This post is about my curiosity around the Whole30 program and inviting others along on my adventure.  If you're interested at all in the Whole30 program, making food changes, whatever...I will be posting my progress here. 

I learned about and got curious about this program while observing some close friends do it.  I thought it was crazy (so much little sugar) but I'm seeing amazing results in their lives and I want to check it out.  Chris, too. 

This "whole" thing comes from the book It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig.  They have a website where it's all laid out.  You can find it at
I've learned some things from my friends.  So far, here's what I've got:

  1. Eat fruits, vegetables, and meat. 
  2. You can eat as much of those things as you want. (awesome)
  3. Don't eat carbs like pasta, bread, even couscous!
  4. No sugar or dairy (except eggs).
  5. No legumes

It doesn't sound like much fun...except the eating as much as you want part.  I really like that part. 

This really sparked my interest.  This weekend, my aunt and a friend were talking about sugar.  I guess that it can affect your memory.  My aunt thought it was age but found it was related to sugar.  The way she described the memory loss was identical to what I experience.  Not being able to come up with the word you want to use....not remembering names of people and places.  It's been a problem for me for a couple of years so I assumed it was related to the anti-depressant that I take.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.  I guess I will find out.  Aunt Lynda says that cutting out sugar has helped.  I'm eager to see if it works for me.

So, this morning, for the first time in my coffee drinking life, I drank my coffee black.  I thought about putting almond milk in it, but I'm not sure how old the carton of almond milk in the fridge is, so I thought screw it.

I survived and it wasn't that bad.  Isn't that crazy?  Well, I think it's crazy.  I had 2 cups and have lots of energy for things like blogging and I have zero sugar/cream guilt.

I decided to keep going through breakfast so I chopped up red pepper, onion, and a little arugula and spinach and cooked it with scrambled eggs. 

It was good.  Really, it was.  Then, guess what I was craving.  Water.  Yeah, it made me crave water so I'm drinking water as I type this.  Miracles, I tell you!

I read the 1st chapter of It Starts With Food, texted my friend to see if my food this morning passed Whole30 inspection (it passed) and decided to blog this adventure. 

2 keep track of what I'm doing & to invite others.

So, here's the deal.  I may do some blogging on it this week as I try some things out and start reading the book.  BUT, Chris and I plan to have the book read by August 10 and we want to officially start the Whole30 program that week.  

If you want to do it, too, let me know and we can support each other.                     I've found that community is one of the most important parts of my life and that   life goes better when we live it together.

Let me know what you think.

Finding Joy-




Vicki Yannie
07/28/2014 7:50am

The approved food list is very similar to the first part of The 17 Day Diet which I have found to be very good. Lots of veggies and lean protein, fruit as well as a probiotic each day. A little olive oil for essential fat and taste - yum!


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