Friday, April 25, 2014

Whole30, Day 5

So I kinda sucked again at taking pictures of my food again today. I have almost no appetite for some reason. I'm hungry but nothing sounds good. Everything I ate has been Whole30 compliant, but I know I didn't eat as much as I should have and I'm severely lacking in the protein and veggie department. Tomorrow is a new day.

Breakfast: Applesauce and an apple with almond butter

Lunch: Larabar, banana, baby carrots

Dinner: sliced chicken breast with 1 tbsp mayo & mustard, plantain chips

Snack: apple, strawberries

I'm not sure if its that "carb flu" that you apparently experience, but I've just been headachey and kinda blah all day.

I do have to confess, I weighed this morning. I know I said I wouldn't wait until June 21 when my summer challenge was over. BUT, my husband weighed me on Day 1 of Whole30 and wrote down the number (I didn't look, I promise). I had him weigh me again today, 5 days later and again, I didn't look. Although I don't know the number on the scale, I do know I've lost 2.4 pounds so far. And I'll take it.

Tomorrow the kids have their first baseball game so I'm trying to get everything laid out and prepared for the day. I should be home at all meal times so that makes it easier. I'm hoping my appetite comes back cause I kinda miss eating ;)

How are the rest of the Whole30 girls doing? Staying on track? No slip ups?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Whole30, Day 4

So I basically forgot to take pictures of all my meals today (I know, I know- you're disappointed!) but here's the gist of it:

Breakfast: diced sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, ground turkey/apple concoction like the past 2 days

Snack: a couple almonds 

Lunch: TJ Tuna (1 can) with TJ mayo (whole30 compliant- eggs, oil, vinegar and lemon juice), olives, carrots & applesauce 

Snack: all natural sliced chicken breast dipped in a tiny bit of mayo/mustard mix, plantain chips

Dinner: sautéed cabbage and mushrooms with shredded chicken. This ended up being gross and I couldn't gag it down, so I picked the chicken out and ate an apple with almond butter about an hour later 

All in all, I'd say today was my best day so far. The afternoon slump didn't hit me til about 4:30 and that was probably only because I allowed myself to sit down and rest before tackling dinner, baseball practice, bath and bedtime routine! 

I'm still not craving anything or having symptoms of withdrawl at all- which I'm so thankful for.

In the daily email from Whole30 today, they talk about cravings vs. hunger and what you should do to distinguish between the two and then how to fix it. Basically when the Sugar Monster hits you, you brain is just begging you for sugar- in any way. It can't tell the difference between sugar from pineapple versus sugar from a Twinkie. So the trick is to satisfy that hunger with something besides sugar...and the perfect solution is a combo of protein+fat (I had lunch meat dipped in mayo). That seemed to work really well. I've been getting less and less hungry each day. 

So Kara over at Two Ton Teacher gave me a nice shout out on her blog today, as well as left me a novel worth of questions so I thought is just answer them here real fast :) Love ya friend!! 

What do I sauté my food in? 
Coconut oil. I can also use avocado or grapeseed or olive oil, but I've been having fun experimenting with coconut.

How do I roast my broccoli?
I chop it into even size pieces, place it on a foil lined baking sheet and then drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 for 20ish minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like it.

Do I have a hard time stomaching carrots and green beans for breakfast? I add clarified butter as my fat for the meal and umm...I could drink that stuff #innerfargirl. Seriously, it's the only thing that makes it bearable lol

Where do I buy my boneless skinless chicken breasts?...hahahaha JK!!! ML fan club joke :)

She mentioned she didn't think she had the willpower to do this. The truth is- I don't think I do either. I'm doing it to prove to myself that I can. That I'm stronger than that voice of temptation telling me to EAT.ALL.THE.JELLY.BEANS

So there ya go! Day 4 is a wrap and I'm still alive and happy! (But I'm kinda dying for a glass of wine)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Whole30, Day 2

Another day completed!

I felt much better and less hungry today. Still no crazy withdrawal symptoms or uncontrollable cravings.

I did have 2 snacks which I'm sure had something to do with it. I get up at 6:30 to get the kids ready for school and if I eat my breakfast then, I'll be ready for lunch by 9:30am. So instead of having my breakfast then, I had a banana with a little almond butter and then had my actual breakfast about 9:00. That worked out nicely.

