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Whole30 – Day 12

22 Oct

Day 12 hit me like a ton of bricks.  I thought I had this Whole30 down.  Thought people who were just ready to throw in the towel and quit didn’t have enough will-power…until day 12.

I woke up this morning (or evening since that’s my morning) just feeling horrible.  Not physically horrible but so easily irritated.  Then I got upset, and then all I wanted to do was cry.  I am not a cryer.  I don’t cry often, I hate crying.  And, I don’t often get the urge to just cry for no reason.  And cry I did.  But I managed to pull myself together, get my butt to work, and have a successful night.  I felt slightly off all night though and I hate that.

I did a little Whole30 forum reading and found out this is pretty common.  I even found some people who had the exact same descriptions of how they were feeling on both days 11 and 12 so I guess I’m not that abnormal.  I also read that eating more sweet potatoes (or other starchy foods) when you feel like this can help your body cope with the changes it’s going through.  I know I mentioned before a lot of my issues are hormone related…so maybe my body is actually producing hormones now?  I don’t know, that’s only a theory.  A lot of people said it’s part of the detox from sugars, and that’s probably it exactly.  Here I thought I could make it through this unscathed.

The good news is that I didn’t cheat.  I didn’t even have the urge to cheat, I just couldn’t understand why I was feeling the way I did.  Lame.

Breakfast

Breakfast was spinach mixed with what I had leftover of the stuffing of the acorn squash which consisted of ground turkey, celery, onion, and diced apples.   I scrambled this all together with three eggs and had some olives to go with it.  So delicious, even though I was still teary-eyed when I ate it.

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Lunch

For lunch I decided to mix a bunch of stuff together.  I added some cauliflower rice, crack slaw, and roasted brussels sprouts into my lunch container.  Once I heated it all up I added in some mayo then mixed it all together.  It makes a nice creamy sauce, really good!

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Dinner

I forgot I had a leftover sweet potato (or is it a yam?) from last week so I “baked” that in the microwave hoping that the extra starchy foods will help improve my mood.  I did cut down from a lot of sweet potatoes last week to zero this week, completely unintentionally.  I also had a bowl of thai chicken soup with cauliflower rice added and topped with a squeeze of fresh lime and an avocado.  This soup is amazing!

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I guess my positive spin on the day is that I didn’t kill anyone, I’m still alive, and I didn’t eat any non-compliant foods!  Life and Whole30 go on!

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I’m ready for a better day 13!  Because I’m not superstitious 😉

Whole30 – Day 10

20 Oct

Fat!  I’d like to take a minute or two to talk about that nasty three letter word no one wants to be, hear, say, or eat.  Our society is so wrong when it comes to fat.  I think that’s partly to blame for doctor’s misconceptions of what fat does to a body, and I’d say mostly to blame for the big mass marketing done by companies who want to make more money off of “no-fat” and “low-fat” foods.

Did you know that a woman needs AT LEAST 50g of fat a day to keep up normal hormone function?  I’m not talking about just sexy time hormones, I’m talking all hormones.  Everything in your body; metabolism, body temperature regulation, sleep, etc. are all regulated by hormones.  Guess what?  If you don’t have the proper fat for your body to make these hormones to control your entire body function it just doesn’t, it stops.  Eating low-fat and no-fat is only detrimental to your health, especially because what these companies replace the fat with is more sugar….just what we need.

I’ve been struggling with a lot of hormone issues which I really still don’t have a diagnosis for yet, but I’m working on it.  I can’t help but feel that I totally fucked myself up by buying the hype that fat was bad.  I can’t tell you how many years I went eating very little fat.  And you know what….I was still fat!  Even when I was skinny-fat, I was still fat.

Through the Whole30 process they teach you to eat a certain amount of fat at each meal.  With the no sugar added to your meals your body starts to function off of fat for energy rather than sugars (just the way nature intended) and by eating more fat you will actually burn off more fat.  Crazy huh?  Anyway, I’m starting to believe it.  I woke up and looked in the mirror and saw that my belly pooch is getting smaller!  It’s still a pooch but change takes time.  I’m actually starting to feel this more energy thing too.  I slept great and woke up only slightly not wanting to get out of bed.  Hey, it’s progress!

Breakfast

I decided to wilt my spinach in a little extra coconut oil today so that I wouldn’t have to add other fats to breakfast but that backfired on me when I saw the oily mess on the bottom of my plate when I got done eating, so I ate a few olives.  The rest of my breakfast was three poached eggs and a tomato I grew in my back yard!

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Lunch

For lunch I had a bed of cauliflower rice topped with part of the leftover stuffing from the acorn squash and some brussels sprouts.  I brought some mayo to add to the top, since you know FATS!  This turned out really good.  I mixed it all together after heating it up.

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Dinner

I think this meal was my favorite so far.  I added a scoop of cauliflower rice to the bottom of the bowl of Thai chicken soup and topped it with avocado.  Delicious!

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For some reason the Whole30 timeline lists days 10-11 as being the worst days and the days you’re most likely to quit.  I find that strange because I’m not tempted to quit at all.  Not even when G ate two corndogs (one of my favorites) right in front of me at work tonight.

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Why I’m Starting Whole30

1 Oct

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I won’t go into too much detail here but I’ll start by saying that I’ve been having medical issues for years.  Literally years.  I have been blunt-honest with several doctors who have all but told me I was crazy.  Be honest with many medical professionals and tell them you are always tired no matter how much you sleep and you just feel blah and they’ll hand you a depression screening form.  Guess what?  I didn’t screen as depressed and I could have saved them and me the time.

I had my own theories based on reading many articles online, but I know I’m no doctor.  My theories were hormone imbalances, possibly adrenal fatigue, cortisol levels out of whack from working crazy hours and being stressed, and possibly thyroid problems.

My primary care doctor did blood work and told me I was fine and blew it off, told me this is how being 30 looks and feels.  I went to a naturopath who again did labs and she told me I was hypothyroid.  I was so happy to get answers! She tried me on one medication that gave me bad side-effects then gave up.  So again I was discouraged.

Fast-forward (years) to now.  I finally saw a new nurse practitioner who was recommended to me as someone who deals with patients who “don’t have a normal reaction to medications” and who aren’t in the 90% of the population.  The person who recommended me also had hormone issues.  Now, I’m still waiting on blood work but I feel like for the first time ever there is a doctor who believes me and who knows enough to actually help fix the problem.

The first thing she “prescribed” for me is to do the Whole30.  I never knew that the majority of the body’s hormones are created in the gut.  The Whole30 is designed to help heal the gut.  So, in theory, once my body is repaired and is actually making it’s own hormones again, at whatever level that happens to be, then medications can be looked at to finish off whatever my body can’t create.

I don’t know about you but it makes a hell of a lot of sense to me.

So, I’ve finished reading the book and I’ve chosen a start date of October 10, 2015.  I’m nervous and excited, but mostly excited.  The food really does look good.  I just HATE cooking.  My plan is to cook enough meals for the week on my weekend and just cook breakfast every day.  Due to my crazy work schedule that’s about all that is going to work for me.

I’m as prepared as I can be mentally for this to be a life-change, no a 30 day change.  The nurse practitioner believes based on what she has physically seen that I likely have celiac’s disease.  I’m just so ready to change what I have to to feel better!

The book mentions coming up with a list of “non-scale victories”, things you want to see changes in that can’t be measured by the bathroom scale.  I’ll be doing this in the next blog!  I think the hardest part for me will be not weighing myself for 30 days.