Have you ever really paid attention to what you eat? I mean really paid attention. I not talking about just counting calories or counting carbs. What I’m talking about is paying attention to your body and how it reacts after you eat certain foods.
For instance, I know from personal experience that if I have a carb laden meal (especially at lunch!) I get sluggish, and sleepy and, worst of all, foggy. When I say foggy, I’m referring to brain fog. That horrific feeling that rational thought is just too much work; that (God forbid!) math problems are beyond comprehension; and even remembering the names of the characters on your favorite weekly TV show keeps slipping from your grasp.
Brain fog is one of the nasty little secrets that women have to deal with as they get older. No one told me that menopause came with a large dose of stupid. Because that’s hard enough to deal with on its own, adding negative food reactions to the mix can be a real nightmare. That’s one of the reasons I began tracking how what I ate affected how I feel.
Because of that I decided to give Whole30 a try. The basics are pretty simple. For 30 days:
Your “NO” list –
- No added sugar, real or artificial, not even ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey or stevia
- No alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking
- No Grains. Not even gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat
- No legumes except green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas (more pod than bean)
- No dairy, except for ghee (clarified butter)
- No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites. If it’s on the label, it’s off your diet
- No baked goods, junk foods, or treats, even if they only have “approved” ingredients
- Don’t step on the scale or take any body measurements for 30 days
Your “YES” list –
- Moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs
- LOTS of vegetables
- Some fruit
- Plenty of natural fats
- Flavor it up with herbs, spices, and seasonings
- Simple foods with only a few ingredients (all pronounceable!) Better yet, stick with no ingredients listed at all because they’re whole and unprocessed
The “FINE PRINT” list-
- Vinegar, coconut aminos, and salt are all okay.
Your only job during the Whole30 is to focus on making good food choices. You don’t need to weigh, measure, count calories, you don’t need to purchase everything organic, grass-fed, pastured, or local. You just have to figure out how to stick to the Whole30 rules for 30 straight days. In other words: Eat. Good. Food.
According to the Whole30 website:
“It will change the way you think about food. It will change your tastes. It will change your habits and your cravings. It will restore a healthy emotional relationship with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life.” https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/
We’ll see. At least it couldn’t hurt. Next week I’ll have a report from the trenches: how Whole30 is working for me.