I got some interesting comments about the Whole 30 program. Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your experience. The program is rather militant, that is for sure. If you so much as put a teaspoon of milk in your morning coffee or step on the scale to see how you are doing, you are supposed to start the program all over again with Day One. That is just silly I think. It may seem like blasphemy to those who have the courage to stick with the program strictly as it is written, but my philosophy is that one can take the elements that work for oneself from a regime and use what works for you individually.
What works for me is giving up bread, rice, grains, and wheat for 30 days. It also works for me to eat more fruits and vegetables. I can pretty much live without dairy (cheese, cream, yogurt etc)--but my morning coffee? Sorry, I am having a splash of milk in my cup. And sigh, the whole wine thing is pretty tough. I come from a family who is in the wine industry--wine is a part of daily life.
So here's my compromise: I have 2 oz of white wine in a wine spritzer. It is refreshing, I can make it last an hour, and it totally satisfies my craving/habit for that glass of wine at the end of the day.
So, while the Whole 30 has given lots of folks amazing health benefits, I think I am going to customize the ideas within the program to suit my individual preferences. I won't be calling what I am doing "Whole 30", but I will certainly be implementing some of the ideas and recipes from that program into my own diet.
Honestly, I think cutting back on my wine consumption, skipping breads and grains, and eating more fruits and veggies could make a huge impact on my health and appearance!