Whole30 Recap…

18 03 2013


I finished the Whole30 at the end of January, and I figured it’s finally time to do a recap!

A bit of background – I wasn’t feeling to great at the end of last year. I had put on some extra weight that I worked hard to lose, and I was eating sugar and junk like no one’s business. I had heard about Paleo and the Whole30 sometime at the end of summer and thought I would give it a try. The website recommended not doing the Whole30 during the holidays so I decided to start Jan 1, 2013.

So how did I do? I think I did pretty well, I recapped the first half of my journey pretty regularly here. The last few weeks were pretty easy for me, so maybe that’s why I didn’t have a lot to write about? Once you get into the groove of making breakfast/lunch/dinner and drinking lots of water and tea it got to be pretty regular. Unfortunately, on my 29th day, we got some bad news and had to fly out to Ontario. I tried really hard to keep up, but with all that was going on, I wasn’t going to be that annoying person requesting certain foods. I cooked a few days while we were out there, but it was definitely hard to avoid gluten stuff.

For 28 days I was super strict though. It wasn’t worth it to me to have to start again! And I felt great! Before doing the Whole30 I would always get these really random stomach aches and have some bathroom issues (TMI?), but I wouldn’t know what the trigger was. The entire 28 days I didn’t get a stomach ache once! It was amazing. I had tons of energy and it was super easy for me to fall asleep and stay in a deep sleep. Not that I normally have problems falling asleep, but still. I noticed that I would get tired around the same time at night and just fall right asleep. My skin looked better than ever.

I wish I had followed the re-introduction plan better, but again, family emergencies trump all. (We would be at places where we wouldn’t eat all day and then the only thing at night were sandwiches). I do know that it’s either gluten or dairy that are causing me stomach issues because bring them back has reintroduced my stomach problems. Again, since I didn’t follow the plan to reintroduce each item separately so I’m not 100% sure which is the culprit. I’m leaning more towards gluten though, since I don’t eat a whole lot of dairy (some milk in my tea, and maybe a yogurt every once in a while, and some cheese randomly).

I’ve had a not so great eating month in February. But now I’m decidedly back on track! I am tracking all my food again using MyFitnessPal, and I’ve signed up for the Paleo Plan. Have you heard of it? It’s this website that will send you weekly (paleo) meal plans. They send you the schedule for the week (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner), along with the shopping list and all the recipes!

Not meal planning is my eating downfall. I found that during the Whole30, when I was using the Practical Paleo Squeaky Clean Meal plan, it was easy for me to go home and cook, because I knew I had all the ingredients for dinner, breakfast and lunch the next day. After it was done, it was really hard for me to come up with my own meal plans (I think my issue is the shopping list). So I’m super excited to try out the Paleo Plan and see how it works for us!

My non food goal for this month is to take 100 pictures each week, either on my phone, dSLR or compact camera! I figure that way I’ll have more to post about?! I just finished a Level II course on photography too, so hopefully my pictures will be improved… 😉

Do you use a meal planning site? I’ve heard of a few other ones, but I wanted to stick with a Paleo plan.


Day(s) 6-13

14 01 2013


Hi! Sorry about being MIA for the last week, i’ve been on my computer so much at work that i’ve had absolutely no desire to go home and be on my comptuer as well. But I’m back!

Anyways, a quick update on Days 6-13. I still haven’t cheated (which is UNHEARD of for me). I think the trick this time that’s really helped me be accountable is telling anyone and everyone what i’m doing. It makes them question food decisions for me if I randomly comment on “craving” something…

I’ve been cooking a lot these last couple of days, which is awesome too. Since I usually just pick something up on the way home if i’m feeling tired or not like cooking (which was all too often!). Since I didn’t eat Paleo-ish before this challenge, I’ve really had to sit down and plan out all my meals plus shopping lists and such. As I’ve said before, i’m roughly following the Squeaky Clean Paleo Plan from Practical Paleo. I like that the website has printable guides as well as shopping lists for all the weeks in the plan. Also – to keep me on track at home i’ve been using this:

ms plannerIt’s a weekly planner from the Martha Stewart Home Office line (I got mine from staples…). It’s awesome – I write down the lunch and dinner menu for the week ahead and I can quickly see what’s for dinner that night, or if i’m not feeling it I can switch stuff around. Organization has been KEY to keeping me on track (so that I have a lunch to take to work in the morning, and i’m not scrambling trying to find something Whole30 friendly last minute).

The nice thing is that there’s been a great variety of food in our house (except for breakfasts – i’m keen to stick to what’s easy to prep, and lots of it).

Great news too! I have energy again! The first few days of the Whole30 challenge were really rough for me. I was super tired, felt like I was so so so hungover. It’s really nice to be out of that stage and wanting to work out again! Last week I did 3 Zwow Workouts (love her), went to crossfit, and went to a Met-Con class at a new gym that i’m thinking of trying out, also am re-starting the Couch to 5K program (finished week 1!), because a goal of mine this year is to run a 10k or  half-marathon, and I need to start somewhere… I’m using the app Get Running which has all the timing built in, so you just have to plug in some headphones and you are good to go (instead of having to set timers and such all the time), it’s pretty handy and you can listen to music at the same time!

For christmas I got these awesome headphones: bluebudsx

Which i’ve been using while running, and so far they are pretty awesome. They are bluetooth ones so there are no cords to get tangled in, they sound pretty amazing, they have these funky ear cushion thingys so they stay put, and there are two ways to wear them so you can set them up to get the cord off your neck and look super hardcore… lol

Eats have been pretty random, and i’ve been bad at taking pics, but I will get back to updating regulary with more pictures!

Hope you guys are doing great on your Whole30! 🙂

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