Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's the verdict? Whole30- Reintroduction

The last 3 weeks now I have been introducing some foods back into my diet.  After going for almost 2 months without Sugar, Dairy, Legumes & Grains I was curious to add them back in one at a time to see what would happen.  



I first tried Dairy.  Greek yogurt actually tastes ok to me without anything in it.  Normally I would have added some honey or stevia to it.  But, it tasted fine without it. But, still not my favorite.  I could live without it. I tried some cheddar cheese on my salad and it tasted so gross.  What? I use to love Cheese.  As a child my favorite snack was cheese.  No wonder why I always had a stomache ache. :) I also had a glass of milk. Wow, almost instantly I began to bloat and I had the worst stomache ache!! Dairy causes me gas, bloating and stomache pains. :( No good! Not sure if the yogurt and maybe cottage cheese would absorb differently than say a glass of milk would.  But, I also tried some whey protein and it did the same thing to me.  Tried some icecream too and I did not feel good after.  Also, could be the sugar. Dairy also causes me to breakout.  I feel like I have had skin issues for years and I'm almost positive now that it's from the foods I have been eating. Besides Ice cream I will not miss Dairy at all.  I'm sure I will have ice cream every once in a while from now on, but I know I won't feel good afterwards.  So, not sure if it will be worth it. :/


I tried grains and also gluten free grains and about 10 minutes after I felt so wiped out.  They drained me and I instantly felt sleepy.  I also had a stomache ache.  I couldn't tell much of a difference between the gluten and gluten free grains.  I may try to stick with gluten free grains for a while and see if I feel good or not.  The only things I really would want to have is Brown rice and Gluten free oats especially for baking.  We will see.
For info on what has gluten and what's gluten free this is a great source.

                              

Sugar gives me a huge headache, brings on the Hypoglycemia symptoms and makes my tummy feel sick!! It also causes me to want more and more even though I feel sick after.  It's an addiction...so bad.  Now I'm at the point where I feel like I can't stop...but I will! Although it's super hard.  I'm afraid that once I go back to the Whole30 way of eating that I won't ever be able have sweets because I won't be able to control myself.  But, we will see. I think having them once in a while in moderation and only when it's something I really like, then I would want it.  But, I want to feel in control!! It's a work in progress.

                                

I tried some Legumes like peanuts, peanut butter and black beans.  I think by this point I was already a mess from everything else.  Even though I spaced this all out trying a little here and a little there for about a week or more.  I still felt like since I was such a mess from a combination from everything that I tried I'm not really sure if the Legumes phased me or not. I may try them again later.  But, honestly after trying peanut butter....I realized I didn't even miss it like I thought I would.  I tried some of my homemade peanut butter and I didin't even have to add honey to it like I normally would.  It tasted fine without it.  But, I realized I like Almond Butter way more.  Weird, I know! I'm normally a Peanut butter girl.

*After reintroducing things back in for a little over a week I then went to camp.  We had amazing cooks that made all of our meals and snacks.  I did have a great time, but ate everything they gave us.  I didn't bring any of my own food and I didn't want to be a pain for them and not eat the food they made us.  And I ate every meal and every yummy snack they gave us.  I admit it was sooooo yummy! I did go a little crazy! I figured I was eating "dirty" all week, I might as well make the most of it...haha. But, I felt sick all week long!  My stomache constantly hurt, constipation, bloating and such major pains that I almost couldn't move...sorry TMI, but it was not good.  I felt so sluggish and tired.  This is a Testament to me that my Body Loves the Whole30 way of eating.  I never knew my body could feel so good.  I am excited to get back to it and  I have got to kick these sugar cravings to the curb again!!


Whole 30 Complete!!

I actually finished my Whole30 a couple weeks ago.  The only reason I stopped was because I was getting ready to go to camp and we had cooks that would be cooking each of our meals and I didn't want to be a pain for them and not eat what they cooked or ask for something different.  So, I finished my whole 30 and I wanted to start adding stuff back in to see how my body reacted and if there was something I absolutely should stay away from at camp. 
But, before I get into that here are a few things I ate the last week or so of my Whole 30. :)

The Naked burger again :) This time I grilled some peppers and put those on top along with a grilled pineapple.  I also added a little mustard.  I didn't realize my mustard was compliant and I'm not usually a huge fan of mustard.  But...this was oh so tasty!! Loved it!

Burrito Bowl made with broccoli slaw and ground beef and some toppings!  Yum!!


Sweet potato, zuchini and egg fritata! I actually liked it! I got the idea from THIS RECIPE. I just had a triangle each time and was able to split it into a few seperate meals. This is a great one to make ahead of time to have something easy to grab.


Sweet Potato and carrot cakes.  Yummy! I used these for a few seperate meals. Also makes for something easy to crab when you need.


It felt great to finish my Whole 30, especially since my first attempt I only got to Day 22.  So I guess this wasy my 2nd round and I FINISHED!! I really didn't want to stop, but I was worried about eating stuff at camp and not knowing what I should stay away from. 

What I learned during my Whole 30

*I learned that Fat is not the enemy.  I learned that Healthy fats help me feel full. 
 *I learned how important good sleep is.  
*I learned how hare it is to detox your body of all the junk (even though I thought before that I was eating pretty healthy...since I was eating pretty clean). My body still didn't like some of the things I was eating on my "clean eating" nutrition. Everybody is different and you need to figure out what your body likes and doesn't. 
*I have learned that I feel free without constantly dealing with Hypoglycemia symtoms and brain fog from eating processed foods and any kind of sugar. Sugar is in EVERYTHING and I have learned how much better my body feels without it!
*I have learned that when you start eating this way you no longer have cravings for sweets or junk food.  It didn't even phase me to be around them. But, when I start back up eating sweets I want more and more of them! :(
*I have learned more about good food to fuel my body and how great I can actually feel.  I didn't realize how horrible I actually felt before this. 

Wow...I feel like I learned a lot more that just can't be explained and that food does not control me.  Eating this way helps me feel more in control of my body.  My stomache was flatter, I had more confidence.  I lost 8 lbs and 1.5 inches on my waist and 1.5 on my hips.  Yay!!

I love Whole30! :)


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