Brie, cheddar, feta, wensleydale with cranberries, smoked applewood. These days I’m dreaming in cheese (it’s starting to get weird – yesterday I woke up with a stomach ache).
Why? Because I started my first Whole30 last weekend and I’ve been dairy-free 7 days and counting.
It’s the longest cheese and I have been apart….sniff.
The Whole30 has been popular with the Paleo crowd for a while now, but I’ve always steered clear, thinking: “That’s way too hardcore for me. Nobody – but nobody – tells me I can’t eat cheese.”
For 30 days, you commit to eating cleaner than ever. It’s not supposed to be a deprivation diet but (in the words of the programme’s creators) “a short-term nutritional reset”.
In a nutshell, that means:
- No grains (including quinoa)
- No legumes
- No dairy (not even butter! I wept!)
- No sugars (even natural sweeteners like honey)
- No alcohol
When I explained it to my mother, she laughed and said: “What’s left to eat?!”
Well, it turns out that nature has that sorted. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, fish…that’s a lot, if you’re prepared to be adventurous.
And that’s one of the reasons I embarked on this challenge. To get me out of my food rut.
The other is to heal some hormonal issues. I’ve endometriosis and it can flare up if I’m not careful. The past few months I’ve been dealing with chronic pain, bloating and extreme fatigue.
And I’m the one who shouts from the rooftops about natural cures and nutrition! If I’m not prepared to walk the talk, I figure I should just pack up and get my butt out of the blogosphere already.
Why Should We Care?
Well, dear readers, I’ve a favour to ask. There’ll be no desserts on the blog until this thing is done, or anything with dairy in it.
Also, you might have to put up with one last Whole30 dedicated post in which I share my results (is that something you’d be interested in reading?)
Hopefully that’s ok. If not, let me know in the comments and I might test my willpower to its limits and make something sweet for you guys (hubs’ll eat it – he’s not Whole30-ing).
Also, if some of you could occasionally give me an online dig in the ribs to make sure I’m still on track, I’d really appreciate it.
Wish me luck!
If you’re interested in joining me, get the details on how to start your Whole30 here. I also highly recommend reading the testimonials from people who experienced benefits and relief from all manner of conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, PCOS, Diabetes and IBS. It’s incredibly inspiring.