Starting the Whole30

Starting the Whole30

So when you come to A Hole Lotta Cheese, I suspect you’re not expecting cheese-free dishes. I promise this is only temporary (I think…) and that I’ll be back to posting delicious cheesy recipes soon enough!

Plus I’ve found some delicious recipes for the month and I want to share them with you! And just because I can’t add cheese, doesn’t mean you cant. So it’s a win-win for everyone.

For anyone who doesn’t know what the Whole30 is, let me share the wisdom. And let me start by saying I first looked into this about a year and a half ago and thought it sounded AWFUL and mean. The website basically yells at you for saying how hard you think it’s going to be.

So what made me change my mind about trying it out? I cleaned up the majority of my eating habits about 2 years ago and for the most part eat pretty healthy. But I’ve plateaued in my workouts and have heard many stories since then about how life changing the Whole30 is. I joined a super supportive Facebook group and once I started planning out my meals for the month, I realized this was totally doable. Not ideal for a cheese and carb lover like me, but doable. So partially I want to prove to myself that I can do this and partially I want to see what changes I see when I get really strict with what I’m eating, while continuing my workouts.

So what can’t you have? (directly from Whole30 program rules)

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • 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. This also includes all forms of soy – 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. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.

And they also give you a calendar of how you’re going to feel during the 30 days.

I’m sure you’re thinking wow, this sounds horrible and I can’t believe you’re doing this Katie. Trust me, I felt the same way. But I’ll stop in halfway through with an update on the first 15 days, and do a wrap up at the end of the 30 days so you’ll hear exactly how its going.

Plus like I said, I have some delicious food options so I’ll bring those to you as well!

Wish me luck! 🙂

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