Great Blog linky!
That ice cream looks... delicious.
The Whole 30 thing... I've looked at it before, and I just had to look at it again to remind myself what it entailed because I've never officially done it, but...
No sweetener of any kind (including stevia)- I do use a bit of stevia here and there.
No alcohol/tobacco- check (alcohol very,very rarely... wait that means drinking it, not cooking with it right?)
No grains- check
No legumes- check
No dairy- I usually get raw... but due to being in and out of town on family matters none in a month or so.
No processed additives- check
No white potatoes- check
Meh... other than a few drops of stevia here and there, raw milk and cream when I get it (not in the past month at least), and a glass of Prosecco at Thanksgiving... I'm not sure what I would be giving up on a daily basis that would be so life changing.
I am a foodie, but I find that I can deal with a restricted diet pretty well... I just don't do desserty things often, or fake-bake things like pancakes or muffins yet (maybe sometime in the future?).
I honestly prefer to have real cream in my coffee, occasional cheese on my burgers, and high quality dairy in general my life... but I've done months with it and without it with little/no difference re my health. So I'll keep it because it's yummy.
I've done years (10 or so without any milk at all before I found raw, so I know how that goes).
I've done many months without consuming alcohol... when I was sick last year and the first half of this year... bugger that. I like the taste of a single drink here or there now. But one, maybe two, is my limit and then only once or twice a month.
Asking me to go a whole month without cooking with alcohol... that's a different story. Not happening. What should I braise in Water? Sacrilege!!!
A month without a bit of stevia... hmm...I suppose it wouldn't be that hard.
I use a drop or two in my lime water which I have to drink all day... lime juice added to water... to help prevent kidney stones due the them medications I take. I can't really taste the sweetness, it just takes the edge off the sour. But I fail to see the point of getting used to having a sour tongue all day... it's sort of a one off issue due to special circumstances.
Re: chocolate... I gave it up a few months ago. I really thought it would be rough, but it wasn't at all. Coffee (I drink espresso) works for me as a sort of mental replacement because it has a similar richness of flavor.