Mike and I started the Whole30 on June 1st (May 30th was Mike's birthday, and we're going camping with friends mid-July, so this month was as good as any!), and we're going strong a week later.
My mom (who has eaten paleo for a couple years now) introduced me to the book It Starts with Food, and I was very interested to try something new. This may sound twisted, but I actually like trying out different diets/schemes. I've done the vegan thing, intermittent fasting, and of course, good ol' counting calories and walking (you know, the thing that works?), and I wondered if I could do a Whole30: 30 days of eating meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and NO grains, legumes, dairy, or sugar.
Here is what I ate yesterday to give you an idea:
(It looks simple, and is, but that Cracklin' Chicken recipe is AMAZING and can be found at nomnompaleo.com)
The Whole 30 may sound extreme, yes, but I cannot tell you what I am experiencing just a week in... From day ONE, I have not had a single craving for sweets. I can't explain it, and I do not think I am "supposed to" be experiencing this so early in the game, but I swear this is the most healthy I've ever felt with food.
I obsess over food. I make grocery lists, browse cooking blogs, and dream of the next meal while I'm still eating... However, for the last eight days, I've not been called by the chocolate bark in the secretary's office (that literally has my name on it: a gift for volunteering at commencement), the cookies in the break room, nor the jar of peanut butter (legume!) still in my pantry at home. I feel full after each meal and while, yes, I still love to obsess about dieting and eating, it feels less like a compulsion and more like a happy vice.
But. But... Poor Mikey. I thought because we eat so similarly, that we'd feel the same in this, but he is used to drinking milk everyday (I did not), and having a pretty typical lunch of a turkey & cheese sandwich with a yogurt or string cheese (plus veg), and he is feeling the effects of withdrawal. He looooves dairy, and he is doing great at mealtime, but has had moments of frustration and early on he suffered hangover-like symptoms for a day.
Oh! HOW could I forget!! The last rule/recommendation of the Whole30? DON'T WEIGH YOURSELF for 30 days! I will be very pleased to update y'all with how that turned out! Scary!!