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Whole30, Day 7: A note to my sister

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Things are good. I really enjoyed my day of rest & spent most of it reading. I did put up my laundry & sort things out in my kitchen (I've been meaning to reorganize my pantry & freezer for awhile) & go out to dinner with a friend as well.

I also had to get my sister to chill out about my Whole30 thing (she reads this blog). She texted me while I was at dinner with my friend. They were hilarious & I could barely stop laughing long enough to tell my friend what she said & then text her back.
First text:
"Are you still alive?
If someone finds this phone next to a nutritionally deficient woman who has passed out from starvation and smells like coconut, please call me."


Second text:
"I'll be happy when you don't get dizzy standing up. And I'll laugh when a monkey tries to crack your coconut laden head open ;-)"

The coconut stuff is pretty funny, since I'm absolutely terrified that I'll magically become allergic to coconut one day & then I'll be screwed. At the same time, I don't think she needs to worry about anything. So, this blog entry will be a note to her to give her some more details.

Ash, here's the thing: from what I can tell I'm eating tons--I even tracked a couple of days to make sure that I was eating enough & my calories are well within my SP calorie range. I'm just not eating sugar (added), grains, alcohol, beans or dairy--since I tend to avoid grains & soy anyway this means that my Whole30 meals are different from my typical diet in the following ways:
Typical: 4 sugar-laden kiddie gummy vitamins (seriously, the first ingredient listed is glucose), protein shake with whole milk ~350 cal
Whole30: adult multivitamin with no sugar, soy, wheat, dairy, etc.; avocado with two eggs ~450 cal

Typical: orange or banana ~100 cal
Whole30: macadamia nuts or cashews or pecans ~100 cal

Typical: ratatouille & a pear or orange or apple ~350 cal
Whole30: ratatouille & a pear or orange or apple ~350 cal

Typical: salad with avocado, walnut oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, 2-3 oz cheese ~500 cal
Whole30: salad with avocado, macadamia nut oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, salmon or tuna or mahi mahi ~500 cal

Typical: no dessert usually, maybe a spoon of nutella or ice cream occasionally ~100 cal
Whole30: fruit, maybe a spoon of coconut butter ~150 cal

Typical: water during the day, limeade or beer or wine with dinner ~150 cal
Whole30: water during the day, water or herbal tea with dinner ~0 cal

Total (with 2 snacks--I have been snacking on Whole30 because I don't include a "protein source" in my lunch and I'm not planning to):
Typical: ~1,650 cal
Whole30: ~1,650 cal

I could total up the carbs, protein & fat too, but I doubt they'll be that different apart from subbing nuts for fruit in my snacks & eggs or fish for dairy in my breakfast or dinner.

The other big difference is that on Whole30 I eat this way everyday (so far)...with my typical diet I have quite a few days where I'm lazy & have two avocados for dinner instead of a salad & then also decide to have 2-3 beers & a bunch of cheese. Or I'll binge on salmon jerky, which is the most sugary, salty version of salmon you can imagine (it's my version of junk food...right up there with salt & vinegar sweet potato chips). Or I'll have half a bag of sweet potato fries with a ton of ketchup. Or for breakfast I'll have cinnamon chex instead of a protein shake. Or a bottle of wine while I'm cooking on a Sunday afternoon. So, yeah, "typically" is kind of all over the place & the variations aren't really all that healthy. My variations on Whole30 have involved steamed veggies with curry sauce (yum!), carrots with a nut butter (either macadamia or walnut), and frittatas so far (it's only been a week!)--nothing that will cause me to be nutritionally deficient...

I get dizzy when I stand up...I get dizzy when I stand up even if I eat the most grain- & sugar-laden food in the world for every meal if I don't remember to add salt to it (trust me...that's how I used to eat when I lost weight in 2010 & I got dizzy ALL of the time). I found out a couple of years ago when I was tracking daily for many, many months that my dizzy spells correlate strongly with my sodium intake (as measured on SP), but not my calorie intake (also measured on SP)--I tend to need ~5,000-6,000 mg of sodium daily to keep from having them, the RDA is less than 2,300 mg. I've had this problem for over 20 years--my doctors know, they say to eat more salt, that's what I try to do.

So, chill out. Read the book if you want to know more. End rant.

To everyone else:
As I was saying, lovely day off. I was feeling particularly lazy this morning so I had baby carrots & walnut butter for breakfast. I then had steamed veggies with curry sauce for lunch, some cashews & goji berries for a snack in the afternoon, and a huge salad with avocado, mango, jicama, and a large piece of grilled salmon for dinner (I went out to eat, so I ate the salad dry--which I would do even if not on Whole30...gluten & soy tend to sneak into salad dressings).

Planning to run in the morning, but I've spent the past hour writing so it's now an hour past my bedtime...we'll see if I can wake up in time to run tomorrow!

Hugs & Sparkles!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUNEAU2010 4/25/2013 8:05PM

    I discovered sunflower butter today and am blown away. Peanut butter, schmeanut butter!
I have yet to try coconut oil, but I bought some last week.

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 4/25/2013 10:01AM

    I bet after your sister sees how awesome you are looking and how much better you are feeling, she will be begging you to tell her all about Whole9.

I can't wait to get my book. it is taking forever to get here.
Have a great rest of the week.


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RYDERB 4/25/2013 7:30AM

    I'm the worrier in my family; so, I loved reading your sisters texts. emoticon
Thanks for doing the side-by-side comparison of your days. Now I can send anyone with questions over here, so they can see for themselves, eating on a Whole30 is not THAT different, but what you're eating actually has more vitamins and nutrients then eating sugary desserts, pastas, and breads. Blogging is my least favorite thing, so I'm only going to post once a week.

emoticon on another great day! emoticon
Hope you get your run in today.

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TECH1960PS 4/25/2013 7:15AM

    I need to keep my sodium intake up as well or I get light headed, my blood pressure drops low.

Your meals seem to be well balanced, its amazing what eating clean can do for you.....Maybe your sister will try the whole30 after she sees the improvement in you. emoticon

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