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Whole30 – Reintroduction: Wine

16 Nov

I made it 35 days on my first Whole30!  On November 14th I had a planned reintroduction because I actually got a date night off with G and the semi-annual wine walk was happening which we really like to go to.  I’ve known since before I started Whole30 that I’d be going to this wine walk.  At first I thought nothing of it but as it grew closer I was actually nervous to see how my body would react to alcohol/wine.

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G and I wine walking in the rain!  It’s a little blurry and I guess maybe I was too.

When doing the Whole30 the reintroduction phase is where you reincorporate foods that you have eliminated for the past 30 (or however long you’ve done the program) days.  The objective is to only reintroduce one thing at a time so you can truly judge your bodies reaction to that one particular food group.

This one reintroduction at a time was such a hard challenge but I set off with the right mindset.  So many times with alcohol it is easy to forget about your health and diet goals because the alcohol lowers your inhibitions and can make you really just not care.  During the wine walk we went to several businesses, even a candy store.  Oh. My. God.  The sugar smelled like heaven!  My sense of smell has really improved over this time because no way I would have smelled it so strongly before.  I went from place to place trying to find one hors d’oeuvres that I could actually eat and I found none.  I was HUNGRY, and also a bit tipsy.  But, I didn’t eat anything that I shouldn’t have (which meant I ate nothing) and just stuck to wine.  I was proud of myself for not giving in because I really wanted to, but I also really wanted to know if wine was something I could drink in the future because it’s something I do enjoy.

I really lost track of how many wine samples I had but I’m going to guess maybe 20oz.  It wasn’t a small amount by any means and surely enough to get an idea of how it would impact my body.  The weird thing was, for how much I did drink I didn’t feel too intoxicated.  I thought this would actually be the opposite since I hadn’t drank in at least 35 days, maybe my body processed it more efficiently?  I don’t really know the reason but it was fine by me.

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A shameless plug for our favorite winery every year!  If you haven’t tried the Cougar yet you’re missing out.  So yum!

The night of wine walk I had no ill side effects.  No stomach aches, headaches, or other body pains!  That night and the next day I didn’t get a headache and no hangover!  I call this a total win!  I’m so happy that when I’m ready to start eating more foods that I can also include wine from time to time.

After the wine walk G and I went out to dinner.  I had the most fantastic prime rib, sweet potato fries, and vegetables (and another glass of wine!).  Food definitely tastes more fantastic now after eating whole foods.

I’m back on the Whole30 way of eating again.  I’m just not ready to reincorporate the other foods yet.  As of this writing I’m technically on day 2 of my second Whole30.  I’m still looking for that tiger blood energy that’s talked about in the book.  My body may take longer to get there but I do believe it will happen.  I’m really loving this way of eating.  To me this is food freedom, even if you may think it looks really restrictive.  For me I can eat Whole30 foods and not track my calories/macros and obsess over if I’m eating enough or too much of any one thing.  I feel like my body is working and not causing a lot of side effects from what I’m feeding it as fuel and I like that.

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Whole30 – Day 18

28 Oct

Wow!  I can’t believe this 30 days is nearly 2/3rds of the way done already.  It feels both long and short all at the same time.

I’m not sure what the deal is but today I really wanted anything sweet.  I bought a bag (Costco size bag) of candy for the trick-or-treaters and it’s sitting in the same cabinet as my Starbuck’s Via coffee.  It literally hasn’t bothered me until today.  I thought this was supposed to get easier, not harder?  Not that it’s hard exactly, I just feel like I’m craving things more lately, like a glass of wine.  Damn that sounds good.  But here I am writing my blog, without chocolate in my hand, and drinking some herbal cinnamon apple tea.  Oh well, what are you going to do?

Breakfast

More of the same and I’m still not tired of it.  Two poached eggs on top of crack slaw and spinach.  Possibly the world’s most perfect breakfast!

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Lunch

Lunch was kalua pig and cauliflower rice with mayo mixed in after it was heated.  I finally remembered to slice up my fennel and I ate that raw and also had a still not ripe persimmon.  I seriously need to find out if there’s a way to make these ripen faster because I’m dying to try a really ripe one (they are supposed to be super sweet) but I think I’m going to eat them all before they even hit the ripe stage.  I sprinkled cinnamon on top and it’s good.  I like them either way, with or without cinnamon.  One of the blogs I read said that they thought these tasted like Christmas.  Hmmm, I’m sure not feeling that at all.  But I guess different people can have different idea of what Christmas tastes like.

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Dinner

I got really creative for dinner tonight.  Any by creative I mean I threw things in a blow and stirred it all together and hoped for the best.  Actually it was pretty good.  I’m going to call it “kitchen sink”, because if it would have fit I probably would have added it to the bowl too.  I added spaghetti squash, coach slaw, ranch dressing, and lots of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mixed it up.  It was like buffalo chicken wings….but not chicken wings.

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I went for a long walk again after work today…in the rain.  I ended up soaked by the time I got home but it was still nice and relaxing to be outdoors.  I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.  It’s a factual account from a woman (Cheryl) who walked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself.  I’ve been dying to hike the PCT, or even parts of it, for about 15 years now.  I’m currently in no shape for it…but then again neither was Cheryl when she started out.  It’s something I’d still love to do, but I would certainly do more research than she did before setting off.  Personally I love to hike.  I never get to do it very often which is a total bummer.  I love being in nature and I think it would be a beyond amazing experience.  I guess I’ll have to put it on my bucket list.