Last week I went down to Saratoga with my friend for her birthday to see Sheryl Crow at the Mountain Winery. Needless to say, it was phenomenal. That lady can rock and the fact that her encore song was by Led Zeppelin was the icing on the cake.
Speaking of icing, that friend is wrapping up a 30 day dietary reboot based on the Whole 30 Program. I’ve been listening to her talk about her experiences with it for the last couple of weeks and it has made me start to think about my own eating habits. Truth be told, I’ve been feeling really crappy lately and have started wondering if it is the dietary choices that I am making.
I was very impressed when my friend sailed through her birthday dinner and adhered to the rules which includes no alcohol. (Obviously. What diet or clean eating regimen says “Hey, drink all you want!! YAY!”) I found myself wondering if I can do the same thing. Could I cut out not only booze but dairy, gluten, sugar AND legumes? Good question.
Very good question.
The whole way home these questions were bubbling in the back of my mind and so as soon as I could I started looking into this Whole 30 situation. The basic premise is that you cut out food groups that may be having an advise effect on your body. From what I gather, the big three are sugar, dairy and gluten.
OK, shouldn’t be too hard. I’m not a big bread eater but wait, I love noodles. (My dear little nieces correct me to say pasta but old habits die hard. Viva La Noodles!) And sugar, no problem either, I’m a total salt person. (I always joke about purchasing a salt lick. For me, not the deer!) But I was warned by my friend about hidden sugar and that I’d be stunned when I really started paying attention to labels. (Because I do pay attention to them but I’m usually on the lookout for other ingredients I don’t want to ingest.) And no dairy…. Well, I will miss cheese but honestly I can go without dairy.
But then there is the legume situation. Which honestly deserves it’s own space here.
Because … I … Love … Beans
Of all kinds and eat them frequently. I always thought they were a healthy option. Intrigued, I started sniffing around and found what is called the Legume Manifesto. At first, honestly, I was turned off because the name sounds gimmicky but I read on anyway. I’m glad I did. This article is a great little trove of information. I was really interested to find that legumes are higher in carbohydrates than protein and since this is based on lowering carbs/sugars it makes sense. I guess I will suffer. (G-R-O-A-N)
I’ve decided that I’m going to commit for the next 30 days. My husband is even on board. He isn’t going full steam but is intrigued to see how the dietary changes will affect him. How can they not? I’m the main cook around here.
I’m excited to see what other areas of my life this will affect. I’m a thinker and so far I’ve thought about how this will change things like my budget, my meal planning, my health and my emotional relationship with food. I admittedly have issues with food that (full disclosure) stem from going hungry a lot as a child and because of this over-eating has been an issue. I honestly think I have the where-with-all to do this and I plan on keeping all of you informed of my journey; and since I’m a known rambler, especially when I’m thought processing, I will close for now with my friend’s mantra:
“I can do anything for 30 days.”