. Not encouraging…not encouraging at all.
- Strictly curb my sugar intake. Part and parcel of the previous goal.
- Better sleep, one of the benefits you’re supposed to reap from the Whole30.
- Get into the habit of regular exercise.
The last is not a requirement of Whole30 participation, but it’s something I need to do. So much so that my Young Diabetic Friend, who has become a Crossfit enthusiast in the last couple of months, has presented me with an additional 30-day challenge. For every day I exercise, even it’s just walking, at the end of the Whole30, he will do a burpee; if I exercise every day, he will do an additional 15.
If you’re not impressed, you didn’t click the link.
And wish me luck, because weeeee’re off!