I was lucky enough to attend a Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition workshop in Minneapolis last month, where Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Urban provided a full day of information on making sound nutritional choices for improved health and fitness. The workshop was a combination of cogent analysis of how different dietary choices affect health and wellness, and practical tips on meal planning, breaking cravings and poor habits and making healthier choices in a way that’s sustainable and accessible. We also got a very fun packet with recipes, meal planning guidelines and other resources.
Although I’ve done a 30-day Paleo experiment, which I’ve written about extensively, it did not include cutting out sugar. So doing a full Whole30 and eliminating all the crap from my diet (including sugar) seems like a good idea, and I’m bringing my boyfriend along from the ride for the super strict Whole30. Lots of nutrient-dense foods like meat and vegetables. No dairy, no grains, no added sugar, no legumes, no alcohol, no white potatoes, no processed foods, all month long. No cheats allowed.
We do have some great tools to guide us through this journey. Number one, The Whole30 Success Guide. 28 pages of resources, FAQs, shopping guides, a meal planning template and wisdom from Dallas and Melissa. Number two, we landed a copy of Sarah Fragosa’s book, Everyday Paleo: Embracing a Natural Diet & Lifestyle to Increase Your Family’s Health, Fitness and Longevity. It includes a 30-day meal plan we’re using as a baseline, though we have to remove some things like bacon because we can’t find any without added sugar. And number three, we’ve got a freezer full of grassfed beef and a fridge full of nutrient-dense food.
My biggest personal challenge will be my sugar addiction, which I use on a semi-regular basis for energy and comfort. As far as tracking, like last time, I’ll keep you posted on cost, effects on performance, recovery, body composition, energy, etc. I’ll also add the emotional component and let you know how the battle vs. sugar is going. And I’ll post meal photos, too!