Okay, this is a bit of a break from the regular content you read here. I’m not going to talk about how hilarious my Threenager is, or how my baby might be a zombie. So if you just come here for that type of stuff, sorry. I will be back on it in the next few days.
I promised I wouldn’t become a proselytizing asshole when I started this program. And I won’t! I love crusty bread, cupcakes and tacos too much to give them up forever, and I don’t believe, unless you have related health problems, that you should completely eliminate any foods from your diet.
But, as a celebration of being halfway through, and feeling pretty damn good, I wanted to give you a list of why doing a Whole30 is a really good thing for anyone (unless you’re vegan, because I just don’t know then). And if you’re curious and want some recipes, shoot me a comment at the end of this post to let me know, and if there are enough of you that are curious, I’ll do a post that’s like a recipe round up or something.
1. It’s good to cut the crap, every so often. A Whole30 will force you to remove processed foods from your diet, and that gives your body a bit of a break.
2. You’ll open your stomachs to all sorts of new recipes. Let’s face it, we’ve all fallen into the stir fry/pasta/sandwich rut. Same thing, again and again, because it’s easy. This forces you to move beyond your comfort zone and try new things.
3. Your family may very well jump on board the healthy train, too. Or, if you’re like me, they may not have much choice!
4. You get to feel morally superior to everyone else for a full month. HA! I’m only kind of kidding. You can watch other people eating their shitty foods and listen to them Oohing and Aaahing over your fortitude at resisting temptation for 30 whole days. That alone should satisfy your hunger for a few hours, haha.
5. Kick the sugar habit to the curb. No sugar of any kind for 30 days? See what your taste buds say, afterward. It’s amazing how, once you’ve gotten used to the sweetness of a sweet potato or snap peas, a cookie seems positively decadent.
6. Remind yourself how delicious vegetables really are. Honestly, veggies taste SO much sweeter, after about a week of eating this way.
7. Fruit tastes AMAZING after a few days. Bananas? Mangoes? Raspberries? DIVINE. They taste like candy!
8. Zero. Portion Control. Necessary. It’s true, this is not a “diet” and it’s not about restricting calories, so pile that plate high with what you CAN have!
9. Bacon. If you can find a clean, nitrate- and sugar-free bacon, YOU ARE GOLDEN, my friends. Alternately, prosciutto is a favourite around here.
10. To find out just how many different ways you can make cauliflower. Seriously, you have NO. IDEA.
11. Better fitting pants. No, I’m not saying you’ll lose weight (although plenty do). But chances are pretty high that any bloat you had going on before will disappear.
12. It’s not THAT hard. People, I have 3 kids, am breastfeeding AND I’ve got postpartum depression. If I can do it, so can you.
13. Trying a new way of living is good for you. Isn’t it?
14. You will sleep like the dead. No kidding. I think this is because of lack of sugar and msg and stuff.
15. It feels really good to take control of something in your life, like this. Want mayo, but can’t find a brand that doesn’t have tons of crap in it? Google that shit and make it yourself!
16. There are (I will not say the word literally…I will not say the word literally…) THOUSANDS of recipes out there that are Whole30 friendly. So don’t say you can’t figure out what to eat. Here are two of my favourite sites that specialize in Whole30 meals: The Clothes Make the Girl and Nom Nom Paleo. There. Now you have no excuses.
17. There’s plenty of online support, if you need it. Have a question? Confused about something? Head to the Whole30 forums and search for your topic, or jump in and ask! They are very friendly over there, and helped me out my first time.
18. Did I mention your kids will be eating more vegetables by the time this thing is over? They totally will. And that’s a win in itself.
19. Embracing healthy fats! If you’ve been a low-fat believer, this will be a hard one to swallow, but they really want you to have fats! In reasonable amounts, of course. But fat with every meal, whether it’s avocado, coconut-something, olive oil, or even bacon. It feels so damn good to embrace fat.
20. Bye bye blood sugar problems. This way of eating teaches your body to burn its fat stores, instead of its carbohydrate (sugar) stores. Fat burns slower and more efficiently, so you don’t get those spikes and dips that cause you to be hangry. I speak from experience, having suffered from hypoglycemia for most of my adult life.
21. Change your snacking routine. I am horrible with snacking. I have gotten into the habit of just reaching for whatever package I can find, because I’m so exhausted that making something is just too much effort. Well, now I’ve got a fridge full of crunchy vegetables that feel way better than a bagel or a granola bar! I will seriously consume an entire bag of sugar snap peas in one sitting, and I have NO reason to feel guilty for it!
22. Forced creativity. At some point, you are going to get sick of eggs for breakfast. When that happens, what will you do? Maybe you’ll fry up some prosciutto with tomatoes and peppers and spinach! Heavenly. And you figured it out, all on your own.
23. More on the creativity front: trying new types of meat! If you can get your hands on some buffalo, elk, venison or wild boar, you will thank yourself. Diversifying your diet is really good for your system, in terms of the nutrients you get into your body.
24. Okay, even MORE on the creativity front: an excuse to try new vegetables! Seriously. Give Jicama a try, if you see an interesting recipe. Or try Celeriac soup. For all the reasons I mention in #23.
25. Testing your willpower is good for you! Listen, no one is asking you to change your diet for life. But if you’re someone who is used to instant gratification and hates having to quit anything, 30 days for your health is a great reason to try it out.
26. You will save SO MUCH MONEY on takeout. Because really? No one does paleo takeout. At least not where I live.
27. Free membership to any crossfit
cult gym in North America. Just kidding. As far as I know.
28. Guiltless binge the night before, guiltless binge the day after. Yes, you will want to consume large amounts of cookies, cupcakes, french fries and wine. And that’s okay.
29. It is such an eye opener, once you start reading labels. Sugar is in EVERYTHING. Soy is in EVERYTHING. It’s kind of gross, when you start thinking about it. Which may lead to the next reason…
30. Regardless of whether you want to make this a permanent lifestyle change, it will definitely change how you view food, and likely how you choose to nourish yourself.
HA! I didn’t think I could do it, but there you have it. Thirty reasons to try a Whole30. We’ll talk in 15 more days, and I’ll tell you about how I feel like the queen of the universe or something. Then I’ll buy cupcakes and drink half a bottle of wine. Don’t worry, I won’t breastfeed when that happens.