You may have have been hearing about this for a while – the Whole 30 Challenge. I’m certainly not new to this real-food grocery cart, this has been going on for a few years, and I doubt I’ll be the last blogger to give it a try.
Eat meat, seafood, tons of vegetables, some fruit and plenty of good fat from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat food with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
-Whole 30 website
Here’s the (not-so) skinny: my wife and I have been trying to be paleo for a while. But, wife is in the army and is unfortunately subjected to mess food whenever she’s away from home – and mess food is hardcore on grains and legumes. I happen to be a cook, whose wife is away a lot. I’ve been a little lazy and maybe should have been making delicious food for me as well as my customers! She’s got IBS, I’m anemic. Short and the long of it is we need to do this not just for out waistlines, but for our health.
So! Wife is away on course right now, perfect time for me to start rocking out some simple, delicious, whole food meals.
Welcome…to Day One!
Basic Rules of Whole30
- No sugar. Real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, (my rant on Stevia shall e reserved for another post!)
- No booze. Not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- No grains. Including (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free fad grains like quinoa.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. No soy, no way– soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
- No fake food flavours. No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
- This is a big one, especially for the Capitol P Paleo folks: Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
Sounds strict, huh? You might be saying, “What the hell is she going to eat?”
Well that’s kinda the point of this blog now, isn’t it?