Life’s a bowl of these. No, really — that’s my main snack right now.
I decided on a whim to do the Whole 30. I’m fully aware that whenever I’m in transition, I turn to some sort of food distraction to give me direction. This is no different, but it’s a much healthier distraction than binging, drinking or bulimia – all choices I’ve made in the past.
Whole 30 is really a whole-foods cleanse, and then some. It is mostly a paleo plan, but allows white potatoes, and doesn’t pretend it’s some purist menu followed by our ancient ancestors, who were likely opportunists and ready to eat a cheesecake if they’d known what it was. It does make promises — or else how could Whole 30 create a movement — that includes improved athletic performance, better health (really better — like clearing up chronic diseases and ailments, including arthritis, lyme disease and more) and, of course, possible weight loss.
I’m attracted to it to see truly, if there’s any truth to its wonder…and because it makes for a neat challenge. In the past few weeks, I’ve also indulged too much in my fair share of Cookie Butter ice cream (you must taste this) and restaurant foods, and am feeling the results. I could just say “no” to the ice cream and make dinner at home, but this feels more official.
Whole 30 has you consuming whole foods — meat, poultry, fish, eggs (yes, I’m not vegan at the moment…again, that experiment didn’t work for my body), vegetables, fruit, nuts, olive/coconut oil, avocados and…well, not sure what else as that’s what I’ve been subsisting on. Coffee is permitted, thank goodness. Almond milk and coconut milk are cool too, as long as they have no icky additives like carageenan.
The past few days I’ve had eggs for breakfast with miscellaneous veggies, lunch was salmon or chicken with lots of veggies and dinner, too, a burger patty with avocado and veggies or ground beef with sugar-free tomato sauce and zucchini. Between meals, fruit — banana, apple, lots of berries — and I’ve definitely broken down and had a Lara bar or two. These are supposed to be reserved for emergency or endurance food — they are Whole 30 approved. I’ve eaten half of one before workouts…but also between meals. I’m probably feeding my “sugar dragon” but c’est la vie. At least I’m skipping the chocolate ones.
Today, on Day 4, I’m supposed to feel (according to polls of thousands who’ve successfully followed the plan for 30 days) like I want to “kill” everything. Nope, that was yesterday.
I don’t want to say I’m hungry — Whole 30 doesn’t limit portion sizes so I can eat until I’m full. I’m just hamstrung. Breakfast foods I love, like smoothies, are off the menu — I get it, they don’t want you to “drink” your food. Peanut butter toast (horror) — out. Hummus — out. So, it’s not like I’m craving cookies and coke — I’m not even craving these foods, I just want them to fill a pit in my stomach and desire for something that isn’t salad. My energy is fine (well, yesterday I felt like I might die…but that’s passed).
I’ll grocery shop again today — that’s part of the fun for me, like a puzzle to see what fits. More Lara bars, sweet potatoes and creative veggies are on the list.