We’ve been eating a whole lot of vegetables lately.
The HBH (Hot Black Husband) and I, along with a handful of friends from up and down the west coast, are trying our hand at Whole 30 this month. Which, in layman’s terms means…
Let all these no’s sink in for a minute.
It’s pretty much a no-nothing kind of detox diet, if you ask me.
But it’s actually feels pretty good when the food you put into your body is whole and healthy and unprocessed. The point is then not to eat this way forever, but in the midst of retraining your body, learn what food triggers might be present to your system, that you should ultimately be avoiding. (And I, for one, am hoping to see if part of what I put into my body causes this chronic back pain in the middle of the night). Most people also lose a bit of weight, which is a bonus to everything else gained along the way.
But why hear it from me? Why not hear what the HBH (Hot Black Husband) has thought about the past 12 days…
Hey Love, what do you think about Whole 30, almost two weeks in? It would probably be beneficial if I was coming from a poor diet regime or was allergic or otherwise adversely affected by certain food items. Maybe it would have helped if I’d gone from regular milk to almond or something …but it is, uh, nice to be able to think about foods, I guess. It’s a nice way to be reminded that there can be alternative ways to snack. Apple a day, more fruit.
(Author thinks to herself: Hmm, this may not have been the best plan I’ve ever had for a blog post…)
So, you’re saying you’re not the biggest fan. What do you miss the most? A little bit of cream with my coffee. I was already down to half a bun on my burger, so I’d like to have that at least and not lettuce from the ground. I’d like to have a quarter of a donut at church. They’re already cut to sample-size. Two year olds eat more than me.
What are you most surprised about? There can be a whole lot of careful planning which takes me back to when you’re in high school and college. I want to be faster! I want to be stronger! So I’m going to eat raw eggs like Rocky! I’m gonna eat all that’s good! I’m going to become this pure operating machine.
That’s a lot of exclamation points you’re using in the above sentence, Honey. So do you feel like a pure operating machine right now? Uh, not really. Incrementally perhaps.
Is there anything you’ve noticed about your eating habits along the way? If so, what? I’ve noticed that I’ve been eating Whole 30 meals.
What do you hope to get out of it? I hope to desire to make smoothies and other nutritious whole foods more often instead of processed balanced bars.
Good answer! What do you think about the food we’ve been eating? Good and healthy, as prepared by your hands, but could be a lot better.
WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?! I mean, ketch-up. I want ketch-up. Coffee without cream and sugar doesn’t taste as good as coffee with cream and sugar. No, the food’s been good …you just don’t have nurturing condiments, as I’m used to, to go with it. Why can’t my (almond) milk have a hint of honey?
The man likes his Heinz 57, y’all. K. We’re almost done. So, what’s your favorite meal we’ve eaten so far? The turkey burgers with guacamole were good. And the sausage-sweet potato soup was good. And the banana pudding the other morning was even good!
The chef says, “You’re welcome!” How would you feel about eating like this for the rest of your life? Uh, I would not feel it. I won’t do it, but I would aspire to pursue eating healthily.
Well, there you go, folks. HE’S NOT THE BIGGEST FAN IN THE WORLD. But as for me, ever the optimist, I kind of like it.
So, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to continue to survive on our vegetables and our meat, our fruit and our sparkle water.
Whole 30: would you do it? Have you done it? Or are you a wee bit like the HBH and COMPLETELY TURNED OFF after reading his words? Also, if you have any PHENOMENAL Whole 30/Paleo recipes, please pass them along!