Kicked my A**

The Whole30

This book literally kicked me in the a** !  I could go on and on about how good it is but seriously just take my word for it.  Melissa and Dallas are masters at laying it out.  It’s clearly written with no holds barred information and  it’s has a brutally honest delivery that you really can’t argue with.  It’s easy to read and understand without bombarding you with medical jargon that’s hard to understand without a medical degree.  I need someone to talk to me in simple, clear terms and that’s exactly what they do.  Buy it, read it and it will change the way you think about food.  After reading the part on sugar to my husband who declared he simply isn’t giving up his 2  ‘sweet & low’ in his coffee, he stopped.  As in he stopped that day, within the hour when he got his next coffee and hasn’t looked back.

We’d been doing Paleo for a few months, my husband and I,  but really it was about 65% of the time.  We made a lot of concessions for little treats ( ‘paleo treats’ ), alcohol, regular meats, sugars ( honey and sweet & low) and skipping meals.  We adapted as much as we thought we could and with a family of 6 to feed, I thought we were doing as best as we could.  THEN I read this and realized that perhaps I wasn’t giving it as much as I could. If I really believed what they were telling me, and I did, then I owed it to myself and my family to really give it a shot. I had nothing to lose.

I’m at this point 8 days in to my first Whole30 experience and I have to say it’s not nearly as hard as I first expected.  And because I prefer to do 6 things at once, I have pretty much by defacto included my  whole family in this excursion.  They were worried to begin with that I was going to make them eat strange, weird  concoctions with no taste .  Even they can’t deny that dinner’s are  good ( sometimes better the others) and any ‘diet’ that allows bacon really has to be a winner in their books!

So far I’ve learned a few things little tricks that have made this easier….

1- Be prepared….I set up breakfast for me and the 2 youngest boys at night so I don’t have to think in the morning.

2- I make or plan the boys lunch at night so I’m not rushing to figure it out in the morning.

3- Shop a few times a week for fresh produce

4-I’ve adapted a few of our favourite recipes to become paleo-ized ( is this a word??) and will still cook rice or potato fries for the kids, but I have no desire right now to have any, I just add extra veggies to mine.

5- I have lots of sparkling mineral water on hand with lime for any occasion we have friends over for a drink or my husband has a glass of wine. ( I don’t know at this point if it’s paleo or not but there’s no sugar in it so I’m sticking to it)

At this point I am the only one following the Whole30 as strictly as possible, and I’m fine with this.  It isn’t a weight loss issue for me, I really just wanted to ‘reset’ my body and give it a rest.  So far I have no complaints…… but there is some dark chocolate in my freezer patiently waiting for me.