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Whole30 One To Done

Whole30 One To Done Day 30

Whole30 One To Done

The price of success was not that bad. We are Whole30 One To Done! Yes! Today was great. Woke up with a lot of energy and boy did I need it. It was busy day at work. We have been eating chicken stir fry and meat loaf, but today lunch was turkey and brisket. Work hosted a Thanksgiving day lunch. I managed to stay on plan, but the pumpkin and apple pies looked really good. So did the rolls, but I managed to say out of them.

What we learned during Whole30 One To Done

Whole30 One To Done keep improvingEating healthy isn’t that hard, but it is a bit more expensive. Food is either healthy or unhealthy, there is no in between. Reading about the adding in process we understand that it is a life long process. It is also a choice. You can choose to eat foods you know don’t agree with your body, as long as you understand and accept the consequences.

It also helps to have an accountability partner. Someone to share with and hold each other to the agreement to eat the Whole30 plan for the whole 30 days. Being successful takes a little bit of planning, a modicum of support, a dash of confidence and not a small amount of perseverance.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely! We lost inches and weight. We gained energy and focus. To me that is a win-win. Now it’s time to begin re-introducing food groups to figure out which ones are the main offenders. For me it is whatever caused the inflammation in my joints. You can read about Teri’s thoughts here. No one knows what the future holds, but you can make choices about your future eating habits.

Chose health. Eat better. It is not that hard. We did it for 30 days and in the process we learned a lot about how food affects our bodies. To your health!

 

Whole30 Day30

Whole30 Day30 – We Made It!!!
Whole30 Day30

Finished with Phase I of The Whole30

It’s interesting when you reach the end of a journey how looking back gives you such a different perspective.
Concerns when we first started:
1. How tough is this going to be?
2. Are we going to be hungry?
3. Will we find food to eat that we both like?
4. Will we have the time to plan and prepare each day/week?
5. Does The Whole30 really reset your system?
And if we had to answer the questions now?
1. It’s tough to change lifelong habits.  But, with all the online material, books from the library and some determination, it was very doable.
2. During the first week I was hungry.  My body missed the morning hot chocolate, the mid-morning Pepsi and the afternoon peanut butter crackers. Oh, and let’s not forget the evening snack of popcorn after dinner.  However, as my body got used to eating healthy foods (in proper portions) the desire to snack diminished.
3. The Whole30 website along with numerous other websites provided all sorts of options and alternatives for meals.  We’ve added several new ingredients to our pantry.  Coconut flour, oil and milk. Almond flour, cauliflower rice, leeks and coconut aminos.  I don’t even want to ask what spices Shawn’s been experimenting with – some things are better left unknown.  We’ve also added gala apples – I still can’t do a whole apple but I’ve gotten really good at making applesauce with them!  So, yes even with a picky eater like me there are plenty of healthy foods to keep satisfied.
4. Planning and preparing does take time.  We have started keeping a running list during the week on staple items we need to pick up.  Recipe searches are ongoing as one or both us get the urge for something new.  Meal preparation and cooking has become a time for us to partner and share the load.  After cutting myself the first week it wasn’t until this week that Shawn had the courage to let me use the chef’s knife again.  Hmm, maybe he wasn’t home. Anyways, no blood shed this time.
5. Honestly, Shawn and I started The Whole30 because we knew we needed to be eating better. Our diets had become overwhelmed with processed and junk food.  Some friends had been talking about it and one started the plan and couldn’t say enough good things about it. So, knowing nothing more than the website URL we jumped.  I’m so glad we did.  Neither of us really have cravings and both of us are feeling better.

Our Journey In Summary

Hershey's Kisses at Chocolate world

Where we wanted to be Day1.

