ad.dic.tion – (n) – The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity

On April 27th I posted an article “Hi, my name is Chris, and I’m a sugar addict.”  It was half serious and half tongue-in-cheek, because I was feeling so much better as a result of the Whole30 program, and I knew that in large part it was due to the fact that I had cut added sugar out of my diet.  Everything that I posted then was true, and I thought I had it under control.  I mean I had lost 20 lbs, was feeling awesome, and as they said in Whole30, I’m an adult, so I could make smart choices, right?

Well, the thing I have learned about my original “Sugar Addict” post is that while we sometimes think we can control things, , sometimes you can’t control things.  Sugar cravings are one of those things for me.  During Whole30 I was very strict to follow the plan and cut out all added sugars, and then even after the end of the 30 days through the end of Summer.  The whole time I felt great, and maintained my weight.  Then one day I was at Circle K filling up my truck, when I got a craving for a Big Gulp.  “Just one, I said.”  What harm could come from just one?

Then on a trip to Walgreens and on my way to the checkout line I passed down the candy aisle and saw them.  Sour Patch Kids.  “Just one, I said”  What harm could come from just one?  A few days later I was in Harris Teeter, and on my way to check out, I passed through the Deli and saw those tubs of a dozen Chocolate Chunk Cookies on a BOGO sale.  “Just one, I said”

What harm could come from just one?

I think Lays said it best in their classic commercials, “No one can eat just one.”  Especially when you have an addiction underlying those cravings for “just one.”  You see, the Circle K was on my way to work, and those Big Gulps were just $0.75, and were such a nice pick me up in the morning.  The tubs of cookies were always conveniently placed where you had to walk right past them to get to the checkout line, and half a dozen of them went down oh so well with a glass of cold milk when I was trying to unwind at the end of a long day.  Oh, and then Halloween arrived……can you say Chocolate?

I sit here today back at 191 lbs, still eating a good amount of vegetables with each meal, and very little in the way of gluten grains.  All in all, a pretty healthy diet considering where I was before April and my run on Whole30.  The only thing that has changed since the summer is that I’m back on added Sugars as much or even more that I was before Whole30.  Connection?  Yeah, I think so…..

A change is not a change when it is only temporary, and you don’t make a commitment to maintaining the change that you made.  If you lapse back into old habits and ways of thinking, then you haven’t really changed anything.

As of today, I have made the decision that for my health and sanity I’m going to have to go cold turkey on added Sugars.  It truly is an addiction for me, and as with any true addiction, be it alcohol, drugs, anything, you have to avoid the thing that you are addicted to, because the very nature of the addiction is going to make it impossible to have “just one.”

Just change something…………….

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Well, it looks like Gluten is my Inflammation Friend

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Well, I have been back on Whole30 since last Wednesday, and have been officially inflammation free since Monday morning.  I felt great by Sunday afternoon, but would officially call it all good as of Monday morning.

So, what does that mean?  Well, I’m still going to do a little self testing, just to make sure it wasn’t something else, but looks like I will be having to ditch Bread, Pasta, Cookies, Cakes, and all the stuff that I truly love for the most part.  That’s gonna stink, but it will be a small price to pay compared to the inflammation I felt when I went back on the gluten grains two weekends ago.  It made running over the past week painful, and that is not worth it.

I would strongly advise anyone doing Whole30, or thinking about doing Whole30 to stick with it through the reintroduction phase, so that you can find what items are causing the issues you had to begin with.  It is a very important part of the process.

I have had no issues with Legumes (mainly in the form of peanut butter) or Dairy, and have reintroduced them pretty regularly in the form of Apples with peanut butter and Ovaltine for breakfast to give me a break from all the eggs I had been eating.  My weight has also stabilized and even dropped a couple of more pounds as a result of continuing to strictly limit my added sugar intake.  Have been holding steady at just over 170 since the first of May.

Even for those of you who haven’t jumped on the Whole30 bandwagon, I would say to at least keep it in the back of your mind for the future.  I blew it off at first, but now that I have seen just what amazing results can come from it, and how it has shown me what was causing me to feel the way I felt before, I’m glad I kept it in the back of my mind as well.

Whole30 Reintroduction #4 – Welcome Back Gluten Grains – My first issue?

