My Whole 30 Experience

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So we did it! We have completed the whole30 challenge and I have got to be honest it wasn’t easy at first but gradually it became easier. Really it did.

My husband has been dealing with some allergy issues with food, and I myself was not feeling very healthy either. I was at my heaviest a grand 195lbs, full of migraines, sore joints, an inflamed shoulder and unbearable fatigue. It was then we decided we were going to do this together to eliminate most common allergens – grains, sugar, dairy, legumes and then see how we felt after 30 days of real food. We have a 6 year old as well and we decided this would be a great move for her as well. How do you convince a 6 year old of getting rid of all foods she knows and loves? Easy, bribe, bribe, bribe… Lol.

So what the heck do you eat for 30 days? Proteins, veggies, fruits and healthy fats…. Hmmm seems boring, and impossible I’ve been told, but I’m the boss of this body so let’s go!

First step: Commit and know you can do this!

Second step: Clean out all non compliant foods in the fridge, pantry and secret stashes. For us this meant almost everything! I was left with 2 cans of tuna and a frozen turkey. The rest we donated to the food bank.

Third step: Get your list and go! At first this will seem expensive and confusing but it will even out. The first shop is always expensive, but the money you save on eating junk food balances out as, well as leaving some extra 🙂

Forth step: Keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself with fancy pants recipes in the beginning at least. Try some basics like Salmon with baked potato and broccoli or a Veggie omelette with a side of bacon. I’m going to post some easy recipes and menus but for now just quick pointers.

Fifth Step: Endure… Focus and start your journey!

So there you have it. Our start to the story.

Week 1: Here we go into madness….

We started on the first of December… Crazy right. December the destroyer of all diets, excess and overeating was always number one on the list. But we figured there is no time like the present and if you can make it through that, then we can make it through anything.

Now let’s see what I personally have to give up, cold turkey.

I admit I was a food junkie.

I drank 8+ cans of Pepsi (the dark master) everyday. At least one meal from a fast food establishment, coffee with 4 creams and 4 sugars. Bags of sugary candies to munch on and so much more… Sheesh! What a disaster. No wonder I was fading fast! I was literally eating myself to death.

Week 1 starts… First day is always easy. You can go two ways really. One you can abandon at anytime and reason you can start tomorrow or suck it up buttercup and push on through to day 2. Now the rest of the week can get tricky, this whole food business takes allot of prep, more then dialing for delivery or a frozen meal in 5 min, we are talking chopping, baking blending and more! Ok you can do this!!!

Later that week….. You body starts freaking out about this no sugar and way less refined foods. I felt like hell, I’m not going to lie. I had the carb flu. Runny nose, headache, tired beyond help, nauseous and overall miserable. I hate life, now give me a cookie and no one gets hurt. Too bad I’m so stubborn sometimes. I want to quit. I want to cry. But instead I have another banana and deal with it.

Before I know it we are all done 7 days, I would like to say I felt better after this but I’m afraid I can’t. Sometimes things have to get worse to get better. I had hit rock bottom and the only way left was up 🙂

This to shall pass

Then came the glimmer of shiny hope, the little push you need to keep going. I step on the scales and after a grueling week 1 I have lost 8lbs! I smile a grumpy little smile and then onto week 2……

Week 2: Further down the rabbit hole

Onto week two. I feel at this point that I am deep in it. I still think about quitting. So easy to just eat everything but still I can see changes everyday now.

Fruit is tasting sweeter, my sense of smell is increasing, I’m sleeping better and easier. My naps in the day are less frequent and I’m gaining more energy.I decide to reduce my sleeping pills to half and see what happens.

My headaches are much less painful now and getting to be less frequent, I could be onto something here. The kicker is I’m now down another 7lbs.

I will do this till the end and see what’s in store for my perseverance.

Total lost so far 15 lbs and starting to wake up for the first time.

Week 3: Hello, remember me? 

Week 3, funny I’m blogging all this from a journal that I had and it’s so weird to look back after the fact when it’s all said and done. In reality the time did not pass so quickly.. Lol.

So week 3 here we are.  I’m feeling so much different. It’s a miracle really, and if you don’t believe me it’s okay, I’m not trying to sell anything here but I am speaking the truth.

My headaches are now gone. Migraines are nowhere to be seen. My shoulder and knee have no inflammation left and I’m off my sleeping pills.My energy is high my sleep is amazing and my mood is soaring! Down another 3lbs this week totaling 18 lbs gone.

I’m eating amazing things that are so satisfying to me that I don’t miss anything of my prior vices. My cravings are gone now and I’m learning great information, so much information that I am bursting to share, but wait let’s make it till the end before we tell the world.

Week 4 is Christmas. Stay strong!

Week 4: 30 days done. What now? 

