The Whole30 Enchilada

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I’ve decided to kick-off my new lifestyle by diving in and doing a Whole30. At it’s most basic, it is 30 days of eating only the freshest, organic meats, veggies, and fruit, and making sure to get enough healthy oils (like coconut and olive oil, avocados).  The great news is that I love all of those things.  The bad (or maybe I should say more challenging) news is that it means no dairy.  That’s the really tough one for me.  Grains I’ve found I can pretty much do without (although it is REALLY tough to do with being on the road all the time), and I don’t really crave them.  But cheese, cream, butter…oh heavens I love them.

So today is Day 1 of 30 days of clean, healthy eating (and drinking).  Oh yeah, that’s the other thing.  No alcohol.  OK, I’ll be honest, that will likely be the toughest part. It’s a big part of business entertaining and social gatherings, and sometimes I just want a great end-of-a-hard-day scotch.  And I love beer.  And wine.  But that is all off the table until June 9th. I’ve got a conference, Memorial Day weekend, and some other stuff during that time period, but I’m committed to doing this. And as they say on the Whole30 site, let’s keep things in context, shall we?

It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard…. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.

In addition to starting this, I also learned an important lesson today: BEWARE OF HOT COCONUT OIL!  I was putting my meat in the hot oiled skillet and it splattered all over my right arm.  Not only was it incredible painful, but I look like I’ve got some sort of contagious disease.  Ugh.  Oh well, 29 days to go!

Today’s food:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with kale and coconut oil

Lunch: romaine lettuce, leftover crockpot pork loin

Snack: handful of almonds

Dinner: Seared beef with carne asada spices, romaine lettuce, avocado

If you’re interested in finding out more about Whole30, I recommend picking up “It Starts with Food.”  A really good read!

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