If you’re local you’ve probably heard me mention at some point that we’re doing an Elimination Diet Challenge for the month of January.
The purpose of such a diet is really quite simple. There are several foods within what we could term the Typical Western Diet that most of us actually have a hard time with. We don’t digest them as well as we might think and it’s possible that our bodies response to these irritants actually impairs our overall digestion and ability to assimilate nutrition.
So why isn’t this obvious?
Like the protagonist in a Dostoevsky novel, it turns out that in time we can get used to just about anything. Think about it. Most of us have been living on the Typical Western Diet for thirty or more years. That’s more than enough time for the side effects of any irritants to be relegated to “back ground noise” and the sense that “that’s just how things are.”
The purpose of the diet is to eliminate those irritants for a period of thirty days. This allows you the time you need for your system to “reset,” so to speak. At the end of those thirty days you can then begin re-adding those foods you avoided, systematically and one at a time so that you can accurately gauge how they make you feel.
There are many elimination style diets out there. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ve chosen to go with Whole9’s Whole30 challenge.
I like Whole9 because their emphasis is on what they do eat rather than what they don’t. In my book, inclusivity trumps exclusivity every time. Whole9 favors real food – meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, healthy oils, nuts and seeds. Foods that were raised, fed and grown naturally, and foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. There are no restrictions on amounts or when you eat. That is dictated, as it should be, by your appetite.
Understand, this is an opportunity and like any opportunity it is up to you to decide whether to take it or not. My work with Eric Hulse, over the past six months, has greatly impressed upon me the role of a good diet in our well being. I created this challenge as an opportunity for us as a group to explore our diets and to see what if any foods we’re eating that no longer serve us.
Consider this your invitation. If you want to start off the New Year with a reset. Check out the link below. Whole9 has a very thorough explanation of the Whole30 challenge and a whole host of resources to help make the experience more enjoyable.
In addition, beyond the support offered by Whole9, you get me. I’ll be your guide the whole month. I’ve already started filming my own “cooking show.” Samantha and I are filming as I prepare some of our more standard weeknight dinners. That means you get me in the kitchen, right after work, prepping our actual dinner for that night. I’ll share with you techniques and tools I use to make mealtimes more manageable in light of a very busy schedule and three teen aged daughters.
Trust me. If I can do this, you can do this.
To our perfect imperfection,