A Whole Food Journey
So a few weeks ago we made a post about New Year, New You and challenging our customers to make healthier choices and try to make a contentious effort to support local farms in 2019. Kerissa has been after me awhile about wanting to complete the Whole30. For those of you that aren't in the know, I was included in this segment of the population until recently, the Whole30 is a type of "cleanse" diet designed to eliminate foods from our diet that typically cause inflammation for get this, 30 days! The idea, is this will give your body a chance to reset your gut flora to a more natural state while ridding your body of many inflammatory foods. While everyone's body does process foods slightly differently, there are many common irritants out there. For those of you that don't know Kerissa has Crohn's disease, which is an autoimmune disease that mainly targets your GI tract and can at times lead to many GI issues, she was the driver on this one to see if she can help feel better naturally without the help from medication and shots.
So what can not have?!? The generally jist of the plan is to eat a diet made up of whole foods, free from added sugars, gluten, dairy, legumes, and alcohol. I am sure I am missing some stuff but that's the heavy hitters. For me the two toughest, I think, will be gluten and dairy. While I love a good beer or "mixie" I honestly think going a month without won't be that big of issue. Over the past year I have actually already really cut back on alcohol consumption just because it left me feeling sluggish and out of sorts the next morning and the demands of farm life and chasing this dream were more important than one too many cold ones the night before. Now on to my toughies, I LOVE pasta and cheese, bread wont be super hard to give up except for my morning breakfast sandwich but pasta has long been my go to quick meal after a long day. Cheese and milk are close seconds, like many Payne's before me I am not sure that I have met a cheese that I haven't liked, and don't even tease me with ice cream..... They say after your first week, once your body adjusts to being fueled by carbs and simple sugars, it will switch to burning fats and you will feel a ton better and have way more energy than you had before.
So on to the things we can enjoy! It encourages you to eat all the meats and veggies you want! It also encourages the use of good fats (olives, avocado's, tree nuts, animal fats) to help you stay full between meals in place of the carbs. Fat's often get a bad rap, but as long as you eat them in moderation and lead something more than a sedentary lifestyle animal fats are actually quite good for you, we had actually switched over to using our hogs lard several months ago and now use it in place of everything except high quality EVOO. Now we are blessed to raise pastured livestock who get to enjoy a more well rounded diet and thus produce more nutrient dense and balanced meats. They say you are what you eat and this goes for both you and what you eat, eats. We look forward to making this journey together and bringing you along for it. Sorry if you see me in the next 5-10 days as I may be "hangry" as my body adjust to its new fueling system, they say the first few days can be a bit rough. We plan to use this as a springboard for the rest of our year and are already planning how we can be healthier and working within our budget. The plans are already in the works to plant a large garden this summer with a focus on producing as much of our own food as we can. Hopefully this will include several canning parties for friends and family to help share the bounty that this farm produces. This is also giving me an opportunity to play with more home chemistry and start fermenting some of my own products. I look forward to making kimchi's, krauts, kombucha's, and everything pickled, cause we can't focus on gut health and leave out all the amazing probiotics that come with home fermentation. As always we enjoy your feedback and hope we can inspire some of you to come along on this journey of health and local farm support in 2019!