Whole30:Days 11-14

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Well, today is day 15. I am officially half way through my first Whole30. I can’t believe it really. I know that I shouldn’t focus so much on day 30, because I’ve already come to the realization that this was the launch of a major diet over-haul for me, and that for the most part I will continue eating as I have been during the Whole30, but with cheats thrown in.

Days 11-14 were interesting. I wanted to quit. Not because I was craving things, but because I wasn’t craving them. I felt done. I felt accomplished. Goal achieved, I have conquered my food devils. But…I know that isn’t the case. 14 days is not long enough to rid my system of the junk.
So, here I am on day 15, still at it…with 14.5 full days left to go.

On Saturday my mom and I had a long chat about Paleo eating. It stemmed from a facebook discussion that had occured between me, my mom and my brother on facebook. (Side note: I am so proud of my brother, I think he is a total bad-ass). My mom had never really been introduced to Paleo eating, even though both my brother and I have been gradually moving towards that life-style recently.

My mom started dieting in the 70’s with Weight Watchers and hasn’t ever really looked back. Typical American yo-yo up and down try different things dieter. I told her about Paleo/Primal and gave her some websites to read as resources. I also talked to her about the Whole30. She checked out the Whole30 website prior to our conversation and had some questions for me. Her biggest question was, what is “their” plan for after the 30 days. She really had a hard time wrapping her mind around Paleo as a “lifestyle” as opposed to a plan (again, serial Weight Watcher). I don’t think she is quite ready to jump head-long into a Whole30, or really to even give up bread. A direct quote from her ” Well..I found this other book that said sprouted grains are ok–I just don’t want to give up bread.” I didn’t push it. It took me 3 months of exploring primal/paleo and eating that way about 75% of the time before I jumped on the Whole30 band wagon.
But, I’m excited for her to even check it out. My dad’s thoughts? “Anything that is a proponent of butter is ok by me!.”

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Today is day 10 of my Whole30. I know that I still have 20 days left to go, but I sort of feel like I woke up and BAM it was day 10! Which is better than how I was feeling on days 2 and 3 when I wanted to throw myself a pity party.

Days 7-10:
Have been pretty sweet. Like I updated the other day, my sugar cravings have gone away (for the most part). Last night my husband wanted to go out for frozen yogurt, at one of those build your own type places. I went with him and put fresh fruit and nuts in my cup. When we got home I put coconut milk over it. I thought about the Whole30 guidelines, and not giving in to my “sugar tantrums” but I was ok with my choice. I made it because I genuinely wanted that to eat, and had had a small dinner. I wasn’t doing it because my head or my mouth was telling me to give it sugar. Today I’m not feeling any ill-effects. I am however, not only faced with these left over donuts:

bad picture angle, but there are three donuts hiding in there!

but also with Girl Scout cookies in our break room. I have to walk past our breakroom anytime I want to leave my cubicle. I am not really having a hard time resisting the sugar in the Girl Scout cookie….it’s more a sentimenal thing. I spent my entire child and young adult-hood as a Girl Scout…so the organization is special to me. But….the cookies aren’t. and truth be told…I HATED seeling Girl Scout cookies as a kid…eating them is another story.

Anyway…day 10 and I’m holding strong. Tonight we are going out to Buffalo Wild Wings with some friends. I already know that I can order plain grilled chicken and I plan to add that to a side salad. This will also be the first time that we have been out to eat with friends since I started the Whole30. Maybe an opportunity for a little food evangelism?

Did you guys know that March is national nutrition month? I did, but only because I sit on the Wellness Committee at work. This month I had to hang up a poster in our break area that listed the 30 healthiest foods–plenty of fruits and veggies listed but also, of course, non-fat milk, quinoa, oats, and whole wheat bread.
Melissa of this fantastic blog is doing a series during national nutrition month, called “National REAL Nutrition Month.” Check it out…it’s awesome!

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coming “clean”

No reason for this picture...other than I love these mountains!

I don’t really have a cohesive post today, just a mish-mash of thoughts. I’ll make a list.

1) Today is day 8 of my Whole30! Day 8. Hooray! And I feel…fine. I feel normal. I sort of have to think about how I used to feel to know if I feel different. I haven’t had a headache in a few days, and I’m less congested, and waking up is really easy.

2) Tomorrow is our monthly all-staff meeting. Each month someone on staff makes a “treat” for everyone else to celebrate people who have a birthday that month. Months and months ago I volunteered to make this month’s treat. The irony right? In times past I would have been scouring the internet for something to bring…a delicious twist on a classic. But this month? I don’t really care, which is strange. I’ve always sort of prided myself on my baking skills. I sort of want to buy a bag of store bought cookies, and put them on a platter, which my previous self would have considered blasphemous.
Is it blasphemous now to serve my co-workers stuff that I 100% believe to be absolutely horrible for you?

