This was lunch on day one. Looks pretty, don't she?
A couple weeks ago, my lovely wife boldly declared that she would be venturing down a path toward nutritional utopia. Thirty days of clean eating--no dairy, no grains, no sugar, no alcohol. A journey of unadulterated, minimally-processed (if at all) noshing intended to rid the body of psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups. She asked me to accompany her on her epicurean trek.
I did little conceal my initial reluctance. We had been down similar roads in the past. Most recently, I had attempted to join her on a Healthy Lifestyle reboot where we were supposed to eat only red meat, raw green vegetables, eggs, grapefruit, and water. I made it two days before the headaches and general malaise caused me to cave.
So I was skeptical.
But she showed me excerpts from the book "It Starts With Food" and directed me to the Whole30 website. Here are some highlights:
- Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes.
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
You are supposed to follow the plan for 30 days. After that, it's up to you on how and whether or not to continue. The idea is that you can slowly add foods back to your diet (like cheese or bread) and see how they affect the way you feel.
I was intrigued.
And I need something to jumpstart a healthier diet. Despite regular exercise, my waist line has grown over the past several years as we eat out more and more often. And taking a break from booze is a good idea.
So here we go. Yesterday was day one of the Whole30. I'll check back and let you know my thoughts as we progress through the program.