So my family is planning on doing a Whole 30 in about a month or so. I'm taking lots of time to plan this thing because I do not want to fail. Plus, it's the whole family ... not just one of us.
A Whole 30 is about taking 30 days (or more) to feed your body only what gives it true nourishment. It is not a 'diet'. It is 30 days of being good to and taking care of your body with REAL food and real food only in order to help reach ultimate health. It's 30 days of no cheating, no putting anything on your fork or lips that causes anything negative to occur in the body. To read more extensively what I mean by this, read It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig or visit the Whole30 program at the website.
Essentially, for 30 days our family (our daughter is not participating as she will be away at school and our sons will have accommodations made) will:
- Attempt to eat 3 meals a day (hard for my husband since he has a wacky work schedule but he will do this on days off) - all of which will contain a protein ( quality meats and/or seafood), LOTS of vegetables, and a healthy fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, ghee).
- Will NOT be eating ANY - not a speck - of the following:
- dairy(ghee is the only exception)
- wheat or ANY other grain
- SUGAR of any kind....not natural or artificial - the only exception would be very minute amounts of apple or orange juice in recipes...you know, like maybe a teaspoon in a meal that will feed 4...
- No white potatoes
- No MSG, carrageenan or sulfites - that's the only truly easy one for us since we don't consume those anyway!
- no alcohol of any kind
- no snacking between meals - if we are hungry between meals it means we are not eating enough at mealtime and need to do better with amounts at those meals.
Our challenge during the Whole30 is to focus on making good food choices. There's no need to weigh or measure (Not even of ourselves - no stepping on the scales allowed during the 30 or so days)no need to count calories (my husband and I learned that a long time ago - calories mean nothing. The biggest part of this challenge will be figuring out how to stick to the Whole30 in any setting, around every special circumstance (even if we go away from home!)for 30 straight days(or more).
So for 30 days we need to eat Good Food. The only way the Whole30 will work is if we give it the full thirty days: "no cheats, slips, or “special occasions.” The idea is to not ingest any amount of any of these inflammatory foods to break the healing cycle— not one bite of pizza, not one splash of milk in my tea and no hot chocolate during my writing time ( 🙁 ) not even taste of someone else's cookie within the 30 day period. For the program to do what it sets out to do, we must commit to the full program, exactly as written.
It's not going to be easy.
So..... this is my first post of what I'm sure will be plenty. I am planning. My husband and I are going to follow it 100%. My son will follow it about 95%.... I'd love to see the results of 100% for him...but he's 15- and I know many Dallas and Melissa followers would say - it's not a whole 30 if you don't do it all the way - but I think this will still be a dramatic decrease of sugars in all forms for him and I'm betting it will STILL make a difference even if it's not the full program. And my little guy - well he eats what we eat. We'll just play that one by ear but I don't foresee any problems.
So the planning....
I'm looking through cookbooks and previous menus and all sorts of menus online. My goal right now is to load up the menu with EASY and tasty meals so we can be totally prepared. I'm also searching the web for any Whole30 approved snacks/easy to take along foods so that we are not caught without a backup. Snacks are not to be daily things but my husband will need Whole30 Approved things at work and I in my purse for those unplanned times where we are not home for meals as planned.
So....... anyone out there do a Whole30 before? Any ideas or suggestions on simple tasty meals or especially those easy backup plans would be great! I already know one weekend will be difficult because we will be away for a weekend with no kitchen access. It is highly doubtful anything offered will be Whole30 Approved so we need a way to have 3 meals a day in our rooms without being able to cook anything! HELP WANTED!!
Stay tuned for more.... 🙂