Pieces of Me

Monday, February 27, 2012

Whole 30 Day 12

I’m shocked that I’ve made it 12 days.  I didn’t think I had it in me.  I’m doing this on my own, not cheating at all – which is NOT easy.  Dining out proves interesting as I ask tons of questions about the preparation of the food and smile sweetly in hopes that they don’t think I’m crazy.

I’ve learned I CAN have a burger – grilled, no butter/oil wrapped in lettuce or wrapping the lettuce, depending on the type of lettuce used.  Steak is easy to order as long as I say, “dry. . . you can put the seasonings, but please, don’t put any butter or sauce on it.”  Going out for BBQ is depressing because all I can have is dry brisket and turkey breast.  No sauce, no sides.  Not fun.  I think I’ll stick to eating at home Smile.

I’m not going to post my meals, but I have been eating eggs, veggies, fruit, eggs, chicken, beef, eggs, veggies, fruit.  I’ve discovered Coconut Flour which helps me when I need bread, I can whip up some and eat a bit.  It’s pretty good with almond butter.  And I’ve made a pumpkin/banana variation. 

I have also discovered that you can turn Coconut Milk (from the can) into an amazing cream by just leaving it in the fridge over night.  Sooo yummy.  Soooo yummy.

I feel pretty good.  Not super tired anymore, and I’m about to go to sleep tonight for the 3rd night Ambien and Mucinex FREE!!!  I will still take some Motrin because I work up today with a headache, but I’m super excited about this!  I did take some Calm last night (Calm Effervescent Magnesium Powder) to help me fall asleep, but I figure that’s a supplement that I may need to continue to take.  It is sweetened with Stevia so it’s one thing that is technically not Whole 30 Approved, but it’s something that my chiropractor recommended for me during this transition, since my insomnia is so bad.  And I wanted to mention that this stuff is sweet.  And something I have never had a problem drinking. . but man, last night, I wanted to throw up it was so sweet.  Not something you would hear me say about anything but a Krispy Kreme donut.  So, my cravings/palette/taste buds have really changed. 

Here’s to nearly completing Week 2 Smile  I’m so excited!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

All Hail the Great Green Smoothie

So while participating in the Whole 30, I have nearly completed week 1, and I’m a little tired of eggs.  I had thought about making smoothies, but since the fiasco this summer, we haven’t replaced our blender, and we really want a nice one so we are waiting to do so.  I decided to ask my mom and dad if they happened to have an extra blender, and like I suspected, they did.  It’s fairly old – probably from the 90s, but let me tell you, it’s amazing.  I have yet to have had a blender that would liquefy spinach in my smoothies.  I would put the veggie in them because I would just constantly get a piece of spinach and while I love me some spinach, I’m not crazy about it being in my fruit drink.

I decided to make up one of Roni’s Orange Julius inspired smoothies (modifying it with coconut milk), and love it.  And then last night for dessert, I made an almond butter and banana smoothie (it was okay).  The kids saw me and begged me to make them smoothies.  So this afternoon, for a snack, I made them each a smoothie – with the flavors they desired.

Cayden wanted a blueberry/banana smoothie so I pulled out some blueberry yogurt, a banana, a handful of spinach and a little milk and blended it up.  He thought it  was so awesome that it was green he didn’t even question it.  And he said, “It tastes soooo yummy!”

Hannah requested a strawberry banana smoothie so I used a little bit of Cayden’s smoothie for the base, added a banana, a bunch of strawberries and a little more spinach.  She was a little harder to convince to drink it.  But in the end, she did, and does like it.  Although, she decided she didn’t once I told her it had spinach in it (only because she asked).  Now, she’s only sipping it, but we had an entire talk about how I’m tired of her wasting food and drink so she will finish it regardless of her opinion of the spinach.

All in all, I’m excited about my blender and my courage to try to mix things up a bit. 

Yay for Day 7 – in which I have done fairly well Smile

Monday, February 20, 2012

Whole 30–Days 4-6

I am really amazed at how good I’m feeling.  I’ve got a bit more energy, although I am still really tired in the evenings.  And I seem to be able to make it a littler longer between meals.  I do have to eat 5 times a day in order to get my hunger until control.  And I feel like I’m eating so much “good fats” that it’s a bit insane.  But I’m also eating my veggies as well so I’m not too concerned. 

