It’s four o’clock in the morning and I am tending to a little bit of a hangover as I give thoughts to the day ahead of me. Although I have been eating pretty darn close to the Whole 30 way of eating for the last 8 days, today marks the first day that I shoot for perfection.
Grass Fed, hormone free, pasture raised, local, organic, cage free, no antibiotics, and grass finished are words that I will becoming very familiar with as I start to build my diet. Absolutely nothing processed, no alcohol of any type, no sugar and only carbs from vegetables is a part of my life for the next 30 days.
Just 8 days ago I weighed 196.4 pounds and this morning I am down to 189.4, so I have already seen benefits from some moderate changes I have made. That number 189.4 is important because it will represent the last weigh in before I start this program. The next time I am allowed to step on the scale will be May 1st which happens to be the last day of the Whole 30.
I am committing to getting on the treadmill each morning for just 20 minutes or around a mile of walking before work every day. There will be no weight lifting at all. The reasons for this are simple: Exercise the heart, increase oxygen levels and reduce inflammation.
I will also be committed to taking vitamins each day to assist in the rebuilding of an optimum blood panel that will feed the mitochondria in each cell of my body to rebuild the immune system. One of the vitamins I have shown to be very low was vitamin D due to the long grey winter which I have endured for many months now. The weather is starting to change and I will finally be able to bring in vitamin D in it’s purest form – Sunshine.
I believe that I should benefit the most from simply removing beer from my diet. I do love to have a finely crafted IPA or two after work each day, but not for another 30 days will I even think about it.
It was just a few weeks ago when I realized blood sugar numbers, which I take each morning were teetering around 200. This of course is totally unacceptable and with some work I have been able to bring that number down to around 126 which is what I tested at this morning. I want to return to my norm of between 80-100 and highly suspect that I will be able to reach this single goal by the end of just 30 days of doing all of the right things.
Food planning is pretty darn simple as I will concentrate on just one meal per day. I will prepare dinner each night based on the rules associated with the Whole 30 and maybe even use some recipes right out the Whole 30 cookbook. This meal will be prepared in a size that should provide enough for 4 meals which means that my wife and I will eat half for dinner and the other half for lunch the next day. That’s two meals out of the way leaving only breakfast. For me breakfast is pretty simple. Two eggs cooked in ghee and two slices of bacon. I have found that this low carb breakfast carries enough punch to last all the way to lunchtime. I may prepare a frittata on the weekends when I have more time in the mornings. I already drink my coffee black and have discovered that I only need a cup or two in the morning so I have stopped bringing coffee to work with me, so this is not much of a challenge at all compared with someone who is still using cream and sugar.
The no dairy rule is also an easy one for me to master as I have taken dairy out of my diet many years ago. The only thing that I will miss is cheese as I do still use it on occasions especially in cooking.
I will try to post each day about the foods I am eating and maybe a picture or two but with limited time in the morning I can’t promise anything. But I will try.