3) which brings me to sugar cravings. I have none. Which is new and almost wierd. Last night I felt myself reaching for some frozen fruit with cocont milk, because I was sure I was craving sugar. I stopped for a moment, and realized I wasn’t craving it in the slightest.

4) This is a pretty useless post. 🙂

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Whole 30: Days 3-6

not for me!

Well, the sun is going down on the sixth day of my Whole30 and days 4-6 were much better than the first three. I noticed that my sugar cravings were subsiding by Friday, and weren’t noticeable saturday or today. This is improvement people!

I was also nervous about making it through my first weekend. Weekends are generally when my eating falls apart…going out to eat…dinners with friends or at family’s houses.
But…this weekend went pretty well .We went out to eat twice, and I managed no problem.
I can already tell that I have more energy, and with six days down…30 days no longer seems so daunting. I’m hoping that the upward swing continues!

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Whole30: Days 1 and 2

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Today is Day 3 of my Whole30. Not going to lie, I sort of want to cry….it’s only day THREE?!?!?!?!

I almost feel silly for talking about things are going when it’s only been three days. And not even three whole days. 2 days and a little bit of day three.

Day 1: I felt like I was on top of the world on day 1. You know….the honeymoon phase of anything new and exciting. That night we had dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. They were bbq-ing steaks, and I called my sister-in-law in advanced and asked her if the steaks were marinating in anything, she said that two of them were, but that my brother-in-law hadn’t started marinating the other two yet. I asked her to only season one of those steaks with salt and pepper. Making a special request was a big deal for me. I’m a people pleaser, and have always just sort of “made do” when eating at someone elses house. This includes eating meat when I was a vegetarian…or eating only chips and salsa when I was a vegetarian….but never asking for a special dish or preperation. Side note–so glad I am no longer a vegetarian.
They also served rice and my SIL asked me to bring a salad. Perfect. I knew that I could make a huge salad, bring some home made dressing, and eat my plain steak. And it was fine…until they brought out the oreos for dessert. I didn’t partake….but it triggered my desire for sugar.
Once we were home I drank two glasses of sparkling water with lime and the bubbles seemed to satisfy my need for “something else to eat” even though I wasn’t hungry. I know that is similar to giving into my bodies sugar tantrum, but I figured…sparkling water was pretty small evil.

Day 2: Oof- MUCH harder. During work I had a customer call, yell, and then hang up on me. I immediately wanted to make a trip to the office candy jar. I didn’t and instead recognized my feelings and drank some water. Day 2 was also a kettlebell workout day. After reading the Whole30 success guide, I realize that I might not be fueling my body properly for the intensity of an hour long kettlebell workout. I am going to make sure that I add in specific pre and post workout meals from now on.
All of the meals that I prepared on day two were great…and since I’ve been meal planning for months…that part isn’t hard for me. It’s avoiding the sugar temptations and dealing with my body and mind when having a “sugar tantrum.” I experienced this again last night in Costco. I needed spinach, and also wanted to look for some Tuna that didn’t have soy in it. Seriously…tuna has soy in it. The injustice.
Anyway…the aisles of pre-packaged costco food stuff were calling my name loudly. I made it out alive…and sugar and carb free. whew.

So…now on to day 3. We’ll see how it goes!

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Diving In….


Ok folks, it’s time. Time for me to clean up my eating. I’ve let myself slip a little bit and have been enjoying the office candy dish and various other things that I know my body doesn’t like.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was thinking of doing a Whole30 and today is the day I am going to start.

I have to admit, I planned this start date around a vacation taken with friends this past weekend. Lots of food and alcohol debauchery was had, and it was great time. But now…it’s time to clean up my food act and get serious about this new lifestyle that I want to pursue. I have been wanting to do a Whole30 for a while now, but I wasn’t ever quite ready. Now I am.

Here I go…
-no sugar
-no grains
-no legumes
-no fake foods
-no alcohol
-no dairy.

It’s gonna be fun.

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Don’t Be Afraid…

One of my resolutions for this year was to do things that I’ve always wanted to do, but that made me nervous, or scared me.
Well….one of those things…was a boudoir photo shoot!
I knew that when our photographer posted on facebook about her Valentines Special…that this was a perfect opportunity for me to follow through with my resolution. How much scarier does it get? Seriously.

I can’t wait to give my husband the little black book of pictures that came with my photo package.

Here is a link one of the pictures….you would never even know it’s me!
If you are in the Boise area and need pictures taken for ANY reason, check out Tamara Kenyon Photography

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