As for cravings and things, it has hit me.  I’d really like something sweet and creamy.  I want some ice cream.  I want some chocolate.  Heck, I’d take a spoonful of honey.  I’ve been able to curb some of this with fruit.  I’ve discovered dates which are crazy sweet and something that helps when I’m a bit desperate.  I also love coconut milk and oil.  I mean love it.  I will definitely continue to eat/use it when I’m done with this Whole 30. 

One thing I really miss is bread.  In fact, I really would like to whip up some with coconut flour, but every recipe I’ve found calls for some sort of sweetener, and I know that’s a no, no.  I’m going to keep looking though.  I know we aren’t supposed to paleo-fy anything so I’m really trying to stick to those terms. 

Things I have discovered are amazing: coconut milk and coffee (I can drink it with no sugar Smile ), coconut oil, Chipotle carnitas and guacamole, dates, sweet potatoes. 

Something I have learned: don’t eat garlic first thing in the morning.

I’m noticing that my palette really is changing.  I’m super excited about this.  Although I’m craving the sweetness, I’m okay with something a little more salty or flavorful. 

Menu:

Day 4 -

Breakfast:

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup strawberries

Lunch:

  • 2 eggs and 1/2 cup onion in coconut oil
  • 1/2 avocado

Dinner:

Snacks:

  • Salad with spinach, cucumber, tomato, olives, and red bell pepper
  • Almond Butter and celery

Day 5 -

Breakfast:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp salsa

Lunch:

  • Chipotle Carnitas w/ Guacamole and Medium Salsa Bowl

Dinner:

  • Genghis Grill – shrimp, squash, spinach, mushrooms, egg

Snacks:

Day 5 -

Breakfast:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp salsa

Lunch:

  • Chipotle Carnitas w/ Guacamole and Medium Salsa Bowl

Dinner:

  • Genghis Grill – shrimp, squash, spinach, mushrooms, egg

Snacks:

Day 5 -

Breakfast:

  • 2 Fried Eggs and Pork Belly (my attempt at homemade bacon. . won’t happen again)

Lunch:

  • 2 apples and 2 tbs of Almond butter (wasn’t feeling really hungry today)

Dinner:

  • Sirloin Tip Steak sautted with onion and mushroom, homemade sweet potato fries, and steamed asparagus (looking forward to having that tomorrow for lunch Smile )

Snacks:

  • Date

Oh – an update – I am down a pants size.  I think I was on the brink of a size 12, but now I can officially wear my one pair of size 12 jeans all day without unbuttoning them.  Smile  They are snug in the waist, but actually lose in the butt and thighs.  Kinda really excited about this Smile

Made to Crave–Chapter 11–“Stinkin’, Rotten, Horrible, No Good Day”

1.  A stressful experience recently that tempted me to overeat or make poor food choices?  Any time someone in my family is sick.  Or my house isn’t as “clean” as I’d like it.  I get a little bit of anxiety, start to worry (that’s my problem: Matthew 6:34, Philippians 4:6), and just immediately turn to food.  And not just any food.  Junk.  Of course, I also have issues with junk just being in the house.  If someone gives me a special treat, I binge on it until it’s gone – my thinking, if I eat it now, it won’t be there to tempt me.  Wrong attitude for sure. 

2.  In the past, when I’ve experienced problems or “difficult seasons” in life, I would put on a mask and pretend everything was okay.  After our experience this summer (talk about a stinkin’ rotten, horrible, no good summer), I now am able to ask for help.  I may not ask everyone, but there are a few people in my life that I trust enough to ask for their help.  And I love them for that and thank the Lord for them.

3.  A lot of times, when I’m running, I end up hearing the Lord talk to me.  When I’m not really praying to him.  I don’t know if I’ve ever sat and just waited for the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf.  It really intrigues me.  There have been times when I have had no words at all.  Either upset so much that I’m crying and cannot speak and I know that Jesus understands.

4. 

  • Old Food Lie: I can handle just a taste.  It’s not going to hurt me.  In fact, it may make me feel better.
    • New Truth: Am I really hungry?  If I’m not hungry enough to eat an apple, I’m not really hungry.
  • Old Food Lie: A coke helps relieve stress.  Just take one sip.  
    • New Truth:  Coke is not going to make me feel any better.  It does not have feelings and doesn’t care about me.  It does not love me.  Jesus loves me.  If I cast my burden upon him, he will sustain me. (Psalm 55:22)
  • Old Food Lie:  I’ve already blown it for the day.  What is one more. . . ?
    • I have not blown it.  I may have made some poor food choices, but that’s not the end of it.  I can turn this day around.  I am loved by the King!

