Sarah88 Posted October 16, 2014 Share Posted October 16, 2014 Hi everyone, I am on day 4 of my first whole30, (after eating mostly paleo for over 4 years now) and so far so good. I started this whole30 because I have lately gained quite some fat around my belly (which I hate (obviously), without knowing the cause - for I already eat paleo, and my thyroid is working properly (got that checked out). One of the major changes that I have now made is eating little to no fruit - and I am very excited to see what this will do for me. I have a terrible sweet tooth, and since I was already eating paleo most of the time before I started my whole30, I tried to satisfy it with fresh fruits, and occasionally some raisins. My breakfast typically consisted of a big bowl of 1 to 2 sliced medium sized appels, 4-5 sliced baby carrots, 1 sliced banana, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, 5 to 10 raisins, a tablespoon of dessicated coconut, 8 to10 halves of chopped walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon - sometimes with some lean turkey on the side. Now, even though this meal consists of healthy whole foods, I now understand that this is still a sugar bomb, and that my brain ''does not know the difference'' between a candy bar and a plum; it craved sugar, and it got sugar. (It Starts With Food, p. 124). Moreover, it is never truly satiating (even when paired with protein!) Surely, I feel stuffed minutes after eating it (because of all the water in the fruits), but then an hour later I am already hungry again. But then I count the calories in my serving (adding up to 400 to 500 - depending on the size of the banana and the amount of walnuts I ate), decide ''it must be enough'', and tell myself I cannot eat some more (because that will result in more calories and possibly weight gain), leaving me hungry for most of the day. Now, after reading ''It starts with food'', I begin to realize that MAYBE, the fact that my body (which is clearly NOT fat-adopted) is putting on fat, is because I eat too much sugar, and because I stay clear from fat (because of my immense fear of gaining fat) I used to start my day off with sugar, I snacked on sugar, I rewarded myself with sugar after workouts. It may be in the form of apples, pears, plums and the occasional banana, but still its sugar. So, now, on this whole30, I am really making an effort to eat as little fruit as possible, and to only eat it when it is incorporated or part of a whole meal. So far so good, I am interested to see where that takes me...BUT... The only thing I am really finding hard still is the ''fat issue''...Don't get me wrong, I totally believe the Hartwigs, Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf when they say that fats can be good for you and actually help you achieve weight loss. I do not at all doubt their expertise, but my fear of fat runs deep...I am still scared that when I start eating fat, I might eat too much of it without realizing, and then start to store it up around my waist. Like, with eggs. Eggs are one part protein, one part fat. So, when I eat 2-3 eggs for breakfast, I think that is enough fat. But is it really? Should I use more fat, i.e. fry em off (in coconut oil, (I am on the ''paleo team'' that is against ghee and butter'', and I cannot get my hands on grass-fed butter anyway), or eat some avocado on the side? Same with meatloaf, I eat 100 % grassfed, organic meat (i.e. game meat: Calloway cattle and Highland cows (soooo happy about that!). But sure there is fat in beef mince. So, I know that a big slice of meatloaf (in which I also put some omega-3 enhanced eggs as a binder) will provide me the necessary protein, and I would think, also the proper amount of fat. But again, is this true, or should I eat some more fat? I really don't know what to make of that ''thumb-size'' serving suggestion - when my protein is not a lean cut of meat like a beef steak or a chicken breast (in which case I have no problem adding some avocado or olive oil to my meal) but, as in the example above, minced beef or chicken thighs...Oh and what about beef broth - made from a beef shank. It has quite a bit of bone marrow, but is it enough fat - in a 2liter soup + 800 grams of chopped veggies? Or is it wise to add some plain beef meatballs, say 300 grams? ( 300 grams for convenience, for that is how my minced meat is packaged;) ). Also, is fresh coconut meat a good snack, or source of fat when incorporated in a meal? And should I then eat a ''thumb-size'' slice, or can I have some more? I really really want my body to become fat adopted, but I am still confused as to how to achieve this..Should I also cut the carbs - i.e. less carrots, beets, and pumpkin? (I already hardly eat any (sweet) potatoes). Sorry for this long (and possibly tedious/confusing) post, but I really want to make the most of this and hope you guys can help me! xoxo Sarah Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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