Whole30 Day30 finds me reading Food Freedom Forever on the train to and from work.  The book really does a good job of reinforcing that this is NOT a diet, but a reset.  And that we will continue learning about how food impacts us and working to make the best food choices for ourselves the rest of our lives.
Tomorrow morning we jump on the scale.  Normally, I just slither onto the scale dreading what number will appear.  I’m actually excited.  I know I’m feeling better and eating better.  If you’re thinking about trying the program, check here  for all the non-scale victories you could achieve.
Whole30 Day30 officially ends our 30 day journey.  It’s been great sharing the ups & downs.
Whole30 Nearly Done Day 29

Whole30 Nearly Done Day 29

Whole30 Nearly Done The End is Coming Soon

We are approaching Whole30 Nearly Done! And bread is back on the menu 36 hours, 27 minutes and 43 seconds. Not that I’m counting mind you. Ok, you have me. Yes I am counting the moments until the next baking. I will be baking bread for my lovely wife Teri and if I’m lucky, she will share. We stopped by the library and picked up every Whole30 book. It Starts With Food, Whole30 Cookbook, Whole30 Plan and another one I do not remember. The first one, It Starts With Food, has some really interesting sections on what effect different food types can have on your body. Definitely worth a look if you suspect anything in your diet.

Your Food Is Suspect

I urge you to take a serious look at what you put in your mouth. Especially if you have any health issues. If you feel like you can not commit to the whole thing for 30 days, get help. Phone a friend. Join a support group. It’s only 30 days.

We also picked up some gluten-free alternatives to pumpkin muffins. I will definitely report back on those. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Work is hosting a Thanksgiving Day lunch tomorrow. There will be many food land mines to avoid. Pumpkin pie, bread, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and more. I’ll be having turkey and maybe some veggies if they are not drowned in cheese or cream sauce.

As with most journeys, this one had a beginning 29 days ago. I suspect that it will have an end, but perhaps not for a long time. Knowledge is a powerful thing. As we learn which things have influenced our health issues, we will know what foods to limit or cut completely.

Okay enough spewing of thoughts from my side. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on Whole30? Can you do it? Am I crazy for even suggesting it? Here’s to your health.

Whole30 Day29

Whole30 Day29

Just one more day.  It’s actually hard to believe we have almost come to the end of our journey.  Looking back at blog posts from the first few days, it wasn’t looking good.
Change is hard.  Changing lifelong habits even harder.  On the drive home today Shawn commented on how much energy we both seem to have.  It’s true.
No marathons – actually, no running for that matter, but we are doing more in the evenings.  It’s been a slow and gradual change but one for the better.
Breakfast on Whole30 Day29 consisted of eggs and vegetables for Shawn. I went with the Whole30 approved bacon we found at Whole Foods.  It was actually very tasty.  Chicken and vegetable stir-fry with coconut aminos filled us both up for lunch.  Shawn managed to get an afternoon apple before fixing us meatloaf and baked potatoes for dinner.
He’s already starting to think about how we can stay Whole30 compliant while traveling over Thanksgiving.
Whole30 Day29 Trip

Trip, Trip!!!! Let’s go…..

Turning to the Whole30 website they have travel tips.  They have information to ensure you are successful no matter what the situation.  If you are determined to succeed, they have your back.  The recipes and information on the website has been both helpful and informative.
Back to our trip.  Once we arrive, a small cooler and a stop at Wal-Mart or a grocery store is the first order of business.  Our plan is to load up on Whole30 items so we aren’t tempted to “innocently wander” into the junk food aisles at the gas stations.
I admit it, I’m the worst,  Shawn will be pumping gas in the car and I’ll stop in for a rest room break and come back to the car with a large cup of soda (or two) and some chips or pretzels.  Sadly I am a rewards member at both 7-11 and RaceTrack (a local gas station) and get lots of free drinks and food.  The plan is to stick with water and unsweetened tea.
Whole30 Day29 leaves us both feeling encouraged that we could pick a challenge, create a plan and then execute the plan.   Doing the program together enabled us to encourage and be there for each other.  I know Shawn picked me up and dusted me off several days at the beginning.  Don’t look has become a common saying between as desserts and yummy things seem to appear out of nowhere.
Whole30 Day29

Our lock in Cologne, Germany.
He’s stuck with me!

The doctor’s visit went fine.  Shawn was surprised I didn’t look at the scale.  Hey, I always weigh in the morning and on my scale.  Staying focused to complete tomorrow without any thoughts of “I’ve done well enough” or “wow that’s not good” was’t what I needed today.
That’s enough of a break.  Back to class.