Whole30: Day 30 and Picture Results

Whole30: Day 30

We did it. It’s over. It’s done. Anything beyond this point would be our Whole31 or Whole300.

I really didn’t think I could do this. I did this to appease the husband, because he was constantly bugging me about eating Paleo and I’m glad I finally did it. I think I agreed because Whole30 was just 30 days. I didn’t expect to see such a change both physically but also emotionally.

Here’s a list of improvements I’ve had since Day One :

  • Clear skin! I actually felt confident enough one day to go out with any make-up on. It was pretty liberating.
  • I’ve gone down almost two shirt sizes and two pant sizes! I have yet to weigh myself as we don’t own a scale, and I really have never cared what I weighed before, but I am curious though!
  • My left knee was bugging me badly before. Any time I would bend it, it would feel like the worst carpet burn imagineable! I forgot it was hurting about two weeks into this and I’m guessing diet had something to do with it.
  • My favorite improvement has to be that my blood sugar is no longer crashing. I hated feeling “hangy” several times a day and really felt I couldn’t handle my emotions if I snapped at someone during that time. I’m sure my family appreciates this improvement too 😛
  • Sweet Pea, whose 3 months and nursing, is much happier and has nearly zero gas problems anymore.
  • My marriage feels stronger! We bonded over something of mutual interest that didn’t include our kids or a Netflix series, we should totally be doing that more often!
  • While initially this felt like the harder way of eating, it’s actually much easier than before. You literally are just cooking a protein, some vegetables in some sort of fat and seasonings and eating it. Easy peasy!
  • I’m sleeping more soundly.
  • I feel clear headed.
  • I have more energy, but not in the “I’ve had waaaay too much caffeine” sort of way, just in the fact that I actually just get stuff done. Doing things doesn’t feel like a chore anymore.
  • I’ve discovered new favorite foods and flavors!
  • and lastly, it’s sort of empowering to actually complete something! I’m a serial project starter but rarely, if ever, finish them. I actually did this one! I’m proud of myself ❤

I tried to dig up some old pictures, and it was hard to find some with full body. But here’s a progression over the past year. Granted I lost alot weight while being pregnant and  sick and unable to really eat for a long period of time.

About a year ago, right before I found out I was pregnant with Sweet Pea. Circa Sep. 2013. I think I was about 225 lbs here. 

 

June 2013. Right before Whole30. This was about a month after I had Sweet Pea. I was 193 lbs. I only knew this cause I had just visited the Doctor for my postpartum appointment.

 

Here’s me on week 3. I had just gone to an Improving Birth rally and was proud I was in a size large shirt! I can tell a huge difference in my face. I looked so puffy in the first picture! Still no idea how much I weigh. But I’m down from an XXL to a L shirt and size 18/20 pant to 14/16. 

While it’s easy to get caught up in the weight loss of it all, I’m really most happy that my emotional connection with food seems to be disappearing. When I find myself having a sweet tooth, I still indulge but in a handful of raisins instead. It still satisfies my sweet tooth without destroying my diet. If I find myself stressing out, I go take a hot shower, come blog, or go somewhere to calm down, but I don’t feel myself getting as stressed as I once did.

I’ve found that having a hamburger is just as satisfying with a lettuce bun once you get over the initial craving. After you eat it, you still find yourself satisfied even if you didn’t have the cheese and bun to go with it. If you can just push back that craving and instead treat yourself with something “compliant” , you’ll find that once you’ve eaten it you don’t really didn’t miss the “extras”.

I hope I’ve helped either inspire some of you to try this yourself, but mostly I’m glad you’ve let me share my journey with you! Writing about my experience helped me want to succeed even more.

Much love y’all,

-C-

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12 Random Thoughts on the Whole30

So, throughout the time we’ve been doing Whole30, I’ve had various thoughts about the program, how we’re feeling, tips and other little what-nots that I wasn’t sure how to fit into my regular semi-daily posts. So I figured I’d compile them in one spot. So here’s my twelve random thoughts, tips, feelings, about Whole30. Warning to family and friends, some of these thoughts are little “personal” so you may want to skip number seven 😉

