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-

Whole30: Day Seven and Week One Wrap-up

Whole30: Day Seven

Well, we did it! We made it through our first whole week!

At the beginning of the week there was a steep learning curve, but it’s whole lot more simple now at the end of the week. By simply cutting out a ton of stuff, it makes food choices a whole lot easier. We simply eat meats, eggs, fats, and produce. That’s it. Some people seem to look at us like we’re crazy when we list all the things we “can’t” have, but it’s actually sort of freeing to take away some choices. I haven’t yet read the Whole30 book “It Starts with Food”, (non-affiliate link) so it may be addressed there, but I think they cut out the dairy, grains, legumes, soy, and sugar because those are all things people typically have allergies and sensitivities to. So by cutting them out and allowing your body to heal, you can reintroduce the more trigger sensitive foods one at a time and see how your body reacts.

I can already tell a HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE difference in my blood sugar levels. It’s really incredible. I was one to typically have several spells of intense hangriness throughout the day, and I would usually tame that Hulk monster with carbs like crackers, cereal bars, toast, etc., only to find myself hulking again in a couple of hours. With how we’re eating now, I just start having a hard time thinking clearly and my stomach actually growls. Imagine that!

Some other things I’ve learned over the course of the week is how previously I would use the non-Whole30 foods as my diet staples and use the compliant foods as condiments. So I would eat and make things that were more carb or dairy heavy, with a sprinkle of vegetables or meat. When really it should be the other way around. Once we’re done with the Whole30, and my body does ok on either carbs or dairy that’s how I plan on going forward with eating. 90% paleo and 10% not.

Also, sugar and crappy oils are in everything. It took us over fifteen minutes to find canned tuna that was simply tuna, water, and salt. Everything else contained either soy, sugar, or something else we didn’t want! You would think it would be easier on these companies producing our food to do things simply, instead of adding all kinds of frankenfoods to our stuff! It’s mind-bottling I tell you!

Well, with it being day seven and yesterday was spent partying, we hadn’t made it grocery shopping and we were out of everything. So we ate leftovers from the party for breakfast/meal one. After this week I’m no longer going to refer to it as breakfast but as meal one 🙂

So here’s our potato salad and fruit salad! All the recipes are included on my Day Six post.

Meal One: Potato Salad and Fruit Salad

Knowing we were going to be busy all afternoon shopping, I made dinner early and put it in the crock pot. I’ll post the recipe at the bottom of this post, but I think to be successful with this you really have to be able to think ahead and think of ways to simplify this way of eating and anticipate any obstacles you might encounter so you have a game plan in place. Whether it’s cooking extra during one session to help cut out time later on in the week, or knowing your busy schedule and fixing dinner in the morning if you know you won’t have time later that day.

What’s the saying? Necessity is the mother of invention? or something like that. Well, being as were out of our usual lunch items we had to make due with what we had and actually Nate and I both said, “Why can’t we eat lunch like this more often?”. It was full of great snacky stuff like boiled eggs, roasted baby carrots (my fave!), and apples slices with almond butter.

Meal Two: Snacky Lunch. Boiled eggs, Roasted Baby Carrots, Apple Slices with Almond Butter

While my carrots and eggs were cooking away, I was able to finish getting ready and meal plan for the week. We ate up and went on our merry way. We hit up Sam’s Club and Wally World. Sam’s has the best prices on produce and meats for us. You can get six heads of romaine for the price of three at a regular supermarket. We eat a lot of salad so it’s worth it to us.

Between Sam’s and Walmart, we stopped at the house to drop off the cold stuff and grabbed a snack of dried figs and cashews. I love me some figs!

After we were done grocery shopping, we finished up dinner. It was the first dinner all week the kids actually ate without a fight. I made some crotch pot Chicken Cacciatore from a recipe I got from Skinnytaste.com again. LOVE HER SITE! I made the kids pasta for theirs and I sauteed some squash for Nate and I. It was absolutely fabulous.

Crotch Pot Chicken Cacciatore with Sauteed Squash

Maybe one day I’ll start posting pictures that do my food some justice, but today is not that day. Rest assured, it tasted delicious 🙂

I had a sweet tooth after dinner so I ate a couple figs and dates. I was STILL hungry after the Bigs went to bed so I ate a handful of green grapes. I felt like the freaking Very Hungry Caterpillar! I wish I could be like that caterpillar and eat all that junk food and end up more beautiful that before! Curse you unrealistic children’s books putting lofty ideals in my head!  I’ll never be a butterfly! 😛

That wraps up day seven and week one! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them below ❤

Rock on,

-C-