I can hardly believe that October is over, but I’m happy to meet November again, nonetheless. It’s the month of important birthdays, Thanksgiving, and days finally cool enough to wear big hooded sweatshirts and fuzzy slippers. It’s also National Blog Posting Month where I force my writing, photos, or recipes on you every single day until we’re all sick of me. Ah, November.
The last time you heard from me, I had just pledged to avoid unprocessed foods for the month of October along with the thousands of other people who signed up for October Unprocessed this year. What you don’t know is that Phil and I decided to take it a step further and attempt the Whole30 Challenge, where you remove all sugars (even natural ones like honey), alcohol, dairy, grains, legumes, and processed vegetable oils for 30 days. The Whole30 is basically 30 days of following a very strict Paleo-style diet, which is more restrictive than I ever plan to be on a regular basis, but I have to admit is a very healthy way to eat if you can manage it. We decided to try the Whole30 for a few reasons. First, we are both trying to get as healthy as possible to increase our chances of having a healthy pregnancy and we thought this would be a great way to jump start a new healthy eating plan. But we’ve also been wondering if Phil has a sensitivity to either dairy, wheat, or both. By stripping down his diet completely then adding things back in carefully, we’re hoping to be able to figure that out. And finally, I’m going to be wearing a wedding dress in January and I’d like to lose some weight. Continue reading →