sheba-kitty Posted August 16, 2013 Share Posted August 16, 2013 I have been logging in my fitbit journal...but found these forums and thought the extra accountability might be good! First who I am and why I am doing this... 46 year old middle school art teacher. (Love it, yes I am crazy!) I am an artist and dog mommy! I love to garden and READ! I have been doing triathalon since 2009. You can read about that journey here http://shebaduhkitty.sweat365.com/ Inspired by my younger brother who lost and kept off 80 lbs and is now an ironman and a Whole30 and paleo person. In 2011, my husband and I embarked on one of our dreams and opened a restaurant. We served gourmet burgers made from organic game meats, (elk, llama, venison, emu, bison, kangaroo, and more!) it was well recieved, but not enough money to keep it afloat, after a year and a half we closed our doors in December 2012. We had a period of NOT WANTING TO COOK ANYTHING! having had to cook for others for so long... And so we ate fast food crap, sat around moping and packed on the pounds. I have been overweight now since I hit my 30's mostly avoiding my family obesity issue until then... But now I am at my highest ever... Narrowly hitting the 200 mark at only 5'1'. My brother and his wife and a few other friends decided to start a Whole30 on August 1st. They mentioned it to me ON the first... Wasn't really mentally ready to go full program so I started by elimintating some things on the same day to move forward. I had been reading â€œIt Starts with Foodâ€ and baby-stepping into the Whole30 since August 1stâ€¦ but finally finishing the book I see why I need to do the full program. I have already been feeling some positive results. Most noticeably my sugar cravings are down and I am down 4 pounds. So August 11 I started the full whole30. Re: Sugar or any fake or processed or â€œhealthyâ€ versions of sugarâ€¦ I had been eliminating all sweets and dessert type snacks since Aug 1, but haven't been a stickler about sugar added to the things I am buying. So now I have to bring my glasses to the grocery store so I can read the ingredients before I buy things. I sorted the pantry and got rid of a ton of stuff... Dividing the food into safe and not safe foods. Re: BOOZE I might whine about missing my wine! but haven't had any since Aug 1, and that's going OK. However, this week is that ONE week a month that I really, really â€œneedâ€ my wine and chocolate. (Ladies, you know what I mean) so this will be a BIG test of the claims regarding this program. But so far I have been managing the cravings. Re: Grainsâ€¦ no gluten has already been happening since Aug 1, with 2 little slips... but I have been having rice and some other substitutes. SO NOW it is no grains of any kind! This will be a big life change for sure. My husband is part Asian, so lots of rice and soy sauce in our regular diet. Re: DAIRYâ€¦ a HUGE change for me!!!! I have been weaning myself off the stuff since Aug 1. I had a serving or less per day which was already a HUGE reduction. But the book really showed me some science-y stuff that seems to indicate DAIRY is messing up my system big time! Especially with my thyroid issuesâ€¦ I hope to smooth out the hormonal thing with this plan and dairy is at the top of the list for hormone disruptors. But I have already decided that when I finish the program, strong, tasty cheeses will be the first thing I try to add back. I have been struggling with what to put in my coffee... Big milk in the coffee person. I have tried coconut oil, almond milk and cocnut cream. None of them really cut it for me. So instead I tried different types of coffee... Black. And have decided that I just dont really need coffee that bad! Switching to tea maybe. Re: Legumesâ€¦ I didn't think I was a huge fan of beans, but now that I am cutting them out I realize how often I do eat them. Especially in my Mexican foods! Re: Fake replacements of snacks or desserts with Paleo approved ingredients. this is a little annoying BUT ALSO WISE! because when I do recipe searches online that seems to be what everyone is makingâ€¦ Paleo chocolate chip cookies. I can imagine myself eating WAY too many of those! Re: NO weigh-ins: the goal is reshaping the food-relationship which is of course deeply tied to my weight and body image issues. so ONE set of pictures and measurements happened on Aug 11 and then I hide the scale. This will be a tough one, probably the hardest of them allâ€¦ as I do tend to weigh myself daily! but it will be a good habit to break. I asked the hubby to help and he took out the batteries and hid them. So far the program DOES require planning and some creativity and being open minded about new veggies and food combinations. BUT all the food I have made has been tasty and filling! My brother and I got together last sunday and did a weeks worth of cooking. That has been a huge help. The most awesome thing is that as I have been cooking a ton of awesome new foods... The hubby has decided that this way of eating sounds smart. So he is -mostly- joining me. He is not going to be as strict, but making foods we can both eat when he cooks and not bringing the bad crap into the house... And not suggesting our weekly pizza delivery! So that will help me out a lot! So thats enough for now... Looking for support! Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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