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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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Whole30 – Day 8

18 Oct

Day 8 was another day off from work for me, but it was hardly a relaxing day.  I did my grocery shopping and got all of my meals (except breakfast eggs) cooked and ready for the week.  I’m hoping my meat selection is better this week but I still feel like I didn’t buy all that much meat, but more than the previous week.

I’ve learned that I really love roasted brussels sprouts.  Who would have guessed?  Those little things are darn delicious.  I remember my friend D telling me she thought they “tasted like candy” and I always thought she was a little crazy.  It’s okay, I might just be crazy too.  I wouldn’t call them candy but they are pretty good as far as vegetables go.

I thought about something the other day and they forgot to write about it.  This Whole30 way of eating really isn’t so strange.  Our grandparents must have eaten similar to this.  There wasn’t soda, energy drinks, chips, candy, and highly processed foods everywhere.  Not to mention when these things became available they were intended to be a treat, not something people ate every day, every meal, and snacks too.  Of course mass marketing is at least partially to blame and the fact that in most households all adults work rather than one staying home to take care of cooking and cleaning.

Week 2 Meals

From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what I’ve cooked for the week.  Spinach and tomato frittata, stuffed acorn squash (from the popular Facebook video post, find it here)  I omitted the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to make it compliant.  Crack slaw, egg salad with home made mayo and celery, sautéed green beans and mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, and Thai chicken soup.

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Breakfast

For breakfast I finished off the last bit of crack slaw I had leftover from week 1 and added two freshly poached eggs on top.  I was at a loss for what to eat for my fat so I added some almond butter hoping it might make it a bit like pad thai.  It missed the mark but wasn’t horrible and I got the nutrition I needed so that’s a win in my book.

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Lunch

Lunch I had a bowl of the Thai chicken soup I made with a fresh squeeze of lime on top and a serving of green olives on the side!

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Dinner

For dinner I finished what I had left from the first week which was some balsamic sweet potatoes with brussels sprouts and cold thai salad.  I also topped some lettuce with the egg salad which was really good.

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I feel like my appetite is decreasing lately but it could just be the difference between being home and being at work.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I head back.

I was happy today that my stomach issues are better again.  It’s confusing to me how one day I will be having the worst time and then it just disappears.  All part of the stomach healing and processing new/different foods I suppose.

I know weight loss is not supposed to be my goal, that feeling better is, but dammit I want to lose a pound or two.  I found this on the Whole30 web site and it has given me hope!

“In a survey of over 1,600 Whole30 participants, a full 96% lost weight and/or improved their body composition.  20% lost between 1-5 pounds; 37% lost 6-11 pounds; 21% lost 12-15 pounds and 11% lost more than 16 pounds in just 30 days!  7% reported no scale change, but an improvement in body composition (muscle gained and/or fat lost). And of the 4% who didn’t lose any weight, many weren’t trying – several were pregnant at the time of their Whole30 program, a few reported they were on a “mass gain” program, and some stated they “didn’t have any weight to lose.””