Posts Tagged ‘whole30’

What’s Going On?

Mother, mother…

Oh, how I hope you sung the title to this blog post to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s epic hit from the 70’s!!

So much going on in my life right now.  Fasting, new experiences, planning a new year, etc.

God is using experiences (some painful) to teach me about judging, accepting, loving…you know, some basic do’s and don’t’s of how to be a person.  As soon as things solidify in my mind, I’ll dedicate a post about it.  It’s all still forming. Verses I’m meditating on– Mark 7:8-9, Gal 5:14, Col 2:22, 23 in case you want to try to anticipate me.

I’m a week into my 2nd Whole30 (or maybe more like a Whole21).  I do a 21 day fast at the beginning of every year with staff at the church where I work.   I decided to fast sugar, legumes, grains, and dairy…essentially the Whole30.   Of course, the emphasis this time will be on the spiritual, not the physical.   It’s been MUCH easier this time–partially because I’m surrounded by people that are also fasting and partially because my body is functioning much better and I’ve kicked the sugar and bread addiction. No weird dreams or detox symptoms like before.

In other big news, my family is hosting 2 exchange students from Korea this month!  This is a first for us!   They are here as part of a language program with other kids from their school, we have two 15 year old girls who are very sweet.   They’ve only been here for 2 full days and nights so we still really aren’t past the awkward stage and they haven’t quite gotten past the jet lag.   Today I taught them how to pour cereal out of a box.  It’s gonna be an interesting month.  haha!

Whole30 Finished–update

I did it!

Actually I finished 5 days ago, but I’ve been having trouble getting around to this blog post.  30 days with absolutely no added sugar, no legumes (no peanut butter!!), no grains of any kind, and no dairy!  No processed foods at all. The first 3 weeks were a challenge, especially with Thanksgiving in there, but the last week was easy-breezy.   Once I got the hang of the menus, the cooking routine, and past the cravings it really seemed almost effortless.

Even now, five days after Day 30, I’m still eating generally the same things.  It’s just a relief to be ABLE to eat other stuff, even if I don’t WANT to.  I have added one or two things back a day–in very small amounts–with no ill effects.   I’m watching my face like a hawk, checking for hints of a oncoming break out…nothing yet.  But there is a lot still to “test”…peanut butter, soy, wheat, for example.

Sorry to say that my neck still hurts…it may be a smidgeon better, but still hurts, tweaks, and twinges.   My head definitely feels clearer and my energy level is excellent.  I had been at a weight loss plateau for months, but I lost a total of 9 pounds in 30 days, putting me at 121…I don’t remember when I last weighed 121—maybe when I was a teen?! It is nice to be able to SEE the muscles I’ve been working on at the gym for the past 2 years. 🙂

The subtitle to the book It Starts with Food is “Discover the Whole 30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways”.   Well, it’s waaaaaaaay to early to tell if I’ve changed my life in the long term, but things are definitely different in the short term!  I’m so excited to be off of that daily acne medicine!!

Was it easy? NO.  Was it worth it?  YES. A hundred times YES!

Day 27 – Whole30

Bowl o' Fruit

I begin today’s Whole30 update with picture of my after dinner snack.  Fruit.  Marvelously delicious dessert-like fruit.   I’ve tried to go easy on the fruit during this 30 days just because of the sweet factor.  If I’m trying to break a sugar addiction, it won’t be incredibly helpful to eat a ton of fruit.  Especially after you remove all other added sugars from your diet and “wake up” your taste buds!   But, tonight I was hungry and I just wanted these yummy cherries, and my new favorite, the kiwi fruit, and the ever present banana.

3 more days.   3 more days and I’m done.  I have no intentions of going hog-wild on day 31, but I’ll be glad to stop thinking about what I’m eating and not eating all the time.  Today I came home from work and spent 2 1/2 hours baking spaghetti squash, butternut squash, turkey meatballs, a sweet potato, and making a delicious beanless beef chili–Yay!  Whew.  A lot of work, but I have easy food for the next 3 days.  Should make for an easy weekend.

Neck pain showing dramatic improvement today…could be wishful thinking, but I don’t think so. 🙂  No more breakouts.  Face clean  and bright. 🙂  Sleeping great.  By and large, I am extremely pleased with this endeavor.

Day 6-The Whole30

Six days in and I’m ready to be done. Well, yesterday I was READY, but today I’m feeling a little better.  Days 2 and 3 included adorable “detoxing” headaches and flu-like aches. I just wanted to crawl into bed and moan a little.  Weird dreams about ordering cheeseburgers (not eating them, just ordering unfortunately) plagued night 3. Day 4 I was feeling pretty good.  But, yesterday, Day 5 was hard.  Now granted, I was at work and surrounded by chips, cookies, and pizza, but I wanted to eat EVERYTHING in sight. Not because I felt hungry in the slightest, but I just wanted COOKIES.

If you don’t know much about the Whole30, you can read about it here.  Basically, it is just eating really, really clean for 30 days to “reset” your system.  Meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables for 30 days.  How hard can that be?  Here’s what I ate for dinner on Day 4.  Delicious. Not feeling deprived with all that on my plate!!Image

To be fair, I ate pretty “clean” all last week except Friday night (wow!) so when I started The Whole 30 on Saturday I was already in pretty good shape.   I really am wishing I had just went all in last week…I’d be 1/2 way there by now!

I am continuing to go to the gym 6 days a week (just finished 8 weeks in a row of that!) and my energy level seems to be more than adequate to do my 1/2 hour cardio and 15 minutes of weights.

Since you are not supposed to weigh yourself while doing The Whole30 (to reiterate the fact that it’s NOT about weight loss), I can’t report any numbers but I can already see and feel a difference, especially in my middle–that’s a trouble spot 😉

One more day and a half and I’ll be 1/4 of the way done! Yeah!