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Jackie's Journey- Day 1

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Introducing myself and very glad to see I am not alone on the June 1st start!

 

Little history- I've been dabbling in Paleo and have been wheat free since February. I have been eating rice up until now. Have a several food intolerances including chicken and eggs which makes breakfast interesting.

 

I'm doing this largely to see what is causing my inflammation in my body but I'm truly hoping its not my wine, chocolate or cream in my coffee  ;) I'm also peri-menopausal and am interested to see how eating this way will affect that too. 

 

Hubby will eating the same as me with added grain carbs as he refuses to give up his beer or bread but I can live with that. He's away for half this month so that should also make it easier. 

 

Starting the day with a 5.5 mile hike yesterday was a good start to my journey. I did spend a lot of time yesterday preparing veggies but need to plan my meals ahead a bit better. It will come together!  Luckily I enjoy trying out new recipes and am the queen of leftovers for lunch. 

 

We also started a walking challenge at work today for 6 weeks. I can do an average 13000 steps a day but I need to add stretching and weights into my routine. Any advice on that? I have a hate-hate relationship with my foam roller..

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Day 2. Today I discovered I have to eat more! By 10 AM yesterday morning I was hungry- yes, 'fish and vegetables' hungry as it says in the book. I'd had ground pork, onions, spinach and an apricot stir fried for breakfast at 6 AM but it was not enough. I think it was because A) spinach is not enough in terms of veg and B) I'd been for an early morning run with the dog. I had to eat a bag of standby almonds. 

 

By noon my turkey and left over salads from the night before were also not quite enough to keep me going. I didn't have much choice as a had an appointment to go to after work, but I realized that the veggies i had brought for lunch were also not enough volume wize. Maybe not enough turkey either.

 

Luckily hubby rescued me when I got home by cooking a great steak on the BBQ with a loaded salad and a sweet potato.

 

I had no real cravings but a bit of a 'thick' head. Not a headache but I think I missed my coffee which I've also decided to give up for now. I only drink one coffee a day but its a good one !

 

My Jawbone Up counted over 20,000 stepes for today. I'm off to a good start on the challenge.

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Day 2 PS. I just read the meal planning template again- just goes to show that I focused on the food part and not the exercise! Dang. I run again tomorrow, this time I will try to eat first (hard at 5 AM!) and see if the guidelines help. 

 

Then I just read the Timeline, and all is explained (the thick head)....  Thanks to my daily emails, I've discovered I was not as prepared as I should have been. More reading tonight!. 

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What are you adding to your meals for your fat? That might be the key to your hunger issues as well as increasing your vegetable volume. Keep playing with it and you'll get there. The first time I realized I had gone 5 hours without being hangry I was shocked.

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Hi Bethany, I almost always have coconut oil and add avocado occasionally. I've started adding in some nuts too. I think some of it is that I forget how early I do eat breakfast (generally 6 AM) so being hungry by 11 AM is not too bad? Maybe I just need to eat  lunch a little earlier. I was thinking maybe I also ought to add some of the more dense vegetable carbs too. Sweet potato and the like? 

 

 

Day 3. I was still foggy but I think that was also in part to having to take some Tylenol in the early hours of yesterday due to muscular pain. I rarely take any kind of OTC medicines so it grates on me when I have to. It was that or sleep, so I didn't have much choice. I also feel like I've cheated though- I don't consider adding this to my system a good cleanse but what else to do?

 

Breakfast was the ground pork and apple mix with avocado and other veggies and this time I stayed fuller longer. I tried to drink more water too.

 

Made a tuna, onion and avocado tuna salad with my lunch - it was creamy and yummy. I'll be doing that again. Canned fish is going to be a good source of quick lunchtime protein for me at work. That with tons of greens and a blueberry and hazelnut topping kept me going right until dinner at 6PM.

 

Dove into my 'Well Fed' cookbooks for dinner and made the African salmon on the BBQ- it was so easy and perfect. Then I used the cauliflower rice salad as a idea for some curried 'rice' with cashews. It was so good, my hubby (a 'cauliflower is boring' kinda guy) loved it and asked that we have it again- as a base for curry next time! That I can do :-) He leaves for a just over 2 weeks trip today, so I'll make the same portions I would for both of us and have lots of yummy leftovers. 

 

I am pleasantly surprised that right now I am not missing my wine and chocolate- we'll see how long that lasts!

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6-11am is pretty reasonable yes. I personally make my first meal as large as I can to front load my day. It looks like you made some fabulous adjustments on Day 3 and found a good rhythm. Yay! That is the way to do it. Keep playing with the portions until you find what works for you.

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I seemed to have missed day 3-6 somehow and suddenly landed on Day 7- today! Its a good sign, my fridge was empty of all the veggies I bought last week because I've eaten the lot. I wasn't very organised last week so my goal for this week is to plan for a week of meals. I did make a pot of 'Well Fed" chocolate chili yesterday so I have my fail safe back up. I tried to resist buying too much fruit as sugar is my weakness but I did buy cherries today. The aim is to make them last 3 days. I also bought jicama for the first time so I'm going to try some new recipes for that. 

 

Thursday (day 5) I survived a work lunch by ordering an an antipasto plate (just realized that is like saying anti pasta!!) to share which had olives, roasted veggies and meat on it, followed by a salmon salad. 

 

Last night I had some friends who were passing through stay over and I was worried about eating out and not drinking with them but luckily my girlfriend is not a big drinker and her hubby was happy to order wine by the glass. Neither are 'pushers'. I stuck with my water. I just told them I had given up wine for the month and they accepted it. 

