A few months back I did the whole-30!
(This was an awesome excerpt right from the awesome book!)
It’s basically eating super clean paleo for 30 days to look and feel your best. No, it’s not easy, but if you want it bad enough it is definitely doable!
I ate no grains, dairy, sweets, added sugars, and very little fruit. I ate mostly protein like fish, lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, and pork. I also ate large servings of vegetables of all kinds, and starchy tubers too for more carbohydrates. I consumed a ton of coconut while doing the whole 30–Coconut flakes, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk! Coconut is very gut healing and an anti fungal. I also tried my hand at making some bone broth. Bone broth is just that, broth that is made from leaving bones in a crock pot for over 24 hours. It is supposedly rich in amino acids and also gut healing. It’s a magical drink. (side note: The La Lakers drink some with every meal to promote faster healing and joint recovery!)
I did not do it to lose weight. I did it to “reset” my biological hormones like leptin, insulin, and coritsol. I also did it to help fix my satiety signals. Sometimes we keep eating because the food we’re eating is hyper-palatable. Our bodies naturally crave sugar, salt, and fat as a survival mechanism. So, when you begin eating something like potato chips, it can be nearly impossible to stop at just one.
Also, blood sugar spikes make you crave more food even when you’re not really hungry. Dairy, more specifically whey, will spike insulin and cause you to want more.
I loved it! At first I was a little lethargic, but as a week and a half went by, I became more energized and felt great.
I was not even trying to lose weight, but I managed to do so. The whole-30 advocates that you get out of your old “comfort foods” mentality. That means stop thinking you need a dessert with every meal or something sweet after dinner. Breaking these cultural cues is hard. Basically, you ask yourself, “am I really hungry, or am I just bored, angry, sad, tired, or just craving something?” My go to question that I got off of the whole 30 website to check if I was really hungry when I wanted more food at night was, “Could I eat fish with broccoli right now?” If the answer was yes, then I would eat more food, if no, then I would entertain myself with some other tasks.
I think the whole-30 is awesome because it works. It resets all your hormones, makes you more aware of what your eating and how good, real food should taste. It does not advocate artificial sweeteners or anything processed. It is an eye-opening experience that will change how you feel and look. I recommend it for anyone! No matter how fit you are, how out of shape you are, or whatever your situation the whole-30 helps you to “reset” and find balance!
I HIGHLY recommend the book, it is pack full of good information. You can get it on amazon, click here!
Here are some of my favorite meals I ate:
First picture is Chilean Sea Bass on top of a bed of spinach, second is sweet potatoes, third is sautéed spiraled zucchini, and the fourth was one of my go to drinks. I enjoyed hot cups of green tea with lemon!
I’m italian, so no pasta is no bueno! However, this was awesome! Italian sausage from whole foods, peppers and onions, and I put it all on top of a huge spinach salad with lots of sugar free tomato sauce!
Eggs wrapped in pork–enough said.
And this was my favorite of all time! I got the recipe off of civilized caveman’s website. It was SO darn good!
My go-to breakfast was two eggs over easy, turkey breast, kale, onions, butternut squash, and half an avocado–all sprinkled with salt of course! 🙂
And here’s my transformation picture:
Currently, I am still eating the same way the whole-30 promotes, but I slowly added certain foods back into my diet. To do this, I used Chris Kresser’s book, “Your Personal Paleo Code”. This book advocates slowly re-introducing foods back into your diet to see if you react to them.
For example, I added dairy and did not react to it, so I can eat dairy. However, when I tired to add corn, I felt bloated and lethargic, so I will no longer be eating corn.
I’m still in the process of finding what works for me and my body. It is a learning experience. Everyone is different, so you have to find what works for you.
I HIGHLY recommend Chris’s book too. You can find it on amazon at this link!
Hope this helped some people! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 🙂