Today, I am taking my Paleo experience to a whole new level, starting the Whole30 -- 30 days of clean eating:
- Organic, grass-fed chicken, beef and pork
- Wild fish
- Organic fruits and veggies
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Good fats, such as avocado, ghee, coconut butter, nut butters and olives.
The Whole30 concept is the brainchild of Dallas and Melissa Hartwig,who ask followers to think of the 30 days as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits,and relationships with food.
The Hartwigs outline the 30-day program on their Web site, www.whole9life.com. It's there for free, although I recommend their book, "It Starts with Food," a bargain at less than $14 on Amazon. They have no agenda, and although they think the way they eat is the best way possible, they understand that we are all human and have to eat in a way that works for us.
But one sentence from the book keeps repeating in my mind:
"You are what what you eat eats."
Say that five times. And then think about it. If we eat meat, poultry and fish raised on genetically modified corn and soy and injected with hormones, we are eating those things as well. If we eat non-organic fruits and veggies, we are eating pesticides.
I won't promise to post daily the next 30 days, but I will try. I am pumped. And I can't wait for Day 30 because I know I will feel terrific. I also plan on posting lots of recipes, because the more I cook, the better my chances of staying motivated.
I am so looking forward to Oct. 2, the morning I wake up with 30 days of clean eating under my hopefully much-smaller belt!