Twelve days down! And since I last updated you my stomach issues have resolved themselves. By day nine they were non-existent. I had a big bowl of chicken soup with my coffee today when I woke up and I couldn’t feel any better. I found that with the addition of “breakfast” my body seemed to phase out my need for a middle meal, or “lunch”. Basically I am still eating 2 meals and 1 snack, just at different times.
Listening to what your body says is something that I think we tend to take for granted. When you have aches/pains, you’re overweight, you’re getting sick often, or you are fatigued and have that constant “blah” feeling, these are signs from your body that something is not working right. It’s good to evaluate and change your diet, your activity level, sleep level, and how you’re managing stress, to tweak and make your body function properly. You’d be amazed how only eliminating something like sugar, in all it’s forms, real and artificial will make a significant impact on how you feel. That’s actually part of the “whole” idea. Purging your body of sugar and other foods that mess with your hormonal balance and send false signals in the form of cravings. So with that said, I’m going to continue my effort to eat three whole meals, in order to get the full benefit of the Whole30 for 18 more days, and see where I stand.
I stocked up on food for the week. I bought a beautiful grass-fed sirloin, boneless chicken thighs, 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef, and italian sausages. I still have two packs of chicken tenders. I’m going to make my own sausage with one of the pounds of ground beef. I looked for ground pork, but I was at Target and the one that was available had 20% solution. I didn’t recognize what was in it so I didn’t want to put it in my body. I also bought loads of veggies; broccoli, sweet potatoes, onions, romaine lettuce, green beans, butternut squash, carrots, celery, garlic, kale, and they were running a sale on green and red bell peppers, so I got two of each. I also bought some fruit; three bunches of bananas, several packages of blueberries, and red grapes.
I still have an extraordinary amount of frozen fruit for the smoothies I can’t have, as well as fresh apples, kiwi, oranges, and lemons. Rounding out my weekly shopping was almonds, walnuts, pistachios, fresh mint, organic extra virgin olive oil, and a variety of spices. The spice aisle has never been so exciting to me! I bought a few things I haven’t had before, including turmeric. It’s something that I’ve been reading a ton about and it’s health benefits are out of this world. It’s definitely something that I want to start incorporating into my diet.
From day seven to day eleven, I struggled with terrible sugar cravings. I was wanting something sweet, really badly. I had thoughts of eating baking chocolate from my pantry and frozen cookie dough out of the freezer. At one point I even thought to myself, “I could just cheat and then pretend I didn’t and continue on.” I was horrified with myself for thinking that. I felt ashamed. I didn’t realize that the beast had a hold of me. According to Whole30’s day by day, days eight- fifteen,”this is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know.” I can’t tell you how true that is. Although, yesterday I seemed to be over it for the most part. There were bakery cupcakes at work and I was able to pass by them with not a bit of remorse. I still want it, it’s just not a giant fire-breathing dragon, I’m in the midst of slaying.
This is an entry from the food log/diary I started on day five.
“Day 11. Had one of those cheat dreams last night. First I was riding my bike with my best friend down this road that had all these restaurants and fast food joints, there were cops around, I was worried. Then I was at Sonic with my parents and I was hungry and I decided to just eat the junk, but my mom started crying because she didn’t want me to give up, so I didn’t.
That’s pretty clear cut isn’t it!?!?
It’s getting harder every day for me to resist temptation. I thought it would be easier but the sugar dragon reared it’s ugly head last night rather abruptly and it was very difficult to resist. I would have punched a kid for chocolate! It happen again tonight, and I slightly gave in. I warmed some berries and applesauce in the microwave and added some chopped nuts. I only took a few bites and realized that I was trying to make a dessert so I threw it out, but I’m definitely realizing how sneaky sugar cravings can be. It’s something I definitely need to think about it because I didn’t realize this was such a problem for me.”
I’ve started missing cheese too. Wonderful, tasty, creamy, smooth, and delicious cheese. Any kind, I won’t be picky. It’s a toss up of what my first reintroduction food will be, chocolate, cheese, booze. Decisions, decisions….
The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.
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