5.  “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8).  If God were to speak these words directly to me about my struggles with food, I hope that I would see and experience a new self control and self discipline on the other side. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Whole 30

Well, I sat down a few weeks ago after seeing that my friend Cindy of Full of Awesome was going to do her 2nd Whole 30 Challenge.  After much thought, much discussion with another friend (owner of MoCakes), and lots of prayer, I felt convicted to give this cleanse/fast/detox a try.  I’ve been reading Made to Crave and really taking a look at myself as a person and why I have had such issues with food.  It’s come down to several factors: #1.  I have been turning to food in times of stress, sadness, and even happiness, instead of thanking my heavenly father or turning to Him in my times of need. #2. I really am addicted to sugar.  If I’m given sweets, I will purge until they are gone – even if that means that I eat only junk for however many days it takes.  This isn’t healthy or a good example to my kiddos.  It’s not good for me.  And so, my journey begins.  I haven’t purchased any materials.  I am not an expert, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes, but I’m excited.  I cannot wait for the health benefits – the possibilities of no more headaches, less sinus issues, and the added benefit of weight loss.  I have cut out completely grains, dairy, legumes, and all sugar except what’s in fruit. 

I began my journey the day after Valentine’s Day.  I learned that it takes a lot of planning to eat healthily.  I have to wake up about 30 minutes earlier to make sure I get a healthy breakfast which has been consisting of eggs w/ veggies cooked in coconut oil and some fruit.  I have my coffee with coconut milk and am able to make it through half the morning without need a pick me up of usually veggies/fruit and some almond butter.  It hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be, but again, I’m only on day 4.

What I’ve noticed is I lose most of my energy around 1:30 pm – which is the last 1/2 hour of my work day – I’m able to pick up the kids from school, go home and cook dinner (which have been really good, really filling, and family friendly) and then I head to bed between 8 and 8:30 and am usually asleep by 9 pm.  Last night was the exception where I actually stayed up past 10. 

I am still taking a cocktail of medication – hoping that by the end of this journey I won’t need it. Mucinex (I had to cut out the antihistamine/decongestant), 1/2 an Ambien (huge stride there), and Ibuprofen – all to curb a morning headache.  Looking forward to not needing any or most of those meds.

Here are my past few menus:

Day 1 -

Breakfast:

  • 2 Eggs w/ 1 cup broccoli and 2 garlic cloves cooked in 2 tbsp. light olive oil.
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Newman’s Own coffee

Lunch:

  • 3 oz 95% lean ground beef w/ onion and spinach
  • 1 cutie and 1 pear

Dinner:

Snacks:

  • 1/4 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup cantaloupe

Day 2 -

Breakfast:

  • 2 Eggs w/ spinach and mushrooms, cooked in coconut oil
  • Gloria Jeans Buttered Toffee K-Cup (2 calores)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Lunch:

Dinner:

Snacks:

  • Celery Sticks w/ Almond Butter
  • 1 cup cantaloupe

Day 3-

Breakfast:

  • 2 Eggs w/ broccoli and mushrooms, cooked in coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Chai Tea

Lunch:

Dinner:

  • Chipotle carnitas w/ guacamole, lettuce and tomato salsa

Snacks:

  • Celery Sticks w/ Almond Butter
  • 1 apple w/ almond butter
  • 1 small Orange Carrot Karma from Jamba Juice because I wanted to feel like I was having a treat.  LOVE that there is no added sugar to the fruit and the juice is juiced right there in front of you. 

You are not supposed to get on the scale during this time, but I weigh weekly and will continue to do so.  I was down .9 lbs this week bringing my total to just over 15 for the year.  I’m ready to see that number drop.

Saturday is proving a little difficult eating wise.  I’m doing okay, but I just don’t really have the energy to cook.  I’m trying to decide if Turkey Pepperoni is allowed on this plan.  I’m looked at the ingredients, but I really have no idea.  I also cannot tell if lunch meat is allowed although from what I can tell it is.  I guess I’m going to have to start to like tuna because I am certain that is allowed.  And quick for these moments when I don’t want to cook anything.