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Whole30

I've decided to start the Whole30 program tomorrow. This is a mostly-paleo dietary cleanse that eliminates most problem foods from your diet for 30 days. Sugar, grains, soy, potatoes, MSG, etc. I've decided to do this instead of fasting again as I'd planned, since it's been so long since I've fasted.

Switching to real foods and cutting out junk will be good for me. I've had too many health problems since I had Maya, and they're only getting worse. Despite being in a weight loss challenge, I cannot lose this babyweight. I keep losing & gaining the same 3 pounds. Still addicted to pepsi and have a tendency to binge on chips, pasta, or other carbs. So I will cut them all out, get back to healthy foods, keep a food diary while I do this, and determine what kinds of foods affect me how and what my emotional triggers are (anger and stress for sure).

I've been a busy little bee today! First, I did some healthy shopping this weekend. Had to travel to Rolla to get the memorial tree (we finally laid mom's ashes to rest this weekend - more on that probably coming another time), so I picked up a few hard-to-find items at the health food store while out there. Priced other hard-to-find items that I couldn't countenance spending this weekend. Then I made a meal plan that I am quite proud of (which you can see here: http://www.mealplanning.livejournal.com/125047.html), and I sent Josh to the store for a few items I realized I needed after finding better recipes than what I'd considered.

I did SO MUCH prep today, but that will help me stick with it. Here's what I did to prepare for Week 1:

- Made homemade veggie broth
- Made homemade beef broth
- Made salsa (I messed up here! I added my customary secret ingredient – shhhh – of tequila before I remembered that alcohol was a no-no! But I haven't had my delicious salsa in far too long, so I didn't scrap it. Won't hurt much.)
- Made Soy Sauce Substitute (Technically this one is cheating as well, because it has molasses, but the added sugar comes out to 1.5 g per serving, and I felt having decent flavors to switch things up was essential to my success. And a lot of their healthy sauce suggestions just cost way too much money.)
- Made Paleo-Mayo - I used this recipe because coconut oil & EVOO were the only approved oils that I had in the house, but I definitely see why they say to use light olive oil instead of EVOO. It's way strong. Will have to get light olive oil next time.
- Steam/Sautéed carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and green and red bell peppers to have on hand as needed.
- Boiled up a batch of Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, which worked fabulously on our Americauna (green) eggs but no so swell on our Buckeye and Welsummer eggs (the brown ones) even though they were not fresh.
- Cooked up 3 chicken breasts for recipes and 'emergency protein'. Was also supposed to do sausage, but that didn't work out. I'm ready and can't wait for my chicken/avocado salad for breakfast in the morning!

I also bought several organic teas and restarted my water kefir. The grains have been in the freezer for just over a year, so I hope they're still alive!

I'm really excited about this new challenge! I have a couple of friends who are thinking of doing it with me, and I'd love buddies if anyone is interested! I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Comments

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allyra
May. 12th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Woooooooo! I'm so glad to read this! I'm sure the Whole30 will make you feel tons better. Going Paleo has made major changes for me health-wise. I hope this will help you, too.

I need to get my kefir grains out of storage, too...and I also hope they survived. Poor wee things. Thank you again for sending them!!!
ahavah
May. 14th, 2014 10:58 am (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks for the paleo books, although I must admit that I kind of forgot about them. I need to go back and read through them all!

I did really well Day 1, but I totally crashed yesterday. I'll try to do an update soon. I'm enjoying it, but I'm glad I made 'emergency food' since I was far too tired to cook anything yesterday. There are a ton of great recipes I want to try. I just need the time & energy to do so. But I'm really liking some new food combinations that I never would have thought of on my own. I eat pretty healthily anyway (mostly), but I guess I have my food 'ruts', and this is definitely breaking me out of that!
njlorelei
May. 19th, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
I've done both an elimination diet and a paleo diet in the past. Neither of them proved to help me lose weight or give any insight into my health but they did add a bunch of healthy recipes to my favorites. I hope you get out of it all that you are expecting to.
ahavah
Jun. 8th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed your comment! I've felt such a drastic change in my weight and overall health. I'm sorry you didn't! I've had so much more energy, drive, and food just tastes better without eating so much processed stuff. I am kind of stuck in a recipe rut though, so if you have any favorites, please share them!
njlorelei
Jun. 8th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
I am so happy to hear how great this has been for you. I think part of it for me is that my diet never really did contain too much processed food. I used to post recipes a lot but I haven't in a long time.

This morning I made a kale frittata that was easy and delicious. In an ovenproof nonstick pan, Sauté a chopped onion, add a bunch of chopped kale, sauté until wilted, season with black pepper, whisk 8 eggs and add to the pan, swirl around to cover evenly. Cook until edges are set. Top with about 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and stick in a 400 degree oven about 10 minutes. Yum!
ahavah
Jun. 9th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
I love frittatas! Josh is surprisingly big on them. I have to make them the night before though, or I just don't have time in the morning. So I've made a couple to get me through Whole30 breakfasts, but usually we actually have them for dinner. Short on eggs right now, but I think another one should come up soon! I have kale, too.
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