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The End

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I had another "digestive attack" yesterday so I have decided to give up the Whole30 plan. There just isn't enough fiber to keep me "regular".

So this "experiment of one" is over. But was it a waste of time? A resounding NO!

Here's what I learned:

* I was eating waaaaay too much "Frankenfood". That is, reduced-calorie breads, buns, cheese, ice cream and other over-processed food that have a zillion ingredients and tons of salt. I was able to give all that up and didn't really miss it.

* Eating grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and organic eggs is expensive but worth the money. I've been buying the Simple Truth brand at my Kroger store, but there are small farmers around here who raise and sell chickens and cows, so I'll look into that.

* I wasn't eating enough healthy fats. In my quest to lose weight I cut out nearly ALL fat. I learned that the good fats are satisfying and satiating so definitely have a place in a healthy diet.

* I don't need all the unhealthy, preservative-laden condiments I was using. I did fine using mustard instead of sugary ketchup; I loved the homemade olive oil mayo I made; and I'll continue to experiment with salad dressings.

My plan is to take the good from that way of eating and move forward. I'll be eating higher-quality protein, less processed food, and only good quality dairy.

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JLOVESDOGS 8/21/2014 8:14PM

    Just catching up with my blog reading and saw this. I am glad you gave it a try. It doesn't agree with everyone as you found out. But you identified a lot of good things on your lessons learned list. emoticon And this is what counts.

Good job in trying Whole30 out. emoticon on your journey!

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AJDOVER1 8/21/2014 6:14PM

    When I read "Americans are addicted to cheap food" it really struck a nerve. It changed how I look at what I eat. My health it too important to skimp on nutrition. I cannot rely on mass-produced junk to nourish me.

I've been gradually removing processed stuff from my diet and replacing it with real, whole, mostly raw foods. I only buy organically-fed, no-hormone beef, chicken, eggs and wild-caught fish. It's expensive and I can't afford to eat much of it. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm feeling better.

Most important, I'm taking care of my health and my weight is taking care of itself.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/21/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon I think it's great that even thou this didn't work out for you..you found a few things that can help you moving forward.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/20/2014 8:08PM

    Sounds like you got a lot out of your experiment. Trial and error seems the way we learn on this journey.
I'm with you on organic, grass-fed, free-range, good fats, ...
Makes a lot of difference.
Unfortunately it still leaves a lot of room for junk. Yikes, I've been slipping a bit lately... (Cookies, chocolate, too much bread, and very late dinners are not the way to go...? Heh!)
Hope you're enjoying your new treadmill.

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KABMPH 8/20/2014 12:23PM

    What important lessons! I have celiac disease and must eat gluten free, and that is when I realized that I too had been eating Frankenfoods. I still eat processed foods, but they are much higher-quality now. Example: Justin's nut butter cups instead of Reese's, Gilbert's hot dogs instead of most other hot dogs, and Against the Grain frozen pizza instead of most others! My only salad dressing now is simply olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Easy, simple, and delicious. Why was I eating that other processed J-U-N-K before?

I was really struck by one of your blog posts about how much less hungry you were after doing Whole30.

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 8/20/2014 11:32AM

    I had cut out fat but was still gaining weight because I was eating so many carbs and too little protein (plus less exercise). Was I shocked when I started counting fat and protein, and actually had to add olive oil to my stir-fry to make the minimum. Viva la peanut butter and salad dressing.

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KANOE10 8/20/2014 10:36AM

    Those are valuable lessons in health. I find that fat keeps me fuller longer and makes the food taste better. The olive oil mayo sounds interesting.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/20/2014 10:23AM

    About 10 years ago I was introduced to the idea of eating full fat instead of skim but eating less of it. Same amount of calories -- way more satisfying.

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NANCY- 8/20/2014 10:15AM

    The saying goes nothing ventured, nothing gained. It seems that you have gained so much from this foray. Step by step, progress is made! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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GAYLLYNNE 8/20/2014 9:33AM

    Good for you. I also had cut out almost all the fat and found this wasn't working. Now, when I make myself a big, leafy green salad, I make sure I use some vinaigrette on it. Hang in there, you're doing great!

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NEPTUNE1939 8/20/2014 9:15AM

    emoticon You are learning your body! emoticon emoticon

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