Whole 30, day zero

(Note: The original post can be found here.)

My wife and I are tackling Whole30 starting tomorrow, and it should be interesting. The concept is pretty brilliant, but will be painful.

In short, you need to consume no added sugar of any kind (real or fake), no alcohol, no grains, no legumes and no dairy. Wow! After the 30 days are over, you’re encouraged to slowly reintroduce those items into your diet, one at a time, and see how your body reacts. People that successfully make it 30 days say they feel amazing, and it becomes easy to see which foods slow them down.

While caffeine is allowed, my normal intake methods are not. Diet Mountain Dew has plenty of fake sugar, and my morning coffee has sugar and dairy. There are ways to make “approved” creamer, but I’ve never been a huge coffee fan anyhow. So, out with the caffeine!

Daily caffeine intake for 12/24/15–1/2/16

The above is my caffeine intake for the past 10 days, finally hitting zero yesterday. The y axis on the chat is caffeine in mg; for a point of reference, a cup of coffee is 90mg and Diet Mountain Dew is 4.5mg/oz (so 54mg in a 12 ounce can). I started on a relatively low day (117) and worked down from there. Certainly had some headaches along the way, but it’s nice to have that out of the way before Whole30 begins.

Here we go…

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