I had this plan that starting in March, I was going to join Arman and Amy in doing the Whole 30. If you don’t already know about this program, take a look at the chart below, which gives you a basic outline of the Whole 30. This dietary plan is meant to be adhered to for 30 days (no cheating) and then after the 30 days, you slowly reintegrate certain foods back into your diet.
As March fast approached, I began to have doubts about starting the Whole 30. Quite frankly, I started to get anxiety about starting the program and questioned whether or not this was the right thing for me.
My body just recently started being able to tolerate dairy again after years of being lactose intolerant…I’m really enjoying my Greek yogurt and cheese, so I didn’t want to give that up again! Quinoa, oatmeal, wheat berries and brown rice are some of my favorite grains…I didn’t want to give them up either. Then I learned I had to give up honey…honey is one of my favorite sweeteners ever! I also learned that the Whole 30 program discourages snacking…well, I like my snacks! AND…I couldn’t make anymore pancakes and I’d have to give up peanut butter! I know a month is not that long in retrospect, but geez! THEN I saw Arman’s post about being on the “middle ground diet.” This post totally blew me away and really got me thinking…and thinking…and thinking. I want to decide what I want to eat when I want to eat it. I want to let my body dictate what foods are bad for it and what foods it can tolerate. I don’t want restrictions, unless my body tells me otherwise. THEN I was really happy to see Arman’s other post from a few days ago because it really helped validate all the feelings I was having about starting the Whole 30.
SO based on all of these things, I decided that I’m saying NO to the Whole 30! I am by no means criticizing anyone who has been or is going to be starting the Whole 30. It’s simply not for me and it’s not what I want to do at this point in time. However, as I mentioned on Monday, I will be cleaning up my diet nonetheless, but in the way that I want to. I’ll be listening to my body and won’t be focusing on length of time and other restrictions that I don’t feel are necessary.
Here is my plan:
I’ve noticed that when I eat a lot of gluten, my stomach becomes bloated and very uncomfortable. My plan is to reduce (not eliminate) the amount of gluten in my diet.
- I love beans, but my stomach does not, so I’ll be staying away from all beans for a while.
- I eat vegetables, but I want to add a better variety of veggies to my diet.
- I want to eat more fruit. I’ve been eating mostly bananas these days, as I’m not too crazy about the fruit this time of year, but summer is coming, which means lots of fruits will be in season.
- I want to eat a hardier, more well-balanced breakfast - sometimes smoothies just don’t cut it.
- I want to eliminate processed foods as much as possible (e.g. make my own granola bars, salad dressings, granola, etc.), and if I do buy processed foods, I will carefully read labels for items with few ingredients and buy organic.
- I want to add more lean protein to make my meals more filling.
- I want to cut out refined sugars and opt for natural sweeteners.
- I want to drink more water.
This is my plan, but that’s just it…a plan. I’m not putting pressure on myself and I’m not going to freak out if I decide to have a piece of candy at work or if I have only have one or two different veggies during the day. I want to go with the flow and simply be more conscientious of all these things and see how my body responds. So with that in mind, here’s a look at an entire day of clean eats…Holly style! Thanks to Jenn for hosting!
Yes…this is my half eaten breakfast! As I was getting close to finishing, I remembered I wanted to snap a photo. Oops!
A crustless quiche (recipe coming soon), half an avocado and a side of fresh pineapple.
No description need. ;-)
A kale salad dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a touch of honey and black pepper, pine nuts and dried cranberries topped with a Chicken Parmesan Patty with a side of baby carrots and Paleo Pumpkin Hummus.
Sunbutter spread on whole wheat crackers and a couple medjool dates.
Salmon (courtesy of Justin), roasted veggies and Sweet Potato and Kale Balls (FYI…I made these with white sweat potatoes, that’s why they’re not orange).
Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist; therefore, this information should in no way be taken as expert advice. What I have mentioned above is what works for me and my body.