Sunday, October 14, 2012

Whole30 - Redux

I've just spent the last week and a bit in New Brunswick, visiting with my family. It's been five years or so since I've seen them, so needless to say it was a pretty jam-packed 8 days, during which I:

- Ate a lot of Mrs. Dunster's Donuts (a New Brunswick delicacy)
- Drank a lot of Alpine beer (another New Brunswick tradition)
- Ate a lot of donairs (an East Coast speciality)
- Drank a lot of wine (just because)

Needless to say, I feel like crap. Even before I left, I was eating poorly and feeling poorly. I had decided before I left that I was due for another Whole30 challenge.

So that's what I'm doing. Starting tomorrow (Monday, October 15), I'll be doing another 30 days of:


  • no sugar
  • no grains
  • no dairy
  • no soy or legumes
  • no alcohol
  • no processed foods


My only exception this time around is that I'm going to allow myself cream in my coffee. I know that dairy isn't a trigger for me, and the convenience of using coffee cream (to me) outweighs the benefits I would get from not having it. If I were doing this challenge for the first time, I would go for the full effect and give it up -- and in fact, I did do that the first time around. But I'll allow myself the exception this time.

So today I'm making lists and doing a grocery shop and reading back through my own blog archives to give myself some ideas of what to eat for the next 30 days. I'm also going through this great post from Holly Would If She Could -- so many good dinner ideas.

I'm also going to go back through my copy of It Starts With Food; there isn't a better motivator out there for me. It's such a practical and awesome book.

My question for you all: Are you interested in seeing me blog about this challenge again? I definitely found it helpful to have the accountability of blogging it every evening, but it would mean you'd end up hearing a LOT about it again, and seeing A LOT of pictures of scrambled eggs again. Thoughts?




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    1. Haha - I knew YOU would say yes! :)

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  2. I love your writing and I'm so excited when I see a new post from you, but truthfully I'm not as psyched to read Whole 30 posts again. Maybe if they were from another angle, so more your health aspect and weight loss you're experiencing rather than recounting what was eaten? :)

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    1. Thanks for that! Good to have differing thoughts. :)

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  3. BLOG ABOUT IT!

    The end. :)

    (Well, ok, that's just my opinion...)

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    1. I like the strength of your conviction! :)

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  4. Yes, I would like to read blog posts about the Whole 30. I was just thinking today that I really need to eliminate sugar, so maybe your posts will encourage me for 30 days!

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    1. Yay! It's a tough battle, isn't it?

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    2. I have not eaten sugar for 8 hours! Whoo hoo!

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    3. Amazing!!! The first day is the worst for sure. :)

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  5. Definitely keen! I am implementing the same changes as well - not doing whole 30 though - more of whole lifestyle change!

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    1. Thank you! I like your "Whole Lifestyle" change! I hope that's mine will eventually be too. :)

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  6. Yes Please! I'm interested in whether or not it's easier vs. more difficult the second time around.

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    1. Thanks! I'm interested in that too, to be honest. :)

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  7. I'm so late to the party!! I love your Whole30 posts, for the record!

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