Here's the rest of my food for today:

Breakfast:
{ground turkey with diced apples and cinnamon and nutmeg, carrots and green beans with clarified butter}

Lunch:

{same as yesterday- chicken sausage, diced tomatoes, carrots and green beans}

Mid afternoon snack:
{fresh pineapple and plantain chips}

Dinner:
{chicken cooked in coconut oil and herbs and spices, roasted broccoli and sautéed cabbage and onions}

Last night I was starving before bed, like I could have eaten a horse. But tonight I feel good. I'm satisfied. 

I got out of the shower this morning and saw my full length reflection in the mirror and was shocked to see how much bloat has gone down in only 24 hours. My stomach is visibly smaller which makes me get my hopes up really high for my 30 day results. I promised myself I wouldn't be disappointed, despite what the scale says. My goal is to lose 7-8 pounds, we'll see! 

I go back to work tomorrow so I'll have to plan my meals a little better but it shouldn't be too bad. 

I'm loving see everyone else's whole30 project, don't forget to use the hashtag #whole30club if you are on IG!

Whole30, Day 3

Short and sweet tonight cause I'm exhausted.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday (ground turkey with diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg)

Lunch:
{chicken sausage, sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil, steamed carrots}

Dinner:
{pork chop, apple slices and zucchini}

This morning I had a banana with almond butter for a snack, and this afternoon I had a handful of plantain chips. I still hit that afternoon slump around 2pm and feel like I need to hibernate. I hope that goes away soon.

My skin is looking brighter and more clear. My stomach is so much flatter so I was a little disappointed when my pants still fit the same. Yes it's only been 3 days . I'm the most impatient person, seriously. I am getting super anxious to know if I've lost weight this week but I know I'm not supposed to weigh. It is SO hard to break that addiction!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Whole30, Day 1

Day 1 is in the books! I feel like I did really good. I wasn't tempted by much and I didn't have to struggle to come up with meals that sounded good. 

I will have to say though, it's difficult for me to just have 3 meals a day. I'm a mini meal girl. I like to eat several small meals throughout the day. I know there is research that shows benefits to both (snacking vs no snacking) so I don't think there's a concrete right or wrong way. I'm going to attempt to abide by the "try not to snack" rule but if I get too hungry I'm just gonna have something small (carrots, an apple, banana, etc). The 'no gum' thing is really hard to adjust  too as well, but it's not impossible. 

I picked up several new things from Trader Joes today that I'm excited to experiment with. Maybe I'll post some of my goodies tomorrow. All I know is, clarified butter is my life to stay. I'd never had it until tonight and I'm in love! 

So here are my meals for today:

Breakfast:
{scrambled eggs with chicken apple sausage, green beans}

Lunch:
{sliced chicken breast, carrots, banana with a little almond butter. That's one of the "use sparingly" food items but a little goes a long way}

Dinner:
{all natural chicken sausage with diced tomatoes, green beans with clarified butter and sea salt, pineapple}

I also had a cup of unsweetened hot tea tonight because I was really hungry. It helped a little but I'm still hungry. I think I need to eat bigger meals tomorrow and see if that helps. I don't know how many calories I consumed (you don't count) but I would venture to say it's less than usual. 

I have my meals planned out for tomorrow and breakfast and lunch are already made. I've got this!!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Week 1 Meal Plan

I was supposed to spend the day cleaning my house and getting ready to host Easter tomorrow but instead I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest and google finding recipes for the first week of Whole30.

I have quite a bit of meat and seafood on hand (chicken apple sausage, ground pork and ground beef, pork chops, chicken breasts, salmon, tilapia and shrimp) so the bulk of my grocery list is produce and extras (oils, nuts, etc).  I'm planning on making a few big things to last me multiple meals and days, and I'll make separate meals for my family (which I'm not a fan of, but I'm not going to make them eat this way if its not their choice- we already eat gluten free and pretty healthy to begin with, so their diet is fine).

Breakfasts:
Frittata with shredded chicken and veggies
Scrambled eggs with ground beef and onions, mushrooms and zucchini
Chicken apple sausage, sauteed cabbage and diced apples
(I will repeat each breakfast more than once as I'll have plenty of leftover ingredients)

Lunches and Dinners:
Baked chicken, roasted broccoli, sweet potato
Ground pork, diced tomato and green beans (plus seasoning)
Ground beef, spinach, olives and tomatoes (plus seasoning)
Chicken apple sausage, sauteed cabbage and onions, diced apples
Salmon and asparagus
(I will repeat each meal twice)

I will have a piece of fruit (banana, apple, berries or pineapple) and a handful of nuts when needed. You technically aren't supposed to "snack", you're supposed to eat three meals a day. I may also just eat the fruit with breakfast or right after dinner. It will just depend on my hunger levels I guess.

