The Results – Whole30

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Yesterday was our last day of the Whole30, so that means freedom right?! Well we really like how we feel (and look) so we want to keep going, but now we choose our foods, its not a cheat but a choice of what we eat. Today I really wanted creamer in my coffee so I put half of what I normally would have and I was more than happy with it. I wanted some cottage cheese and saw that there really isn’t much sugar in it so I was ok with eating that, and we did splurge today (we decided that on Stats/holidays we would treat ourselves) so we got a small Coffee Crisp McFlurry and I don’t feel guilty at all! We also went grocery shopping and ended up buying pretty much everything that we have been eating. We’re going to try to stick with Whole30/paleo dinners.

But the results are in! Except the weight, we don’t own a scale, and I last weighted my self at work before the whole30 and I need to input my schedule so I’ll be weighing my self this week sometime. But we did do measurements, I lost 5 inches and Brent lost 6. I wasn’t sure about posting our before and after photos, but then decided why not, I wasn’t expecting a huge difference but I am happy.

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Whole30 Week 4

Whole30-Version-31 Its Day 30 today!! Its been 30 days since I last had sugar, grains, dairy, soy, legumes, alcohol, coffee creamers (yes, they get their own category), or processed foods. I honestly can’t believe that I made it!!! Well I do have today to get through, and the real reason that I didn’t quit was because  (and at times this was VERY hard), I publicly said I was doing this, the last thing I wanted to be was a quitter. If I would have quit this would have taught me nothing, Ive learned that I really am in control of my body, my cravings, and my attitude. I have more self confidence than I did when we started, I can even say no to the samples at Costco (which was hard!), I can make yummy meals without having to use processed foods, and I’ve learned that anything is possible if you try hard and put your mind to it.

Tomorrow we will weight ourselves and do our measurements to see how much we actually lost, I’m honestly not expecting that much and I’m ok with that. The lesson I learned is about sugar, and unnecessary fillers. With that being said, I am so looking forward to my coffee with my creamer tomorrow (only I’m going to cut it in half of what I used to have). With Carter getting up at the break of dawn, I just want to play with him and have my coffee right beside me.

From our family to yours! Happy Whole30!

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Whole30- Week 3

22 days down, 8 more days to go.

And we no longer feel like we’re “dieting” although I prefer to call it a detox.

I’ve noticed that my clothes fit better, I fit into my size 2 jeans again!! (I was a 4 before starting the whole30). My skin is clearer, and I don’t have all of those hunger feelings post meals. We’re eating WHOLE foods, nothing processed, most of our foods don’t have a nutritional value on the side of the package, because it comes off of a tree, or from the ground.

I’ve learned more about cooking, about trying new recipes, and some of the meals I have really enjoyed.

With one week left we’ll see how we do, I will say, I am tired of eggs and I do miss my coffee. Those are my only complaints!

 

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Whole30 Week 2

Two weeks down, two weeks to go!

I’m not sure if your supposed to be counting down the days as much as we are. This is supposed to be a lifestyle change, but I think it has just made us more aware of our sugar intake, well past intake.

This last week has gone by pretty fast, and there really has been no big changes to how we feel (from last week). We noticed that we don’t have our big 3pm crash of the day and that I don’t “need” my midday naps. But with that being said, I still enjoy my naps when Carter naps.

Not sure if its starting solids, or the sleep training, but Carter has been sleeping better too. Or it could be the lack of extra sugar in my milk. Who knows, but I’ll take it!

The headaches are long gone, and I haven’t had a cup of coffee in 15 days. I attempted some tea, but for me tea is a winter drink, it just doesn’t cut it in the summer. My friends suggested to try bullet coffee, so I did, but it still tastes like coffee. (I only added the coconut oil). We will see what happens when this is all over, weather I go back to my creamers or not.

Thank you ladies who have given us some new recipes! Can’t wait to try them. Breakfasts and lunches are both pretty routine but we look forward to dinners where we can spice things up a bit.

And thank you everyone who has given us your support, it really does make a huge difference!

Whole30- the first week.

Tomorrow Brent and I will have completed our first week of the Whole30. I gotta say that I’m quite surprised that I didn’t have any sugar cravings (well none yet). I do crave a snack at 8pm but craving sugary foods, none. I do WANT the cinnamon buns and Nanaimo bars that are in the freezer, but thats more of a want vs a craving.

I have found that eating healthy is pricey, my friends said that their food bill doubled the month that they did the Whole30 and I can see why, you just go through fruit and veggies quicker and they cost more money than the other fillers that we used to eat. I used to hate banana chips, now they are my new favourite snack. Im working on the apple chips…. although Costco in the states sells yummy apple chips, but we haven’t found that bag here.

Food prep takes longer, and you really got to think about what you want for the day/week.

Eggs are a main staple for breakfast. Salad wraps seem to be popular for us for lunch, and dinner is the easiest meal to plan. Avocados have now become a daily food for us, which is something that we never really used to eat. I learned to make a guacamole that is Whole30 approved, and I even made our own Mayo (I feel very domestic).