Week 4 already. Christmas time and dinner awaits. I am fortunate enough I have found support from my whole family, my aunt who is a wonderful and loving person discusses how she can help with our new way of eating. Notice how I don’t use the word diet. I find that the true meaning of that word has been long forgotten that I don’t use it, I prefer lifestyle change.

We don’t miss out this week on anything, funny how you just stop craving things. You can look that cake in the sugary face and just say no, and mean it without much care. Instead we are treated to fresh raspberries and chilled full fat coconut milk. The turkey dinner is fabulous and after we feel wonderful and satisfied. Amazing who would have ever thought….

This week I felt more my old self then I had felt in a long time. I’m happy and down another 3lbs.

That’s 21 lbs in 30 days.

It was after this week that we had decided we were all going to become a permanent paleo family.

 

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What have I learned after The Whole 30?

In my own opinion, I think that sugar is poison, grains are mostly chemicals since they absorb so much of them when grown. We do not need all of this fake, processed frankenfood that contain ingredients no one can pronounce.

My child is not “missing out” on anything. She is a brilliant, beautiful girl who deserves to have foods that will give her the nutrition she needs and the information and education to continue into adulthood.

We are not dogs, we do not need treats. We do not need to follow the “norm” of overeating and big portions nor do we need to be supermodels. We don’t need to be fooled. We just need to be informed and supported.

I’m so glad I can share this with you all. I hope this blog will awaken you to take care of yourself.

I did it.

You can do it.

Open your eyes…… I’m wide awake.

 

Start your whole30 now@ www.whole30.com

Read more about The Whole30 right here on my blog too click here

 

 

 

 Paleo basics – Start Here!

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WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET AND HOW DO YOU FOLLOW IT?
It’s a lifestyle that aspires to achieve optimal health by following a diet based on what and how our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The current Paleo movement uses our ancestors as a starting point, but leverages modern science to expand from there. Essentially, it is a diet focused on consuming whole, natural foods, such as meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats.
HOW TO GET STARTED

Eat plenty of meats, seafood, vegetables, eggs, healthy fats and some fruit and nuts. Eliminate the top three food toxins – gluten, industrial/vegetable oils and sugar!

ALWAYS PURCHASE THE HIGHEST-QUALITY INGREDIENTS THAT YOU CAN AFFORD.

Foods that are organic and grass-fed are not only void of toxins, such as pesticides and antibiotics but are also highly nutritious.

AVOID GRAINS AND LEGUMES

It’s especially important to avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains, such as rye and barley. But also avoid soy, corn, beans, and peanuts (they are actually a legume, not a nut).

AVOID ADDED SUGARS

This includes artificial sweeteners. Only occasionally consume natural sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar.

AVOID VEGETABLE OILS AND INDUSTRIAL SEED OILS

This includes canola, corn, soybean, cottonseed oil, safflower, sunflower, among others.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO INCLUDE HEALTHY FATS IN YOUR DIET

This includes animal fats, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, ghee, grass-fed butter (if you tolerate it well), lard (preferably from pasture-raised pigs), tallow, etc. One of the biggest mistakes people make when adapting a Paleo diet is not consuming enough fats. Fats will keep you satiated and provide you with energy.

EAT FOODS WITH MINIMAL INGREDIENTS

If you don’t recognize something in the ingredients list or if it is something your grandma didn’t eat, chances are neither should you.

IS THE PALEO DIET A LOW-CARB DIET?

No, it is carb agnostic. It really depends on your lifestyle and your goals. There are people who choose to take a low-carb approach, particularly if weight loss is the goal. Depending on your needs, you can adjust accordingly. Athletes may choose to include more starchy options such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, tubers, plantains and bananas.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF THE PALEO DIET?

>Weight loss

>Omega-3/Omega-6

>Balance in the diet

>Reduced inflammation

>Reduced risk of modern day diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease

>Increased energy and focus

>Better athletic performance

Do not “cheat” at all in the first phase. I have found from my own experience and from talking to friends that the first two weeks are the most difficult. You may not feel great at this time because your body is adjusting to the changes in your diet. You may still be craving the foods you used to eat. Stick with it. It will become much easier after this point. I promise! Once you are past the first couple of weeks without cheating, you will be feeling your best and you will want to continue with the Paleo diet.

BE PREPARED.

Preparation is key, especially when you are first starting out. Plan what you are going to eat in advance and prepare whatever you can ahead of time. I tend to focus on preparing meat in advance, as I find this to be the most time consuming.

As the typical American diet is heavily made up of grains, at first glance it seems overwhelming to exclude these foods. As we look at what we can eat, we see that the options are endless on the Paleo Diet. You can have meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, herbs/spices, and healthy sources of fat. Any combination of these foods makes for a fantastic meal!

