10 Things I learned about myself during the Alchemy 365 Challenge, which is a Whole 30-ish style of eating… Technically I should follow it until Sunday, but I have some fun plans coming up, so I’m finishing a bit early.
The basics rules were “no dairy, no sugar, no grains” this also included no beans (for reasons I’m not entirely sure) and only some oils were “allowed”.
I followed this plan very loosely. I would say I was about 80% compliant most days.
- My headaches are not because of what I’m eating.
- Healthy eating isn’t too hard (if you can cook and have access to a fridge/microwave for leftovers/lunch).
- Your friends want you to cheat. It is not fun to drink alone.
- Bad days are bad days whether or not you eat junk food for dinner.
- Everything you buy has added sugar. Especially foods you didn’t consider sweet.
- Real ice cream wins. The fake stuff just isn’t as good. Eat the real thing.
- Bread is a delicious vessel, but you can eat eggs without toast.
- Diet coke is not required at noon, but I didn’t feel better by abstaining.
- Veggies are great, but you need a lot of them to fill a plate.
- Pizza is still king. I missed pizza.
Would I do a completely Whole 30 diet? Sure. If I had a partner. Alone? I will just try random recipes that happen to be whole 30, but not follow every day every meal.
Some have said that their grocery bill went sky high when attempting whole 30. And yes, the prepared foods will cost you. Add $3-$6 for whatever prepared foods/dressings you were normally buying. But if you have access to good produce, can make homemade dressings/dips, and know enough food substitutes, your wallet can handle it.
Have you done Whole 30? Would you ever choose to cut out bread and sugar?