Ok, it's official. We've started the Whole30. A brief recap of what we just committed to for the next 30 days: organic meats, vegetables (excluding corn and peas), fruits, nuts (except for peanuts), and healthy fats/oils (like avacado, olive, coconut, and organic lard) - and nothing else. Basically, the diet removes all foods that commonly cause an inflammatory response for 30 days and then you gradually reincorporate them to determine what likes you and what doesn't. It also forces you to take a hiatus from all forms of added sweetener and caffeine.
I'll admit that this reboot was met with a mild amount of trepidation on my part. Ian and I tried this back in April for exactly two days before I got sick and everything went to hell in a hand basket. Granted, my issues had absolutely nothing to do with the diet, but my brain still associates that period with gratuitous amounts of pain and suffering. Let's just say I'll probably never be able to eat apple pumpkin custard again. But hey, once more unto the breach.
It's only been 7 hours, but I'm already having fits. Since I've been recovering from surgery, we have unfortunately been eating a lot of food that is delivered to our front door. I've kind of been on bad food bender for the last 2-3 weeks. This morning, I made breakfast taco casserole with potatoes, eggs, beef, and bell peppers served with guacamole and fresh chopped tomatoes. This should have been delicious, but my brain kept singing the "I love sour cream and nacho cheese" song the whole time I was eating it. At one point, I actually gagged because I encountered a mushy tomato. Really mouth? Et tu?
A few minutes ago, I ate a coconut cream pie Larabar (dates, almonds, coconut), a food I usually love. Today? My brain was telling my pie whole that we wanted it deep fried in a buttery crust slathered in whip cream. I can only assume that this treachery is attached to the life altering surgery from which I am currently recovering. The best I can do is soldier on and know that, despite what my brain is telling me, fruits and vegetables are good for me and a healthy me is a me that will heal faster.
Also, our fruit sampling continued this morning with a fresh red apricot (at least I think it was an apricot). In any event, it was delicious. I'm about to go make tuna salad with ranch seasoning (no buttermilk) and fresh bell peppers. Lets hope my brain gets on board so that I can enjoy lunch!
Creating my own sunshine 🌞