Hey curious cats!!
Today I’m officially starting another Whole30. Recently I decided I wasn’t gonna “go on a specific eating plan” for awhile, and just wing it, but ugh, I’m such a sucker for a good detox, and just thinking about challenging myself makes my blood boil with excitement. Can’t help it. I just love it.
Oh, and the biggest kicker – no “paleo-ifying” treats. That means no paleo pancakes, muffins, etc. Waa, waa, I know. The cool thing about the Whole30, though, is that they focus on your psychological relationship to food just as much as your physical relationship to food, so you learn a lot about yourself while letting your body heal. It’s totally dope.
What you can eat: protein, vegetables, healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, etc) and fruits.
Why the Whole30, you ask? Well I’ll tell you a story. It starts out as a sweet, innocent little macaroon. Macaroons are so pretty and delicate. Next thing you know, you agree to take a few bites of a rhubarb tart. Onward to a birthday party where you eat a celebratory ice cream cone. Maybe you have a little tequila (hey, “it’s paleo!”) and next thing you know, you wake up craving something sweet. You realize that Coconut Bliss now sells a dairy-free salted caramel ice cream flavor. Why not buy it? Live a little! All of a sudden sugar has creeped ever-so-slyly back into your life again.
Your brain starts operating through a thick layer of fog. NOT OPTIMAL for anyone trying to do creative work. Sugar is an extremely addictive drug. I’m not being dramatic when I say that. I wrote more about it here.
I also wrote about it here a few years ago (but that post contains a lot of embarrassing Bachelor references). And I wrote about it here, back in 2008 when I first started blogging. Obviously sugar and I have been at odds for awhile.
So there ya go. Time for a good old fashioned DETOX! Yip yip!
For the next month, I’ll get my sweetness from a little coconut water, kombucha, fruit and love. Ain’t love the sweetest thing?
I have my own personal twist on the Whole30 – I keep green smoothies and green juices in, which technically aren’t Whole30 approved. I don’t drink fruit in my green juices, and if I put any fruit in my smoothies it will be minimal. Just wanted to throw that out there, so if you see me posting green drinks on insta you’re not all like, HEY. I won’t tag them #whole30, so don’t get twisted up about it. #loveyou
Here’s the official “Can I have this…?” Whole30 list. It’s very comprehensive. The Whole30 peeps do NOT mess around!!!
One new thing I’m doing this time around on the Whole30? It may sound #craycray, but…I’m not eating nut butters. WHAT! WHY? Well, last time I did the Whole30 (last October) I noticed that when I gave up sweeteners, for some reason nut butters became a daily part of my life. We’re talking almond butter, macadamia butter and coconut butter. I guess because they are subtly sweet and creamy and feel like comfort food. Let me tell you this. Using nut butter as a comfort food is a BAD IDEA. It’s a bad idea for your digestion, definitely not good for weight loss, and can totally mess up your Omega 3:6 ratio which is pro-inflammatory in the body…if anyone’s really paying attention to that.
Everyone’s different so if this isn’t a problem for you, you’re really cool. I just find it way too easy to over-consume nut butters and I’m not interested in doing that. My friend Megan McGrane (aka the auto-immune Katniss) is doing a Whole30 now and she had to ditch the nut butters too, which is what inspired me to go this extra mile. Read her recent post on “Why You Should Re-Think Moderation” which I’m obsessed with, because moderation sucks.
A note on nuts:
Are you a hunter-gatherer, finding your food in the woods and cracking open nuts to sustain yourself? If so…damn, it’s really cool that you have access to a computer right now!!!! If you’re not, it’s probably not so great for your body if you’re consuming mass amounts of nut butter or nuts. My friend Robyn Youkilis always says, “nuts aren’t popcorn.” I was sad when she first said that to me, but it’s true. I’m not saying nuts are inherently bad. I love ’em. They are a whole food. All I’m saying is that for me, I feel better when I use nuts – most of the time – as more of a treat, an emergency food, at an airport or something.
I’m totally down with a little nuttiness so I’m not saying nuts are out completely. If nuts/nut butter is in something – a smoothie, a stir-fry sauce, used as a crust, whatever. I am well aware of the difference between eating almond-crusted fish and eating almond butter with a spoon. So are you.
If you see me with a jar of nut butter while I’m doing this Whole30, SLAP IT OUT OF MY HANDS! I’m not kidding. Just make sure nobody’s around when you do it, because that would really hurt to get slammed in the face with a jar of nut butter.
We good on the details? If you wanna join me and do your own Whole30, amazingtown! Let me know in the comments below, and also please let me know on the insta. Instagram is like my main form of communication these days. I’ll be posting as many meals as I can there during this Whole30 while trying not to be too obnoxious about it.
Have you ever done a Whole30? Any success stories, tips, or otherwise interesting things to say about it?
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