Market Musings Blog

Seeing the benefits of Whole30

Ripe avocado on a wooden background

When my colleagues first invited me to do this Whole30 program, I was like no way! I eat fairly well, believe in moderation, variety, fresh, and eating lots of colors, and I celebrate chocolate and all things butter. That means I don’t eat chocolate and butter — and cream –moderately, but for me, I also believe that part of enjoying life is the joy one gets from treating yourself with luscious foods.

Well, friendly peer pressure and my own curiosity won out and I said yes to doing the Whole30 with a colleague. If you’re interested in trying it, I say doing Whole30 with a friend is key. So often, we may let ourselves down, but we won’t let down our pals. You see, if I go off the Whole30, our deal is we both begin again at Day 1. As of now, I’m at day 15. While I can’t say I’ve felt any hugely magical results yet at Day 15, I’ve made some interesting realizations about my own eating habits. If you are considering doing the Whole30 or are already doing the program, perhaps some of these points may resonate with you.

First off, I’m very glad I am doing this. While I’ve always paid attention to what I eat, I haven’t always carefully looked at the mix of protein, veggies and healthy fats in every meal. It’s really brought home to me the idea of food as fuel for your body. Obvious, I know, but now when I eat, that is really clear to me. Because after a good Whole30meal, I feel fueled. I really do have a huge sugar beast to tame. I realized just last week, that while I’m not reaching for the chocolate, I am still giving my sweet beast full rein. My cravings are for something sweet and creamy and I reach for spoonfuls (one after another after another) of cashew butter and coconut oil. Mmmmm. So while the food I’m choosing may be a bit healthier, the Beast still runs the show! I am also very big into treats -treats and rewards. Having dessert has always been an event and I consider it a fitting end to every meal but breakfast!

I usually do smoothies for breakfast with lots of good stuff, but my body and brain seem to really embrace the solid feeling a good hearty breakfast gives me. Not eating so much sugar, not having a glass of red wine now and then, seems to have really calmed down the occasional redness on my face. With less sugar in my diet, my teeth feel much more clean. I’ve enjoyed making the recipes from the Whole30book and sharing them with my colleague. That has been very helpful in keeping my interest and has allowed my busy monkey mind to really think — and devote time to – what I am preparing and putting into my body.

Foods that I have thoroughly enjoyed on my Whole30 program from Mississippi Market:

1. East Wind Cashew Butter
2. Coconut oil
3. Angelica’s Kitchen Kim Chee (really helps me with sweet cravings!)
4. Organic Valley ghee
5. Avocados

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We’ve had the privilege of working with Shaw-Lundquist on all of our construction projects since 2008, when we partnered with them to build our West 7th store. Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Hsiao worked with his father, Fred Shaw, while growing up, before joining the company full time in 1987. Shaw Lundquist in one of the top 20 general contractors in the metro area, and the largest Asian-American general contractor in the nation.

We applaud Hoyt for his commitment to working with minority and women-owned businesses, and his personal contributions to the Twin Cities community. Learn more about his excellent work in the video below. Our East 7th store has a great cameo role!

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