If anyone is interested in trying it out, it's really helpful to have an accountability buddy. Please let me know if you would be mine!
As mentioned, the Whole30 is a strict 30-day elimination diet designed to help you discover how certain food groups, especially problem food groups, affect your body. I have done this successfully once before, but I didn't do my reintroduction properly, which defeats the whole purpose. This time I'm going to do it right!
I've also done this unsuccessfully a few times. The last couple of times I've tried it, I've gotten really sick right off the bat. Since I just got over being really sick, I really hope that I can avoid that this time. I've been trying to wean myself off pepsis ahead of time too. That will help. I didn't realize my start date had creeped up so quickly, so I'd better drink a whole lot more water today...
I still have to pick up a few items. I'll need fresh lettuce (for salads and wraps), more EVOO, compliant almond milk, avocados, ghee, etc. I do not like coconut, which is a huge source of healthy fat on the plan. I substitute almond milk for anything requiring coconut milk (unsweetened Silk almond milk is compliant!), and I have to bulk up on olives and avocados as my healthy fats instead. I do use coconut oil since it doesn't taste like coconut. It's super-healthy for the body inside and out.
I splurged and ordered some items from the Whole30 compliant section at Barefoot Provisions. I don't like making my own mayo, so I ordered some of that, and I got some biltong, pilli nuts, and a venison bar. They sent me a 5OFF40 coupon code to get $5 off my order, too. I was only a dollar away from $40, so I threw in a meatstick and got it all a bit cheaper. Shipping was a bit much. I might get more with my check next month if I like this stuff, but I wish they offered free shipping at way less than $100. I'll spend that much all together most likely, but I can't afford to do it all at once.
I'm attempting to meal plan again both for Whole30 and for my budget – especially since Whole30 can get pricey when you're accustomed to not eating &/or not eating properly. I'm trying to make up some staples and emergency food for the freezer. I've got individual frittata pieces put up since breakfast is often a grab-and-go-or-don't-eat-at-all situation for me. I've got a huge pot of bone broth simmering on the stove. I still plan to make mashed potato, shepherd's pie, chicken salad, and a soup to freeze for emergency food. I also want to make some scotch eggs as a pre-workout meal and roast up some squash for post-WO.
I'm very excited! I really want to succeed and do this right this time around.