  1. First, I wanna talk about how this has affected my nursing babe, Sweet Pea. She’s been about 3 months old this entire Whole30. Prior to Whole30, she was fairly gassy, cranky, and unhappy. She’d poop explosively, several times a day. While she had no problem gaining weight, she was obviously pretty miserable. Since starting Whole30, she’s night and day better. She’s more playful, calm, and happy. I’m happy to report that she now only poops once every day or two, and is only gassy and slightly cranky 30 minutes or so before she does her “doodie”. I also love starting off lists with a good chat about poop, don’t you?
  2. Second, the next few things I want to mention are the improvements I’ve felt since starting Whole30. I didn’t expect to have such clear skin! I used to get bad “pizza face” a couple times a month and it would take forever for those spots to go away completely! Now, I would almost feel confident enough to go without any make-up at all! This was a very expectant, yet welcome side-effect. (I like getting the gross stuff out of the way first, haha).
  3. I didn’t start this program to lose weight. As a matter of fact, I was slightly skeptical that not counting calories or watching portion sizes and rather eating very large meals would help me lose weight. But absolutely none of my pants stay up anymore…much to the husband’s enjoyment 😉 I’m not sure what I weighed before, and I have no idea what I weigh now, as I’m a tall girl and I had to learn early on to not let the number on a scale determine my self-worth or how I felt about how I looked. I do know that I am feeling more confident in my skin, and I always like a good excuse to buy new clothes!
  4. I’ve said it since week one, but I love how stable my blood-sugar is now. I used to experience roller coaster crashes all day long. I could go from super happy and in a great a mood to #killallthethings in a matter of minutes. Now it’s much more gradual, and I find that when I do start getting hungry I just have a hard time concentrating and my stomach actually rumbles again.
  5. I can now go to sleep much more quickly, and wake up feeling a lot more rested. I have very vivid dreams now too. Almost as vivid as when I was pregnant! The first couple of weeks you dream a lot about food. You dream of bathing in chocolate or cheating on your spouse with pizza and all other sorts of ridiculousness involving food. Eventually the crazy food dreams subside, and you just end up with just normal crazy dreams.
  6. I don’t feel like I have a ridiculous amount of energy yet,  it could be because I still wake up a few times a night with a nursing baby, but I definitely feel more energized than I was prior Whole30. I feel a little bit of tiger blood flowing now that we’re nearing the end, in the ‘I feel I could conquer anything but don’t feel the energy to do so’ kind of way, but I’m sure that’ll come with time. Here’s a great post about what “tiger blood” is all about. I’m just feeling completely content to just “be”, which is something I haven’t felt in a long time.

  7. ***If you’re family, you may want to avoid reading the following..haha*** I didn’t expect doing this Whole30 thing with my husband would have such a positive effect on our marriage, both in and out of the bedroom. Hubby might not have known, but my “desire” levels were nil prior to Whole30. I can tell a huge improvement in the romance department…even if we don’t get to act on it these days. On a non-brown-chicken-brown-cow note, we’re talking to each other more and are bonding over something of mutual interest. I couldn’t imagine doing this without him by my side!

  8. Outside of how I’m feeling, here’s some tips. Before getting started, I would recommend picking a handful of paleo/Whole 30 recipes and giving them a try beforehand. It’ll give you a feel for how things will be and you’ll realize just how delicious it is eating this way. Plus, it helps take away the scary, unknown factor.
  9. I do wonder how families with two working parents would accomplish eating this way. It’s pretty time consuming, particularly in the beginning there’s a steep learning curve, but once you get over that it’s really fairly easy. I would think, you’d have to do a lot more food prep on the weekends/nights than if you didn’t have one parent at home.
  10. It hasn’t been easy eating this way, and getting our kids to eat too. So I’ve tried to read through my recipes ahead of time and see how I could easily adapt the meal to make it edible for my kids. I’m totally against fixing them something separate from our own meals but I’ll still try to fix it in a way that they’ll eat it. For instance, I made this Sweet Potato Turkey Chili the other day, and after browning the meat and before adding the vegetables, I just took a half cup of turkey out and added a little salt and cumin and put it on tortillas with cheese for them. They scarfed it down and the hubby and I still got our delicious chili!
  11.  You’ll learn really quick to always be thinking ahead. For instance, if you need two boiled eggs for lunch one day, why don’t go ahead and boil six? Two for now and four for later. It takes just as much time to cook six as it does two! Same thing with ingredients such a spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, or baked chicken. These things keep well in the fridge and take no extra time to make more for later. Work smarter, not harder!
  12. One of the most difficult things I struggled with was breakfast time. The best advice I got from someone is to call it “Meal One”. While I still call it breakfast, I now think of it as “Meal One”. It makes it easier for me to stomach the idea of savory and previously more dinner type foods to eat first thing in the morning. I now love eating the previously mentioned Turkey Chili for breakfast or salmon patties. Trust me, cause you’ll get sick of eggs really quickly otherwise!
  13. Ok, one bonus thought… but if you’re doubting if you can do this too, you totally can. It’s about putting mind over matter. Quit treating food as your security blanket. It’s really, really tough the first half but now that we’re in the home stretch I really can’t think of eating any other way. Sure I do miss pancakes, pizza, and wine but not as much as I’m enjoying feeling good and feeling good about myself. I was one to previously buy little debbie snacks, hide them, and then eat them all (sometimes in one sitting!). It was disgusting, I know. But it made me feel good, until I crashed 30 minutes later. I never, ever want to go back to doing that and I won’t. I’m done with it! It’s time to find other things that help me feel good, besides food. Like reading a good book, taking a walk, or being sociable again. Will I eat another slice of pizza or a cheeseburger with actual buns again? Duh, this is real life! But I’m not going to let that become my weekly daily normevery again.

