On May 29th Miss K, my daughter’s preschool teacher, posted on facebook that she was going to start Whole30 on the first of June, and asked if anyone wanted to join her. I was intrigued, so I did a google search and within 4 hours I had agreed to do it. Then I roped my Mom in. The timing was perfect because my cardiologist had just suggested that I give up cheese and lose a few pounds to help lower my cholesterol.
Whole30 is an elimination diet. For 30 days you give up dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, and alcohol. After the 30 days you reintroduce those foods slowly and one at a time to see how you feel. I’m already thinking that this will be a WholeSummer project.
We were a bit nervous because we were starting a road trip from SoCal up to BC on the 1st and worried that it might be tough. It wasn’t – at all. Neither of us are big meat eaters, so we bought mahi and scallops. Our number one survival tip is to have great tasting condiments. We picked up our favorite oils and balsamic vinegar from La Quinta Olive Oil Company. Citrus and Habañero Oil, Lime and Cumin Oil, Chocolate Raspberry Balsamic. They are made with natural flavors, and none of them have any added sugar. I also made salsa verde, a super delicious chimichurri style sauce that goes with EVERYTHING. We’re drinking a ton of water, but also enjoying icy glasses of berry water kefir.
After 10 days of Whole30 I can report that I feel fantastic, I’m not missing sugar or dairy at all. I feel lighter, energized, and I’m sleeping much better. Before starting, Mom slowly made her way down the stairs sideways because of joint pain, now she is bounding down the stairs!
Our second survival tip is to never leave home without some kind of snack. We carry around macadamia nuts and spicy pumpkin seeds. You don’t want to get hangry and give up. The Whole30 website offers great tips for traveling and eating out, even printable shopping lists.
Right now my biggest struggle is staying off the scale (they insist that you weigh before and after, but not during the 30 days). My clothes are fitting better and my tummy is flatter, so I know I’ve dropped some pounds – but I want to see the number!