Trying to be clean here (the Whole30 challenge)

So kind of on a whim (which is typical of me), I decided to try to do the Whole30 challenge. It was the day before Easter when the idea came to me, so I thought, I’ll start the day after Easter so I can still indulge in my mom’s scalloped potatoes, the boys’ candy, and wine.

But then I remembered that I was leaving for a work trip to Chicago on May 1, and let’s face it, one of the highlights of these work trips are the meals and drinks. And Chicago? Hello, deep dish pizza! So I decided I could at least do a Whole 10 until I left. Better than nothing, right?

Here’s the lowdown on the Whole 30, in a nutshell:

  • no grains
  • no dairy
  • no added sugar or artificial sweetener
  • no soy
  • no legumes
  • nothing processed

Sounds fun, right? It’s not all that different from Dukan, which I had success on two years ago, so I knew I could do it if I wanted. And after seeing Jillian Michaels talk earlier this month, eating cleaner has been on my mind anyway.

What can I eat?

  • vegetables
  • meat!
  • eggs
  • nuts
  • avocados (mmmmmm)
  • fruits
  • healthy oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and ghee (clarified butter)

I’d say the biggest challenge has been artificial sweetener. Of course it’s crap, I should have given it up long ago, but black coffee is…not my thing. I’ve been drinking tea more, since that’s more palatable without sweetener in it. Pizza, which is one of the boys’ staples, is of course completely off the table, and when I took Miles to Costco the other day, the hardest part for me wasn’t the pizza (which is probably my favorite food on earth) but the lemonade. Mmmm, sweet, sweet lemonade. Alas.

I’m on day 9 now and feeling pretty great, except for my back, which I hurt about two weeks ago. (Good news, it’s just muscular, not anything disc-related.) So I haven’t been exercising as much as I’d like, but my eating has been good.

And now I’m contemplating not going off it for my Chicago trip.

But here’s where I have to confess, I’ve had a glass of wine here and there. And I might in Chicago, because I am only human. And possibly a slice of deep-dish pizza…

I’d love to know if anyone reading this has tried it, and if you have any tips or comments or questions about it….

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5 thoughts on “Trying to be clean here (the Whole30 challenge)

  1. Good for you! I would have a hard time with no dairy and no artificial sweetener … but it is nice that unlike Dukan, it does let you have fruit, avocado, etc. Hope it goes well!

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  2. Pam, I need to try this…. but I just don’t know if I could give up dairy!!! I love cheese too much. I wonder if there is an alternate version that I could do that includes dairy? I can’t wait to hear more about how it is working for you!

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  3. Have you read their book “It starts with food”? I’m reading it now, then doing the Whole30 after Memorial Day since I have a wedding that weekend. I know quite a few people who did coconut milk in their coffee, which is probably what I’ll do.

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    1. Yep, I got it. I have been doing coconut milk, but…eh. Doesn’t help much. Better than nothing, I guess!

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