I hope you found this little list inspiring or helpful. If anything, it helped me get some thoughts off my chest.

Much love y’all,

-C-

Whole30: Day Two

Whole30: Day Two

Day two was a lot easier than day one but I experienced some strange ‘symptoms’. I had a general overall feeling of being ‘hungover’, you know the one where you have that spacey light-headed feeling, and just don’t feel ‘with it’. If you’ve never been hungover, I’d compare it to a really bad allergy day where you’ve taken one too many Benadryls and you have that groggy feeling.

I also kept having hot flashes. I’ll be cold one minute, then the next my palms are sweaty and then it creeps up my body. I can only assume it is because my body is adjusting to this new way of eating and flushing out the ‘bad’.

I think I’m having stronger ‘symptoms’ than my husband because I was definitely a bigger sugar/carb junkie than he was. I can’t even recall a day where I didn’t eat sugar or carbs. However, the feelings aren’t bad enough to even consider quitting. It’s no worse than that feeling you get when you binge eat homemade candies made by your awesome grandmother-in-law at Christmas. Oh, you don’t do that? Well, more candy for me suckers!

But wait a minute…that’s exactly what it feels like. I’m eating super healthy now, and yet I feel as though I ate entirely too much sugar. WeIrD. There’s gotta be some science to that. I hate using the word ‘detox’ but maybe that’s what it is? If you’re more science-y than me please comment and tell me your theory!

Enough about my feelings and pseudoscience…here’s what we chowed down on yesterday.

Breakfast was night and day better than the green grass eggs yesterday. We had scrambled eggs with leftover steak and mushrooms and some halved cherry tomatoes. Muy delicioso!

Leftover Steak and Eggs with Cherry Tomatoes and some strawberries

Between breakfast and lunch, I didn’t feel too hungry and didn’t snack at all. I drank two cups of black coffee. However, when 11:30 am hit…Wham! I felt super hangry (hunger induced anger for those not hip to the lingo) that I was almost ready to Hulk out. So while trying to make lunch, I ate a handful of dates to keep the big green guy inside of me calm.

On a more serious note, one great tip for doing this Whole30 or just Paleo in general is to cook as much as you can in one session. For instance, yesterday it took just as long to grill one chicken breast as it did two so it was much faster to make lunch today than yesterday, but most importantly, clean up was easier! Same thing with our sweet potatoes, I only needed four last night but cooked eight to eat on throughout the week.

Speaking of clean-up, we’re also had to start running the dishwasher twice a day. After breakfast I unload it, and hubby helps load it at lunch. Then I unload it in the afternoon so we can load it again after dinner. I’m so happy Nate works less than 3 minutes from our house, it helps make lunchtime run a lot more smoothly with him home. Plus. I like getting to see his cute butt self midday ❤

What was I talking about? Oh yea, lunch.

Here’s what we had: A tasty grilled chicken salad with slivered almonds, mandarin oranges (in 100% juice), and this same apple cider vinaigrette (no honey!) as yesterday.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Almonds, Mandarin Oranges, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette 


 

So I have this nearly 3 month old, Sweet Pea, who is still exclusively breastfeeding which makes me one hungry mama. So when I felt completely famished an hour after lunch, I did some research online to see what other nursing moms should do while going through the Whole30. Apparently, instead of focusing on 3 big meals a day, it’s fine to snack if you feel hungry. They never want you feeling hungry. It’s also ok to load up on starchier produce like sweet potatoes and and fruit. I apparently took this to heart and polished off the carton of figs we had. They’re worse than Pringles I tell you! Basically, as a nursing mom, put yourself in the super athlete category. So any suggestions they gave for crazy people like Crossfitters, it applies to you as a lactating lady. You basically are a super athlete if you think about it…nursing marathon anyone? My best time has been two hours and 45 minutes!


Dinner was scrumptious, I actually got full.

We had taco salad with guacamole, salsa, and mini sweet bell pepper ‘chips’. We just sliced them in half and they become a device to stuff copious amounts of guacamole into our mouths.

We have made our own homemade taco seasoning since forever. It’s completely Whole30 approved and SO much better than those packet things. Here’s the recipe. I doubled the seasoning cause I cooked two pounds of hamburger meat, so we can eat some for lunch tomorrow. I also made a boatload of guacamole. Yes, that’s a real measurement. Did I mention day two was a Tuesday? Cause we totally celebrate Taco Tuesday at our house! Ole!

Taco Salad with Guacamole, Salsa, and Mini Sweet Bell Pepper “Chips”

I ate a handful of green grapes around 9:00 pm while watching Once Upon a Time. I’m obsessed with that show! It’s not like the best show ever, but it’s fun to watch. Anyone else like it?

That’s it for day two! Compared to day one,today was a breeze. I felt a little weird  all day, more so than usual, and I seriously salivated over a PB&J I made for Princess. But other than that, it was good!

Buenas Noches!

-C-