“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.” – The Whole30
The Whole30 first caught my attention last year when I listened to co-author, Melissa Hartwig introduce the program. It wasn’t just the chapter completely devoted to eggs or Melissa’s dreamy hair that peaked my interest, but the concept of eliminating and reintroducing ingredients from your diet and acknowledging how our relationship with food affects our health, lifestyle and wellbeing.
About five years ago, I realized I was allergic to lactose. About three years ago, I made the choice to eliminate it completely from my diet. It was after I gained 20lbs, and spent several aching nights with a, what looked like, a basketball in my tummy (I think that’s called bloating). I finally understood the negative effects lactose had on my system and how my relationship with dairy was preventing me from looking and genuinely feeling my best, so I eliminated it completely, educated myself and learned that lactose is only found in cow by products. I also learnt that I could still indulge in sheep, goat and buffalo (mmm mozzarella) sources of cheese and milk.
This past Christmas we indulged a teeny tiny bit too much, and skipped a few workouts, every few days. And now, almost one year later after meeting Melissa, Phil and I’ve decided to dive into the Whole30 and commit ourselves to the program. For us, it’s not about losing weight or eliminating carbs from our diet, but acknowledging our chemistry with food and how with simple changes we can eat foods that compliment our body’s, making us look and feel our best. That said, Whole30 challenge accepted.
Who | Philip: 31 year old male and Mystique: 27 year old female
What | Eliminating some of our favourite foods. Hummus. Oatmeal. Banana Bread. Wine. Beer. CHEESE
Where | Our cozy 600ft condo in downtown Toronto
When | January 31 – February 29, 2016 | 43,200 Minutes, 720 Hours, 30 Days
Why | To understand our body’s reaction to certain foods and how it affects our lifestyle
How | Our plan is to eat the same dishes we’ve always cooked, substituting Whole30 ingredients in
Wish us luck xo