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Whole30 Countdown Continues

Whole30 Countdown Continues Day 24

Whole30 Countdown Continues

As we enter the last week, the Whole30 countdown continues. My thoughts are in this post, while you can find my lovely wife Teri’s thoughts over here. It’s Wednesday and I am ready to start adding bread back into our diet next week.

It’s been a long day so this will be brief. Had the usual eggs and sausage for breakfast followed by stir fry and applesauce for lunch. Dinner we picked up on the run at Texadelphia. Teri had the grilled chicken and I had a turkey and avocado salad with no dress. It was surprisingly good.

Traffic around Dallas reminds us almost daily of why we do not want to retire in the Metroplex. Even the toll express lanes were slow today. We finally made it back home and are headed for bed.

Another day awaits as the Whole30 Countdown Continues

I am looking forward each day as it dawns. Bringing us closer to a less restrictive diet. I really want to find out if it’s the sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes or a combination that has been causing my joint inflammation. The complete process should take about a month as we slowly add things back into our diet.

As a good friend of mine used to say, “Film at 11.”

Until then, feel free to express your thoughts below.

Whole30 Last Week

Whole30 Last Week-Day 22-23

Whole30 Last Week

We made it to Whole30 Last Week! Only 7 more days! More of the same. Get up, walk, eat well, go to work, avoid the well-meaning coworker’s carb and sugar bombs, eat our pre-made lunch, go home, eat a Whole30 dinner, take care of the evening activities, hit the hay and do it all over again.

Whole30 Last Week Yucky Foods...Okay, maybe it just seems that boring to you, but I love all the recipe searching, shopping for new ingredients and trying them. My lovely wife, Teri, has eaten some things that she never would have eaten when we first met. I’m not sure she knew that there were vegetables that grow above the ground. She is mostly a meat and potatoes girl. I have definitely expanded her eating horizons. She’s not as picky as she thinks she is.

Interesting recipes ahead. Only time will tell if they are destined to be added to our permanent food list.

Whole30 Last Week What’s Next?

Starting next Wednesday, bread, soft, warm, fresh out of the oven bread, is back on the menu! We are so hoping that gluten is not one of the things causing inflammation. If it is, we are prepared with some low-gluten and gluten-free bread recipes. I may try them anyway, just to see how they taste.

After a week of bread, I plan to add dairy back into my diet. I do miss cream in my coffee. Next I suppose rice and other grains followed by legumes and lastly sugar. I plan to not use refined sugar, but instead go with honey where it makes sense and possibly Stevia or some other natural substitutes.

If anyone is interested in the recipes we used, let me know and I will gladly compile them into a PDF or least a series of food articles. Just let me know your thoughts, you’ve seen a few of mine. Have a great rest of your week.

Whole30 Keep Going Day 17-21 and Marriage

Whole30 Keep Going

Yes, I’m behind. Some of it’s due to work. A bit is due to cooking and this weekend I spent an amazing time with lovely bride at a FamilyLife Marriage conference. More on the conference later. I just need Whole30 Keep Going!

Whole30 Keeping GoingSo far it’s been a great journey. No crazy cravings, only one or two interesting dreams about food (of course the stuff we can’t eat.) The more we learn about the Whole30 diet, the more I think some of the foods are definitely contributing to my joint inflammation. My fingers especially have been so much better, even in the morning.

It’s really interesting that what can cause joint inflammation. Dairy, especially cheese, peanuts and gluten. So no more cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. No I really haven’t made one of those. I’m really looking forward to day 31 when we can add things back to our diet. Teri and I have already discussed it and we want to do the slow approach. This will allow us to add one or maybe two things into to our diet, every 5 days. The purpose is to find things that we are personally not able to process well. We both have eaten all the Whole30 “banned” items most of our lives.

Whole30 keep going to find out what it’s doing.

Interesting times lay ahead. Even if we are allergic to some of the items, we may still consume them, but with significant moderation. I wish my mom or my grandparents had known about things like this. There last years might have been less painful.

We stopped at the library and found a Whole30 cookbook as well as one of the older versions of the Whole30 plan. Time for more research. I believe that knowledge is power. So time to hit the books.

Shifting gears to marriage

Why a marriage conference you ask? Well, I look it like taking your car in for an oil change and a tune-up. Everything may be working fine, but there are some little tweaks that can make it even better. Your marriage is the same way. Albeit, it’s not as easy as an oil change. A good marriage or any relationship for that matter takes an intentional effort.

Teri and I found out that overall we are doing the things we need to be to have a great marriage. We also found a couple of areas that we can do even better. If you are married or just thinking about getting engaged, We highly recommend that you attend one of FamlyLife’s Marriage conferences. The conferences are Bible based, but you do not need to be religious to get some valuable advice and guidance.

My dad always said, if you don’t something or you need advice, ask someone that’s been there. Someone with the experience, perspective and wisdom to help you understand or learn. It’s a lot faster than trying to do it yourself.  What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them. Just drop a comment below.

Whole30 Home Stretch

Whole30 Home Stretch Day 16

Whole30 Home Stretch

Woo hoo! We are on the Whole30 Home Stretch! Day 16! Over the hump! Okay I get it, there are still 14 more days, 2 weeks, half a month left on our Whole30 sojourn. Eating and drinking without sugar, dairy, wheats and grains has started becoming the norm. A new habit is forming.

Do I expect to eat like this forever? Absolutely not. What I do home to achieve is to better understand things that my body doesn’t deal with well and cut back on those. Or maybe even cut some of them out completely. Time will tell. It is interesting that I stopped taking my Glucosamine and Chondroitin for my joints and my fingers have felt less achy and stiff. It does seem that something in my old regular diet was contributing to inflammation.

Whole30 Home Stretch Day 16 Eating

Over the weekend we prepared our eating plan for the week ahead. More of the Creamy Coconut Sage Chicken was at the top of the menu. We added pork chops with a mango and pineapple salsa as well as a batch with apple and onion. Teri cooked some amazing stuffed peppers using ground beef and cauliflower rice. It is amazing!

Preparing all the food ahead of time has helped keep us on our Whole30 Home Stretch eating plan. So I really believe preparation is key to your success should you choose to join us in the journey to better health. If you do, I would love to hear about your efforts. Like the photo above says:

Hope is not a strategy. Planning ahead is. Click To Tweet

Have a great rest of your week and check back in soon. Please leave a comment, a thought or an encouraging word. Maybe even a question or two. Keep the conversation alive. Whatever your journey is and wherever it takes you, I would love to hear about it.