Is there a Whole 30 month going on? I've seen so many people doing a Whole 30 in July. I first learned about Whole 30 from a friend and have been intrigued, but I could never bring myself to give up cheese and waffles and tortillas and creamy lattes for a whole month.
But I can though… (ok, cheese is going to be difficult, but whatever)
I'm doing a round of Whole 30 to help figure out what is going on with my thyroid. I don't keep my thyroid struggles a secret, and at the end of 2014 I gained 30 pounds in about 2 months. I gained some weight, which threw off my Synthroid dosage, which led to more weight gain and turned into a vicious cycle until I got to my endocrinologist and upped my dosage. I felt great for a while, but lately I've been feeling run-down again. I'm always tired. I'm "puffy," for lack of a better word. I'm not gaining weight yet, but I don't want to get to that point. I've read great things about Whole 30 and chronic conditions, so I figured I would check it out.
For the most part, I will follow the rules, but I do cook for someone who is not following the menu for the month. I need to make this work for my lifestyle. This means I'll probably cut my morning cold-brew with almond milk that might have carrageenan. I won't be buying grass-fed beef because conventional meat is expensive enough (good thing I just did a round of COLI pricing before this). There will still be beer in the house, and I might indulge in one along the way if something comes up (I am married to a craft beer blogger). I'll do my best, but I also need this to work in my lifestyle. I'll give it my B+ effort.
Remember, my goal isn't to lose weight. This isn't a Diet with a capital D. This is me figuring out what, if anything, may help keep my thyroid under control to avoid the weight gain-low dosage cycle. I'm going to meal prep like a boss and make some awesome food! Let's see how many ways I can cook eggs in 30 days…
Have you gone through a round of Whole 30 before? What are your favorite recipes, or what did you learn along the way? Let me know in the comments!
UPDATE: So, funny thing, my A/C unit decided to poop out during one of the hottest weekends of the year, so my awesome food prep plan didn't happen. Today was supposed to be my start day, but there was no way I was going to turn on my oven during this saga. I hate to push this back a week, but July 20th will be my new start date. I'm not entirely sure when the A/C saga will end, but I'm optimistic that by next weekend I'll be roasting my veggies and chicken thighs and spaghetti squash for the week. I did get to make Melissa Joulwan's Italian pork roast in the slow cooker and it's pretty life changing.
Sarah- 1, A/C-1.
This is the danger of writing posts in advance. Things happen, plans change. I just have to roll with it.