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Well, I reintroduced Gluten Grains over last weekend.  It wasn’t as clean of a reintroduction as I would have liked, since this was Ballet Recital weekend for my 10 year old.  Saturday morning I went to watch her first performance at 9:30 AM, then ran out to buy some much needed running shoes and then home to cut the grass that was getting high enough that one could get lost in it if not careful.  I then was back at the theater at 1:00 to do the Daddy-Daughter dance in the 1:30 and 3:30 shows before then watching the 6:30 Company show.  Sunday was not much better with teaching Sunday School, then running up to Lake Norman for a friend’s 50th Birthday Party, and then back down to the theater to do the Daddy-Daughter dance again, before going home for about an hour and then meeting Sungi and Talyn for Mother’s Day dinner at Mama Ricotta’s.

Yeah, it was just that kind of weekend.

Started off Saturday morning with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Honey Wheat bread.  Just had some fruit for lunch since I was trying to get back up to the theater.  For dinner between the 3:30 and 6:30 shows I ran over to Fuel Pizza on The Green had had a Fuel Stromboli.  When I got it, I was thinking that I would regret it in the morning, because I had to take a handful of napkins and wipe off all the oil that it was soaked in. It really tasted good, and I didn’t pay to heavy a price for it, likely due to the fact that I was pretty good the rest of the day.

Sunday morning I had another peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Honey Wheat break. Then for lunch we were at our friend’s birthday party, and they had a burrito bar, so I had chicken and pork burritos on flour tortillas.  Then for dinner Hayden and I met Sungi and Talyn at Mama Ricotta’s for dinner, where I had a big plate of Rigatoni with meat sauce.

The net result of all of that bread and pasta over the weekend?  Well, I found myself with inflamed legs on Monday morning.  Initially, I was blaming it on the eight mile run I did on Saturday, on top of standing a good chunk of the weekend between dance and the birthday party.  However, it is now Wednesday, and they are still hurting, so starting to think there is a connection.  I didn’t go back completely Whole30 on Monday, so have still had bread each day.

Going to go back Whole30 for the rest of this week, and see how my legs feel.  If the inflammation goes away, then I think I will have found my second casualty of my trip through Whole30.  Added sugar being the first.  Won’t completely eliminate either of them from my diet, but at least I will know what they do to me, and will be able to smart choices going forward on when to enjoy that special treat, knowing full well the effects.

Have been accumulating my recipes in another post that will be coming up in a day or two.  Trying to look back at each one, and the pros and cons of each dish.  Most of them were amazing, but some had issues here and there.

Whole30 Reintroduction #3 – Welcome Back Dairy

Well, yesterday was my day to reintroduce Dairy back into my diet under my Whole30 Program.  Have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about it after hearing so many of my friends talk about being lactose intolerant.  Before Whole30 I had been having dairy in one form or another every day for as long as I could remember.

Was removing it for the 30 days, and no reintroducing it going to show me that I’m lactose intolerant now as well?

Started my morning with a glass of milk and my all time favorite flavoring:ovaltine-master

I have to admit, if there was one thing I have truly missing since starting the program, it was my morning glass of Ovaltine.  Except for a few years in high school when I was sidetracked by an infatuation with Carnation Instant Breakfast, I have had a glass of milk and ovaltine almost daily since I was a child.

The for lunch I enjoyed a snack of some yogurtChobaniI generally prefer Yoplait, but my girls have taken a fancy to the greek yogurt, and that was what we had in the fridge yesterday morning.  Have to say, I wasn’t impressed.  Far to bitter for my liking, but it was dairy back into my diet on this day.

Then for dinner, I had some leftover Turkey Larb on Bibb lettuce leaves, which was still as good as it had been the first time around, and left plenty of room for my dairy dessert.

My dairy of choice?  It was also my first true splurge since starting on the Whole30 program.  A healthy size serving of ice cream from that little dairy in Brenham, Texas.

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In my opinion, Bluebell Homemade Vanilla is the 2nd best ice cream on the planet.  It is 2nd only to truly home made vanilla ice cream.  My daughter stayed up late, just so she could watch me savor my first bites, because she knew that I had been waiting for this moment.  It was truly delicious, but I also stopped after what I considered a reasonable serving, and didn’t even think about digging in for seconds, which most certainly would have happened prior to Whole30.

