So, on sort of a whim, I decided to just go for it.
I suppose I should say that I haven't finished the book, nor have I completely read any of the online documentation on the whole30, so it's quite possible I broke more rules than I even realize, but I'll call it the first day anyhow.
So, let's talk first about all of the rules I know I've broken.
I didn't eat breakfast
The book says you're supposed to eat within an hour of getting up. Even on days where I eat earlier than normal, I seldom ever do that.
I've never been a breakfast person. I know a lot of the reasoning behind why one should eat breakfast but I have to wonder if everyone truly is wired that way. And for good or bad, the cleaner my diet is, the less likely I am to eat breakfast, because I'm not waking up starving, nor am I immediately wanting food to satisfy boredom and/or a craving.
I haven't been officially tracking it, but I'd say I eat about 4-6 hours after getting up.
my first meal was entirely fruit
Per the whole30 program, your first meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so you're supposed to eat something with fat and protein, so that you're not starving in a few hours.
The reason I did nothing but fruit came from the following reasons.
- supposedly fruit doesn't digest well with other foods (greens are supposed to be the exception)
- I'm accustomed to doing a green smoothie as my first meal
See, on the green smoothie front, I basically have it as my first meal or not at all, for two reasons: one, I don't crave green smoothies, so it's far easier to basically get it out of the way, by eating it first thing. Two, given that fruit supposedly doesn't digest well on top of other foods, I figure it's safest to eat it on an empty stomach.
But of course, on days when I'm running late to something, I often now just grab some fruit since it's so much quicker and convenient.
I didn't eat 3 meals
Also recommended by the book.
I tend to think of my first meal as a half meal. Anywhere from like or hour or three after it, I basically end up having one long meal all evening long.
For whatever reason, this seems to work well for me.
Hell, I'll freely admit that it might not be optimal, but right now it would be a huge inconvenience to actually do a proper 3 meals. And all of this time on keto, it doesn't seem to have impeded my ability to lose weight, so I haven't worried about trying to change it.
I ate in front of the TV
I totally understand the principle behind this one. You focus on your food. You really enjoy it. You listen to your own signals and naturally know when to stop.
Problem is, where I eat my meals, there is literally no place to sit that is not in front of the TV. And old habits die hard, so of course the TV will be going.
I would actually like to change this at some point, but that would quite possibly require buying furniture and then figuring out where said furniture is supposed to go.
I stepped on a scale
Here's another one where I understand the logic, but I know what works for me.
The whole30 people don't want you to be focused on your weight loss; they want you to focus on all of the other changes that are happening. They also don't want you to be discouraged if you're not making progress on the scale.
And plus, the scale is a crappy indictator of how things are going anyway.
I've also heard plenty of arguments against weighing in daily, which is something I also do.
Basically, for me, it comes down to this: I use the number on the scale as diagnostic data, but I don't obsess over it.
So though I'm weighing in every day, I don't freak out if the numbers go up one day. Instead, I'm looking at trends. But more importantly, I consider how I feel to be way more important of a metric. But it's damn hard to put an actual number on that.
Even given all of the guidelines I deliberately ignored, I still consider myself to be on the program at the moment, so let's talk about what I actually ate.
what I ate today
- organic banana
- 3 tiny local, conventional apples (I think they'd be the rough equivalent of like 1-1.5 normal sized apples, but it's hard to know)
- organic, grass-fed cow cooked as burgers on a grill (no cooking fat), probably about a 1/2 pound's worth
- one frozen bag of organic broccoli
- one frozen bag of organic california-style blend veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini) with some coconut aminos
- one frozen bag of conventional butternut squash
- plenty of ghee (pasture-raised, organic)
The ghee was interesting. See, you're not supposed to have normal butter because of the milk proteins that are in the butter that can cause problems for people.
So you can buy stuff like ghee, or make your own clarified butter at home, which basically separates out the butter fat from the proteins.
I'm used to eating butter from pasture-raised cows (I've been trying to get more omega 3s in my diet), and I don't know if it was this particular brand of ghee, but my pasture butter was much sweeter by comparison.
It wasn't bad, but it was different. But once on the vegetables and melted, and then topped with salt, the taste didn't really bother me anymore.
One thing I would really like to know is whether it's cheaper to buy the ghee, or to make your own clarified butter.
It might be interesting to do an experiment one of these days and see how much clarified stuff a pound of butter produces. And then you'd need to calculate the energy costs of making it yourself. And then calculate in the annoyance factor.
And I'm lazy, so I'll probably just buy ghee for the foreseeable future.
- distilled water (I've had bad luck with local bulk water suppliers sometimes having funky tasting water, so I basically settled on distilled for consistently good tasting water)
- one serving of yogi bedtime tea
I'm coming off of drinking stevia kool aid (unsweetened kool aid paired with stevia). Before stevia kool aid, there was just stevia lemonade (water+lemon juice+stevia).
Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with stevia lemonade. I am not crazy about all of the chemicals in the kool-aid, but for me, with so many things during keto, it was about the lesser of evils.
And for the whole30, I'm definitely willing to try giving up the sweet drinks. I definitely think it's possible, or maybe even likely that they impede my ability to really kick the sugar habit.
I'm thinking this is doable.
See, originally I thought fruit was going to be completely banned. And though I'm no stranger to banning fruit (hello, keto!), I figure I'll probably be fine with just vegetables (hello, butternut squash!) and fruit.
The grey area is in the fact that you're not supposed to use fruit to satisfy a sugar craving. Well, I feel that's open to interpretation in a way. Like, what if eating some fruit preempts a sugar craving? Didn't you then unwittingly use fruit to satisfy a sugar craving? Psychologically you didn't, but physiologically you did.
But since I tend to seldom ever have fruit except as the first meal, I figure I probably won't get into trouble with using it as a substitute for sweets.
But it's only day 1.
It's early yet.