NOSA: Last month, we went on this thing called The Whole 30 as part of a #NewYearNewMe cleanse. In the Whole30, you strip all sugar, grains, dairy and legumes from your diet. In their words,
Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.
FOLLY: Technically, we completed a Whole. 28 because something must kill a man and two, because of the Lunch Club with Kitchen Butterfly.
NOSA: So what are the rules?
Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program
I’ve done the Whole30 before. Did it a couple years ago when I still did Crossfit so it wasn’t too much of a shock for me. If I got me a cook, I could probably do it all year. You know what? I’m doing it again.
FOLLY: The funniest part of the Whole30 was realizing that Amala and Ewedu was actually compliant, which is not to say that I ate it during the Whole30 but I considered it.
NOSA: Anyway, if you're thinking about giving it a shot, here are a handful of Whole30-friendly restaurants in Lagos.
Green Grill House
15 Wole Ariyo, Lekki Phase 1