Nutrition. It’s a big hot button right now.
I began Whole30 way back in October. Since then…. maybe I was just jumping on a bandwagon that was about to hit….. maybe I am a trendsetter (HA) it seems everyone is doing it. At the same time, it seems everyone is hating on those who do it. Throughout this whole experience I have maintained this:
I don’t care what you eat, I care what I eat.
I find it entertaining to be honest. People get downright upset when you say you’ve given up dairy, sugar and grains. They accuse (yes, accuse, like nutrition is an accusation) you of being paleo, being crazy, being on a fad diet. They tell you “Just eat healthy”. And that… is the point I just don’t get.
Tell me how increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein is not healthy? Tell me how that… is deprivation?
My stance on the whole crazy controversy is this: don’t worry about what other people say or think. If you are someone who is not interested in Whole30…. don’t be. If you are…. be interested. What I personally love about it…. it’s whole food nutrition. There is not a shake, powder or even a vitamin to buy. There is no automatic delivery of boxes of anything.
I have learned so much through this process. When I said I did not know how to cook prior to October…. I mean I really didn’t know how to cook. Each week I have tried one new food. Since October I have been eating kiwi, papaya, butternut squash, sweet potatoes. Those were NOT in my diet at all! I ate healthy, but I ate the same fruits and veggies. Now I vary. I learned how to cook. I used to cook with cooking spray. Now I cook with coconut oil and ghee. I make things, dishes!!! I have a food processor now, I have a knife set for the first time in my life! I know how to slice an avocado and I even tried clams (not a big clam fan still).
I don’t know how all of that…. is a fad. Is a gimmick. Is a trend. What I do know…. it’s changed my life in a very positive way. I love the way I FEEL.
On my birthday I had birthday cake and ice cream. Not Paleo-ified. Real. It was fine. I didn’t die.
I am not interested in what label this has. I call it Wholeforever because of that very reason. I don’t really have any rules, it doesn’t have any rules to be honest. The whole concept is figuring out how it works for you. It works really well for me. And I share my experiences. That’s what I do here.
The hot button of nutrition is sometimes intriguing to me. When someone gets upset enough to make any kind of statement about your nutrition I think: they must have too much time on their hands. Don’t like it? Just move along. I am all for people being healthy and finding what suits them and fits their life.
Two points I did want to make about sugar and fueling:
Sugar: During my first 2 stints of Whole30 I thought a lot about what I could NOT have. 90 days down the road…. I don’t. On my birthday I had cake. And I moved along. I don’t think about cookies or things like that. While I wasn’t controlled by them before, I thought about that stuff in the beginning and now it’s an afterthought. Many ask me if it gets better. It does.
Fueling: I am still tinkering with this. I sometimes fuel with powerbar, I lean towards Osmo and Lara Bars (because I can grab them at Wegmans). I feel good either way to be honest. I am interested in working more with Osmo because I like what they are about.
I just read the Paleo Athlete which is influenced by Whole30. Most of it I already know and already do. I understand workout windows and glycogen replenishment. I understand the effects of sport product on the body. I have QT2 and the Core Diet to thank for that education. The book is great…. but it’s a review of what I already know.
When it comes to nutrition… make it work for you. Not what works for a trend. Not a quick fix. Use your common sense. If it doesn’t fit you, I have the easiest solution ever: don’t do it. It’s truly THAT easy.
Here are some of my favorite resources, which anyone can benefit from:
The clothes make the girl: Great recipes, a whoel30 meal plan, and she’s the author of two great cookbooks, Well Fed 1 and 2. I like 2 even better.
Nom Nom Paleo: Another great site for great recipes. Careful, the word Paleo is in there!
Ultrarunnergirl: This is an ultra runner who fuels on the Whole30 theme.
I see trails: Another ultrarunner who lives the Whole30 / Paleo life.
And of course the newly designed Whole30 website. Poke around in there for ideas, inspiration, etc.
A few years ago my health fell apart. My motivation for all of this was to put it back together. At 40 years old I feel better than ever. If that’s not reason enough for me to change my nutrition…. I don’t know what is. So keep on keepin on. Whichever way it works for you. Need some support? Guidance? Our facebook page called Eating Cleaner has been a wonderful growing community! Join us here!