Callan Posted February 10, 2013 Share Posted February 10, 2013 Hm, I feel a bit awkward posting various logs all over; hopefully it isn't too much of a faux pas! Anyway, here's a quick recap. November 2012: Tried a Whole30, timing was poor and supplements contained wheat - I put it off. January 2013: Completed first Whole30, rejoiced. February 1-9, 2013: Reintroduced dairy, white rice, oats, and sugar. Too much sugar. ...Way too much sugar. Starting tomorrow (2/10), I'm hitting the reset button with a Whole7 in preparation for visiting my grandparents' house the following Monday. I have no intention of it being compliant, but I'm certain I'll be able to make good food choices there. What I've learned in the past month: Tell me I can't have sugar and I won't. Give me the "okay" and I just lose it. One little bite sends my cravings through the roof. I need more than 30 days to break this habit. No matter how full I am, no matter how high quality my foods have been, I can't shake the dessert habit. I'm sick of being a slave to the post-meal apple, almond butter, coconut flakes, what-have-you... And sometimes, it turns into a full-on binge... on raisins, coconut butter, [other compliant ingredient]. Bleh. My body can't handle the amount of fat required per meal for me to function on three meals per day. My high-fat breakfasts, designed to help me last from 7pm until 1:30pm, were leaving me doubled over in abdominal pain and nausea. Digestive enzymes are helping somewhat for now, but I think I need to scale back to four smaller meals to ease the load on my system a bit. Additionally, the digestive issues led me to hang out on this metaphorical see-saw: Eat three big meals and be in pain one day, try eating smaller meals the next and wind up snacking excessively. By planning for four smaller meals (each containing fat, protein, and veggies), hopefully I can reduce snacking. I am at a good weight. For some reason, I've been fixated for the past year or so on the idea of weighing 132lbs. I think I used to weigh that much, at some point, but I have never ever been "fit" or healthy. Skinny-fat, if you will. I'm 5'8", I weigh 145lbs, and that's in the healthy BMI range. I've been exercising, I put on muscle, my pants are tighter (but so is my ass ;D) but I am not fat. I secretly hoped that on the Whole30 I'd lose weight. But you know what? After 30 days of the healthiest damn eating I've done in my life, I didn't lose a pound, didn't lose an inch, and suddenly it hit me... I didn't need to lose weight. 132lbs is an illusion. I'm getting over it, slowly but surely. I can live the rest of my life without grains and legumes. I don't miss them at all. I had white rice and oatmeal and they were delicious, but I'm fine without them. I loved beans of all kinds, and I haven't even reintroduced them yet. I'm not even daring to reintroduce wheat yet, but I know that day will come. Dairy is a weird grey area where I really want to eat it, but reintro didn't go so well (but not terribly, and another attempt is required) so I'm ambivalent. Foods without brakes: Dried fruit, coconut flakes, nuts & nut butters, LARABARs, coconut butter, plantain chips, sweet potato fries. You guys are OUT! What I'm not so sure about: Fruit. I went back and forth on fruit during my Whole30. Too often I had it as a snack or dessert, as opposed to a (psychologically) healthy meal component. I don't want to not enjoy my food, though. When I reintroduced it midway through my Whole30, I was happier. But I also made some poor decisions. Habits. How do I keep myself from staying up so late on the computer? How do I convince myself to exercise, to prep my food beforehand, to de-stress, to eat mindfully, etc.? I'm still puzzling through these questions and more and hope to find the answers on my next Whole* journey. Blogging. I loved blogging about my Whole30, and photographing every meal was a lot of fun. But it was also a pain and wore me out and probably detracted from the experience. I'm going to do what comes naturally (but not give up on that project) and focus on eating good food. Tomorrow's Plan: Serendipitously, (well, thanks to the snow) I don't have work tomorrow, so I can spend a bit of time cooking and preparing. That said, my fridge is lacking and I only have one pound of ground beef, and possibly some other assorted meats stashed away in the freezer (not much) and some canned fish and eggs. I think what I need to do is make ahead some meals (I am happy eating the same thing every day for about... 5-6 days), prep some components (a la Melissa Joulwan's "hot plates") and have plenty of healthy bits and pieces on hand for variety (i.e. carrot sticks, hard-boiled eggs). (Meal times subject to adjustment; I would choose other times but this is what works with my schedule as an after-school teacher) Wake up @ 6:30am Cup of tea Meal 1 @ 7:00am Reheated meal (e.g. casserole or "lasagna" w/ veggies) Meal 2 @10:45-11:00am "Hot plate" of meat, veggies, and fat Meal 3 @ 3:45-4:00pm Finger foods or salad at "snack time" (e.g. HB eggs or cold meat, olives, avocado, raw veg, fruit(?)) Meal 4 @ 7:45-8:00pm Crockpot soup, stew, chili, or curry Bedtime @ 10pm Cup of tea For one week, this is what I'm going to try. After that, I'll tweak the plan as needed. I'll relax up in Vermont with family for a week, take a few days to prepare, and then launch into my next Whole* (I haven't decided how long, but I think I'll need more than 30 to break some of my bad habits and replace them with better ones). I think that this meal plan will be both easy and flexible: 1 hot meal that can vary by day, 2 recipes that can be prepared in advance and will be consistent throughout the week, and one (Meal 3) that is a bit more snack-like in nature, and features more raw vegetables. Things I might make: Spaghetti squash with meat sauce Hard-boiled eggs Salmon cakes (haven't had anything like this before... never was a big fish fan but I'm getting there!) Pastelon (plantain lasagna) Carrot and bell pepper sticks But I'm not sure. It's already past my aforementioned bedtime (darn!) because I can't stop planning and scheming things. This is actually a problem. Anyway, I hope I don't look too weird and over-analytical with this post, and I hope no one is angry that I keep starting new threads... let's call this my Whole30 #2 prep thread, I guess. Yeesh. (I hate being the center of attention!) Thanks for reading, let me know if anything sticks out as a bad idea! 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