The Whole 30: The Road to Clean Eating
A month ago I was mocking Whole30 posts on Instagram. Now, I'm guilty of over-publishing my own #whole30compliant meals. Oh how the stubborn have fallen.
What is the Whole 30, and does it make you want to kill people?
I just wrapped week one of this food challenge. Notice--it's not a "diet" it's a "challenge". For thirty days you cut diary, grains, legumes, sugar/sweetners, and strange preservatives from your diet. The 30 days resets your system, tames sugar cravings, and is great for those with excess inflammation (thats me!). It is, however, not for the faint of heart.
Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly of my first seven days on the Whole 30.
- Sugar detox is real. The diet itself isn't particularly difficult; I already have so many foods on my "Amy Can't Eat That List," but detoxing from artificial sweeteners and hidden sugar is rough. I compensated the sluggish, bloated feeling by drinking too much coffee. Not what I would recommend.
- The buddy system is key. I've got two buddies. We have a Facebook chat to share recipes, cute cat videos, and GIFS of people crying. It keeps us accountable, and keeps us from annoying everyone else in our lives (too much) with this "lifestyle" change.
- Those who can't eat, plan. Planning is the key to success on Whole 30. You'll read that everywhere. Here's how I feel about it--planning is key, but willpower is the answer to success.
- Bordom is the enemy. Whether it's the boredom that leads to mindless snacking, or the boredom of limited food choices, you wind up fighting yourself. Mix it up. Try different flavors. Don't eat boring food. Don't OD on eggs. Occupy your mind with something else.
Planning is key but willpower is the answer to success.
My week was an emotional rollercoaster. I spent far too much time thinking about food in general, and the detox did make me want to punch all other people in the face. I compensated by binging Gilmore Girls, reading The Assistants, and cleaning my closet, TWICE. I ate too much clarified butter, spent a lot of money on La Croix, and snacked more than I should have. But, for reals, this challenge is about as "first world problems" as you can get. Personal growth and development are great, but it's not like anyone on the Whole 30 is winning the food olympics or ending world hunger. I have to remember, it's not that hard, and it's not that important. Good thing I've got three more weeks to figure it out.