Day 1 of Whole 30 (April 2017)

Inflammation, fatigue, bloating, and skin issues have gotten the best of me.  It’s time to get back to the basics, and for my family The Whole 30 is the *only* way to eat without regrets.

Please don’t mistake me, we eat poorly more frequently than I’d like to admit.  I’m not prideful about our eating but we really have discovered through trial and errors that all 5 of our bodies function best on this plan.

Signs & Symptoms a Whole 30 is called for:

Husband:

Dehydration (hangover type feeling despite not drinking), sugar addiction, inability to focus, lethargy, flatulence, belatedness, short temper, skin issues, phlegm, itchy legs, dry skin, restlessness, poor sleep.

Wife:

Fatigue, eczema, muscle pain, joint issues (especially after doing massage), lack of focus, weight gain, bloated abdomen, discomfort, lack of motivation to work out, “chicken skin”

Child #1

Temper, hyper-sensitivity, “chicken skin,” dark circles under eyes, lethargy, hyperactivity, random yelling, rashes.

Child #2

dark circles under eyes, mood swings correlating to sugar intake, abdominal pain, fatigue.

Child #3

“chicken skin”, dark circles under eyes, rashes, awful bowel movements, diaper rash.

Philosophy

We are not striving for a perfect Whole 30, particularly not for our children. Our goal is to stick to the letter of the law as adults and give a little lee-way to our kids.  By that I mean: we will allow our children 3 servings of fruit a day total, all at meals, if they request it.  We will provide our kids with “compliant” larabars during church so they don’t feel left out completely while grainy snacks are served.

I’m actually going to be totally honest and admit that I will be breaking one rule, every, single day stevia.  I will be drinking one ounce of Ningxia Red a day, because the antioxidant content is so high, and the stevia content is so low I decided the benefits to my body, outweigh the drawback of stevia.

Today’s Meal Plan & Evening Report

Breakfast: brussel sprouts roasted with compliant turkey bacon,  balsamic vinegar, pink salt and olive oil. YUM.  Homemade cherry breakfast bars (dried cherries, dates and almonds).

Lunch: romaine wraps with mayonnaise (non-compliant vegan may for my egg-allergic husband), complaint sliced turkey and baby carrots.

Dinner: garlic chicken, cauliflower mash with ghee.

It was a challenging day, but not terrible.  My husband felt both the effects of no caffeine, as well as significant changes to his GI tract.  I was hurting by 11am for lack of caffeine and ended up taking ibuprofen for my caffeine-withdrawn head ache.  Other than that, I felt pretty good about the food.  (Sidetone: even washed Romaine sometimes still hides bugs.  YUCK!)  I was astonished at my thoughts as I drove to work: dunking donuts, coffee, burritos. I didn’t actually feel hungry the first time I had those thoughts (the second time was after 2.5 hours of massing clients so I was hungry), so it shows how strong mental ties are to food.

For the kids, it was a hard day.  They barely ate any food, but I did catch my 5 year old sneaking left over brussel sprouts and she requested that I go to the store to buy more!  My son, 3, really wanted “brown coffee” which to him means vanilla creamer and a touch of sugar.  My one year old is recovering from a GI bug, so she was unimpressed with our food choices today.

The children did go to bed fairly easily, and I am starting to think I’ll fall asleep quickly.

What Exactly is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is an elimination diet that is rooted in 4 premises: Food should make you healthy, food should support good gut health, food should not create an inflammation response, and food should not foster poor mental health.

It eliminates the following groups 100% for 30 days, with a specific reintroduction plan.

Grains (wheat, gluten, corn, rice, etc)

Legumes (beans, peanuts, soy, etc)

Sugar (refined, coconut sugar, date sugar, honey, stevia, etc)

Dairy (except ghee)

Alcohol

So what exactly do you eat?

The meal template is about half your plate vegetables, a serving of protein, a healthy fat.

For us that means: ground organic pastured when possible beef, organic chicken, salmon, and eggs (no eggs for hubby!)

Any vegetables and Fruits we want (fruits in moderation).

Healthy fat: ghee, coconut oil, avocado, tree nuts and tree nut oils.

Thank you for tuning in.  I look forward to sharing more as the days go on.

 

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