I don't remember what got me to look at the "Whole30" food plan last December. Maybe just curiosity. But I found it interesting enough to spend a couple weeks looking it over and thinking about it. I knew that both of our diets really needed to change. Too much junk food. Too many processed foods. Too much bread, pasta, etc. Too much sugar. I started to wonder if the 'aches and pains' of aging have more to do with dietary issues than age.
In the end, I decided not to start it up in January. The main reason... OK, the only reason... was I didn't think Himself would buy into it and I definitely couldn't manage it without him being on board.
Just what is the Whole30 plan, you ask?
Basically it is a 30 day food elimination eating plan. It's of the sort of thing you do when trying to find a food allergy/issue. And that actually is what the plan is about. "Think of it as a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system."
For 30 days you are very rigidly eating only the allowed foods. Your basic foods...straight up and natural. Meat. Veggies. Fruit. Herbs. Simple oils. And other such things. Or as Himself calls them ~ ingredients.
You are NOT allowed to eat... Diary. Grains. Sugar. Artificial ingredients. Alcohol (not even for cooking). Legumes (green beans and peas are allowed).
NONE. ZILCH. ZERO. NOT A NIBBLE.
Or you have to start all over again. Ouch!
But it is only 30 days. Well, actually 40 days because you have to reintroduce the foods back slowly and one at a time to see which ones (if any) are causing you issues.
Guess what folks? Himself and I are starting this program on Monday the 8th! He decided it was worthwhile to give it a shot if for nothing else than to break some food cravings. We have been using up any of the "NO" foods we have that would go bad in 40 days. We picked the 8th because it is after a weekend away.
I know what our 'withdrawals' will be over. Not sugar. Nope, for Himself... cereal and bread. For me... dairy. All. Of. It.
But it is only 30 days. We can do 30 days.
If you want to know more, here is the Whole30 web site: