Day 17 Ruminations

Right now, the only thing motivating me is this:

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I know that isn’t healthy. But, at this point it is the only thing keeping me on this journey…what the scale will say at the end of 30 days. On the Whole 30 you aren’t supposed to look at the scale for those 30 days. Eating this way, doing this nutritional reset isn’t about losing weight, it is about learning what a healthy diet is and overcoming your food crutches—like beer after a hard day at work or a piece of chocolate after dinner. Weight loss is a by product.

Seriously, this is what I have to say no to at work about 25 times a day:

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I don’t even like chocolate that much, but it is hard telling yourself no constantly. This is all apart of the process and I’m just taking it one day at a time. I am seriously proud of myself for making it this far!

If you are curious, Andy’s motivation is me…eel, how angry I will be if he cheats. I’m not sure if I like that, but at least it’s working! If one of us goes down, we both do!

Week 3 on the Whole 30

Whole 30 Meal Plan, Week 3 Ideas

Another week, another menu. We are trying to keep things new and exciting, but I feel like there are only so many ways to cooks a chicken. We are also sticking to ground beef and poultry because I feel like that is all I can handle as a recovering vegetarian. We are also changing some of our food choices—more here–but that is just cutting out eggs, seeds, nuts, tomatoes, peppers, and white potatoes. What’s a few more things I can’t eat? Well, here’s to another delicious week…

Breakfast:

  • Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
  • Turkey Sausage (with some adaptations to the recipe since some of the spices are seeds)
  • Veggie sticks

Lunch:

  • BLT Salad–we finally found some bacon that doesn’t contain sugar!

Snacks:

  • apple slices
  • sliced veggies and fruits

Dinners:

  • Thai Basil Chicken 
  • Vegetable Soup/Stew (we will through whatever vegetables we have in a pot with some chicken broth and spices)
  • Meatloaf with a side of steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)

Day 15 Ruminations

I’m not going to lie, his week has been a rough one for me. According to the timeline, I should be hitting the boundless energy stage with a side of cravings. Everyday I was waiting for the energy but I was just feeling worse and worse. A few days ago I woke up with a huge goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland which is located in the front of your neck). I could hardly swallow. On top of that, I was exhausted, spacey, and depressed. I knew exactly what was happening…my body was attacking my thyroid and my thyroid was over producing. It is doing this because I have Graves Disease. This is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks your thyroid and your thyroid responds by overproducing. Your thyroid regulates everything in your body…heart rate, metabolism, mood, hormones. Important stuff. You want your thyroid working right, trust me!  I was diagnosed with Graves over a year ago, took medicine and changed my diet, and this summer went into remission. That was amazing. But now, while I am eating as good as I ever have, it was coming back. It seems like too much of a coincidence. I started thinking about my diet and what I was eating. And then it came to me…

Eggs.

Those stupid eggs I eat every day for breakfast. Sometimes I eat two. Sometimes I’ll cook up some eggs for breakfast.

So I did some research. The egg yolk contains iodine. Your thyroid uses iodine to function. Since my body likes to attack my thyroid, I limit my iodine intake. The eggs were causing my thyroid to over produce. So, I feel horrible instead of feeling awesome. I stopped eating eggs immediately, but my thyroid is still enlarged and I am definitely not myself. That will take some time and possibly some medication.

I wanted to quit so bad. I don’t want to be on a diet that makes me feel horrible. But it isn’t the diet, it is the food I am choosing to eat. So I am staying on it for the 30 days I committed to. I will probably need to extend it to get the full benefits, but it is giving me the opportunity to understand how my diet affects my illness. I am also checking out the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP). Because of that, I am going to cut out nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers), nuts and seeds along with eggs. I will slowly be adding them back in to see what affects me most.

Andy has been feeling good though! He had one day he was full of energy. But we aren’t expecting to have tons of energy…we have two young kids who wake up at 5:30. No energy will come from that.

Week 2 on the Whole 30

Whole 30 Meal Plan, Week 2 Ideas

Wow, I made it a week! That’s pretty unbelievable. There were some bad moments, particularly cravings on day 2 and 3, anger on day 6, and exhaustion spread throughout. But, starting this second week, I am feeling okay. What I have noticed is fewer “low blood sugar moments,” if that is a thing. I want sugar, sure, but I don’t feel like I need it. It is nice not to feel like that.

