If you’ve read my blog, you know I’m doing Whole 30. Whole 30 is a way of eating that eliminates sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol and soy. The biggest benefits to this are the “non-scale victories”. A few that have been important for me are how well I sleep now, including not waking up groggy and not getting tired in the afternoon; no dips or spikes in blood sugar; and better “numbers” from my doctor A1C and cholesterol (neither were over the disastrous before, but well in the normal range now, and I watch these because diabetes runs in my family and my cholesterol was creeping up there).
One of the reasons people do this program is to discover things that their body is sensitive to. I discovered this morning one of mine, thanks to Mark’s misplacement of his morning coffee cream. One of the hardest things for me when I started was finding something to put in my coffee, I like tan, very creamy coffee. I finally found a coconut milk that made my coffee the way I like it (almond milk is too thin and nutpods too flavored). My creamer is always on the left, Mark’s is always on the right in the fridge door. This morning he put his carton in the wrong spot. I pulled it out without looking very closely and poured real half & half in my coffee. Within about 15 minutes my nose was stuffy and I was having to clear my throat constantly. Dairy had me reacting! As I think back, that’s usually how I feel after I eat ice cream, for years!
Following this eating style takes quite a bit of work at the beginning (reading EVERY label in the grocery store) and doing prep work at the beginning of each week, or every 4-5 days or so. Thankfully there are tons and tons of pins on Pinterest now, including what products are “compliant” at each store. This is so helpful, timewise.
I have found that the easiest way to work this program is to keep it simple. veggies, meat, sweet potatoes, fruit, sometimes potatoes, eggs… simply cooked, simply seasoned and often either in the air fryer or on the outside grill. The food is always filling and usually very tasty. I know, it may sound really hard, but remember… it’s only 30 days!