Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Something New

Periodically through out my life, I was plagued with stomach issues.  Nothing too severe, but annoying enough to let me know that something is not right.  Last week, I had an upset stomach that lasted 3 days.  It wasn't something that made me bed ridden.  Rather, it was 3 days of me trying to eat food, and then get scolded by my stomach.  It made me realize that something is not agreeing with me, and I need to fix the situation.

A couple of co-workers have done elimination type diets.  One suffers from Celiac's disease and the other has food sensitivities as well.  The first friend just finished Whole30.  The other did something similar for longer.  They both felt better during and after their experience.  I have other friends who have done Whole30 as well with positive feedback.  I did my own research and asked my co-workers for advice and support before I committed to doing the Whole30 program.

What is Whole30?  Basically, it is a way of eating for 30 days.  You avoid processed foods, sugar, dairy :(, legumes, alcohol :(, and grains.  Yes, it seems really restrictive if you focus on what you can't have.  What you can have is fruits and veggies, lean protein, nuts, and healthy fats.  I just successfully completed day 2.  28 more to go!

Day One Recap
Breakfast: 3 egg Omelet with broccoli, onion, and tomato
Lunch: Spring mix salad with strawberries, blueberries, raw mixed nuts, homemade strawberry vinaigrette
Snacks: Strawberries, cucumbers, raw almonds
Dinner: 2 eggs scrambled with onion and an apple with almond butter (not a lot, because I am not a fan of almond butter).
Comments: I forgot my coffee at home.  Every coffee shop I walked passed made me crave a coffee.  I was strong and resisted the urge to duck in for a latte.  That is a HUGE win in my book.  I love me a latte.  Being that Whole 30 does not include dairy products (sorry to any farmer I may put out of business during the challenge) it is going to be challenging to skip milk in my coffee, cheese on my e

ggs, and cheese curds (fresh and deep fried). 
I was really tired at the end of the day, so I will chalk that up to the toxins leaving my body and being uber productive at work.  I had no energy to cook; hence the scrambled eggs for dinner.  I slept fairly soundly through the night.  I woke up tired.

Day 2
Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with onion
Lunch: Cubed/steamed sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon, salmon, and grapes
Snacks: Coconut Cream Larabar, grapes
Dinner: Chicken, pineapple, sauteed zucchini
Comments: My energy levels feel more consistent throughout the day than they usually do.  I didn’t have the 3 or 4 o’clock crash that I had been experiencing.
I had to go to Dairy Queen to pick up my oldest daughters Girl Scout cookie incentives.  I sat and watched all of the other moms and girls eat ice cream.  I was not even tempted to get my own treat.