I can safely report that I made it though yesterday with no ill effects.  I did not notice any issues as a result, just as has been the case so far with Legumes and Gluten free grains.  I will be allowing dairy back into my life after my reintroductions are complete, though on a much more limited basis than previously.

Well, back to Whole30 for today and tomorrow, before reintroducing the final piece of the puzzle in the form of Gluten Grains over the weekend.

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Whole30 Reintroduction #2 – Gluten Free Grains

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Well, reintroduced Gluten Free Grains on Saturday and Sunday.  That was phase 2 of my #whole30 reintroduction.  Everything went well again.

Had rolled oats with blueberries and a little bit of sugar (because they were seriously bland) for breakfast Saturday morning.  Thanks to my daughter for thinking of that for me as something to try.

Then for lunch I had some sushi from Earth Fare.  Had gone there looking for a sandwich with gluten free bread, but when I asked the guy behind the counter if they had gluten free bread he said yes, and pointed me to a menu.  Problem was that the menu didn’t say what was gluten free, and what was not, which did me little good, since I don’t normally worry about that.

For dinner we had chicken curry with white rice, and then I had the leftovers from that for dinner last night.

All went well, once again as expected.  Now back to Whole30 diet for today and tomorrow, before adding in Dairy on Wednesday.  That should be interesting to see how lactose affects me.

Still seeing good effects from continuing my clean eating.  Stepped on the scale this morning at 172, which is down another 2 1/2 pounds since the end of my Whole30 program on May 1st.

Legume reintroduction complete, back to Whole30 now to the weekend

Well, over Tuesday and Wednesday I reintroduced Legumes to my post Whole30 world. On Tuesday I had some apples with Peanut Butter for breakfast, and then for dinner I had some Black Beans with leftovers from the night before.  Didn’t finish all of the beans for dinner, so included them with lunch on Wednesday.

As I expected, I didn’t really notice any issues with adding Legumes back to my diet. They have never been a big part of my diet to begin with.  I’ve never bought into the hummus craze that is currently sweeping the globe, so that wasn’t an issue.  The only time I really at beans was when I made a pot of chili, or when my girls and I had our chicken burritos, and I would have some refried beans.

Now, back to Whole30 for the next two days to reset, and then reintroduce non-gluten grains this weekend.  Not really expecting an issue there either, as those have also not really been a big part of my diet, with the exception of all the corn products that are in everything that we eat.

The End of The First 30 Days of My New Life

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Wow, has it really been 30 days already?

I nervously went into this on the morning of April 2nd, just hoping to get a little bit of relief from inflammation that I had been feeling in my lower body.  I had gotten to the point of thinking that I needed to go see a doctor to find out what was causing it.  Based on my friend John Perry telling me that he had gotten relief from his own inflammation by doing Whole30, I figured what did I have to lose by giving it a try.  Little did I know what a ride I was in for.

What did I put into Whole30?

I will say this right off the bat.  For the last 30 days, I have bought into this program hook line and sinker.  No cheats, no shortcuts.  If I was going to do it, I wanted to get the full benefit of the program, and that was the only way.  I started out by looking at their website http://www.whole30.com, and then reading the book “It Starts With Food” which gave me the hows and whys of the program.  I also bought “The Whole30”, which is the program guide and much more, and finally “The Whole30 Cookbook” which was actually full of amazing recipes that were generally quick and easy to prepare.

The first thing I had to do was overhaul how I had been shopping and cooking for many years.  The center section of the grocery story had become my friend.  Everything already processed and wrapped up in a neat package for me to prepare.  Who doesn’t want their life to be simpler and easier, right?  Just rip open the package, toss it in the pan, and add a little water, what else could you ask for?

Well, how about the incredible flavor and textures that come from fresh homemade ingredients?  I have never been much of a vegetable eater, but wandering through the world of Whole30 made me change my way of thinking.  I had to start shopping the outside walls of the grocery store, looking for new things to try out.  Brussel sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, you name it, most of these things rarely if ever landed on my plate in my past life.  Now, they are a daily occurrence , and my life is so much richer and healthier for it.

