Sunday, March 1, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30 - Day 14 & Week 2 Wrap Up!

So I'm nearly half way there! Today is the day I'm like - why the hell isn't this a Whole 28? That would make a lot more sense. But I have never understood these Paleo people and their so-called "logic".

Lemme talk about a couple of things:

I feel really good though I do not feel any thinner. This process is supposed to be about what they call "NSV" (non-scale victories) and I have plenty of those. No need for Tums or Pepcid since day 2 or 3. Sleeping better than I have in years. Less hungry than I remember being, except for that time last year when I had pneumonia. More energy than I remember having since I became a parent almost 12 years ago. I may not be losing weight (which frankly, wouldn't surprise me given how much meat and fat I'm eating) but something positive is at work here. In order to keep myself honest, I've scheduled a full check-up with blood work for Day 30. The last work up I had was around this same time last year, so we should be able to do a pretty good before and after snapshot when this is all done.



But isn't this just really, really hard and annoying? Actually, no. It's only a little annoying and truly, feeling like shit all the time was way worse. In terms of a trade off, it's well worth it. And now that I'm getting used to it, it just doesn't feel that hard. It's a challenge when you're surrounded by Girl Scout cookies and other stuff you want to eat, for sure. But I mean, I literally had no idea that I had any self-discipline. It was an awesome thing to find out because frankly, I was starting to doubt that I had any ability to control my impulses at all.

I am not eating all organic, grass-fed, cage-free meat. I am doing as much of that as I can reasonably afford. I have 5 people to feed and we are all heavy eaters. My kids are skinny and eat like lumberjacks. I routinely have to double or even triple recipes in order to make enough food for my family.

I am the only person in my family doing the Whole 30. My kids and husband do this thing where they eat whatever the hell I put in front of them. Sometimes I'm making them Whole 30 meals. Sometimes they're having mini chicken tacos from Trader Joe's while I have Whole 30 food. If I tried to make Mini eat only Whole 30 food, she would probably starve. While the rest of the family has enjoyed everything I've cooked for them, she has hated it all. Typical.

I am not making two sets of meals, however. For example, taco night - they got tortilla chips and taco shells and I used lettuce wraps. Everything else was the same and it was no big deal. Spaghetti night - they will get linguine and bolognese sauce and I will have my sauce on zucchini noodles I make with my vegetable spiralizer. Egg Roll in a bowl night - I ate mine without rice, they ate theirs over a bed of rice. Carbs make them happy and I have a rice maker - no big deal.

I can tell my relationship with food is changing a little. When I first heard about this way of eating a couple of years ago, it was from a friend who was a pretty hard core cross fitter/Paleo convert. Her relationship to food was fascinating to me but seemed... joyless. Food was fuel. Food was a political statement. Food was not a source of love, of family, of traditions or happiness. That's what food is to me. But my emotional connection to food was also annoying and unhealthy. For someone who loves really good food, I found myself eating crap an awful lot. I can't count the number of times I would catch myself shoveling random stuff I didn't even like very much into my piehole.

Making everything from scratch is good and bad. It's a HUGE pain in the ass. I haven't eaten anything that I haven't made myself since I started. Except for the great stuff that E makes and shares with me. I love her so much. But it's forcing me to slow down and think about what I'm eating and I fail to see how under any circumstances that is a bad thing.

Food and stress. This week has been emotional and stressful for me on a personal level that has nothing to do with Whole 30. I will be honest and say that I think this process has actually been really helpful in terms of managing my stress. My oldest daughter said that I seemed calmer since doing this and that I cursed a lot less. Thank you, princess. It may have to do with not drinking, or getting more sleep. It may have to do with the fact that all of the cooking and prepping and cleaning is purposeful work. There is value and comfort in having a purpose, even for a few minutes, when things feel stressful and bad.

The cost of Whole 30 remains to be seen. I actually think it's going to end up being a wash. Yes, I am spending a lot more money at Trader Joe's and Costco. Yes, I'm buying more expensive meat and eggs. BUT - I haven't bought any wine and we haven't eaten out (except for last night when the Cap'n took the kids out for burgers and I experienced a rage black-out). Not eating out saves a ton. More than one dinner a week at a restaurant really tips the balance in favor of Whole 30. I'll try to figure it all out by the end of the month.

TMI Update. My PCOS and blood sugar seem really under control. I also had the quickest bout of PMS and easiest period in recent memory.

But what if you don't eat meat or eggs? If you don't meat or eggs (or coconut or avocado or cauliflower), I can't imagine how this would work. That's 90% of what I've been eating. Also, salsa.

But what if you work full time and you don't cook? If you have zero free time and you hate to cook or you can't cook - this is going to be pretty hard for you.

Get the recipe HERE from NomNomPaleo.
What kind of prep work and cooking are we talking about here? OK, today was Sunday and my husband was actually in town and there was an ice storm, so we were stuck in the house all day. Here's what I did:

  • Made hash browns from scratch from red potatoes and served it with compliant bacon, fried eggs and some fresh fruit for breakfast. That's actually our standard weekend big breakfast.
  • Cleaned the kitchen and unloaded/loaded the dishwasher (mostly husband).
  • Cleaned and de-boned 16 organic chicken thighs
  • Roasted the bones with veggies and then put it in the crock pot to make stock (or as the Whole 30 crowd calls it - bone broth)
  • Cooked half the thighs (with no skin) in a crock pot with a large can of diced tomatoes, garlic and a heaping tablespoon of garam masala curry. When the chicken was cooked through I added a can of coconut cream and took it off the heat. When it cooled, it went into the fridge. Tomorrow I'll make rice for the rest of the family and some cauliflower for me to eat it with. 
  • Made a big salad and some ranch dressing (dairy-free ranch dressing so creamy and delicious you won't even believe it), warmed up some left-over chicken zucchini poppers, and made some asparagus (sauteed in ghee with some lemon zest on top).  
  • Cleaned the kitchen and unloaded/loaded the dishwasher (all me).
    Tonight's dinner.
  • Cut up and oven-roasted pounds and pounds of sweet and red potatoes with garlic and olive oil. Will use this for like 3 meals this week and to eat with breakfast (I will put fried eggs on top and it will be glorious).
  • Cut and cleaned 2 lbs of brussels sprouts and roasted them with compliant bacon. This should be veg for at least 2 dinners.
  • Took half the chicken thighs (skin on) and fried them up for dinner. The recipe is from NomNom Paleo and it is OUTSTANDING. You should try it if you love chicken because this chicken would love to get in your belly. It's so good I might have to use the F word to describe it. My entire family, even Mini, had thirds. Also - do yourself a favor and use your splatter guard or your whole kitchen will be covered in rendered fat.
  • Cleaned the kitchen and unloaded/loaded the dishwasher (husband and kids).
  • Basically, prepping food, cooking food and cleaning up took up the majority of my day today but I'm in good shape for the week. 
We need to finish up this week with a gif, of course. Here you go - I'm like the Dude right now. Pumped up, feeling awesome and ready to rock on with my bad self. 

Lebowski Pumped
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Also, if you're on Instagram, come hang out with me and see pictures of random food, my dog and my kids and random other things I find on the internets that seem really important. Like this meme that explains everything you need to know about my gym nemesis:




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2 comments:

  1. So, I just started the Whole30 program last week and am currently on Day 9. Another blogger gave me your website after I posted about my first week on Whole30 and I just want to say, you rock! Reading your recap was a great resource and I'm excited to try some of your recipes. So far, I'm feeling great, but know I"ll burn out if I don't switch meals up. Looking forward to following your journey!

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