Whole 30 – done and dusted!

I really failed at the whole posting every day thing, oops!

Butl I did it, and I’m very very pleased with the results.

I’d been eating Paleo prior to this (probably around 80-90% clean) but I was definitely slipping back into old habits in terms of sugar consumption – my main aim with my Whole 30 was to beat the sugar addiction, and I really feel like I’ve succeeded. I know now that if I do have a treat that I will do so because I really want it and know it will taste delicious, not because I am hungry/stressed/upset/hormonal/insert excuse here.

Also, a very positive change for me is using words like ‘treat’ and retiring words like ‘naughty’ ‘good’ ‘cheat’ ‘deserve’ etc.

I feel like I finally, FINALLY have a healthy relationship with food, after battling with my weight my entire life.

So onto the other stuff (the numbers!):

Weight lost: 3.1 kgs (6.8 lbs), not as much as I thought I would lose given I was going from eating fairly clean to completely clean. However, I’m about halfway through my weightloss journey and the scales are not necessarily a good indicator when you’re like me and plateauing every 10 kgs or so.

Measurements:
3 cms (1.1 inches) from my waist
4 cms (1.5 inches) from my hips
2 cms (0.75 inches) from my stomach
1.5 cms (0.55 inches) from my thigh

And yesterday I went shopping because my clothes are all too big. That’s probably the most exciting part!

Looking forward to experimenting with reintroduction, not because I want to eat bread or pasta, but I’m particularly interested in seeing exactly what foods affect me detrimentally. My partner and I are travelling to the US in November, and I definitely want to know if I have a serious gluten/dairy intolerance ¬†ūüôā

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Whole 30: Day 12

I have been so slack with the blogging this week, but work is CRAZY again and I have had appallingly bad PMS the last couple of days.

Not logging the last few days food, but I am proud to say I made it through 2 days of PMS without eating sugar.¬† Considering I usually want to consume my body weight in chocolate when I have my period – ¬†I’m really really thrilled.¬† Instead of chocolate, I had some lovely fresh fruit, I didn’t overindulge and I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt completely satisfied. I consider this a huge achievement.

Can’t believe I’m almost halfway through my Whole 30 already!


Whole 30 – Day 9

Slept fairly well last night, a little restless on account of how sore my shoulders and pecs are from my massage yesterday Рseems I have hideous knots EVERYWHERE Рbut I slept in a little, which was nice.

Yesterday I had:

  • Breakfast – 3 egg omelette with mushroom, onion, leek and fennel, greek coffee (new favourite thing) with coconut milk
  • Lunch – Pork Scotch Fillet with eggplant and carrots, with lemon juice. ¬†This was really good, the lemon juice on the carrots was absolutely delicious.
  • Afternoon snack – 8 almonds, 2 dates and a teaspoon of cashew butter. ¬†I was¬†very hungry and drained after my 60 minute sports massage, so this was really satisfying and pumped up my energy levels quite a bit.
  • Dinner – Chicken Marbella again. ¬†Wasn’t as good as Frances and I were watching something and completely forgot about the basting :/

My stomach has been a bit upset the last couple of days, but I have also upped my nighttime magnesium to two spoonfuls, so I am wondering whether this might be the cause.


Whole 30 – Day 8

Aaaand now into week 2! Feeling pretty good today, aside from a niggly shoulder, but I have a massage planned this afternoon which will be just what I need after this week.

Yesterday I had:

  • Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with ghee, leeks and fennel.
  • Lunch: Left-over “butter” chicken and coconut cauliflower rice
  • Dinner: Osso Bucco done with carrots, onion and tomato, with a garlic cauliflower puree

I snacked on some cashew butter (2 tsps) and a couple of strawberries, as dinner took ages and I was pretty hungry. ¬†My big achievement yesterday was going to an afternoon tea full of lemon squares, devils food cake, chips etc etc and not even being the minutest bit tempted. ¬†It’s so wonderful to feel in control of my body, and not be a slave to unhealthy food choices!