I don't want to snack because its "snacktime" or because my body is craving sugar or carbs. Thats eating out of habit and not to fuel my body. If I'm truly hungry then I'll eat a snack.

I am not so sure how drinking black coffee is gonna go, so I'll give it a shot and if I can't handle it, I'll just switch to hot tea. Thats much easier to drink without sweetener. Coffee isn't a HUGE thing for me to give up, its more of a routine thing than a caffeine requirement. I like waking up and having a cup of coffee in my big comfy chair while I check Instagram and Facebook. Totally pathetic, I know.

I'm going to weigh myself on Monday morning, but since I promised myself I wouldn't step on the scale til the end of the 90 Days of Summer Challenge on June 21, I'm not going to look at the number. My husband is going to look and write it down for me. Then on May 20 I'll weigh again and have him write that number down so I know exactly how much I lost during the 30 days, but not the number on the scale. I don't have a big goal in mind, but it'd sure be nice to see at least 6 or 7 pounds. Thats probably a long shot but maybe, just maybe, this is what my body needs to jumpstart the weight loss process again.

Ok, back to cleaning. The bathrooms aren't gonna clean themselves apparently!







Friday, April 18, 2014

Whole30

I know it's been awhile since I blogged- I'm sorry!!

First things first- My foot is healing great. I'm allowed to do the stationary bike for now and hopefully I'll be released to start wearing my regular shoe and walking for exercise on May 2nd (my next appointment). I'm walking/hobbling without crutches now but I still haven't gained full use of my whole foot and am unable to put full weight on the ball of my foot. Sunday will be one month post op so I'd say I'm doing well! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely saw that I'm going to do the Whole30 program, beginning Monday (April 21). I have several girls who are interested in completing this with me and I'm really looking forward to exchanging recipes & whining together ;)

If you are unfamiliar with Whole30, it's a 30 day commitment to eliminating ALL added sugars (table & artificial), dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol. Your diet will consist of protein (animal, fish, eggs), vegetables, fruits, nuts and other healthy fats. Basically the Caveman or Paleo diet. Yes I'm going to miss my gum, Greek yogurt, coffee creamer and PB2. But I'm pretty sure I'll survive!

The program is designed to reset your body, rid your digestive system of toxins, boost your immune system & reduce inflammation throughout your body (inflammation is what causes headaches, stomachache, fatigue, skin issues, sleep issues, crankiness, congestion, etc). Those are just a few of the physical benefits that you're supposed to experience. The psychological changes are just as significant. Whole30 teaches you how to deal with your cravings, it fosters a healthy relationship between your brain and food & it strengthens your self control and discipline. Those are just a few benefits that I'm looking forward to, weight loss is also on my mind and will inevitably happen once I've rid my body of all the crap and start nourishing my body the right way. 

It's not an extreme diet or a fad diet. Yes it seems strict but only because we are so used to eating so many unnecessary (but delicious!) foods. I am in no way committing to eat this way for the rest of my life. I'm simply doing this to remove all the junk from my diet and attempt to alleviate my stomach issues (I suspect dairy since I've already removed gluten) and my lack of energy in the second half of the day. I also need to reset my brain to know when to STOP eating. I plan on reintroducing the eliminated food slowly after the 30 days so that I can identify how each makes my body feel. I've said adios to gluten for good (best decision ever) so that's something I definitely won't be adding back to my diet. Dairy & legumes are up in the air since I'm sure one of those is the culprit to my tummy/digestive issues.

I just finished reading "It Starts With Food" written by the creators of Whole30. I highly suggest this easy read to anyone even remotely interested, but definitely for those who plan to participate. I got so much from the book and I'm still trying to absorb it all!! If you are thinking this would be something you'd like to do, read more info on the website (www.whole30.com) and let me know if you decide to fully commit! I'd love to follow alongside your journey as well, for motivation and support. The program is FREE. All the details and guidelines are laid out on both the website & in the book.

I'm giving myself the weekend to prepare & then I will be fully on board starting Monday morning and ending May 20. I will try and get some meal ideas posted this weekend. 

TGIF friends! ❤️