After a lot of research and soul searching, I have decided to focus on a change to my diet. This may come as a bit of a shock, as most people have probably come to my blog due to the fact I’ve been on SLOW CARB for about two years. However, while I’ve apppreciated SLOW CARB and everything it has done for me, I was encouraged by none other than Tim Ferris during his recent appearance on THE FAT BURNING MAN podcast to consider making a switch. During the podcast, he described how folks had told him that the Slow Carb diet was a great Pre-Cursor for more difficult body experimentation and diet plans, specifically this was linked to PALEO. That statement lead me to a lot of thinking over the past few months.
I have been toying with the idea of going PALEO for quite some time, but didn’t know how I wanted to make a switch, until I heard Melissa from Clothes Make the Girl talk about doing the Whole 30 challenge (once again) on THE FAT BURNING MAN podcast. After some research, I decided that this was the way to accomplish a few things:
- First, explore PALEO, which is very similar to Slow Carb.
- Second, EAT INCREDIBLY CLEAN for a prolonged period of time.
- Third, eliminate all questionable food from my diet, even the healthy stuff so I can understand how I feel, as I work them back in.
The reality is that for about four months, I’ve hovered between 290 and 295 with little to no change. I’ve done the homework. Slow Carb has potentially run its course with me. I have cut out Diet Soda and All Sodas from my diet. I’m exercising a minimum of twice a week if not three times a week, so I should be losing more FAT with steady muscle mass gains. I have to do something more challenging to re-kick start my body, very much the way Slow Carb kick started me to loosing 40 lbs of FAT and gaining 10 pounds of muscle in 2011 as I was prepping for Obstacle Racing.
Hopefully, the Whole 30 will provide me with a renewed sense of purpose and drive as I negotiate the tight turns of a very challenging 30 days. I will start March 30 and I will end April 29th. The hard part? No more Cheat Days during this entire run. That will be rough. However, in the end, I think the data and the experience will be well worth it.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
- In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say, “Paleo pizza.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no coconut-flour pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.
- One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements duringyour Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)
If you click that link, above it takes you to the website if you want to do it as well. By the WAY, this means NO measurements for an ENTIRE MONTH! That’s right, I won’t be tweeting out weekly results. AT ALL! I’ll be doing one last PREP Results this Saturday as usual to establish my Bench mark for the start up on Sunday. I WILL be doing weekly VLOGS over at the YOUTUBE CHANNEL as I go along, so you can check in on my progress! Join me, your support is always helpful. And your TIPS are always welcome.