Pieces of Me

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. 

1 comments:

Ashley said...

Woohoo, way to go and good luck with your journey! The transition is the hard part, it really does become second nature before long.