Bear with me as I take you through the convoluted path I took yesterday in finding some new resources on health and wellness.
- I received my weekly “Shape Magazine” email that prompted me to check out the Top Health and Fitness Websites for Women.
- From there, I found Eat, Lift, and Be Happy by Neghar Fonooni. I scrolled around her blog for two minutes when a recipe for Coconut Almond Veggie Dip caught my eye. (Actually, it wasn’t so much the recipe as it was her opening line: “Going to a party while trying to maintain a clean diet is just about the worst thing ever.” Well that sounds familiar – Celebrations, Vacations anyone?)
- I then saw her reference to “Whole30″ – and clicked to learn more.
The Whole30 is a 30 day program designed to reset your metabolism and change the way you approach food. The program purports to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. Here are the basics:
- Meat, veggies, fats, some fruit – that’s what you get.
- No sugar (Including sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners – already I’m in trouble.)
- No alcohol (But it’s football season!)
- No dairy (But I need something in my coffee!)
- No potatoes (But I have another Red Robin Freebie to use – bottomless French Fries!)
- No legumes (But what about my Red Bean Brownies? No go – you aren’t allowed to create paleo versions of junk food because, as they say, that misses the point)
- No grains (But… this isn’t too problematic. I was already trying to do this.)
Could I do the Whole30? It sounds pretty restrictive for someone like me who still hasn’t successfully navigated two weeks wheat free and binge free since May. And while I think I could give up everything in the list, my biggest challenge would be coffee – can’t do it without milk.
By crazy random happenstance, I then came upon the Everday Maven blog this morning (because I subscribe to the All Day I Dream About Food blog) and found a recipe for paleo coffee creamer*. Sounded like exactly what I might need to get through a Whole30! So I clicked… and how does the blog start?
By discussing Wheat Belly. AND the Whole30 program. The perfect convergence of everything that’s on my mind. All roads seem to end at the same place for me.
So again, I ask myself – could I do the Whole30? A number of excuses come to mind for not doing it just yet – needing to eliminate some of the things in my kitchen (like a ton of Dove chocolate and my red bean brownies). Getting through my husband’s birthday restaurant freebies. Did I mention it’s football season?
According to the Whole30 website, though, I should start today – there will always be “reasons” for not doing it. Even so, today’s not the day for me.
*Side note – I don’t have a food processor, so I can’t make this. I’m considering getting one so I no longer have to pass over these healthy yummy recipes anymore. Anybody have any good suggestions on one?