Rarely do I have a chance to attend a Book Tour Stop, let alone one that has fundamentally changed the way I approach food. Where I work, we have a good group of folks who have delved into this lifestyle change and has shared resources, such as this past book tour stop to keep the momentum going. I was amazed by how real and honest Melissa was as she discussed her upcoming books: The Whole30 Day by Day and The Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook. She conversed with the organizer of the Flying Pig Marathon here in Cincinnati (which was a combination of the best of both worlds!). This led to conversations about her story, approaches to nutrition with training, and sticking to the plan.
Melissa started the Whole30 as a self-experiment on her blog with her now co-founder. She wrote up some rudimentary rules to help each individual find out what is the best diet for them. I appreciated that she does not profess a one-size fits all plan since we all have different needs and reactions to foods. However, she helps us determine what the most problematic foods are and then how they work for us: physically and emotionally. One lesson I learned: IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE FOREVER! It’s called 30 for a reason, not 365! I personally have beaten myself up for not going past the 30 – granted, I gorge on everything in sight which is not recommended as I mentioned in previous posts. Melissa advised to take what you learn and make that a habit that works for you.
The reason she wrote The Whole30 Day by Day was to outline what you go through in the process (3 years of research spent studying this!). She gives you your pep talk of the day and a chance to see what your non-scale victories are! It’s a way to celebrate each day and check the box that you completed that day – how satisfying is that?! There’s no need to measure, weigh, or track calories as this is not a diet like we’ve seen before.
Opening up to questions from the audience, someone asked what I was dying to know – what about us vegetarians/pescatarians/vegans? I was disappointed by the response as she quickly stated that the program was not designed for us. What we could do is have a plain, boring Whole30 with fish and eggs and go from there. Melissa did mention that there are support forums and blogs on the website which is better than nothing! For me, I’ve kept some beans, corn, and soy/almond milk but otherwise, I am compliant. Fortunately, this goes back to her previous points of what works for us and making habits that reflect what we learned!
Another question that struck my interest was about what our elevator speech is when someone not familiar asks what it is. Basically every day for me!!!! The best practice is not to lead from what you can’t have…… who wants to hear that? Also, they’ll come back at you with “Well, what CAN you eat?”. Instead, talk about why you are doing it – last week I felt unhealthy and tired. This program allows me to sleep better and have more energy! If a host is struggling with accommodating needs, the ingredient meal template is the way to go – compliant foods that are simple can make up a meal! Doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
What book tour stops are you going to/hoping for this year?