 

My Success with Ideal Protein

 

 

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I am an chronic sufferer of migraine headaches and this is spurred on MSG (monosoduium Glutamate) which has turned from a intolerance to a full on allergy.

I was finally fed up being put out all the time because of the severe migraines as well as
I was unhappy and overweight. I was at my heaviest. I was 5’4”
and 186 lbs and miserable. Tired all the time, ashamed to go out in
public with my family, debilitating migraines that sent me to the
hospital a myriad of times. I was sore and just felt like giving up
on everything.

A little spark and I decided to take charge and I started to work with a nutritionist to resolve the migraine issue once and for all and get back the person I wanted to
be. When I met with her she had me start on the Ideal
Protein method of eating. Yes, I know how this sounds. “You
have to eat the food that they make and its a gimmick to make you
come back for months spending thousands on their refined foods”,
but wait and read on and I will tell you why it was different.

First of all the products that they make are all MSG free. Really. The
programs are only available through pharmacies and certified
nutritionists and there are 4 phases so once you reach your goal they
remove their foods in phases and replace them with your own foods.
Real, Clean, foods. They monitor you for a year afterwards to make
sure that you stabilize and know how to eat properly. Phase 1 for example focuses on 2 Ideal protein choices for breakfast and Lunch and once Ideal Protein snack all which I enjoyed the taste of. Dinner is a protein choice and both lunch and dinner include your choice of vegetables.

The first few days were OK. I was
craving sugar and looking for my fast food fix but I persevered. I
went through some nasty withdrawal symptoms the in the next week.
Migraines, nausea, dizziness, lethargy, hot flashes and I could have
slapped the face of of anyone. This was hell, I was sure. I didn’t
give up thou. I was determined this time. Week one was over before I
knew it and I was weighing in lighter and leaner by the inches. I was
starting to have a clearer thought process. The headaches were gone
and I was more stabilized.

before-and-after-45-lbs

186 LBS ……………………………………………………141 LBS


4 months pass……45lbs lost


I did have some slip ups along the way,
they quickly teach me how insidious this MSG thing is. One fast food
chain french fry is enough to send me in to full on reaction and my
head in going to explode. I start to learn and start to fear all
things unnatural and refined. I have learned that there can be no
processed food, no sneak treats only conscious decisions that if I
willingly go against will result in physical pain.

Currently I am on Phase 4 I worked with my nutritionist to plan a sustainable approach with what I currently know to make my transition easier. When I mentioned to her that I was very familiar with the Paleo way of life and juicing she was on board with my decision. I will still maintain with her and she answers all my questions to keep me focused and aligned with clean eating principals. At this time I have never had so much energy and focus. I am back in control.

I am so happy to be back to the nutrient dense and healthful foods that nourish my body. If you are looking for some information on Ideal Protein you can get all the information online and your local center will give you a consultation usually for free.You can see my local clinic here http://www.tillsonburgweightloss.com/ 

Whatever you decide if you put your
mind to it you can accomplish anything.

You are in control of you no one else.

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New to Paleo Eating? Start with TheWhole30

So here you are wondering what the heck is the paleo lifestyle? It can be a bit overwhelming at first but most of the time if you follow the basic principal, “If it grows from the ground or eats what grows from the ground then its paleo”.

When we first started out there is a lot of information available online for free and what to choose was a bit too much but we needed a starting point. That’s when we came upon the site www.whole30.com The challenge for clean eating for 30 days looked like something that we could do. See my full Whole30 Here

It is all laid out in a easy to follow format, with printable shopping lists and a plethora of information for free. For a novice its a great place to get you on the road to the clean and healthy you that you deserve!

So go have a browse on the site and see if it peaks your interest.

 

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A little Introduction

Hello all readers, followers and Internet peeps. We are a family of three and here’s a little back story before the road ahead.

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My husband recently has been diagnosed with an environmental autoimmune disability and has been recommended by his specialist to take on the paleo lifestyle and cold press juicing to detox and get him on the road to wellness.

My daughter is 8 years old and she is my world and sous chef! I need to teach her to be healthful and not a screen time junkie that eats nutritionless garbage. She is looking forward to clean eating and feeling more energy and seeing our health improve.

Myself, I am a recovering junk food addict. I am no stranger to paleo eating as I have adapted to it in the past but fell back into my old ways. However I have been working with a nutritional coach for a few months now and I am 40lbs lighter and ready to adapt the lifestyle for all of us to get back our health and enjoy the time we have together on this beautiful earth.

Here I hope to post what I can to help any others out along the way.

Recipes, reviews, information I happen to stumble upon, and general blogging too! Positive, upbeat and forth we go!

Welcome to Green Grass Grove!