I got a secret.
Last month, I did the 30-Day Whole Food Challenge.
I didn't post about it, because I didn't follow the rules at all. I half-assed it. Because I'm FartyGirl and that's what I do.
Ready? Set? EXCUSE!
The month of May was busy for me.
Sorry I can' t be more original! But that's really what happened. It was the end of the semester.
I stuck to the challenge as best I could. At least eighty-five percent of my meals, every single day, were whole foods. The majority of my foods were raw. All were vegan and gluten free.
Small changes made it REALLY easy.
Instead of pancakes for breakfast...
I ate whole grains, soaked overnight in hemp milk, with cinnamon, salt, and flaxseed meal.
Instead of protein powder smoothies...
I slurped kale, basil and coconut water...
Aaaaand an amazing carrot, ginger, apple, spinach, broccoli juice at Reading Terminal Market!
Instead of Amy's Soups...
I tried to make sushi...
Aaaand ended up eating my usual kraut and kimchi salad instead!
Instead of my local market hummus (which I'm certifiably addicted to)...
I made pumpkin seed pesto...
Aaaand used it to drown my raw vegan pappardelli pasta!
Instead of larabars...
I ate cranberry and pumpkin seed bars...
And raw oatmeal cacao cookies...
Instead of Sunshine burgers...
I ate Healthy Chef Alex's AMAZING veggie burgers.
BUT - hold on a sec. Don't congratulate me yet. There were a lot of meals that didn't fit the protocol.
There was the unveiling of Daiya at my local Whole Foods.
There was Green Mountain Salsa.
There was roasted almond butter - which I've discovered I can digest by itself, and makes a great bedtime snack.
There was my trip to Boston, where I discovered Sunshine Breakfast patties.
There was the incredibly hard hot power yoga class that I LOVE but cannot get through without the help of chocolate!
Not cacao. CHOCOLATE. Totally against the rules.
Averie's chocolate cups
I mean, I'm only human.
There is one thing I can say for myself.
Amidst the craziness of May, I started volunteering at
the Grow Indie garden plot.
the Grow Indie garden plot.
Grow Indie is part of the Go Indie franchise, started by one of my great college friends, Robyn Jasko, and her hubby, Paul. On free days, I drove up to my old college town and spent hours in the garden - learning and eating.
I like to think that pulling a radish out of the ground, wiping it on my t-shirt, and nomming it up suffices for some of my mis-steps.
I LOVED eating more whole foods. It made my stomach feel SO MUCH better. In my opinion, the whole foods diet is absolutely necessary to healing IBS.
Thanks to Happy Herbivore for running the whole thing. Also a big thank you to Jenny from Sugar and Spice, for tweeting and blogging about it!
This is definitely a lifestyle that I plan to stick with. If not for IBS, simply because...
Fresh food tastes way better than processed food ANY DAMN DAY!
What do you think about eating more whole foods? Could you fit more into your life? What processed foods could you not give up? What meals do you find yourself rushed, and having to eat processed foods?
Check out the food porn above. What looks good? What recipes do you want? I'm happy to oblige anything - EXCEPT of course, Healthy Chef Alex's veggie burgers. You'll have to buy "The Great American Detox Diet" for that one. It's worth the spendage!
Last but not least - It's summer! Summer is smoothie-making time. What's your favorite? Here is mine - basil, kale, and coconut water.