Monday, May 2, 2016

Daunting, A Whole 30 Challenge!

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If you know anything about me is that I am fairly willing to try anything and diets are in that category. A few years back I tried Juicing for a week after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Since then I have added many more pounds onto my frame. Over the last few months, we have talked about going on the Whole 30 Challenge. I, of course, was willing to try before my wife.

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My wife is a questioner and wanted to know more information before jumping into. To satisfy this craving of knowledge she read It Starts with Food. This book essentially explains the history and science behind Paleo eating and the Whole 30 Challenge. During the time she was reading the book, some of my stomach issues continued to creep up, one day it was causing me enough pain that she said, "Enough is enough, we are doing this, let's pick a month and plan for it."

I stupidly suggested May because June I have homebrew competition and the summer brings a lot of beer making and drinking time, since as a teacher I have more time and there are more competitions to complete it. Plus I am running a Tough Mudder in June. You might say that hey, Mike, May sounds like it makes sense...Well, it doesn't. As a teacher, it's the most stressful time of year. It's the month where we do all of our testing. Four straight weeks of standardized testing and its the last full month of school. There is just a lot of stressful things going on and I am a stress eater. I usually drink a lot of diet soda and eat a lot of junk food to compensate.

We have been thinking about this for a long time and now we are finally doing it. We have many reasons to go on the whole 30 and now we are finally doing it. Join us on this journey we try to break free of our habits and dependency on sugary foods. I know for me it's going to be really challenging since I usually have a large Coke Zero that gets me through the day, along with lots of sugary drinks.

Kristin may do some of the writing over the course of the month, so hopefully you don't just get my view and opinion. I'll also chronical our meals over the course of each week and post every few days.

So before we begin we had quite a dinner of Gluten, Sugar and Beer. Our final meal went like this:

Sundried Tomato, Shrimp Pasta with Multiply beers and cider. I will say though we had mushrooms, peppers, and spinach in our bowl too. Kristin topped it off with a nice La Fiorentina pastry and I had the last of our ice cream with dark chocolate sauce on it.

Needless to say, it was really good!

Our final meal before the Whole 30

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