Hey guys! whats up?!
So ya kinda fell off the blog train for August. If it makes you feel better, I also fell off the work train, exercise train, and vegetable-train. This is in part because I got pretty sick and then had to have a surprise wisdom teeth removal procedure, which was actually not at painful/horrible as I thought it would be. I feel a bit duped cause I didn’t get any T3s, only a prescription for extra strength tylenol. A PRESCRIPTION. But I survived. Also I was trying to maximize my time with boyfriend, who has now moved to Halifax to start med school (yeah, I’m dating a smart, handsome future doctor #jackpot).
Since boyfriend is now gone and I am assuming the role of lonely spinster, I thought I’d give the Whole30 a try. This is because my response to change is generally to give myself something structured to do. Like follow rigid diets and assign myself completely realistic goals like clean out my entire closet, work out every day, and finish my med applications before school starts. Totally feasible to do all of that right?! For real though, I’m sticking to this (the cleaning might not happen tho #realtalk). My eating habits were all over the place this summer and I’ve had some stomach issues in the past that I think I need to figure out. Also, if I’m being honest, I find challenges like this fun. It makes me feel inspired to cook in different ways, find new ingredients, and figure out what kind of diet works best for me. Hence why I tried veganism last summer (lol remember that).
Here is a quick outline of the Whole30:
It’s essentially eating a fairly strict, clean eating paleo diet for 30 days. Here’s the outline that I blatantly copied from the Whole30 website:
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking.
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes (includes soy and peanuts).
- Do not eat dairy.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites..
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients.
Pretty lengthy list! What I love about this program is that it’s based on scientific research, and focuses on whole food and overall health, as well as understanding how nutrition and food sources affect your body. GROOVY DUDE. Also it’s free, yay!
Since I started transitioning myself to a vaguely paleo diet at the beginning of the summer (tried to eat mostly paleo at home, save for a few exceptions *cough cheese cough*), it has thus far been not so tough. But it’s early days still. So there’s that. And some of those bullet points are going to be tougher to follow, such as:
1. No added sugar--> do you guys even KNOW how many things have added sugar?!?! basically everything. its nuts. DELI MEAT. literally all deli meat has added sugar, even the natural shit (but then it has cane sugar, ooooo). Jarred salsa. Fresh salsa! Natural coconut water. Sausages. The kg pack of cashews I bought in the asian foods section of Loblaws. ETC
2. No carrageenan/MSG/sulfites/soy—>also in everything. especially soy lecithin.
3. No alcohol--> THIS. okay this is going to be a bit of a rant (#myblog #myrules), cause I’ve had an issue with the college/university/young adult drinking culture for SO LONG. It’s something I’ve always struggled with, being someone who enjoys both keeping a healthy lifestyle and socializing, so here goes:
Let’s get something straight: Drinking is terrible for you. It really is. Each shot of vodka is about 100 calories with absolutely no nutrition, and DAMN it takes me a lot of those to get drunk. Also, I get wicked HORRIBLE LIFE RUINING hangovers. 2 day sleep/carb/nausea fests that render me useless, at work and at home.
That being said I really don’t give a shit if you want to drink. I definitely do, fairly frequently, despite the aforementioned hangover coma I am guaranteed to have. it’s fun! it makes me think I can dance like nicki minaj and sing like beyonce. and it provides some pretty hilarious stories, provided you can remember them.
But do I want to pour liquid poison into my body just because its Friday? not always! Or because its someones birthday? not always! or because, god forbid, I have to socialize with people I don’t really know yet? nooooo thanks. Yet the attitudes I’ve faced when I choose not to drink seriously astound me.
“Why aren’t you drinking” *gives totally reasonable response* “No, but WHY”
“You’re not going to be any fun” (for the record, I’m always fun)
“But I thought we were going out, I can’t drink alone”
These are all things I’ve heard, multiple times a night, in response to my decision not to drink. When did such blatant peer pressure become acceptable, especially between friends? Am I supposed to be like, oh yeah, you’re right, I better drink so that I can be more amusing? This one night spent trying to get myself tipsy is definitely worth doing poorly on a midterm this week. But more importantly, my reason for not drinking doesn’t have to be “good enough” to be allowed to socialize without alcohol in peace. It’s my reason and my life. Either you wanna hang with me or you don’t.
So yeah! I’m pretty optimistic about this little endeavor. Anything that allow me to fully exercise my right to CADO can’t be too hard right? I’m going to try and post a lot of my meals, for fun and to try and keep me accountable. So hopefully, I’ll be back on here soon.
In other news, I am going to see one of my favorite bands EVER, the one and only Arcade Fire this weekend in mtl with my lovely little piglet Emma. CAN’T WAAAAAAAAAIT
Also, my baby sis just started a baking blog! Very sugar and gluten filled. and you better love it or I’ll beat you up.