I have had a fairly stressful couple of months, and unfortunately have turned to food to ease my nerves. Bad idea. I have put on a few pounds and am not too happy with myself. For some reason I got the notion that ice cream should play a part in my daily food consumption, which has not done me much good. Since I would like to feel better and fit into my clothes properly I am considering doing the Whole 30 program.
Have you heard of it? It is hugely popular right now, and there are several books on the topic available on Amazon, as well as other books on the subject of Clean Eating. The basic concept of clean eating is that you eat the freshest, in season foods available--the way they come in nature. Drink lots of water, choose organic when you can, and most important: avoid processed and refined foods. Pretty much if it comes in a package or crinkly bag, you shouldn't eat it.
Whole 30 is a slightly more drastic version of the Clean Eating concept. You only do it for 30 days, and after that time, hopefully you will have gotten the habit of eating better and can ease up a bit. For starters the things that are not allowed for the 30 days are Sugar, Alcohol, Dairy, Grains, Legumes. Eliminating these foods from your diet for 30 days can have huge health benefits (so say the proponents). I have read some testimonials, and those who can stick with it are raving about how much better they look and feel.
I am considering trying it starting August 1. For now, I have been easing into the concept. I swear if I gave up chardonnay and ice cream alone I could probably lose 15 pounds in two weeks. At any rate, I know I should eat better--less carbs, more protein and fresh fruit and veggies. This will be sort of a health "reset" for me.
I'll keep you posted on how I am doing. So far, I have some recipes that have been super. I made Ground Chicken Stir fry and served it in lettuce wraps for dinner one night and I think it was better than P F Changs!
Source for Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe: Go to http://www.onelovelylife.com/chicken-lettuce-wraps/