Whole 30 – Day 7

Missed blogging yesterday due to the insane workweek I’ve been having.¬† It’s been incredibly stressful, yet I haven’t resorted to any of my usual coping mechanisms: no de-stressing with food and alcohol and I really feel like I am kicking the unhealthy food choices to the kerb/¬† I’ve kinda been 70/30 Paleo before this I guess, (some weeks maybe even less tight than that) but knowing that I can adhere completely if I choose to? I have no words for how in-control of my own life I feel right now.

Wednesday I had:

  • Breakfast – Hash made with leftover Pork Carnitas, sweet potato, capsicum and onion with an egg on top.¬† Damn, it wasso¬†good. Should have probably had two eggs as I was hungry by 11-ish, though I had some coffee with coconut milk and that saw me through till lunchtime.
  • Lunch – Leftover Chicken Marbella with cauliflower puree.¬† There are no words for how much¬†yummy this was the next day.¬† So having that again.
  • Dinner – Grass-fed Steak and fennel/onions. Beautiful.

Wednesday night I had a terrible sleep.¬† I don’t know what was going on (I am assuming Cortisol) but I was awake on and off all night – couldn’t sleep for long, couldn’t get comfortable. And I knew I had ahuge day at work, so a crappy night’s sleep was the last thing I needed. Ugh.

Thursday:

  • Breakfast – 3 eggs with fennel and onions and spinach along with coffee/coconut milk. This was a lot of food for me but given how insanely busy I knew I was going to be yesterday, I figured a big breakfast would set me up nicely for the day.¬† I was right, I had a lot of energy for at least a few hours.
  • Lunch – Frittata¬†made with the last of the pork and lots of veges.¬† Really light and fluffy and yummy.
  • Dinner – Krystle’s¬†amaaaaaaazing Not So Buttery Butter Chicken. This was so tasty, and didn’t leave me feeling all bloated and bleh like normal butter chicken does.¬† We had it with a TON of coconut-cauliflower rice, and after my horrible day? This was comfort food at its best.

I can’t believe tomorrow will make it a week since I started my Whole 30.¬† It’s going so damn fast.¬† I have never felt better. Loving it. LOVING. IT.


Whole 30 – Day 5

Can’t believe I’m on Day 5 already!

Slept much better last night, and feeling pretty good. Poor Frances is really sick though, cold and sore throat etc. so I am just praying that I manage to escape unscathed!

Yesterday I had:

  • Breakfast – 4 scrambled eggs and loads of leeks and fennel. ¬†Originally was only going to have 3 eggs, but Frances wasn’t hungry, so she gave her leftover egg to me in case I felt I wanted it. ¬†I did, and this breakfast saw me through till about 2.30 in the afternoon
  • Lunch – Still wasn’t really hungry, but I was feeling a bit light-headed, so figured I should probably eat something. Had 1/2 a serving of the leftover slow cooker beef from the night before.
  • Dinner – Erin’s Chicken Marbella. ¬†OMG this was amaaaaazing. ¬†Salty and sweet and umami and just WOW. ¬†Had a drumstick and 1 and 1/2 thighs along with cauliflower mash (made with coconut milk, ghee and garlic). ¬†I worked a 9 and 1/2 hour day without taking a decent break, so I was STARVING by the time I got home. ¬†This hit the spot so beautifully.

I had a really horrible day yesterday, a friend and I parted ways and it was really emotionally draining.  And not ONCE did I consider chocolate or wine or any of my normal unhealthy coping mechanisms.  I feel really proud of that.


Whole 30 – Day 4

Had a very restless sleep last night.¬† I’m thinking it might be due to the increased carbs, or it could just be a bad night. Woke with a horrendous headache, but with the help of some paracetamol (I believe this is okay, as it isn’t a NSAID – but maybe someone can correct me if that isn’t the case) it seems to be okay now.

Yesterday I had:

Am finding it really freeing to not be weighing myself. Once my Whole 30 is done, I will definitely not be obsessively weighing myself every day.