And some days resolve is scarce…

…like today. I had my hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, but then–Chick-fil-A chicken strips and waffle fries for lunch, and two glasses of wine plus half of a crab dip appetizer (with dairy!) AND flatbread with which to scoop said crab dip into my gaping maw. Damn. 

BUT, instead of slashing my tires when only one was flat, I came home and walked 2 miles to reach just beyond my 10,000 step goal for the day. So there’s a bit of redemption. 

  
Tomorrow, back to clean eating!!!

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Resolve

 I’m still very much on this journey to wellness. I’m eating mostly Whole30 with only a few exceptions from time to time (a little rice here and there and today I ate a Kind bar–with peanuts). I feel good, and though I am not weighing myself more than monthly, I am fitting jeans I haven’t worn in who-knows-how-long, so I know I am losing weight. But I will admit, it takes resolve. And an eye on the prize. 

OMIGOD, it’s Whole30 day 30!!!!!

30 days. THIRTY! I made it! Here’s what I can tell you today:

  • I definitely lost weight, but I am traveling so I don’t know how much yet
  • I feel 300% better and have at least that much more energy, especially in the afternoons
  • I no longer even LIKE the taste of Diet Pepsi, which I consumed in ridiculous amounts prior to this (now it tastes like hyper-sugary chemicals)
  • I have a plan for reintroduction that I’m excited to start on (but not until Thursday when I get home)

Is it hard? Yes, it’s hard. But Whole30 is about tough love. It’s not hard when you think about what REALLY is hard (giving birth, fighting cancer, losing a loved one, earning a Masters’ degree, etc.)

Is it worth it? YES. I don’t even need to qualify that.

Does it really jumpstart a lifestyle change? YES. Well, sort of. It’s actually a learning tool. I am almost certain I will never eat quite the same way again, and if I do slip at all, I know exactly where to go to get back on track.

More on Friday when I have a weight loss count and the reintroduction process has begun (with wine…because…wine).

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Whole30 Day 25 (with 6 days to go and counting)

If you’d told me on Day 2 or 3 that the rest of the days would speed by in a blur, I’d probably have bitten your head off. If it didn’t have any non-Whole30-compliant ingredients added, that is. But actually, it did fly by. By week 2 I felt “normal,” by week 3…downright energetic. Now? With 6 days to go and reintroduction on the horizon, I don’t actually feel a huge urgency to reintroduce much. Here’s my rough plan.

I’ll actually be out of town for work next week, so I won’t be able to truly engage in this until I return, so that will be more like day 33 (next Friday). First…I will weigh in, because I’m dying to know if the scale moved. Not that that was the main purpose of this, but it’s certainly a big part of my motivation to eat clean, get healthy, and look better. As far as food category reintros, I’m blazing my own trail a bit rather than following one of the prescribed Whole30 orders of introduction, simply because I want to hold off a bit before I try anything with gluten. My priorities are as follows:

  • Day 33: Wine (I’m not a lush or anything but I do enjoy a glass of wine now and then, and this is also supporting my husband’s desire to step into beer (alcohol, then grains, then gluten). Since he did this whole thing with me, it only seems fair.
  • Day 36: Non-gluten grains (again, to support the beer journey for the husband)–I’m thinking rice, for me, and maybe corn. Could probably do a great corn, rice and Kalua pig (no, not kahlua, the drink) mashup for dinner which would be perfect since that day is a Monday and I can get the pork shoulder in the slow cooker on Sunday mid-day. He’s also going to try non-gluten beer.
  • Day 39: This is where the husband and I diverge. He’s going to try his favorite beer (Yuengling, because, well, Pennsylvania), but I’m eager to try legumes, since my go-to healthy snack is cucumbers and hummus. I am really hoping this one goes well.
  • Day 42: Dairy. Now and then I really do love cheese. I just have to remember the brakes. I also suspect I may have a sensitivity here, so if I’m going to be let down, better to see that after I can drown my sorrows in a glass of wine (see day 33 above).
  • Day 45: Nope. Nothing. I don’t have any immediate plans to introduce gluten right now. My sister did a cleanse of her own and when she tried gluten her ears turned bright red…And since I know gluten is doing absolutely nothing good for me, it’s likely to cause me to overindulge, and I’m not actually craving anything with it right now (bread, pasta, etc.), I’m going to leave this out of the mix until I see a reallllllly good reason to add it in. Essentially, I’m heeding this reminder from the Whole30 peeps:

Reminder: If you don’t miss a particular food or drink that you know makes you less healthy, don’t bother to reintroduce it. Not missing tofu, black beans, cottage cheese, or brown rice? With evidence pointing towards these foods making you less healthy, there’s no reason whatsoever to add them back into your diet. Only reintroduce those foods that you suspect you’ll really want to include back into your diet once in a while, and leave the rest happily behind.

A note about sugar reintroduction, straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth:

Yes, you’ll likely get some added sugar in many of your “experimental” foods—that’s really hard to avoid.If you do choose a reintroduction food with lots of sugar—say, a Starbucks grande Caramel Frappuccino (with a whopping 64 grams!) with whole milk—you’ll have to deal with the dairy + sugar consequences all at once. Chances are, however, you’ll know intuitively what to attribute to which ingredient—digestive issues are generally dairy-driven, while energy fluctuations, cravings, and mood swings are probably sugar-related. However, some side effects, like skin breakouts, may be the result of the sugar, or the dairy, or the combination of both.

Stay tuned for an update probably the end of next week when the reintroduction has commenced and I am squealing with glee because the scale loves me (that’s optimism for you).

Countdown to Day 30 (a Whole30 Update)

Day 22! I can hardly believe this is my last full week! Honestly, it does get easier. As promised. Cravings are gone, energy is up, and I had one ginormous NSV (non-scale victory) this weekend. I went to get a pedicure, and Kim (my manicurist) said in her adorable Vietnamese accent, “OH! You lost weight!” as soon as she saw me. Since she only sees me roughly every two weeks, she saw a big difference. That was awesome.

I hosted Mother’s Day at my house, which was great because even though I had to work a lot harder than I’d prefer on that day, I did have control over the menu. So I got a fish tray (good Jewish comfort food that I knew my mom would love), and a big salad for me, my sister (who did a different “detox” program, and anyone else. On top of that, I made a chicken recipe from the Whole30 cookbook (with lime added, which was deeeelicious), to put on top, plus Porkitos from the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook.

I felt so good having my whole family laughing and celebrating in my house! 

Now, I’m in the countdown to day 30 (9 days!) so I am starting to think about reintroduction. I’m not gonna lie. I’m starting with alcohol (wine). Not that I can’t live without it, but I’d like to know if I can tolerate it so I can partake when the occasion is right.