It's time to clean up and detox my eating and drinking. I am embarking on the Whole9 30 day challenge to clean up my diet and get some energy and be healthy!
Here is the outline of the challenge:
What Is The Whole30? Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness
Strip them from your diet completely.
This will change your life. We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact – the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and thousands of people have since done it, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. Our Whole30 Program, As Outlined. Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruit, oils, nuts and seeds.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program.
Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels (and your Success Guide FAQ), because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
1. Do not consume alcohol, in any form, even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
2. Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
3. Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
4. We call this "Sex With Your Pants On" (SWYPO), and it will ruin your Whole30 faster than you can say, "Paleo pizza." Do not try to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold. This means no "Paleo-fying" desserts or junk food – no Paleo pancakes, pizza, brownies or ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your Whole30 program! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.
5. In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices!
6. One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements during your Whole30 programme.
The Fine Print A few concessions, based on our experience, and those of our clients.
1. Clarified Butter or Ghee. Clarified butter or ghee is the only source of dairy allowed during your Whole30. Plain old butter is NOT allowed, as the milk proteins found in non-clarified butter could impact the results of your program. Refer to our Butter Manifesto for more details on the milk proteins found in butter, purchasing high quality butter, and how to clarify it yourself.
2. Fruit juice as a sweetener. Some products will use orange or apple juice as a sweetener. We have to draw the line somewhere, so we’re okay with a small amount of fruit juice as an added ingredient during your Whole30… but this doesn’t mean a cup of fruit juice is a healthy choice! Refer to your Shopping Guide for clarification.
3. Certain legumes. We’re fine with green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas. While they’re technically a legume, these are far more "pod" than "bean", and green plant matter is generally good for you. (Refer to your Success Guide FAQ for details.)
4. Vinegar. Most forms of vinegar (like white, balsamic, apple cider, red wine, and rice), are allowed during your Whole30. The only exceptions are vinegars with added sugar, or malt vinegar, which generally contains gluten.
5. Minimally processed foods like canned coconut milk, applesauce, tomato sauce, chicken broth or canned olives are all acceptable on the Whole30 – but avoid anything with carageenan, MSG or sulfites. These additives all have potentially nasty side effects, and you can easily find all of these foods without them.
6. Processed foods.
Ready To Start? Now that you have the basic plan, you need to know how to implement it. It’s simple, actually.
Do it now.
Your only job for the next 30 days is to focus on making good food
It’s only 30 days.
only way this will work is if you give it the full thirty days, no cheats, slips or "special occasions." This isn’t Whole9 playing the tough guy. This is a FACT, born of education and experience. You need such a small amount of any of these inflammatory foods to break the healing cycle – one bite of pizza, one splash of milk in your coffee, one lick of the spoon mixing the batter within the 30 day period and you’ve broken the "reset" button. You must commit to the full program, exactly as written. Anything less and we make no claims as to your results, or the chances of your success. Anything less and you are selling yourself – and your potential results – short. Here’s What You Can Expect The first week or two will be tough, as your body heals and adjusts to this new way of eating and your brain wraps itself around going without all those sweet tastes and sugar-driven energy spikes. And while you may start to feel better after a week or two… the healing process takes significantly longer. In addition, the mental addiction and emotional connections to sugary foods, large amounts of carbohydrates and over-the-top, chemically-altered flavors is going to take a lot longer to overcome.
Stick with it, and be patient with yourself.
will happen. You’ll go to sleep easier, and sleep more soundly through the night. Your energy levels will increase and stabilize, and you’ll feel just as good first thing in the morning as you do at the peak of your day. Your body composition will start to change – your clothes will fit differently, and you’ll feel less bloated at the end of your day. Your performance, whether it be in the gym, while playing sports or during a hike, will improve. Your recovery after exercise, a game or a hard day’s work will feel easier and more complete. Conditions, ailments, aches and pains will miraculously start to improve. And through all of it, you’ll be eating delicious, fresh, natural, real food… food that tastes good, and is physically satiating and mentally satisfying.
At some point, we promise you… the magic
It’s For Your Own Good Here comes the tough love. This is for those of you who are considering taking on this life-changing month, but aren’t sure you can actually pull it off, cheat free, for a full 30 days. This is for the people who have tried this before, but who "slipped" or "fell off the wagon" or "just HAD to eat (fill in food here) because of this (fill in event here)." This is for you.
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Giving up heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your "struggles". YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
Don’t even consider the possibility of a "slip".
You never, ever, ever HAVE to eat anything you don’t want to eat.
This does require a bit of effort.
In Conclusion We want you to participate. We want you to take this seriously, and see amazing results in unexpected areas. Even if you don’t believe this will actually change your life, if you’re willing to give it 30 short days, do it. It is
But here at Whole9, we’ve built our entire business around telling you what you need, not what you want. We will not pander to you here. We will tell you what we know to be true, based on literally thousands of testimonials and consulting clients’ real results. Programs that offer built-in cheats or rationalizations for less than healthy food choices simply do not work long-term. They don’t teach you anything about how the foods you are eating are affecting you, and they don’t do anything to help you change your habits, patterns and behaviors. The Whole30 program has been in motion for almost two years, with participants all across the world – and has measurable, real-life, sustainable results to back up our claims.
So that's it! A fair bit of effort on my part is needed but it is only 30 days (although I will do about 35 due to starting on the Monday rather than the others at the gym on Saturday).
Day 1: Breakfast - None - Was feeling off - was sleeping. Ended up sweaty and feverish - a 24 hour bug - most of day was sleeping.
Lunch: 3 scrambled eggs with mushrooms, red onion and left over lamb.
Dinner: 3 wraps using lettuce leaves instead of tortilla wraps. Filled with salad veges and a little more leftover lamb - not too bad and water.
Felt crap for the majority of the day so sleep was how I spent most of the day. No exercise today. Hope for a better day tomorrow.