I'm inspired my mah girlz who are doing the Whole 30, but I am a vegetarian and disagree with the philosophy of the Whole 30 in general. I am not averse to taking SOMETHING from it, however, and I do like the detox idea and the "eat low on the food chain" idea and "eat simple things" idea and "don't eat processed food and sugar" idea. I can get behind those.
And I've gotten really unhealthy. I drink too much, I eat junk food, and I spend too much time on the couch. I've tried changing one thing at a time because the baby-steps thing is usually all that works for me, but changing one thing at a time isn't doing it. Perhaps a drastic change---with drastic results---is necessary. "It is NOT HARD," say the Whole 30 people. It is for me. Once I form a bad habit, I prefer to stay with it indefinitely, okay?
So here are the "rules" I'm setting for myself. Normally I don't involve "rules" because my inclination is immediately to break them, but the whole point of this is to BE different, so, rules.
- Total vegan diet. I've let cheese and eggs back in to my diet and in addition to the animal welfare reasons not to eat them, I don't think they're healthy. For me. I don't want a debate here.
- No alcohol. No sugar. No takeout.
That's it. I was going to add a rule that I'd work out three times a week, but I'm guessing that after I feel like ass for a week while I detox the chocolate and pizza and everything else out of my system, I will probably feel like being more active anyway. This 30-day challenge (it WILL BE a challenge, for me) will be limited to things I put in my mouth, or don't. Increased activity will be a bonus.
Big sticking points will be chocolate, Blue Moon, and poached eggs on toast. Eggs are fundamentally disgusting to me, and I don't know how I got hooked on them for breakfast after work, but I did. I think it was when I was trying anything and everything to get my iron up. I imagine I will spend a lot of nights when I'm off work pacing around and craving beer and pizza and Dove caramels. But I also imagine that like all cravings, these, once ignored, will eventually escape.
AND STARBUCKS. I love me some caramel lattes. Oh, Starbucks. Swoon.
Either way, it's on, baby.