Whole30. Some people think its unnecessary, but I was challenged by a friend to try it out. For those who don't know, Whole30 is a challenge where you don't eat dairy, gluten, grains, sugar, alcohol or legumes. I'm sure there are some in there I missed.
I don't really have a reason for doing whole30 - I'm not celiac or lactose intolerant, but I was mostly interested in how taking sugar out of my diet would effect me. And BOY, did it make a difference. I notice a huge decrease in my stress and anxiety levels, as well as my overall calmness. I don't get as angry at things, and I just feel better.
Going through just this first week, there are SO MANY things with sugar. I can't even have quinoa! That was almost a deal breaker for me. By the end of the first few days, I could barely eat a banana, it was so sweet to me. I eat carob chips as snack. There are so many simple recipes for these "raw" foods, I barely noticed I wasn't eating sugar or dairy or gluten.
Overall, I am glad I am doing this program, though I do realize it isn't completely sustainable. I am excited for the next few weeks However, I will be going back to eating some things, though I hope I can cut down on sugar. I need my legumes. God bless the chickpea.