Do you remember last week’s blog post on the subject of food? We talked about how food was healing, emotional and energizing. We all agree that food opinions can be varying at best and downright divisive at worst.
It’s a 30 day plan and the way I see it is that it sort of resets your ideas, emotions and body on how it uses or relates to food. After discussing it with my hubby and kids, we decided to take on the Whole 30 challenge as a family. My kids are ages 11, 9 and 7 so they are definitely old enough to make decisions on what they choose to eat. My two older kids are already learning to cook basic things – frying sausage, cooking hot dogs, making scrambled eggs, etc. I know that at this age, I was cooking whole meals, but these are boys. They like things that don’t require measuring. And the biggest part of their training was to NOT cook everything on HIGH. What is it with boys and fire? Ha!
So Monday, Feb 21 started Day 1 of our Whole 30 adventure. I admit that after reading their list of what to expect while on this diet, I was terrified! This was beginning to sound like 30 days of grueling misery.
Because of my Lyme journey, I’ve been off of all dairy and gluten for several years now, but I still love to make homemade breads for my family and we have a raw milk herd-share with a weekly pickup.
First thing I did was clean out everything in our kitchen that wasn’t Whole 30 approved. Rice, oats, dairy, condiments with added sugars, wheat grains, hidden stashes of chocolate, etc. I found a family who was thinking about switching to raw dairy and gave them my milk for the four weeks. I knew that to keep to the plan, I needed to start with a clean plate, err kitchen. Nothing would be more frustrating to my three kids than to open the fridge and see all the things they can’t have.
Then I made a list of all the things we could have and stocked our pantry, fridge and freezer. Most of this just entailed going to the Polyface store freezer. 🙂 Yes, I am so blessed in this way! Meat and eggs at my fingertips all year round. We keep a community garden so I talked to my mother-in-law before pulling the last of the winter squashes and sweet potatoes from our family stash.
Sadly, I canned my peaches last year with a tiny amount of sugar, so they were out and so was my corn. But I have lots of other veggies still left in our larder.
Days 1-8 – Honestly, I didn’t feel any different. No hangover feeling, no “I want to kill everything in sight”, and no huge sugar cravings. Hurray! 🙂 Now I will tell you that on Day 4 the kids were a little more whiny than normal, but this could just be because of the huge storm we had come in or because they were up late the night before. Should we blame the diet?
Maybe I didn’t feel these things because I was expecting to feel them with extreme intensity. Or maybe because we already eat fairly cleanly anyway and it wasn’t as if any of us were trying to break a Diet Coke or sugar habit.
We wanted to do this for a clean reset. And because many of our customers are Paleo and I love to be able to relate to how our patrons eat.
Day 9 – Really? This was the day when I felt irritable and quite honestly was ready for chocolate. Not much, but a little would have been nice. I beat the craving with cashews and grapes. Nope, not the same at all.
Days 10-11 – The days where most quit. Not us. But the kids are starting to miss homemade granola cereal.
We’re starting Day 12 today. The day where are supposed to have “Boundless Energy!”. Not sure what this boundless energy is supposed to like. Does this mean that I would actually want to clean my house and do all the laundry in one day? Can I get back to you on that? ha!
All in all, I think it is going much better than I expected, which is a very nice feeling. I miss the quick breakfasts and lunches – like granola cereal and sandwiches. But we’re doing it.
And that is a very good feeling.