Whole30 Results/Review/Lowdown

THE RESULTS ARE IN!

That sounds real official doesn’t it? Well, I’m not that official. When you take the Whole30 plunge, they recommend you take before and after pics, as well as take before and after measurements. Well, I kept saying I was going to do that……and now I’ve finished, and I never got around to doing that…sorry for being so lazy. I really like before and after pics…of other people…before and after pics of myself…that just sounds awful. I also kept saying that I was going to use the fancy dancy scale at my gym, that measures your body fat perectage (1. how does it really do that, and 2. gross, I don’t really want to know)…but I didn’t do that either. I know, I know – I suck. But shit son, I was busy holding myself back from taking a bath in a bucket of wine for 30 days!

Anyhow, before we get into before and after shenanigans, I want to point out that before and after weight is NOT what this is all about. (yes, I lost weight, YES, I’m happy about it, duh). As I talked about in a previous post, completing this elimination diet was mostly so that I could tame my stress and anxiety bad eating habits (hello tub of pasta and multiple hard ciders, I’ve had a bad day…) and create a healthier relationship with food. I’d love to say that I’M 100% CURED and will NEVER stress eat again!! But who are we kidding, that just isn’t the case. On the plus side, post Whole30 I am so much more conscious, of WHY I am eating. Am I really hungry?? Or am I just being a blob on the couch and associate couch with face stuffing?? Do I want that alcoholic beverage because I enjoy it (who doesn’t…) or because several insurance companies hung up on me before 11am??(probably this option).  It’s good to be aware of when and how and what you are putting into your body, and HOW IT AFFECTS YOU.

Here’s where my results get real interesting. During my Whole30, I felt amazing 100% of the time. I had one day where I thought I might be getting a head flu, but other than that I felt amazing. LITERALLY as soon as I jumped off the Whole30 train into the “normal food” world again…I felt sick. Tuesday night was my first foray into cheese, Wednesday morning I could barely make it out of bed. Over the weekend my parents visited, and with them came boxed rice mixes, fried food, wine, and more mexican food. OMG everything tasted amazing. Thing is, I felt awful almost the entire time. My stomach freaked the eff out, and couldn’t handle it at all. I’m going to go ahead and say with a high level of certainty that I have stomach sensitivities to dairy and gluten for sure, and that drinking alcohol is just CRAPPY for you, but how is that surprising…I can also say that eating anything processed, out of a box, with ingredients I’m unsure of, will result in a sad tummy.

I’m really happy that I’ve given myself a chance to see what a difference it can make to avoid these foods that are so horrible for my body. Before I used to just say, “oh well, it’s worth it.” But now with this perspective, I’m beginning to go back on this way of thinking. Sometimes, it IS worth it. Mimosas with girlfriends on a Sunday = worth it. Nachos and beer on a Friday night for no reason = not worth it, and will also ruin any Saturday activities I have planned (farmer’s market!)

Now, as far as weight loss/inches lost/pants size down/I feel awesome about myselfness: I lost 12 lbs, I lost inches but since I didn’t measure myself I have no idea how many but it just feels that way, and I lost 2 pants sizes. WHAT UP. I went shopping for new skinny jeans pronto, cause those are just REAL convenient and cute I’ve decided. I know, they’ve been popular for a long as time, but I’m behind the times, always, with fashion, so give me a break.

Here’s a pic of a REALLY non Whole30 thing that I indulged in over the weekend, as well as the new hutch my dad built for Chris and I!! Love it so much! The Coronita did NOT sit well. But holy moly was it tasty.

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Whole30 DONE, (face plant into plate of cheese)

As of last night, I officially finished my Whole30!! I was pretty excited, and basically went face first into a heaping plate of cheese enchiladas, which were accompanied by a few hard ciders. What? Can you blame me? A month without cheese and alcohol…I was clearly deserving of these things.

Let’s do a recap of my 30 days…since I didn’t keep the blog updated AT ALL! I really am trying, but every time I get the computer all to myself…I start watching some crap show on Netflix (have you seen Pretty Little Liars?? DON’T WATCH IT! IT IS SO BAD…and by that I mean I love it and can’t stop watching it….it’s a problem).

Anyhow…recap:

I got a lot of “sooo what are you eating during this thing…??” Here are some examples of the yumminess I consumed:

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Yummy avocado stuffed, bacon wrapped, jalapeno peppers for Super Bowl snacking

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The beginnings of a roast that would end up braising in the crock for the whole day.

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Check out that steam! Beef chili with broccoli and pineapple thrown in for extra goodness.

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Even kitten wanted some of these wings…bad cat

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Sugar and nitrate free ham, baked with a spicy mustard sauce, along with some zucchini fritters I fried up.

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Post workout, pre grocery shopping breakfast from the Wegman’s salad bar. I wish I could live there.

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Plates picked dry after a tasting of different meats and veggies at a paleo author’s book release party in DC…yes there are fries, no, I didn’t try them. Heard they were good though!

