By Holly | April 27, 2010
It started yesterday, my commitment to 30 days super-strict, clean eating.
I drove up to Albany CrossFit with my best friend, Kelly, this past weekend to attend Whole9’s workshop. Melissa Urban and Dallas Hartwig are the founders of Whole9. They recently ditched their day jobs and took on Whole9 as a full time business. They have a killer website ~ www.whole9life.com and I recommend you guys check out their stuff.
I have been in dire need of a RE-SET on my nutrition. It has been one year since I was in Chicago for Robb Wolf’s Nutrition Certification, which completely changed my views on food and health. Oh, I’m Paleo, for sure, but my “treats” have become more and more prevalent over the past few months. “I’m Paleo, but it’s Saturday, so I’ll have the pizza and wine. I’m Paleo, but I did good all day so I’ll have some chocolate (whatever, it’s dark chocolate, with almonds!). I’m Paleo, but this cookie is gluten-free).” I still won’t touch dairy, beans and grains (minus the pizza), so clearly my problem lies with sugar.
I wanted to share with you my goal. Check in with me, ask how it’s going. The next month holds my boyfriend’s birthday, a Sugarland concert (Corona?! No) and other commitments with friends and family. That’s life. I need to re-train my body on real foods, change my taste-buds again and feel good.
I am also using the next 30 days, plus, as a little experiment. Strict, clean eating 30 days. Once 30 days is up, I’m not going to go on a food bender, but keep my eating clean and “test” out certain “less than healthy” foods, one at a time, and see how it affects MY body and MY performance. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. This is a lifestyle. Maybe I have 3 pieces of cheese and my stomach is destroyed for 2 days, or I indulge in a pancake at breakfast (one pancake, not 3 ginormous pancakes), feel a little sluggish, but okay.
A little refresher:
1. Sugar (dense carb = increased insulin response. No natural sweeteners)
2. Processed foods/preserved foods (in a can, box, etc.)
3. Artificial sweetener
4. Alcohol (much to my dismay, this includes no tequila – damn it! It’s all the same; alcohol, any and all are neurotoxins)
5. Grains (contain lectins, a plant protein with defense compounds and are acid resistant, think acid in your stomach. They arrive in the small intestine intact and do not break down, causing damage in the gut lining. This allows other particles to cross undigested, which sends your immune response into overdrive, attacking some things that should actually be there. Hmm, Autoimmune Disease, yes? Yes. Lots of info on lectins, sorry. Let me know if anyone wants further info. Interesting stuff. Grains = bad; wheat, quinoa, rice, buckwheat, oats, rye, barley, millet, corn, legumes, dairy (in grain-fed cows)).
“If part of your immune response is always allocated to repairing gut irritation, you are essentially sick all the time.” -Robb Wolf
6. Legumes (see above re: lectins. This includes soy and peanuts)
1. Meat, fish, eggs, poultry (look for your best possible choice; grass-fed beef, locally farmed eggs, wild-caught fish)
2. Veggies (okay, this involves multiple grocery store trips per week, I will survive.)
3. Fruit, some
4. Fat (mix it up, not the same ole’ almonds day in and day out.)
Coffee, black, in moderation is okay, too. Thank the good LORD!
As far as macronutrient combinations, your goal should be carb, protein and fat with each meal and snack. From my Zone days, I was TOTALLY hung up on having all 3 at the same exact time. If you are out and about and all you have on you is an apple and almonds ~ flippin’ eat it!
Sorry this is so long! Thanks for allowing me to enroll you guys in my goal. This may have been a refresher for most of you, but maybe it inspires some of you to re-set your nutrition button.
Lastly, keep up with your fish oil. How much? Grab your bottle and use Robb Wolf/Whole9 fish oil calculator:
In the words of Melissa Urban:
“It’s not that effing hard…Don’t you dare tell me this is hard. Giving up heroin is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. Not. Hard.”