 

The menu turned out to be harder than I thought. We were at my fav Italian restaurant (their choice not mine) and they know me so they were rather surprised at my choices. I just told them that I was not eating grains or potatoes or wheat for health reasons. I had a beet salad but I missed the part about goat cheese on the menu and I dutifully ate my way around it. I had salmon and veggies without the cream sauce for dinner but the salmon was so good with just a squeeze of lemon that I didn't miss it. In fact my friends hubby looked at my plate and said 'thats how we should all be eating- it's like it came straight from the farmers market' :-) I didn't say a word, just smiled ... 

 

Back at the house the dark chocolate came out and I resisted that too. However, I did dream of 'accidentally' eating a pastry of some kind last night (which I rarely used to eat anyway?) You know when you used to eat mindlessly without thinking about it? It was gone before I remembered I wasn't supposed to be eating it! Then there was a glass of wine, which I started to sip, suddenly remembered and then spat out! Then I felt SO guilty for even having the taste in my mouth and then was wondering whether I'd have to confess on my blog and start again. LOL crazy! It was enough to keep me on the straight and narrow to know that's how I would feel in my dreams! 

 

Breakfast this morning was funny too. Our friends are very at home at our house and so we all eat breakfast by just helping ourselves. I was last to eat, and I had some leftover smoked salmon, spinach, avocado, and blueberries. There was some very envious looks and again a comment about how healthy my breakfast was. 

 

Just as they left this morning around 11 am, they both commented that they had better get going so they could eat on their way as they were already hungry. Not me. I had enough protein and fat for my breakfast. I feel SO smug :-)

 

I know the first week is just about in the bag, but I don't want to think of this of just 30 days, I'm hoping for it to be the pathway to a lifestyle change. 

 

Off to plan my menus now :-) 

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Okay, it happened again. The days have flown. I spent a lot of day 7 and 8 prepping food - my freezer is so full there is no room for anything else but it has really paid off this week. 

 

Today is my Day 11 and I am SO happy that I prepped a ton of food at the weekend. It's been a really busy week and I didn't get home until 7 pm tonight. Normally that would have meant me just eating the first thing I found, crackers, cookies, cheese, applesauce- anything that doesn't require cooking. Tonight though, I had cooked turkey and three different cold salads to put on my plate. It took me minutes to load up my plate and sit down and it tasted SO good. 

 

Food at even a small conference can be hard to work around as it is all pre-prepped. So today I ate my breakfast before I left and as I got there early no-one realized I had not already eaten from the breakfast buffet when the rest of the team arrived.

 

I was however scared about lunch buffet with all the sauces and dressings but thanks to the emails I went armed today with some almonds and olives. I grabbed lots of undressed salad greens, added the oil and vinegar and found some steak and threw on my olives and almonds when no one was looking and felt very smug AGAIN! 

 

Just need to get past tomorrow!

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Three cheers for feeling smug!  ;)   Glad you did great when you were away from your "safe" environment.

Thanks! I managed it again the next day thanks to lots of salad, roasted veggies and yet more streak. I've since been out to dinner with friends again and managed to get through that too, so I've earned my halo ;)

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Eating out can be really tough. I try to scope out the place on line ahead of time and go ahead and decide what to order before I even get there.

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Well, here I am again, several days later. I did the same routine over the weekend and made lots of food ahead of time, so its been easy. However I am beginnng to wonder whether  I'll be able to be quite so prepared every weekend and how that will work out. 

 

Some observations... breakfast takes a lot longer to eat these days! I can cook it up quickly as I pre-chop my veggies and cook my ground meats ahead of time. But it is quite a mountain to eat! I've never had any problem eating breakfast, however early. Product of a forces family often on the road early, but it normally been a quick one. This is taking some getting used to.

 

Yesterday and today I've been tired. I'm sleeping well, not interrupted sleep as before and when I wake I'm generally go right back to sleep now but I'm dog tired by the end of the day. I do get up early (between 5 and 5:30 if I'm lucky) so I'm generally in bed by 9 PM but somehow still only generally getting between 7 and 7.5 hours sleep and I think I need more. Maybe its the lack of sugar and by body using the the fats instead. I hope it is only temporary. 

 

I definately don't feel the need to snack in the slightest which is good. I did miss my wine on Friday night. I need to come up with some kind of end of week reward. Anybody have any suggestions? I've been serving my mineral water in a wine glass with slices of orange and lemon which makes it more special but its not the same as a good class of wine!

 

I have walked miles for our wallking challenge, covering over 50 miles last week which is a feat to be proud of but my back is still reminding me of it. I have good shoes so it isn't that so I am going to visit a sports specialist this week to see if he can help and check my posture. 

 

Day 17 done! and hubby home in 2 days, Life is good.

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Eating out can be really tough. I try to scope out the place on line ahead of time and go ahead and decide what to order before I even get there.

We tend to eat at local restaurants where the menu constantly changes- so it is good practice to think on the fly too! The hardest is pre made buffets at conferences... My next battle will be staying at other people's homes. Any advice there? Taking food with me seems rude..

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Taking good with you is not rude. You have dietary needs that you k now won't be met by their food. You should give them a heads up that you'll be bringing your own food so they don't buy extra in anticipation for you eating what they're eating. The simplest way to put it so you don't offend, some people get defensive when others eat differently then them, is that you are on a cleanse in order to see if you have any food sensitivities. If they want to accommodate your dieteryneeds great but if they can't its not rude for you to supply your own.

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I don't think it is rude to take your own.....  I have even been known to take my own stuff to restaurants when I am out with a group (I do, however have some legit allergies to food).  I have never had a complaint.

 

Taking food to someones house does require a little more finesse.  If they are family or really good friends, I can be more open.  If it is someone that I don't know as well, call ahead, explain that you have a "limited diet" due to "food restrictions" and that to make things easier, you will be bringing your own food.  If they are interested, they will ask questions and try to accommodate you.  If they are not interested, they will just say "ok".  Good luck!

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