“But, I don’t have time to prepare home cooked meals!” you say.  So did I, but after the last 30 days of preparing meals that were Whole30 compliant, I have learned that it can be done without much additional preparation time.  The key is planning ahead, instead of waiting to the last minute, when you just grab whatever is quick and easy.  If you plan a day or two ahead, and have the ingredients you need at home, and ready to go, the meals can be prepared in about the same amount of time as the already processed meals that I used to eat.  Another trick I have learned is to make enough of whatever protein I’m making that I have leftovers, and then just change up the vegetables the next day.

The other big thing I did was to sit down at the dining room table with my family, and actually enjoy the meal.  Turn off the TV, set aside the books and papers, computers and phones, and have a conversation with them while taking time to enjoy every bite of three square meals per day.  The first few days were difficult as I was constantly on the edge of hungry, but I learned after that to adjust my portion sizes, and also once my body realized that it was no longer going to get its high octane sugar fuel throughout the day I adapted, and listened to when my body said it was full.  The sugar cravings have gone away, and now what at one time would have seemed like tiny portion sizes fill me up, and leave me sated to until the next meal.

What did I get out of it?

First and foremost, a whole new appreciation of how the food we put in our bodies on a daily basis affects our lives.  Looking at the packaging on the processed foods that we eat on a daily basis, you would think that you are being healthy.  I mean, they say “Low Fat”, “Whole Grain”, “All Natural”, “Sugar Free”, “Organic” so they have to be good for you right?  Not necessarily.  If the food you are eating comes out of a package, take a look at the ingredient list, and if you can’t pronounce it, do you think it is really good for you, or is it there to preserve the food or add back flavor that is removed in the processing, and is it really something that you need to be putting in your body?  Also, look at just how many of the things you buy on a daily basis have sugar (in one of it’s MANY forms) added.  The only way to truly know that the food you are eating is healthy and wholesome is by buying it fresh and cooking it yourself.

The other big benefit I have gotten from my 30 days is ability to do things with my girls again.  Yes, anyone who knows me knows that I do things with my girls all the time, but now that I have been through Whole30, I realize just how much I had not been able to do, and how much I was losing as time went on.  The inflammation that I had been feeling and sugar rushes and crashes made me not want to go out for walks, or bike rides, and when we would go to the park, I was finding more and more often that they would be out playing, and I was having to find a bench to sit on and rest.  Now just two weeks ago I went with Talyn, and we climbed the Backside Trail to the top of Crowder’s Mountain.  It was tough, but I truly enjoyed it, though I know that prior to April 2nd, I would have never made that climb.

What were my results?

Unfortunately, the only measurable that I have from my Whole30 Program is my weight. I did not take other measurements prior to starting, because I truly did not expect it to be as earth shaking for me as it has been.

The immeasurables that I know of are that I no longer feel inflammation in my lower body, or anywhere else.  I can stand up from a chair and start walking, instead of having to steady myself while the pain in my legs subsides.  The bloated feeling that I had around my midsection and face are gone.  While I didn’t measure my waist, I’m certain that I have lost at least 2-3 inches there, because before Whole30 I was sucking it in each morning to a belt notch that I really shouldn’t have been using, and now I’m down one whole notch from where I was, and thinking maybe I need to go an additional notch, because of how loose my pants feel.  I also have more even energy levels through my day, as I have come down of the sugar highs and crashes that I was always having,  When the alarm goes off each morning, I can pop right out of bed, and I’m no longer fighting to stay awake past 8:30 PM.

My head is also so much clearer now.  I didn’t realize just how much of a fog I was living in before, unable to focus on things or concentrate.  I had always figured that it was just age catching up to me, but after the past 30 days, I feel like a new person, and know that it had all been a result of the horrible eating habits I had.  My spirits are lifted to all new heights, and I honestly feel happier than I have in years.

Now, for the one measurable item as a result of my Whole30 program, but let me first say that Whole30 is not a diet, and also as a 25-30 mile a week runner both before and during Whole30, my results are very likely not typical.  I stepped on the scale on April 2nd at 188.5 pounds, and this morning, May 2nd I stepped on the scale at 174.0.  The vast majority of that is due to continuing my running, and totally dropping added sugar from my diet, but it is truly an amazing result in just 30 days.  My hope now is to continue working on getting myself down to my goal weight of 165, which would be back to my college weight.

Where do I go from here?

