Since I have decided wholeheartedly that I need an extreme change, I am going to do the Whole30 Challenge. I feel like diets like these are really no problem to do in America because of their popularity there, but I have no idea how it will go here in Japan. Japan is in love with rice, bread, sugar, booze, and soy, all things on the Whole30 no-no list. Doing this is really going to test my self-discipline and my resolve to say “no thank you” to the people around me and the situations I will find myself in that aren’t Whole30 friendly. According to the strict Whole30 rules, any slip-up, no matter how small or trivial, means starting back at day one. Here’s hoping I don’t have too many of those set-backs…..
- Pick a start date
- Go public
- Clean out the fridge and pantry
- Plan out meals
- Go shopping
- Prep ahead as much as possible
- Prep “emergency food kits”
- Take before pictures and measurements
- Ditch the scale
- LOTS of vegetables
- Good fats (oils, nuts, seeds)
- Added sugar (real or artificial)
- Alcohol & tabacco
- Carageenan, MSG, or sulfites
- Clarified butter (ghee)
- Fruit juice as a sweetener
- Certain legumes (green beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas)
The Balanced Plate:
- Protein = 1-2 palm sized portions
- Fruit = handful
- Oils & fats = 1-2 tablespoons
- Vegetables = 2/3 of the plate
- Make each meal large enough to satisfy until the next.
- Don’t snack if you can help it.
- Stop eating a few hours before bed.
- Remember to be mindful, both while cooking and while enjoying your meals.
For those of you reading, wherever you are, wish me luck!