Last night was hard for both Andy and me because it was Saturday night. We don’t go out because the girls are in bed by 7:30, but we typically stay up late and have a beer or glass of wine (or 4) and eat a little late night snack. It’s fun and it is something to do just the two of us. Without the alcohol and food as motivation to stay awake, we probably would have went to bed at 8:00 like we did most of this week. Instead, we watched a new TV show, Agent Carter, and that kept us awake. We weren’t too focused on it because we were so tired. It will be interesting to see how this week unfolds since we are supposed to be gaining more energy!

This week, here is our food plan…because without a plan, we will fall flat on our faces:

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup with a big old side salad (I am worried about the lack of protein in this soup. We may change up the recipe or adapt our lunch menu after Monday if we are feeling hungry mid day.)

Snack:

  • Lara Bars (the gluten free versions have very few ingredients, all compliant)
  • Veggie sticks
  • Fruit

Dinner:

  • Salmon with Mango and Avocado Salsa with green beans
  • Chocolate Chili…this tastes a lot like Cincinnati chili, we may put it over zucchini noodles
  • Sweet Potato with ghee topped with cut up broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers in a tomato based sauce with taco seasoning

Day 4 Ruminations

The last 4 days have been difficult. We don’t want to quit, but we soooo want to quit!

Andy has been feeling sick the last few days. He thinks he got a bug of some kind. I think it’s the detox, but we’ll never know. He has to go out to lunch with coworkers tomorrow and it has been difficult finding the right thing to eat off the menu. It is a pizza place with hoagies, popcorn chicken, and wings. Even something as simple as a chef’s salad can be a landmine of cheats—like corn syrup in the lunch meat, grains in the croutons, or peas in the salad! One wrong move and he’ll have to start all over. It’s in the rules. I know he’ll make the right choice…I’m just afraid the only choice he’ll have is a plain salad.

I have been crazy exhausted…like pregnancy exhausted without the pregnancy. The last two nights I hit my pillow at 8:30. They call day 2 and 3 “The Hangover,” and now I know why. You wake up feeling like you haven’t slept, you have a gnawing headache, and you want to eat everything and nothing at the same time. Today I have more energy, I haven’t been as hungry, and my cravings have minimized. On Monday I really, really wanted to go to the store, buy a big bag of Doritos, and eat it in my car without anyone seeing me. I was about to do it…but I didn’t want to start over…the rules! But I made it through and figured out how to structure my meals so I can work with my cravings. I’ve made a spinach and fruit smoothie/drink every day that I save for my mid afternoon snack when my sugar cravings hit. And on the way home, I eat a spoonful of almond butter to satisfy  me until dinner. I don’t think the Whole 30 wants you to snack, but if almond butter keeps my brain focused enough to get my car safely home, I’m going to snack.

So, 4 days done. Off to bed feeling full, proud, and still wanting Doritos!

Day 1 Ruminations

So, this “What to Expect” timeline from the Whole 30 website is pretty helpful in knowing how this diet is going to go down. Obviously, it isn’t going to be easy….but after today, I think everyday might be hard.

We were home all day, so we cooked all our meals and prepped for some during the week. Breakfast was eggs over hash. We made tuna cakes and put them on lettuce for lunch. And dinner was a hamburger wrapped in a lettuce leaf with a side of sweet potatoes. We were feeling great until mid afternoon when booth of us started getting tired, angry, and hungry. After a snack of celery and almond butter, we were able to pull it together enough to make dinner and play with the kids. I can already tell the mid afternoon snack is going to be important.

Andy has been craving sugar all day–juice, which he never drinks, and chocolate. I just want to eat. I know protein is suppose to make you feel full, but I honestly just feel hungry. The headache is starting and I am still very tired. Hopefully I will sleep well tonight.

1 day down, 29 to go!

Week 4 on Whole 30 Meal Plan

The home stretch! I’d like to say things are getting better, and they are slightly. But I am really tired most of the day.

We are trying some new things, but also keeping things comfortable so we enjoy what we eat. We are tired of meat and vegetables alone, but the end is in sight.

Whole 30 Meal Plan, Week 4 Ideas

Breakfasts:

  • Fruit & Veggies Smoothie
  • Homemade turkey sausage

Lunches:

Snacks:

  • Celery with almond butter
  • Apple slices

Dinners: