If you follow this blog, you know that I have been working, working, working on finding a healthy, realistic, maintainable diet for my food-allergy prone family of 10. Finally, I think I have found a solution: Whole30. While surfing Facebook late 0ne night, I came across a friend’s post about starting Whole30 the next day with her challenge group. I messaged back and forth with her a few times and decided to jump in with both feed, starting Whole30 less than 12 hours later. (Do I ever do anything the easy way?!)
What is Whole30? Whole30 eliminates potentially problematic foods from your diet for 30 days. The goal of Whole30 is not just to eliminate these foods that are possibly causing an unhealthy effect to your body, but to address your emotional relationship with food. No Whole30 ingredient friendly, paleo-ified desserts allowed here! While there are certainly benefits to cutting sugar out and eating a primarily whole foods sourced diet, if you are still looking for that sweet fix, you still have a problem.
After your initial Whole30 (30 days), you can continue on eating the Whole30 way or you can choose to begin adding back Whole30 eliminated foods one by one, paying close attention to see if they cause you a problem. Because my family is food allergy prone, after our initial Whole 30, we will maintain the Whole30 way of eating as a baseline, choosing special meals or treats along the way as opportunities come up (such as birthdays, holidays, youth pizza night at church, whatever!).
My family’s goal is to do 2 Whole30’s each year, one in January and one in June. We will begin our first Whole30 on Sunday, January 8th. If you would like to try Whole30 with my family, join my Facebook group! I will share a series of posts walking through Whole30 beginning tomorrow, January 1st. By Friday, January 6th, you will be prepared to grocery shop and start your first Whole30 with us on Monday, January 8th. If you prefer to buy the book and buy it using this link, I will get a small commission (for which I am very thankful!). Last, if you are local to me, we will meet on Monday nights in January, at Pop’s Ice Cream and Coffee at 7 pm. Pop’s is located in La Vernia in the same parking lot as the Centerpoint gas station at 775/3432. To make it more affordable, local folks will also get to participate in bulk food buys from both my local farm friends and River City Produce.
And, that’s it! Talk to you again tommorow!