Friday, July 26, 2013
This week was supposed to be about adding back in some of the less healthy foods that I had given up for my Whole90 and testing my body's reaction to them. I didn't do the official testing, like I should have, because there really wasn't anything I wanted to add back in. I intended to officially test dairy, on day 91, by adding grass fed butter to my Bulletproof coffee, but I couldn't do it. I used ghee.
Then, Wednesday, we went out to dinner with friends, to a Tapas restaurant. I gave myself permission to eat anything I wanted, without worrying about what oils were used when cooking or what hidden ingredients there might be in any sauces. I shared an order of bacon wrapped dates with my husband, but couldn't help but wonder if it the bacon had nitrates and sugar. Then I had the tuna tartare without the sauce, steamed mussels (which were cooked in a curry, garlic sauce), and shrimp (cooked in a butter, garlic, and chili sauce).
I thought I was living it up, but our friends were annoyed with me for not sharing a pitcher of Sangria with them, for ordering my Tuna without sauce, and for not eating bread or any of the fries they ordered. Since my "crazy diet" was supposed to be over. They just wouldn't let it go, so I finally had enough, and told them that what I eat or don't eat is my choice and has nothing to do with them. Needless to say it was a little uncomfortable after that, but I didn't care. I'm not going to eat complete crap to make them feel better about their own choices.
Unfortunately, I woke up at midnight that night, with a stomach ache and my throat feeling swollen. I couldn't go back to sleep and I felt like crap the next day, and I have no idea what my body reacted to, Lesson learned. Today I officially tested grass fed butter. So far I feel fine. Tomorrow, I will test sheep or goat cheese.
This week was week 6 of the Season of the Beast challenge, which required us to incorporate 3 raw food meals. I've been eating a lot of raw food over these last 94 days anyway so this challenge was easy for me. Here's some photos of my favorites.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
BONUS CHALLENGE: 3 day photo food blog.
I won't have a computer the rest of the week so, I have to get this done today. Oh and even though there aren't any pictures, the only thing I drink other than my morning coffee is lots of water, normally with a splash of pure lemon or lime juice or cranberry concentrate.
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes with coconut butter and raspberries These really should be called egg cakes.
Lunch: Forgot to eat.
Snack: Apple with coconut a cashew butter
Dinner: Citrus Pork Tacos, sweet potato chips, and a spinach salad
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and Eggs scrambled with pork, sweet potatoes, red onions, and spinach
Lunch: Forgot again
Snack: Apple with coconut & cashew butter
Dinner: Best Chicken You'll ever Eat, sweet potato, and simple salad. My picture was blurry so I've borrowed these from theclothesmakesthegirl.com
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and scrambled eggs with ground grass fed beef, onions, sweet potatoes, and spinach
Lunch: I've planned to use the leftover Best Chicken Ever for tacos with sweet potato chips, and a simple salad. Fingers crossed I won't forget to eat.
Dinner: I've made my husband's favorite Chocolate Chili from Well Fed/theclothesmakethegirl.com I'm planning on making parsnip chips and a simple spinach salad to go with it.
The rest of the week, I'll be cooking for one
GO BAHAMA MAMAS!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
These last 30 days turned out to be both easier and harder than my first 30. Easier because I wasn't afraid of failing. I knew I could eat Whole30 clean, because I had just done it. I had already figured out both meal planning and cooking. Plus, after my first 30 days, I felt great, had more energy, and was happier than I had been in a long time. Harder, because I finally experienced a couple of the expected stages of the Whole30 timeline that I had skipped the first time around. Starting with the sugar cravings, which led to the "kill all things" stage. It wasn't pretty.
The sugar cravings were strange and STRONG. For a few days in a row, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. my mind was completely obsessed with thoughts of cherry coffee cake, strawberry scones, lemon tarts, and homemade sugar cookies with white butter cream frosting with pink and blue, sugar sprinkles. (yes the color of the sprinkles really mattered to me). But then around 11:00 the cravings were gone, and I wasn't hungry for anything. I'd have to force myself to eat lunch. Eventually I realized what was going on. I was waiting too long after I woke up, to eat breakfast. Once I changed that, I felt great again.
Today is day 61, and I've decided to push on, and go for a Whole90. Partly, to give added support to my SP friend, JITZUROE, with her Whole60; but also this time, when I evaluated which of the "less healthy" foods (sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, grains, etc) that I'm "missing", the answer was sugar and alcohol. I don't really need to test my body's reaction to those things, to know they aren't good for me. They contain zero nutritional value, and cause so many negatives, that there's just no logical reason to put those delicious poisons back into my body right now. I can finally relate to that saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" although, it's not about "skinny" it's about feeling healthy. I don't want to give up feeling this good for a cookie, even if it does have the proper color sprinkles.
Whole60 Results: NSVs are the same as the end of my first 30 days. I couldn't find my tape measure today, but I can tell, I've gotten smaller. Funny how I didn't notice much change, until yesterday. It was like I had shrunk overnight. Especially in my chest. (for me that's a good thing.) Plus, I've lost 6 more pounds. That's 10 total in 60 days, but it feels like 15 (since I started the program after my typical 5 pound drop, that I normally would have gained back right away). The best part of losing these 10 pounds, is that all I did was live my normal life, and eat real food. I never went hungry. I didn't have to count a calorie or track anything. I just ate as much, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, nuts, and healthy fats as my body wanted. My husband is down 16 pounds, and actually trying to eat more, to build more muscle. Men!