JP, I owe you a debt that I will never be adequately able to repay for introducing me to the Whole30 Program.  It has truly been life changing, and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate it and you.

Yesterday may have been the end of my Whole30 program, but the last 30 days were also the beginning of my new and exiting life.  Today I start the reintroduction phase, to find out how Dairy, Legumes, Grains and Sugars affect my body, and specifically for me, what was causing my inflammation issues.  However, I while I may allow some of these items back into my diet on a limited basis, I will never go back to the unhealthy way I had been eating.  Why would I ever want to go back to feeling the way I was, after knowing how I feel now?

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  As you can tell I’m a huge fan, and would be happy to share what I learned if it can help to improve someone else’s life the way it has mine.

Really looking forward to seeing where this ride goes from here.

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A Zoodle? What the heck is a Zoodle?

That’s what I was wondering when I flipped through my Whole30 Cookbook, and found a recipe for Asian Beef Zoodle Soup.  It sure didn’t sound like anything I wanted getting to close to my plate (or bowl, since it said it was a soup).  I mean, what if it was contagious? Did I want to feed something to myself or my daughters that might be contagious?

However, as I read the recipe, I realized that it looked a whole lot like a Vietnamese Beef Soup called Pho that I got hooked on back in college, and even after while I was living in Houston.  Lots of the same flavors, except for those darn Zoodles.  What the heck was that?

Well, I read on, and found that Zoodles were Zucchini noodles.  Didn’t know you could make noodles out of Zucchini.  Oh, wait, maybe that is what the little gadget my daughter bought for my wife Sungi last Christmas, which has sat unused in a drawer ever since. Hmmmm.  Dug it out, and decided to give it a try.

The recipe was incredibly easy to make, and sure enough you can make noodles out of Zucchini.  After tossing them in the boiling soup base for two or three minutes they were just a little bit firmer than the egg noodles that traditionally comes with Pho.  My younger daughter and I served up a couple of steaming bowls, since we were the only ones home at the time, and sat down to nervously try this new concoction.  After just one bite we both smiled and each other, and said “This is amazing!”

I told my older daughter, when she got home from her ballet lessons, that she could just have leftovers from the previous day’s meal, and that I would take one for the team and eat the rest of the soup.  Unfortunately, she saw right through my ruse, and had a big bowl for herself.  We all took leftovers to school/work the next day for our lunches.

Oh, by the way, I did learn that the Zoodles are indeed contagious.  My 13 year old told me “If you fix this every day, I will eat Zucchini all the time.” and so far in my journey through the Whole30 Cookbook, Asian Beef Zoodle Soup has been the first dish that has come back for an encore performance.

Will have to look for a Whole30 compliant pasta sauce, and see if we can’t work some spaghetti magic with Zoodles.  The food world continues to open wider.

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Hi, my name is Chris, and I’m a sugar addict.

How is that for an introduction?  Odd, but it’s true, I would say that I am a sugar addict.  I like all things sweet.  The sweeter the better.  Add in some chocolate, and I’m in heaven.

I’ve long known that I ate a lot of sugar, but never really realized just how much until I started using MyFitnessPal some time back.  I never really used it consistently, but it did say that based on my activity level I should be having less than 63 grams of sugar per day.  On the times when I would enter everything that I ate for a day, I would often find that I was actually eating 300-350 grams or more of sugar per day.  How much sugar is that you ask?  That is the equivalent of almost two cups per day of sugar!!CupofSugar                   CupofSugar

Can you imagine downing those each day?  I was, and I’m willing to be lots of other people are as well.  Almost everything has sugar in it, in some form or another these days.

Where did I get my sugar fix each day?  Well, it usually started off with breakfast, which was two cups of milk (yep, milk is actually quite heavy in sugar) mixed with my flavoring of choice, Ovaltine, and then some cereal bars.  It also generally included 2-3 20oz soft drinks a day, followed by a number of store bought chocolate chip cookies each evening as I was working on things around the house or watching a show to unwind. And that’s just the really bad stuff!!  Make a trip to the store where those Sour Patch Kids were just calling my name, and don’t even get me started on ice cream.  Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla is made at a production facility up in Heaven I do believe.

