Tall Guy and I have been eating according to the Whole 30 Program since January 2nd. We've got three days to go on this no dairy, no sugar (real or make-believe), no grains, no alcohol, and no legumes plan. As I understood it, the main goal for this program was to reduce inflammation and that, we achieved within the first week or so: no after dinner heartburn for Tall Guy, no gnarly knuckles for me.
Although we weren't looking for any big weight loss results, the fact that we are not supposed to weigh ourselves for the entire thirty days, has provided another benefit. When the main focus is what to eat rather than how much to eat, the entire process of shopping, cooking, and eating feels nourishing. This is the first eating plan/diet that I've ever tested (including vegetarian, the Zone and raw) where I feel as though I'm offering, rather than denying, food to my body.
I didn't pay much attention to this bold statement on the Whole30 website when I first read it:
We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life.
Now that I think about it, I did pay attention. I read it and then pffft'd it aside with an "Uh-huh, sure." I do believe that limiting my gluten intake is what keeps the joints in my hands from swelling and aching. Now that I've been mindful of it, I can also appreciate that I've lessened the stress to other parts of my body as well. I feel more physical and mental energy but the fact that I'm busy giving myself gold stars instead of black marks every time I put food in my mouth…that is life changing. I get it.
One of my favorite dishes that I've tweaked and morphed over time, is the Kale Salad served at True Food Kitchen. All I do now is eliminate the cheese and bread crumbs and add roasted sunflower seeds and Goji berries. Tall Guy is new to cooking and yet he's fixed spaghetti sauce to go with the spaghetti squash he's learned to bake.
We'll be weighing in on Saturday morning but the scale won't be able to measure what we've gained.