Yep, January 2, 2012 marks the start of my second Whole 30 Program!
I finished my first Whole 30 Program on November 2, 2011 and am happy to report that I’ve pretty much stayed on program with the exception of a few Paleo friendly desserts on Christmas and New Year’s and a little bit of heavy cream in my coffee on occasion. I had originally started the Whole 30 to see if eliminating dairy from my diet would help with some of my digestive issues that were still present despite my gluten, grain, legume and refined-sugar free lifestyle. At the 30 day mark and the end of the program I still was not convinced that dairy was the problem so I stayed on program for an additional 30 days…after that I only added back a tablespoon or two of heavy cream on occasion and truthfully I haven’t noticed any change either way.
So, why another Whole 30?
The most important reason…I feel great. But, I do believe there is always room for improvement. My first time around all I focused on was just the elimination of dairy, stevia and dark chocolate as there wasn’t much more that I was eating that wasn’t on the approved list. I still ate quite a bit of fruit and probably too many nuts, acceptable but most likely not always the most beneficial. This time around I plan on fine tuning and being more mindful of the choices I make…not just eating something because it’s “approved”. As always…I’ll keep you posted!
Now, the important stuff…
Here is what I had for dinner tonight:
If you’ve been in the Paleo world for any amount of time you’ve probably heard of Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan and have most likely visited her blog The Clothes Make the Girl. She now has a cookbook, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat. This cookbook is a must-have for anyone following the Paleo diet and an awesome resource for EVERYONE on the Whole 30 Program as all the recipes (except one) have been Whole 30 approved by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig! Well Fed features over 100 original recipes with tons of variations listed with each…this cookbook could keep you busy all year with all of the options! So, head over to Mel’s blog and take a look around (if you haven’t already), the site is full of resources and fun, informative posts and oh my…the recipes you’ll find there are just a teaser for what you’ll find in the cookbook! As a bonus you can download a 30 page sample of Well Fed on this page. Enjoy!