I have repeatedly said over the last few years that I was going to cut down on the sugar. Just a soon as I finish off whatever was already around the house.  Sometimes I would even get it cleared out, but then I would make a trip through the deli section at the grocery store, and sure enough a tub of 12 count extra large chocolate chunk cookies would somehow fall into my cart. Almost. Every. Single. Time!

In the meantime I watched as my weight slid sideways (if I was lucky) or slowly crept up from 170 to 200 pounds, and my days became a haze of sugar rushes and sugar crashes.  Constantly looking for my next “fix” as the crash was setting in and the energy levels were falling off.  I felt like my head was in a constant fog.

In December of 2015, after several years of letting work, marriage and kids get in the way of my love of running I rededicated myself to running, and by the end of 2016 was running a pretty consistent 25 miles a week, which is a good mileage for me.  I got my weight down to the high 180’s, but then the weight just slid sideways as I increased my sugar intake to compensate for the exercise.

Finally, this past March, not due to the sugar, but to inflammation issues that I was having in my legs, I took another look at the Whole30 program.  A friend had mentioned it to me back in the Fall, and I initially blew it off, because how could I possibly give up Dairy, Beans, Grains AND Sugar.  However, when you get to the point that you are considering going to see a doctor, what have you got to lose?

As a result, on April 2nd, I went cold turkey on added Sugars.  Not a single soda, cookie, bowl of ice cream or even a piece of chocolate cake since April 1st.  I’m still four days out from the end of my program, but the last 25 days have been nothing short of trans-formative for me.  The first couple of days coming down off my last sugar high was a shock, but since then my energy levels have been nice and steady..  I have learned that I can indeed survive life without sugar.  My head has been lifted out of the fog of sugar rush and crash that I had been living in for so long now.  My spirits lifted to where I feel much happier than I was before, truly amazing.

An added side effect of continuing my running schedule, and cutting out the sugar has been that my clothes are fitting much better.  I won’t know just how much weight have have lost until I can step on the scale again on May 2nd, but based on how I feel, I am currently down some 10-15 pounds, and at least a couple of inches in my waist.  Talk about motivation to continue!!

Now, does this mean that i’m no longer a sugar addict?  Don’t think I can quite make that claim, and as with most addictions, likely never will.  That siren call is going to always be there, but at least now I know what it feels like before and after Sugar.  Just have to continue the good fight, and take each day as it comes.

What is this Whole30 thing?

Hey All –

I’ve had a number of people ask me what exactly Whole30 is, since they have been seeing me make posts about it over the last three weeks, as I have been on the program.

One thing I will say about Whole30, and the creators of the program emphasize this as well, is that it is not intended to be a life long diet. It certainly could be if you choose so, because it is absolutely a healthy way of living, but that is not the reason for Whole30.

The emphasis behind Whole30, and removing Dairy, Legumes, Grains, Added Sugars and Alcohol from your diet for 30 days is because those things are known to have negative impacts on people’s health. After removing them for 30 days to remove their effects from your system, you then add each one back, one at a time over the next few days to evaluate its impact on how you feel. Then after you add something back, and seeing what if any effect it has on how you feel, you decide if it deserves a place in your diet.

An example of this is dairy. It is an amazing thing for young children, because they need all the nutrients to grow. However, over time adult bodies often develop lactose intolerance, but if you have had dairy on a daily basis, you may not even realize that you have developed this issue, and this gives you a chance to determine that. My friend that first told me about Whole30 to me that he drank milk every day, but after removing it, and then adding it back, he discovered that he was indeed lactose intolerant, so he has greatly reduced his dairy intake, and makes smart choices on when it is worth feeling the effects on his body.

I still have a week to go, but already know that i have issues with Sugar, and therefore will be greatly reducing my Sugar intake going forward. Will I still enjoy a bowl of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla or a Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie from time to time, absolutely, but it will no longer be a daily part of my diet.  Especially when it comes to the cookies, I plan to control my craving by no longer buying cookies from the store.  If I want them, I have to make them at home, so the first decision I have to make is whether it is worth taking an hour or so out of my day to make cookies.  If I say yes, then I will soon be enjoying those cookies, with no regrets.

We are all grownups, and this is just a chance to evaluate things that you put in your body under Whole30, and then make smart choices for your life and health going forward. It is only 30 days to start.  If I can do this for 30 days, then trust me, anyone can do it for 30 days.