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Breakfast of champions…few eggs scrambled with some of the ham from before, and green veggies. YUM

During these 30 days it wasn’t all smooth sailing…especially when Chris went away, and I was alone in the house for a weekend…alone in the house to me usually means: if nobody sees you eat it then it doesn’t count….so I had to find things to occupy my time so I wouldn’t order a pizza or go out and buy wine!

So I redid some furniture!

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Then it snowed…

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It was sad having a 5 day weekend that was awesome snack and booze free, so again, I had to find things to do to occupy my time. Like making macaroons that I couldn’t eat, and brushing kitty…which was a dangerous job…that cat can swat.

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When I went out with friends to a bar, I did a lot of this: (hint, there’s no alcohol in that mug)

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So that’s the sum of my 30 days! A lot of eggs, meat, and veggies.

I’m working on another post that will actually delve into what I learned, what the results were, etc…(Preview: the results were awesome)

 

Yes, I’m doing the Whole30, No it’s not a diet fad, Please stop talking

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I was inspired to write this post after reading this blog post, which is really just a rebuttal towards yet another article, which can be found here (an article from Yahoo! Health…), regarding health and wellness…there are a LOT of opinions flying around out there, it’s hard to figure out who’s “expert” advise to follow these days…(Although, if you are getting your health advise from Yahoo! Health…maybe don’t)

Anyhow…here’s my NON expert opinion, because I have an undergrad in photography, a master’s in business, and have not become a scientist overnight. (although wouldn’t that be badass)

I’m on day 13 of the Whole30 right now (What the heck is that? click the link). At over 1/3 of the way through the 30 days, I’m feel amazing, and I’m facing down some serious stress eating demons that are incredibly unhealthy. And yet, when I tell people about what I’m doing, most seem to jump to the same conclusion. “That’s real dumb to eliminate all that stuff just to lose weight,” or “It’s not healthy to eliminate all that stuff just to lose weight.” Well, if I was just trying to lose weight was my goal, I might not be as restrictive, but that’s not the ONLY reason there is to eliminate items from your diet. I have sensitivities to gluten and dairy (and possibly other foods that I would never know about if I didn’t eliminate them for a month, and then reintroduce), I have anxiety which is heightened by putting certain foods into my system, and I have serious stress eating habits where I go straight for wine, cheese, and carb dense foods whenever I’m stressed, angry, etc.

Not only is the Whole30 about living a healthier lifestyle, it’s about putting things into perspective. Putting into perspective when you’re really full, putting into perspective why you eat what you eat, putting into perspective your relationship with food, putting into perspective how certain foods affect your body, and whether or not it’s worth reintroducing those items back into your diet after the 30 days.

What do I mean when I say relationship with food? Picture this: I’m having a bad day at the office on a Friday; my staff is being lazy, a few difficult patients call and yell, and I sit on hold for an hour with Carefirst, only to have them hang up on me (True Life: I’m a Mental Health Clinic Manager right there). So what do I do when I leave work? Head for a bottle of wine and stuff my face with anything that involves carbs and cheese (think nachos, pizza, mac and cheese…even whole grain, or grain free version of these items, still bad news) Having these items reduces my stress temporarily, and I feel way better. Woo! So glad that day is over and now I feel better! Then comes Saturday morning. I don’t get a hangover anymore because I’m old and lame and probably fell asleep after two glasses of wine at 9pm, but having the alcohol heightens my anxiety, so I’m super anxious when I wake up. Also, having consumed gluten and cheese, I feel bloated and gross. The gym will not be fun this morning. After the gym, I still am not feeling like myself, and in order to feel better, I know eating something “yummy” (i.e. addictive/associative with feeling better) I go straight for more carbs/cheese. Getting a picture of the vicious relationship I have with food? The definition of a love/hate relationship.

Now I realize a lot of people just don’t have this relationship with food. I’ve talked to people who say they only eat because they get hungry, but they don’t really care about eating…WHAT?! I don’t get you, insane person, but I wish I had some of that in my system.

Now for food sensitivities. I know, I know, being gluten free is “all the rage,” right now, right? Actually it was only recently that doctors began to be able to diagnose gluten sensitivities, (straight outta my GI’s mouth, I’m not a fact maker upper), and so it’s reasonable that there are more folks out there who are attempting to avoid gluten these days. Even people (me) who don’t have Celiac Disease can have what is called Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (I call it, You Have a Shitty Tummy problem). Whereas in the past the medical society would say, hmmm you’ve got IBS, they can now narrow down what foods might be hurting your system, by having patients go through elimination diets (Like, for example, the Whole30).

It is for the reasons explained above that I’ve committed to the Whole30, and that I truly value the experience that it is giving me. So, if you encounter somebody who is attempting to conquer a Whole30, or something of the like, don’t criticize, or judge, or tell them what their doing is unhealthy. It’s not your place, and chances are you don’t really know what you’re talking about (if you do, then by all means, I like chatting about these topics!), and on top of all that, it’s not super supportive to approach somebody’s goals in that manner…makes actually completing the 30 days even harder when people aren’t supportive. Maybe try, “Sweet bro, let me know how it goes,” or “Right on, girlfriend, good luck!” Although you may feel more comfortable using less lame language in real life.