One week ago we were staying at the home of our nephew and niece in Centennial, Colorado. We were there to celebrate the retirement of our sister-in-law. Innocently (and with GREAT pleasure), we ate and ate and ate surgically pulled pork and melt-in-your-mouth barbecued brisket sandwiches.
[NB – We come from and continue to create a family of home cookers.]
We also drank yummy bubbly champagne, delicately vintaged wine, and not just any beer. If you read this an octave lower than I write, you would have been enjoying local craft beers.
[NB – We come from and continue to create a family of folks who enjoy their libations.]

Pleasant party conversation and a sly look from The Dude, one of the Whole30 ministers.

The party ended.
The guests departed.
We helped clean up.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, we saw this book.

Something came over us …
We actually purchased and digested the book.
Here, to share with you, is our continuing story so far.

We are sticking to the plan. We are buying more fruits and veggies than ever.

Home from the Farmers’ Market.

Smiling Peter has passed phase one!

The whole cooking show has changed overnight!
It used to be putting meals together by memory, tradition, or experimentation. For the moment it has become a research project. We no longer just whip things together. We have been forced to think! While it was somewhat exhausting at first, it seems to be growing into a thoughtful habit and enjoyable moments.

  • Here’s the deal in a nutshell:
  • No alcohol.
  • No sugars.
  • No grains or legumes.
  • No dairy.

As of Day 5, here is what we have learned:

  1. Every item on supermarket shelves (with the possible exception of Drano) has added sugar.
  2. Drinking coffee black is not the end of the world.
  3. Peter really CAN read! He has now read over 300 labels at Publix.
  4. All 17 hot sauces in our fridge have sugar in them.

Stay tuned for further adventures as we continue down this 30 days of this non-diet discovery. Have you completed a Whole 30 cycle? How did it go? Please comment below and let us know!