After hearing about Whole30 all over (coworkers, blogs, friends, physicians) I’d been meaning to try it. When you starting researching the plan, it seems pretty impossible. There’s many resources explaining all the rules, but in brief; no dairy, grains, legumes, sugars… really nothing processed at all. We found soy or sugar or corn products snuck in to most of our pantry staples. As a vegetarian who sometimes eats fish, this limits me to vegetables, fruit, eggs and … some fish. Not much. Last winter we thought “let’s wait for summer with more fresh produce available and farmer’s markets!” but come summer the siren call of gin and tonics and barbeques meant there was never the right time. January seemed as good a time as any. One week flew by.

What’s worked:
Egg bakes – good way to use up left over vegs
Curries – can of coconut milk and more veg is super easy!
Breakfast bowl – chopped fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds and almond milk in a bowl, sort of like cereal but fills you up more and feels healthier

What’s hard:
Planning – so much shopping, chopping, prepping, cleaning
Empty calories – I’m not filling up rice or pasta so I get hungry
Habits – what do you do on a Friday night after 9 without alcohol? How do I not get a muffin at a café or popcorn with a movie?
Aches – head and body are feeling sluggish

There’s many reasons to do the program, and most of them appeal to me. The breaking of habits is a pretty big one, and actually reading the ingredients list of everything you consume is pretty mindblowing. Of course there are some amazing before-and-after photos that I wouldn’t mind happening to me too. And then there’s my continual GI issues, so if I can find something to ease any of my digestive issues that’d be pretty great too.

Only three more weeks.

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