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  1. hchc

    Starting March 1st

    Happy day 30! Wow, what seemed so onerous the week before day one, has somehow turned into an easy, and enjoyable weekly meal planning event. Throughout the month I have been wishing it was summer in Canada so I could be gathering the increased veggies from my garden. Store bought is just not the same some times. I have signed up with a local CSA as my garden is small and holds limited veggies. Looking forward to the up coming months of finding a happy mix of Whole30 and wine..... Congratulations to all of those who not only finished the Whole30 but even took the time to sign up and try it. I am starting my reintroduction tomorrow with gluten free pasta and tomato meat sauce, with a nice light red. Thank you to all of you who posted and got me through those tough days.
  2. hchc

    Starting March 1st

    Well, I made it through the last weekend outing with no waver to my determination. Saturday evening was a gathering of approximately thirty people at a pub. Lots of wine, beer and nacho's greeted me as I entered the establishment. The group consists of a people I normally see throughout the summer when we congregate at a local lake. There is always, an abundance of both food and alcohol. This is the first time I have ever socialized with these people and abstained from wine, and ordered a plan appropriate meal. I have mentioned that my partner has been a strength for me during this. He joined for the experience and support. He has never made any changes to his French Canadian bread and cheese heavy diet in the past. He has been doing very well, considering this was not his idea in the start. He did however give in to the call of beer at the function. Despite his waver, to which I hold no resentment, I felt no pull to step out of the plan. The people at the gathering were very supportive. No bugging me about not drinking or my salad order in pub setting. The question that was most asked of me was what I would eat when I was finished. I found it hard to answer because I have no strong cravings for any one thing. I find I am more interested in searching out good quality foods to eat that I would be willing to spend a bit more money on for treats but those are not necessarily pastry and ice cream. Not everything has changed though, I am certainly going to open a nice bottle of red. @SPeffer As for my InstantPot. I used my slow cooker often so switching to the pressure cooker was easy. My planning has changed because it takes less time, I like the results so far. I have even taken it on field trips to a friends cottage. I purchased the larger pot to use in canning this fall. One draw back I found before I was in the plan. I used it for rice but it would sometimes conflict my dinner choice if it was also a pressure cooker recipe. I have cooked wild meat in it as well as tougher cuts of meat and found everything to come out juicy and tender. A rosemary chicken recipe in nom nom paleo has become a favourite. The gravy is delightful.
  3. hchc

    Starting March 1st

    Thank you for everyone who is posting. I was having a hard day and numerous weak moments a few days back. I tried to reach out to my husband and friend by phone and no one was available. I turned to this forum and after reading a few posts I was able to gather the strength I needed to stay strong. We will be finishing week two tomorrow. YAY, halfway. I have a couple of social functions under my belt with one more big one coming before the end of the month but I am no longer concerned. Some of our dinner conversations are focusing on what changes we can see ourselves making to our diet when the Month is over. On another note, I put my toaster away. It normally sits on the cupboard but I realized I have no need for it so out of the way it went. This made more room for my InstantPot, which has not been in the cupboard since I started this. Happy Pi Day!
  4. hchc

    Starting March 1st

    A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of giving this Whole30 a try. I have previously completed IQS and have food intolerances that steer me away from gluten and dairy so I was confident I could keep up to the food restrictions. My husband has no restrictions to his diet so the challenge of no bread and cheese to a French Canadian was overwhelming to him. I followed the hints and removed everything not allowed from my cupboards a week before and left the items in boxes on the floor in the kitchen. The frustration of digging through them was enough to make you not want the item by the time you found it. My husband was constantly complaining but I really think it helped him to see what items were not allowed. I am the driving force and secretly, I am hoping he can cut grains and cheese after the conclusion of the 30 days and appreciate how much better his gut feels. BUT I LIKE WINE....... Oh, how I like my wine. For me, this is the most challenging aspect of the diet change. I am paying special attention to how my mind and body feel as I plow through this month coveting my wine cellar. Last night a very thoughtful friend invited us over for dinner and cooked to the Whole30 plan. The meal was great, the company was delightful and I woke this morning and said 'I had a good time last night'. The big difference was I watched our hosts drink the imported bottle of red, saw them enjoying it, discussing the flavours, and smells. I really thought I would have had negative, jealous and maybe even envious feelings over them taking part in my favourite activity, without me. I did reach for a glass and take a few wonderful sniffs of the bouquet, but handed back the glass without a thought of sneaking a sip. Don't get me wrong, I will continue to enjoy my wine. But already at day 5 I am more inclined to pay better attention or the mindfulness of enjoying my wine, with it no longer being a habit to reach for a glass while I start to cook, no matter the day.