For a person that is not engaged I spend a lot of time at weddings, after all my job is to marry people. Most of the time I get to float around the fringes of the wedding industrial complex. I don’t have to deal with rude venue concierges, florists, wedding planners- I get to meet a great couple at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge and walk with them to the center where we promptly get them married. When I DO see and meet other wedding vendors it’s usually at events like Toasted BK, where exactly ALL of the vendors were smiling, happy and friendlier than you can even imagine. So when I come up against the traditional wedding venue, older vendor set and they are unsmiling, grumpy and rude- I am shocked and appalled. For a number of reasons. Today I ventured to a number of venues to drop off business cards and make introductions. I then got a call from a man who runs wedding expos. And I capped it off with a trip to the Bridal Salon to try on dresses for Melanie’s wedding. A lot of wedding related stuff for a non-engaged person.
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Running around today. Stopped in at the @cresthollowcountryclub to drop off some cards. That place is gorgeous.
Hey girl! So a Whole 30 is a Paleo month long challenge. It was started by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig of Whole 9 Life as a program to reset, re-charge and evaluate the food you eat. My sister wrote a great post explaining the whole thing here. During the month of clean, clean eating you’re eating “very strict paleo” - not only do you cut out all dairy, grain, alcohol and sugar but you also cut out paleo things like honey. You are eating whole, good quality fresh foods. And you are eating a LOT- Whole30 wants you to eat 3 meals a day, no snacks. Meals are supposed to follow a template- vegetables a plenty and lots of healthy fats (they do allow ghee- clarified butter, but I can’t have that anyway). My mother is always really fascinated because she came up in the “fat makes you fat” generation and cannot change her mind to realize this is a false connection. Fruit is eaten with a meal, as it is better digested alongside protein and fat.
The whole thing is meant to make you break your unhealthy relationships with food by removing foods and removing snacking. Even fruit is not meant to be eaten at every meal, every day. They say whatever food you’re most terrified of giving up is the food you probably need to reconsider your relationship with. Also by removing a large number of foods from your diet you can see if/what is making you sick (especially after the 30 days when you reintegrate)- an elimination diet of sorts.
Most importantly I want to note that this is not a weight loss diet - it’s a reset. The goal here is health, not whittling down. They ask you not to weigh yourself during the 30 days. I find the less I think about loosing, the happier I am. When I’m eating clean I just feel good- like I’m burning clean fuel, like I’m really righteous.
I break my allergies/intolerances into 3 categories by my reaction to them:
it’s very distinct and clear to me when I can’t tolerate something because of my sinus reaction- it happens within minutes of ingesting it- though sometimes it does take me a few times to see the pattern and not just assume was tired. Like, I eat grapes at night a lot, so it’s reasonable to eat grapes and be tired, but I noticed a very strong time relationship and because of how I felt when I washed the grapes and then how I felt when I ate them.. it was clear.
Should also mention that most of these have been confirmed by scratch tests. The tests alerted me to the fact that I wasn’t suffering from fibromyalgia- I was undercooking my eggs and making myself sick. etc.
So I just finished my third Whole 30, I say that because I decided it was over at exactly 9:30 PM this evening. I celebrated with a bowl of cereal. Because I love cereal. Love, love, love it. And I missed it for a long time when I wasn’t eating milk and also couldn’t locate a carrageenan free milk alternative (three cheers for Silk PureAlmond Original No Sugar Added!). So I celebrated with a bowl of cocoa puffs because it’s all we had.
This Whole 30 was by far my most difficult- for two reasons: 1, I had a lot of events and times where I had to plan and pack. 2, The more Whole 30s I do the more I find out I cannot tolerate and the more obsessed/needy I get over the few non-compliant foods I CAN tolerate (bread and non-sugary cereal).
During this Whole 30- between March 17 and April 14 I remained compliant during: