All hail Whole30 …


Last night, Tina and I met her cousin Kelly and husband Brian for a dinner date. They’re the couple we did the Whole30 diet with. We met at an Italian small plate joint on Taylor Street here in Chicago.

The goal was to celebrate our successful Whole30 triumphs. We all completed the 30 days of no gluten, grains, soy, sugar, beans or alcohol, some of us with more “success” than others. Kelly and Brian both lost weight. I did too, but I fluctuate all the time, and I’m not sure how much I actually lost. Brian thinks he lost up to 30 pounds. And you can see it in his face.

Kelly ended up with around 8 lbs off. Tina didn’t lose weight, or maybe just a pound or two, and I’m still scratching my head on that. To complete this diet and not lose meant probably her body needed more time to adjust to a sugar-free diet.

It’s also not a weight-loss diet.

It’s a reset. It’s a chance to alter your mind from the complacency of your regular routines and mix it up with a chance to challenge your perception and palette.

Tina and I both agree that we’ve found a way to approach our diets with natural foods that are really tasty and fun to make.

We don’t feel that we’re going to be militant in following the rules, but we’re going to be more mindful about it. So far, I’ve stopped reaching for a beer at the end of the day. In fact, I feel much better without.

Tina’s doing her best to stay away from sugar, which was one of her demons.

Kelly and Brian feel like they’re going to approach their diets with moderation and maybe do five days on diet and the weekends off.

For Kelly and Brian, the diet was more challenging than it was for Tina and me. They both work outside the home. Brian’s coworkers ate crap food daily and he said he’d pull out his Tupperware of salads and pre-cooked meats and veggies, and they’d all harass him to try some of their pizza, hamburgers and fries … and the proof is in the pudding … the damn guy was able to resist those temptations.

Same with Kelly. She works with a ton of kids and adults. She has three hungry sons at home who weren’t on that diet.

Although, it’s cool, because one of their sons attempted to cut sugar in solidarity and discovered too how hard it was but also how rewarding.

Overall, I feel good. This week was a particularly stressful one, and I feel that I’m off my routine. I hope to get back on this week.

All Hail Whole30.

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