Sunday, May 4, 2014, was the first day of my Whole 30 Journey. This challenge isn’t a weight loss program, but weight loss can be a side effect. This program is designed to “reset” the body and change eating habits, as well as your emotional relationship with food. The rules of the Whole 30 are really not that much different from my normal dietary guidelines. No gluten, grains, dairy, sugar or sugar substitutes, legumes, white potatoes, processed foods or MSG and sulfites. Real food, such as meat, seafood, vegetables, some fruit, healthy fats, and nuts is the focus of the program. Two big changes for me while on the program will be 1) no alcohol and 2) putting the scale away. These are two things that will be challenging, yet good for me to give up for 30 days. I am looking forward to what I learn about myself during this challenge.
It is only day two, but so far it has been a welcomed change. I have had delicious food for all my meals that consisted of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. My afternoon snacks have been hard boiled eggs or almonds. I don’t feel deprived, but instead satisfied after my meals. Tonight, instead of wine, I had hot water with lemon. Obviously, it is completely different, but it had the same relaxing affect. I think I will have this most evenings going forward. So, so far so good. Hopefully, it continues to go this well.