My 2nd Experience
with the Whole30 Program and Paleo eating
Day 1 - February 4th, 2014
Today I was first day back into the program. After going through the program once, not too long ago, and trying to be still true to most of the rules since then, it wasn't too hard. And because in the past weeks I allowed myself almost everything, with the excuse I'd be doing it again starting today, I really needed it.
I need because I've been feeling bloated. I need because my mood is going down (which could also be due the lack of vitamin D? Maybe, but probably not only). I need because my feet is starting to hurt again, my tendinitis and bursitis are coming back, my right elbow joint ha been complaining about biceps curls.
So today I very gladly went strict again.
The highlight of the day was lunch. Not because of the food I eat, but because of the conversation I had with a friend.
Breakfast was good old eggs, which I mixed with some pico de gallo and half an avocado. Black coffee to accompany it.
At lunch time I met a friend for some munching and chatting. I haven't brought anything from home, so I made myself a salad in the cafeteria salad bar, dressed only with olive oil. The salad had greens, sweet peppers, tomatoes, mushroom, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, olives and tuna.
The cool thing about lunch today was that in spite of all the other stuff we needed to catch up on our conversation, we did talk about the program and I even got to share some excerpts of the book later on. 2 years ago, my friend became vegan to try to lower his cholesterol. He was very much into it and it did wonders on his numbers. But after 2 years eating absolutely no animal products, he realized he was getting too weak and feeling always hungry. So he decided to add meat back into his plate. He's being picky about the meat and buying only organic grass-fed stuff. I was happy for him.
I have always supported his decision to go vegan, and even followed his suit when having lunch with him to show my support, but I always thought it was a bit too much. Since we were talking about diets, I mentioned I was starting the program again and he got slightly curious, asking about the program name, then interested in knowing what's the issue with seed oils (that was the excerpt of the book I showed him later).
I also did my little 'planting a seed' attempt and mentioned the part of the book when they talk about the vegetarian option for the program and say that if people is vegetarian for health issues, they would hope to have changed their minds.
If your primary reason for becoming vegetarian or vegan was for health, we certainly hope we have made yo reconsider! We don't believe you can enjoy optimal health without eating animal protein (dairy doesn't count), and we think we have provided a well-reasoned, well-sourced argument to back up our position. So if this is where you are coming from, give our plan a try! Go back to eating high-quality animal protein for thirty days (while implementing the rest of our recommendations) as a self-experiment. We'd be shocked if your health did not dramatically improve!
It was an interesting conversation and it would be cool if he got interested enough to read the book and try it.
Then for dinner, I had some pot roast with cauliflower rice and sautéed asparagus and bok choy. To drink, Perrier with a lemon wedge and after the meal a handful of blueberries.
My husband's plate looked very similar, but it had real rice instead. He does not think he would be able to make it strictly, but not long ago he was complaining that has has been feeling bloated, and that he would like to eat at least partly what I have been eating. I always do share my veggies when it's stuff he likes (cauliflower not being one of them ;o), but on a small proportion. I will try to increase the amount of veggies for him and decrease the rice.
Does that mean I may be 'getting' 2 more potential Whole30ers? Cool!
* the quote above was taken from the book it starts with food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig