Last day of freedom?

Whole30 for the month of May starts tomorrow. I want to see what the hype is all about, and if it really affects my lifestyle (energy levels, fitness, general health & wellness, etc.). I’ve already started transitioning by making more conscious food choices and eating gluten-reduced for several months, but now I’ve decided to jump in for “real”!

Caveat – I’m making some realistic compromises by allowing:

  • small amounts of cheese (can’t give it up, ever!!)
  • moderate alcohol consumption on weekends only
Skeptical / worried / terrified about this Whole30 business...

Skeptical / worried / terrified about this Whole30 business…

Some purists may argue that I’m cheating…I like to think I’m setting myself up for success by acknowledging a goal that’s actually attainable ­čśŤ (and sustainable!) I think the benefits of eating Paleo (if they exist) can still be effectively achieved without making extreme sacrifices (yes, cheese and alcohol are considered extreme sacrifices for me).

Anybody have Paleo experiences to share with me? Awesome recipes perhaps? Critics, interested to hear your thoughts too!

Wish me luck! (and now it’s on Facebook, so it’s official and I can’t back out anymore)

So I guess that makes tonight┬ámy last supper…and yet strangely┬áI don’t have any strong desire to splurge. I’ll probably regret┬ánot taking advantage of this opportunity┬áin about a week (or less), but I’ll deal with that when I get there┬á(will these be my famous last words that everyone will point and laugh at me about in the 30 days to come?…)

Whole30 in a (very tiny) nutshell: 30 days of Paleo eating

I’m by no means an expert. What I know about it is limited to what I’ve read (in books and online). And now you can read about it here. I don’t think I can even name a personal friend who I know has done the Whole30 challenge.

I’m not an extremist. Or a Paleo purist. Don’t expect me to be counting grams of protein or comparing my protein-fat-veg-carb ratio on a meal-by-meal basis (read: at all) – too much work! And I’ve already made concessions for the 2 cheat items above (which I will try my darnedest to minimize, but screw you if you want to judge me and try to stand between me and my cheese). I’m not claiming any health benefits or preaching Paleo unless┬áI experience them first-hand, and I sure as hell am not expecting┬ámy journey to be a shining example of Whole30 discipline – I am human and am not without fault.

This is my real-life story of the Whole30 challenge.

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2 thoughts on “Last day of freedom?

  1. I didn’t have a choice but to give up my weekend drinking and eating binges, I couldn’t handle the three day detox I had to go through afterward :/ I still have wine or tequila on my days off but cut out grain liquors. I’m full paleo now ­čśâ hope it works for you.

    • ericaleung says:

      Good for you – such an achievement!! And thanks for the encouragement! I’m hoping to still enjoy a gin+soda or a glass of wine once in a while too…but we’ll see how it goes ­čÖé

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