Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Health Slips: The Whole 30 Challenge

So, I've decided to take on yet another challenge. For the past week and a half I have been doing a hair growth and water challenge which has actually been going well. I have been keeping up with my supplements and drinking about 2.5 liters of water per day (the recommended dosage for my size and activity level). I still have about 2 more weeks to go with that challenge before I check my hair growth so why not add another challenge to my load. This year is all about me going natural and bettering my health. I'm a pretty healthy person but I still have some bad eating habits I want to kick for good. I heard about this program from a friend and decided I would look into it. I have tried a similar diet before and failed but I think this time might be a little better because I'm motivated to getting healthier this year. 

What is the Whole 30 Program?

Its pretty much a paleo diet that includes only eating meat, veggies, fruit, healthy oils, and seeds. With this healthy eating plan you pretty much stop eating all the foods that have a negative effect on the body. According to the website for this program they state that this type of diet helps decrease various health issues, increase energy, and overall fitness. 

What are the rules to this program?
*All information have been taken from the Whole9 website 

Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. 
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate. 
In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices! We call this “Sex With Your Pants On” (SWYPO), and it will ruin your Whole30 faster than you can say, “Paleo pizza.” Do not try to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold. This means no “Paleo-fying” desserts or junk food – no Paleo pancakes, pizza, brownies or ice cream. Trying to replicate junk food with “technically approved” ingredients misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.
One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements duringyour Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)
Here's the link to the website so that you guys can read up about to program and decided if its something you will like to try. 
I'll be starting this diet on Monday after my running groups spring camp out. I'm planning to use this weekend to pig out on all the stuff I'll be giving up for the next month and so forth. I'm hoping I can keep this diet going longer than a month but we'll see. 
Happy Transitioning!!!

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