DAY 0. 2018. Two weeks after Thanksgiving. 5’7” 145 pounds. 48 year old female recently diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. Picked up thirteen pounds since leaving Colorado two years ago. I feel fat, frumpy, uncomfortable, depressed and scared.
A loud inner voice has been warning me for months. “You know better. You’re a holistic nutrition practitioner. You’re not going to get away with this forever. You need to change your lifestyle.”
The voice is right. I do know better, but I simply do not have the energy to do anything about it. I love to cook and therefore read a lot of cookbooks and even write a few. Then I pick up my first WHOLE30 book and I’m enthralled. The authors’ sense of humor is what captivates me first. I have been researching eating plans since 2010 and have found that all of them fall short in one way or another, so I read this eating plan a little deeper. That means I read all the books. I’m hooked. Not a single alarm bell goes off and I decide to try it and set the date. January 7th 2019.
I decide to do a very small experiment and eliminate gluten and sugar. On the third night of this elimination I dream I’m frying churros, dipping it in the most sublime chocolate sauce. There is also chicken fried everything as only Texas can make and I eat until I’m nauseous. I wake up with a headache and feel relieved that it was only a dream and I didn’t fall off the wagon. The headache subsides quickly and within two weeks I lose four pounds. More importantly, I feel great and I’m starting to experiment with beautiful organic fruits, veggies, free range poultry, free range grass fed beef and wild caught seafood.
I love to do meal planning and recipe development and am adamant to prove that healthy doesn’t have to be boring. I quickly get the support of a few friends and feel strong and totally ready to get started.
Day 1. 145 pounds. A week ago I broke the gluten and sugar fast, because of our vacation in Mexico and put on all the pounds I lost. That’s OK. Today is a new beginning and the last time I will step on the scale in thirty days. Things to eliminate today. Dairy. Gluten. Sugar. Legumes. All grains. Vegetable oils. Seed oils. Alcohol. This morning I started the day with coffee without milk. Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. I guess I will eliminate caffeine as well. There is just no point. Oh the weekend alcohol. I will try and deceive myself with a dark red juice such as pomegranate. Will I succeed? Of course! Today’s food will be simple. The fridge and pantry is empty because of the vacation and I will load up on fresh, organic, free range and grass fed items and start the creative juices flowing to make all the healthy food beautiful. The morning will start with two boiled eggs and an apple. Lunch will be leftovers from last night, which was a delicious mix of fresh veggies lightly sautéed with Mexican spices. Dinner tonight is a beef short rib curry on spaghetti squash with mixed leafy greens dressed with olive oil. As I cook, I will photograph some of the dishes, hopefully all of the dishes, and share it all at the end of the program. Wish me strength and determination with lots of willpower thrown in. The cashier at the grocery store today helped by saying: “Wow! There’s not a bad thing in here!” Her exclamation made me feel good and more motivated than ever to see this through. See you in thirty days!