These next 30 days will be the hardest yet, since we will be busy. We have dinner parties scheduled, 2 vacations, and a big holiday weekend planned; but I'm not worried. I have the confidence to push on and get it DONE. Not that long ago, I was cooking dinner, and my husband came in and thanked me for all that I've been doing to change our lives. He told me how happy he is with the way his body's been changing, and that he doesn't want to go back to our old ways. So, there's no turning back now. When I'm done with this Whole9Life program, we will continue eating Paleo.
Life is good! Hope you're all doing well with your programs too!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Day 31 was the suppose to be the start of a 10 day Reintroduction Phase, where you add the "less healthy" foods back into your diet, and test your body's reaction, but ONLY the foods that you've been missing. Although I miss Sheep's and Goat's cheeses, I don't really miss them that much. Given how long I've been dealing with emotional eating, sugar addiction, weight, and hormone issues, I've decided to extend my Whole30 to a Whole45, but I might end up extending it again to a 60 or maybe even a Whole100. I'm going to wait and see how I'm feeling. For now, the changes I've experienced over these last 35 days have felt almost magical. For the first time in 14 years, I feel FREE. Free from measuring food portions, counting grams of fat, protein, and carbs, counting calories eaten and calories burned. Free to eat as much healthy delicious real food as I need to feel satisfied when I'm hungry, and free to exercise just because I enjoy it. That's how it should be.
The most difficult part of the last 35 days was the first week. Meal planning, shopping, and cooking every meal, was a HUGE adjustment, but I followed the tips from the book, IT STARTS WITH FOOD and the cookbook WELL FED, and it became easier. I still invest more time than before planning meals and cooking, but it's been worth it.
The positive changes have been both subtle and dramatic. I may have shared these before, but they are what they are.... I haven't had a single emotional eating episode or sugar craving. I've stopped snacking between meals, not because I'm trying to cut back on anything but because I'm not hungry. Everything I've been eating tastes and smells so much better and leaves me feeling satisfied. Last week, while selecting produce, I realized that I could actually smell the fruits and vegetables from a distance. I'm handling stress better. I'm sleeping better, even the 8 nights last week that my husband was away on a business trip. The dark circles under my eyes and the dark "age" blotches on my face are fading. I have more energy and stamina then ever before. I'm more productive. But the most unexpected change is that I haven't experienced ANY pain from my Endometriosis or mood swings from my PMDD. (That's reason enough for me to want to eat this clean forever.)
Doing a Whole30 is about reseting your metabolism and improving your general health, not losing weight quickly, so stepping on the scale is not allowed. At first it was hard to resist that urge to look to my scale for validation, but now I don't need it. I can look in the mirror and see the changes to my face and body. I have a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks and I will HAVE to get on her scale, so I've decided to wait until then, to weigh myself. But my husband weighed himself today, and he's down 11 pounds! That's crazy! Especially since he started out as an unwitting passenger on my Whole30 journey. ALthough to be fair to him, he's been traveling A LOT lately, (I think he was away for 14 of the last 35 days) and he CHOSE to eat only Whole30 approved foods while he was away from home. That was something I never expected. Having his complete support has made this experience so much easier and even more rewarding. Since his day 31, the only thing he decided he wanted to add back was a little sugar in his morning coffee.
Although I've chosen not to get on the scale, I decided to measure myself today. I've lost 1 inch off my neck, 2 1/2 inches off my chest, 3 1/2 inches off my waist (at my belly button), and 2 1/2 inches off my hips. I'm ecstatic! Finally! I'm getting smaller, with as little effort as I got bigger in the first place. Life is good!
Monday, May 13, 2013
So far, my Whole30 continues to be a fabulous experience. It's only day 20, but I feel amazing. I used to wake up STARVING and thinking about food, and I used to NEED to eat every 3-4 hours or I'd get a migraine or worse turn into a CRAZY woman. Now, I actually have to remind myself that I should eat. Everything tastes better. I really can't remember the last time I felt this good. I'm sleeping better. I have more energy. I've had no food cravings, NONE. But wait... it gets even better, no more mood swings, and NO PMS symptoms or PMDD craziness, which makes my husband even happier than it makes me.
Part of what's been contributing to my extremely positive Whole30 experience, is first and foremost my husband's support. He's AMAZING. I really have no idea how I got so lucky. He's always been fit, strong, and healthy, and has never needed to lose weight, but he always willing to eat whatever I cook, without complaining. Also, I've been reading the book IT STARTS WITH FOOD. There's just so much wonderful information in that book, that has helped me really understand just how powerful food is, and has inspired me to want to feed my body only healthy whole foods.
Right now, I really don't miss any of the foods or substances, on the no list, except sheep & goat cheese. I only miss sheep cheese, because it's an ingredient in my favorite Kale salad; and I miss goat cheese, because it's an ingredient in my favorite Frittata. So when my Whole30 ends, those are the only two things I currently care about "testing" my body's reaction to, but by the time day 30 gets here, I might not be missing them anymore. Who knows. I'll have to wait and see.
You may be a little disappointed since I don't have an update on my weight, but I'm happy to report that I have followed the rules and have not gotten on the scale these last 10 days. And although it started out so hard to resist that pull, I finally feel FREE! I accept that that scale doesn't know everything, and I WILL NOT allow it to stand in the way of the progress I'm making. This Whole30 is about developing a healthy relationship with food, and becoming healthier. It's not just about weight.
Thank you to all my SparkFriends for your support. You really are the BEST!
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