Given that the current theme of my life appears to be deprivation and downsizing, I’ve decided to do the Whole30. In fact, today marks the eighth day and I’m still alive. I would have mentioned something sooner, but wanted to make sure I made it through the first week without caving to a donut. What can I say? I know what I like.

Truthfully, I’ve done this thing before and had great results. The first time was after I saw Erin Wasson at The Parker in Palm Springs. If you need motivation to stop eating everything just have a run-in with her. Trust me. It’ll rip that sandwich right out of your hand.

If you don’t know what the Whole30 is here’s a link with all the info. In a nutshell here’s what you can eat for 30 days:

  • Meat (I stick to organic, grass fed especially with beef to avoid cross contamination with grains).
  • Vegetables
  • Some fruit
  • Nuts

Yes, you can eat eggs (but try to make sure they’re not being fed grains) and shellfish. The goal behind it is to kill the sugar cravings and have you rethink what you put in your body which, if you stick with the program, totally works. What I enjoy most is it gets me thinking about real food and challenges me in the kitchen. I like to cook and seeing as you’re allowed to eat as much as you want of the things you are allowed to have (there is a God), I focus on getting into those foods and experimenting with spice/flavor.

This time around I’m looking at the Whole30recipes Instagram account and it has SO MANY great dishes on there. On Saturday morning I whooped it over to Whole Foods and picked up some lemongrass and achiote spice to make Chicken Inasal. The marinade was easy and I even made my own oil in the process. Super cool! It had to sit overnight, but on Sunday I lit the grill and mowed through so much chicken and grilled asparagus…yet still woke up hungry this morning. Metabolism on fleek, even though I don’t know what fleek means.

This entire thing sounded so extreme three years ago, but it doesn’t anymore. Removing the unnecessary from my life has taught (and continues to teach) me a lot about myself. What are my safety mechanisms? Where do I go for comfort? How do I deal and avoid dealing with things? Uhhhhh by buying stuff I don’t need and eating cake? Sometimes, yes. Not that I won’t ever do those things again, but at least I’m more aware and won’t be doing them to insulate myself. If you let it, the truth really will set you free – from self-sabotage and a host of other things, cheesy as it sounds.

On that note I just want to say I will not be quitting the spicy cucumber margaritas and they are the thing I miss the most. That once a week indulgence has me counting down the days. And a side of chips and salsa, too. Wish me luck and let me know if you hop on board!