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Whole30 Planning (3rd round)

This Friday, 6/12, I'll be starting the Whole30 Elimination diet. I've done this twice before, with life changing results! Not only did I learn a lot about nutrition and my body in particular, it also helped me get several health issues under control. I lost 30 pounds the first time, got off both my blood pressure and thyroid medicines, and kicked my sugar & pepsi habits. With the second one, I lost about 15 pounds, but some of that I had gained back. I did a really detailed food journal the first time but fudged the reintroduction stage, and I didn't keep a food journal the second time but did somewhat better on reintroduction. This time I want to really focus on both, noting how specific foods affect me and continuing to avoid bad ones after the program.

I'd love to have some accountability buddies if anyone would like to do this with me! For 30 days, you focus on eating healthy whole foods. The program rules can be found here, and you stick to the meal template found here. It's very strict, but totally worth it, imo. The foods that you eliminate completely for the 30 days are:


  • Sugar/sugar substitutes of any kind

  • Alcohol

  • Grains

  • Legumes (Soy is off-limits!)

  • Dairy

  • Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites

  • No “Sex With Your Pants On” (SWYPO): recreated 'whole foods/paleo' baked goods or snacks. While some things are across the board off-limits (egg/banana 'pancakes', grainless muffins and wraps, etc.), I think SWYPO foods are highly individual. Cauliflower 'rice' or 'tortillas' aren't going to be a problem/trigger food for me, whereas veggie 'chips' or trying to replicate anything cheesey absolutely would be.




My garden was started late, but I'm hoping that it will help provide healthy fresh veggies this summer. We are getting eggs regularly, but they are phoenix eggs and very small. 4 would probably be one serving. Still, I'll use those farm-fresh eggs when I can. We have a freezer full of deer meat that I plan to take full advantage of, and we even have a bit of our harvested pig left (though not much). I hope to find a local source to buy a couple of rabbits.

I'm always so surprised by how much I eat while I'm on the program. Cooking gets very hot – and so does Missouri – so I plan to cook large batches of things on rainy days and maybe some late nights. I'm doing as much prep work ahead of time, including freezer meals, so that I have things ready should we have a busy day or if I get sick again. The meal plans never work out quite like I hope, so this time I'm just going to list things I plan to make over the next week or two. I'll fix them as time allows.



Pre-prep


Salsa

Beef broth

Chicken broth

Hardboiled eggs

Chicken breasts

Browned ground beef

Amazingly Good Paleo [Venison] Jerky and [Venison] TeriJerky

Chorizo

Mason Jar Salads

Veggie hash

Steam-sauté veggies

Baked potatoes/sweet potatoes




Week 1-2 Menu


Breakfasts

Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup

Golden Cauliflower Soup

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Meatloaf

Spicy Salmon Frittata

Broccoli Spinach Frittata


Lunches


Tuna Cakes w/Green Olives

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

Simple Shrimp Ceviche

Magic Shrimp

Ahi Tuna Salad




Dinners


Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Tuesday Night Chicken

Paleo Meatza Pies

Paleo Tex Mex Casserole

PaleOMG Pizza Spaghetti Pie



Pre- or Post-Work Out meals


Spicy Chorizo Scotch Eggs

Citrus Bison Meatballs w/Crispy Sweet Potato Noodles

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Paleo Mediterranean Steak

Roasted Rosemary Almonds


Comments

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adoptedwriter
Jun. 9th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
That zucchini soup and cilantro lime chicken sound amazing. Anything w cilantro is a win for me! AW
ahavah
Jun. 9th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things. I can't wait to try them out! I'm a big cilantro fan, too. I know there are some people who taste soap when they eat cilantro. That would be hell!
dodging_fate
Jun. 9th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm in, starting on Sunday, however, as that is what works best for my schedule. I've been making my way towards this and what is holding me up is sugar. So much love for friggin' sugar.

I love many of those recipes!!!!

I've been tracking consumption on myfitnesspal; would trying to do calorie counting be counter-intuitive to this process? Easy enough to avoid scales and measurements.
thepheenixeyri
Jun. 9th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
Holy snipes yes. Especially sugar in coffee, which is the main thing I use it for these days. But still, chocolate and all that? *shovels in* LOL

-Phoenix
ahavah
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
Sugar is definitely an issue in this house, too! Start cutting back now and upping your water, do hopefully the detox doesn't hit you as badly. I've been weaning myself back on pepsis, as that's my biggest downfall, especially in summer.

You are definitely NOT supposed to calorie count or weigh/measure yourself during the program. As long as you stick to the meal templates, you're doing fine. I actually eat way MORE food when I'm on Whole30, but I lose so much weight! As long as it's healthy, whole foods, it's no problem! And having a proper 'fat' portion with each meal keeps things running smoothly and keeps between-meal-cravings at bay. I do suggest keeping a food log, though, so you can see how different items affect your body & moods.
dodging_fate
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
I'm down to one portion of sugar a day and went through detox from that about a month ago so I'm not, expecting a big Herxheimer reaction this time thankfully!
ahavah
Jun. 11th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
So, I think I'm going to start Sunday with you! I was just finally given (after years of searching) my Grandma's cinnamon roll recipe, and I think I have to make those first. I can't sit on that a whole month! This will give me a bit more prep time, anyway. :)
dodging_fate
Jun. 12th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Awesome!
thepheenixeyri
Jun. 9th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
Mrr, nope, can't cut out dairy completely. Not unless there's something that has a similar make. Me without dairy is like some people without coffee. I'm less grounded, and I somehowseem to eat more to make up for the loss of that sort of protein. (And yes, I know this.) The only time I didn't was when I had a better balanced diet, but even then I neede *some* dairy otherwise I didn't function right.

Other than that, I can do the no sugar thing. I've gotten my soda habbit under control, and the only real sugar I use is in my voffee, and even that, I can pick and choose because I can find blends that don't need either.

This still sounds like an awesome program for those it works for, though. :)

-Phoenix
ahavah
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm a huge dairy fan as well, and I never thought that dairy negatively affected me, but I've learned differently after trying the program. I'm good with it in moderation, but if I have too much of it, I do stay bloated and gain weight. Cheese especially is a weakness for me, and while I was skeptical of giving it up, I liked committing to the program & seeing how my body fared.

I did manage to give up sugar in my coffee for good. I just do unsweetened almond milk now, and I quite like it. Once you get free of sugar, you don't really crave it as much. I will still have a cold pepsi on a hot day (or for convenience), but I don't drink them non-stop anymore, and I don't have my horrible Little Debbie/cream horns habit that I used to have. I still have my chips/fries issues when I'm off the program, but the sugar dragon is contained, at least.
njlorelei
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I know you've had such positive results in the past so i hope you do again. I tried paleo (which seems quite similar) and had horrible results. No weight loss and my cholesterol skyrocketed. I am doing a 2 week vegetarian challenge starting on Friday so some of my options could work in your whole 30 plan and vice versa.
ahavah
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, Whole30 is like paleo but even stricter. That's really odd how that affected you, though. I'd maybe take a peek at that meal template linked above and see if you were doing paleo that way, because I could maybe see how too much meat & fats could have contributed. Did you do dairy at all? Some paleo folks do, and I think that's what I'm going to try to stick with once I finish the program. I do like a little cheese, just in moderation.

I'd love to share recipes!
njlorelei
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
I can't remember if I included dairy or not. I'm not really into dairy other than ice cream so eliminating it wouldn't be too bad for me.

Tomorrow I plan to start making my weekly menu. I'll post it to my page.
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