neisonsd Posted January 22, 2014 Share Posted January 22, 2014 I read the book in one day. It immediately grabbed my attention; I knew it was something I had to do. I'm on Day 10. Just a little background. I live in Cincinnati, but I fly to Omaha on Mondays for work and fly home to Cincinnati on Fridays. I have an apartment in Omaha so it's easy to cook. I was worried about traveling, but I have Meal 1 before I head for the airport and I am not hungry while traveling so it works out perfect! The first week I jumped in with both feet without a lot of time for planning. My meals often consisted of peppers, eggs, lots of sardines and I used butter to cook because I didn't have time to get to the store to buy some ghee. I didn't use a lot of butter. Day 4 was the worst. I had aches and pains for which I could not identify the source; they came from out of nowhere. I also ended up with a headache that day. All those ailments were gone by the next day. I have never had an urge to snack, but I'm hungry when it is time to eat. Awesome! As I type this it sounds like I must not have been too off track to begin with, but I assure you I was. I've struggled with my weight all my life. I am on medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I'm a massive snacker. I consider a medium pizza and a pint of ice cream a single serving. I can down a bag of potato chips with dip in nothing flat. So yes, when I say I have not had an urge to snack since I started the Whole30, it is truly awesome. I've expanded my food palette to include cooking with ghee (an amazing thing!), using the recipes in the book to create a protien, veggie, fat base using grass-fed ground beef, I love the roasted veggie recipe in the book, I'm including sauerkraut and kimchi in my diet. I also purchased some coconut water. I don't recall from the book the benefits of coconut water, if there are any, so if someone could set me straight there, that would be great. My biggest challenges - I have two. 1. Not weighing myself. My last attempt to get healthy was an attempt at weight loss. Don't get me wrong, I lost 40 pounds. While I was eating better, I was not truly eating for my health (I know that now). Anyway, there is a scale at work and I plopped myself on it regularly. It was a huge boost to see the numbers on the scale as they dropped from 307 to 266. Seriously, I am addicted to weighing myself. If I had food cravings that were as strong as the craving to weigh myself, I would be in big trouble. I suppose it's a bit different. Weighing myself won't hurt the health I'm creating inside my body, but it could definitely hurt the health I'm creating in my mind. So while I'm continually tempted and pretty good at rationalizing that it wouldn't be so bad to weigh myself, I have stayed away from the scale for a full nine days. 2. Chewing. The book says to set aside time to relax and eat. I totally get it. It's hard, but I am really making an effort to make it so. What I've found is that I generally don't fully chew my food. It requires real concentration on my part, hence why setting time aside to eat is so important. If I am not focusing on eating, but rather on other things, I catch myself shoveling the food in. I'm putting another bite in my mouth before I'm done with the first bite. Benefits - I have been taking Prevacid daily for years. I've had heart burn for as long as I can remember. If I missed a day, I knew it. Yesterday was my first Prevacid-free day and it went great! In the past the food I'm eating this week, which is the ground beef with veggies (onion, squash and zucchini with sauerkraut - veggies sauteed in ghee), would have set off my heart burn in nothing flat. I had not symptoms yesterday! I purchased the Practical Paleo cookbook. I expected recipes, which of course it does have, but the first half of the book explains how food affects the body, just like ISWF. I read in the book that heartburn is actually caused by a lack of acid in the stomach, not an over abundance. It all made sense. And since I was squelching the acid in my stomach with the Prevacid, it made sense to me that I was actually exacerbating the heart burn. So I'm off the Prevacid! Blood pressure medicine next followed by cholesterol medicine. That's the plan! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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