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Whole30 Day 3 -head trips

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

eh. today wasn't as good as yesterday. I was pretty tired, didn't feel like doing much of anything and my head ache was definitely worse. I also had an extra 2 year old in the mix and spent the whole day trying to get 3 toddlers to play nice so maybe that was part of it. I did manage to get in a 2 hour nap which was glorious. I still didn't really want to get out of bed when i woke up though. If i didn't have to do anything all day, this whole thing would be a breeze. At least I don't have to work though -- well i mean besides staying home with 2 kids all day which is way harder work than what i do at my actual job.

Anyway, i just ate repeats from yesterday. My meal schedule is a little off. I need to plan better. For lunch, i make the kids their lunch first. I wanted to get them eating this way too but i havent been brave enough yet to try so they're still getting bread and dairy etc. so by the time i get done dealing with them and thier needs and then prepare mine, its like 2. well actually today, i opted for the nap. otherwise i would have spent their whole nap cooking and eating and i was really tired. didnt sleep well again last night. so i didn't end up eating lunch until i work up which was like 330. As soon as i woke up, i went straight to the fridge and started eating watermelon. that was probably not a great choice as far as "slaying the sugar dragon" but i couldnt help myself. it was sooooooo good. maybe my blood sugar was low from letting myself get so hungry. then i had leftovers which are now all gone so i have to come up with stuff for tomorrow and i have no plans and im low on groceries. yikes!

in fact, i have to get creative for breakfast because we're out of eggs. So im doing a ground turkey, butternut squash skillet. whatever. i dont find myself having hard to deal with cravings yet. but i didnt when i was juicing either until a ways into it so i dont think im magically exempt. i think ill be dealing with it sooner or later. my daughter's 3rd birthday is next saturday. I'm sure that will be a challenge but im trying to focus on the here and now. i do feel a bit more peaceful about food now that im following a solid plan. i just have to not be bothered by the fact that im not getting any emotional enjoyment out of food. so far, im able not to dwell on it.

i am having a bit of a head trip about how much meat I'm eating though. Prior to Whole30, I'd done tons and tons of research and had basically decided that the healthiest way was to cut down on meats and get protein from other sources. Even Michael Pollen says meat should be used sparingly like a condiment. And whole30 is so similar to paleo which has always seemed to me like atkins with another name. So it feels very strange to be doing this thing which is the opposite to what i thought i should be doing. I've also been a victim of "paralysis by analysis" like the book talks about which is basically getting so overwhelmed with information and conflicting information that you don't know what to do. thats what happens to me all the time! and then i end up saying screw it, I'll just eat junk till i figure it out. The book also says scientific evidence can only get you so far and you just need to experiment on yourself and see what the results are so im definitely viewing this as a 30 day experiment and no one says i have to eat like this for the rest of my life. I'll re-evaluate when its over. and thats fine. i just hate that i have this nagging doubt and i wish i could justify WHY eating this way is healthy - i mean as far as the meat consumption. i would really like the whole30 people to sit down with michael pollen and a few other nutrition big names ive researched and hammer this out and then just give me the one right way. because its definitely the paralysis by analysis thing that messes with me. I just read this paleo article that was linked to from the whole9 website and it was saying you should eat mostly red fatty meat and organ meat with poultry and fish sparingly because of the high omega-6 content. !!! It's just so opposite what i thought was right. im having a hard time wrapping my head around it. and olive oil and avocado and eggs sparingly too. the the whole30 people are like go crazy with eggs and avocado!! i know you have to pick something that works for you and go with it but this is like my OCD thing. I want to know the BEST way, the RIGHT way. I at least want firm reasons to support what im doing. right now i just feel confused. im not saying screw it though like i usually do. im just going with the program and seeing whats what after 30 days but i really dont know what to do afterward!!
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KOLINA 5/30/2013 11:43AM

    "paraylsis by analysis" I love it! I totally get this problem too. How can I ever figure out what exactly I should be eating, not to mention the joy that food can bring--its hard to "break bread" with those you love when you can't eat bread!

Enjoy the 30 day experiment! I think its great to try different things. You're not allowing yourself to binge on candy, beer, and pizza. You're eating whole foods and being conscious of how they affect you. If later you decide that less meat is actually more comfortable for you mentally and physically then you can scrap that part and mix and match until you find a system that makes your body and mind happy.

Good work!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 5/30/2013 9:19AM

    Once you're done your 30 days, you might have a better idea of what works for you. I'm not a Paleo supporter, but it's not really Atkins (Paleo doesn't eschew carbohydrates, just grains, nor is it ALL THE MEATS, ALL THE TIME!... really it's just a veggie based diet with a focus on meat rather than grains as the secondary food item).

Experimenting can be scary, but remember: what works for you might not work for others. I started with Sparkpeople because they were the first place that told me I could still have my weekly french fries and lose weight. It's about balance.

Good luck!

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BONOLICIOUS2 5/30/2013 8:53AM

    What you described with that head trip is exactly why I avoid anything that starts saying to avoid things! One day it causes cancer, the next it prevents it, or it gives you heart disease and then prevents it. I can't keep up! My brain starts melting, I start second guessing everything, and it messes up my relationship with food even more.

I think you are wise to view this as an experiment - who knows - it could end up working really well for you! The more you try new things, the more likelihood of something clicking for you. Good luck!

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BRADMILL2922 5/29/2013 11:16PM

    It is really easy to get overwhelmed by information and the biggest problem is, there never seem to be 2 that are the same. Guess that is why I don't really subscribe to any of the "fad" diets. Got to find a good mix. Got to find what works for you and what you can stick with. Nothing is going to be perfect so you just have to do the best you can with the resources that are available to you. I know for me, I can't afford to buy all the things I probably should buy because eating healthy is EXPENSIVE!

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RYDERB 5/29/2013 11:11PM

    emoticon Sorry today was rough. I hope you get the answers you need to feel comfortable with your future food choices. All the conflicting information out there can be crazy making. At least you've gone into this knowing that it's a 30 day experiment, and not a life long commitment. I'm sure by the time it's over, you'll have a better idea what's really right for you.
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Don't be afraid to post your questions or concerns directly on the Whole9Life website, in the Whole30 forum. You might get some answers that really help.

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