For those of you who don’t know what the whole30 challenge, click above. It’s a super strict form of Paleo diet…and for those who don’t know what paleo is, watch this:
aaaaannnd read this if you’re even more curious and have the time,
Why I eat Paleo.
For about 6 months now, I’ve been doing a paleo diet; however, due to my major sweet tooth, I’ve cheated quite a bit. Not eating wheat/grains or processed sugar, but I have more than my fair share of sweet fruits, honey, dark chocolate and so forth.
Thus, this is why I’m planning on doing the whole30 challenge. Perfect way to get healthy, lose my extra pounds, and cut my bad habits. In addition, my workplace is doing the Biggest Loser competition at work, for three months, which makes this the perfect opportunity to show how awesome the Paleo lifestyle is.
Basically the whole30 challenge is a very strict paleo diet eliminating sugar, alcohol, grains and dairy as stated on the whole9 website:
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely.Cut out all the inflammatory, gut-disrupting, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?
- [No] added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in all kinds of ways.
- Do not eat processed foods. This includes protein shakes, pre-packaged snacks/meals, protein bars, milk substitutes, etc.
- Do not drink alcohol, in any form.
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, millet, oats, corn, rice, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. (Yes, we said corn!) 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.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans (black, kidney, lima, etc.), peas, lentils, and peanuts or peanut butter. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes all cow, goat or sheep’s milk, cream, butter, cheese, yogurt, whey, ice cream, etc.
- Do not eat white potatoes. It’s arbitrary, but they are carbohydrate-dense and nutrient poor, and also a nightshade.
- Most importantly… do not try to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold. This means no “Paleo-fying” less-than-healthy recipes – no “Paleo” pancakes, “Paleo” pizza, “Paleo” fudge or “Paleo” ice cream. Don’t mimic poor food choices during your Whole30 program!
It’s going to be a very rough ride, but let’s see how far I can go…perhaps go further than 30 days and do the whole 90 days.
So for my first day’s dinner, I made steak, asparagus, and grill onion with mushroom. Yummy! 89 days to go!
Couldn’t finish the steak, saved the other half for breakfast tomorrow.
Wish me luck, Grok on!