Three Thoughts on Thirty (The Whole30)

The thing that surprises me the most about the Whole30 (so far) is not what I miss, so much as what I don’t miss. I totally expected to miss popcorn. But I don’t. I don’t miss ice cream, either. Or Oreos. Know what I miss most? You’ll never guess.

Go Oreos!

Just in case you aren’t in the food fad know, I’ll tell you a little about the Whole30. It is, essentially, an elimination diet (at least that’s how I think of it – of course you can go to their website, whole30.com and check out all the great things they say about it). Here’s a short blurb from the website:

After the 30 days, you are supposed to re-introduce the various groupings one at a time to see what their effect is on your system.

If you’ve been following me you know I’m a big fan of The Four Hour Body. And I still am, but since my move, I’ll tell you the truth, I’ve had a very difficult time sticking to my plan. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I think I’ve managed only a few weeks all year. Add to that my recent health issues, and I found that I wasn’t feeling particularly healthy.

A friend of mine started posting photos of food she was preparing and eating on the Whole30. They looked delicious, but besides that, I was intrigued by the idea of spending 30 days re-setting my body. And I loved that they posted all of the documents you need to get started right on their website.

My roommate and I started the program the following week.

We’ve been on it 14 days now, and I’m surprised at how easy it’s been. Like a friend of mine once said, it’s easier to manage a thing like this if you have really clear boundaries – like no sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes. Uh, wait a minute. Did you say no legumes?

Beans!

Yeah, you got it. That’s the thing I miss the most, legumes. More specifically, beans. Black bean, red beans, chick peas…I miss them all. Not just eating them, though. I really miss the ease of preparing all my lunches at the beginning of the week, of having something I can heat up and eat if I don’t have time or energy at the end of the day.

That’s the first surprise. The second surprise is how people react when I tell them about what I’m doing. In the past, when I told people I don’t eat sugar, or gluten, or potatoes, people would look at me like I’m crazy. Even if I explain that they make me feel icky, and that I always allow myself a day off on the weekend. But when I say I’m doing the Whole30, people are like, “Oh, yeah, that’s interesting. I don’t know if I could do it.” And then they back right down, moving the cupcake or candy. Huh.

Finally, I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy fruit! As a kid, we thought I was allergic to most fruits, then as a grown up I decided it was probably the pesticides. It turns out that good, organic fruit usually doesn’t affect me too much. When I did decide to eat some fruit, it never seemed to taste all that good, so I don’t usually pick it up. To tell you the truth, after all those years of not eating fruit, I thought I had lost my taste for it. But since I added it back to my regular foods, I’m astounded by how good it tastes!  And I have a new appreciation for living in California, where the fruit doesn’t have to travel 1000 miles to get to me.

Farmer’s Market

Those are my thoughts, and I’d be happy to hear yours!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] next big thing I’ll be trying is beans. I love my beans and have seriously missed them. I already have my lunches for the week so I’ll wait till next weekend, but I’ll be […]

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  2. […] it before. In fact, I’ve written about food and eating many times, like that time I did the Whole 30, or when I was very in to The Four Hour Body. In my defense, those two and Body for Life are the […]

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