But how are we feeling?!? Besides Brent having cravings for sugar and sweets we both have been feeling great. Yes, we had headaches for the first 3-4 days but I’m pretty sure thats because we also cut coffee (only because we don’t like black coffee). I feel like we have more energy, I don’t want to eat out of boredom, and really only eat when I’m hungry or when its time for a meal or snack. By no means are we limited to our intake, or do we count calories, we can eat as much fruits, veggies and meats as we want. But once I eat a meal I just feel satisfied and I feel full for longer and don’t need to snack.

What we have really learned is HOW to read our food labels, sugar is in everything!! We are so thankful that Kirklands low sodium bacon has NO sugar, it was so hard to find bacon that doesn’t have sugar!!

So after almost completing our first week, I feel that we can do this for another 3. We’ll keep you posted!

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Q&A Whole30

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We’re officially starting the countdown to our whole30 (2 days away). With that, I thought it would be good to ask Brent (and myself) what our thoughts are about it.

What do you think is going to be the hardest about the Whole30?
Brent- No instant food, lots of prep for the food and not being able to just go to the cupboard and getting some junk food. I think a nut mix will be my new friend.
Amy- No sugar…. over the last few weeks I’ve started to read more labels and sugar is EVERYWHERE! I really think the cravings are going to be hard.

What do you hope to gain by doing the Whole30?
Brent- Having a happier gut, losing a bit of weight, and see if the energy that they talk about does appear.
Amy- learn more about my diet, and change it post the whole 30, gain some more energy, and detoxify my body.

What food are you going to miss the most?
Brent- Sugar…. and refined foods- pasta and bread.
Amy- My coffee creamer, and bread, and my cottage cheese.

What foods are you not too fond but are a staple in the Whole30?
Brent- Sweet potato and Zucchini (not sure if I’ll like them at the end either).
Amy- Zucchini, but I do want to try Zoodles. I don’t like mushrooms either… yuk.

What food are you happy that you are allowed to have?
Brent- MEAT!!! If there is nothing else that I like, I can have meat, and eggs.
Amy- Bacon! So excited that this is allowed but gotta make sure that its nitrate free and has no added sugar. And really all meats. Im going to make brisket next week. (we’ve never had it before)

What food do you think you’ll be tired of by the end?
Brent- Sweet Potatoes, and if my friends are right, balsamic dressing.
Amy- Lettuce/Salads.

Do you have a NonScale Victory that you want to achieve?
Brent- More energy, so I can go for a run afterwork.
Amy- fit back into my size 2 jeans.

Whole30

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If you are like me, you have probably never heard of the Whole30. Pretty much you are going to change your health in 30 days, your going to “reset” your body. Cut out the food cravings, bad habits and restore your body’s immune, digestive system, metabolism ect.

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STEP ONE: DISCOVER THE WHOLE30

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.

So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

– See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.jSQZzYjg.dpuf

Our friends did this more so for health over weight loss and said that they felt amazing, no longer tired mid day, had more energy, no headaches and just overall felt better.

So Brent and I decided in April that we would give it a go in June, and with less than 2 weeks away till June we’re excited and nervous to start this.

My goal is to blog weekly and maybe more explaining how I’m feeling, what my cravings are, and share some food posts. I know that coffee, sugar, wheat, and dairy is going to be hard for me! I love to start off my mornings with my coffee & flavoured creamer, yogurt or cottage cheese and toast. All of those items I’m not allowed. Except the coffee, you can drink black coffee. (yuk)

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STEP TWO: READ THE PROGRAM

The Whole30 Program Rules

Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

No: Avoid for 30 days.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)

– See more at: http://whole30.com/step-two/#sthash.apPXFXtn.dpuf

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STEP THREE: COMMIT

We want you to commit to the program now, but that doesn’t mean starting right this minute. In the next step, we’re going to ask you to prepare for the Whole30 by cleaning out your pantry, grocery shopping, and doing some basic planning for the month.

Don’t skip the planning process—habit research shows that when people get excited and jump from contemplation straight to action (skipping right over the “preparation” phase) they’re less likely to see the change through. As you’ll hear over and over again, when it comes to the Whole30, planning and preparation are key.

You may need just a day or two to prepare, or you may need a week or two to get your house (and your head) around the changes you’re about to introduce. There is no one perfect timeline—you’ll have to decide what works best for you.

Choosing Your Start Date

Here are some general guidelines for choosing a start date:

  • Start as soon as you possibly can, given the amount of preparation time you need.
  • If you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, an international trip to an unfamiliar location, or a wedding (especially your own!) in your imminent future, consider starting the Whole30 after those events. Navigating the Whole30 for the first time under those conditions may prove extremely difficult, and we don’t want you to begin your program stressed out.
  • If you’ve got an important athletic event or an A-level race in the coming month, consider starting the program after your event is over, as your performance may suffer during the first few weeks of the program. (Hint: if you’re not getting paid for your performance, it’s not that important.)
  • If you’ve got a family dinner, a business lunch, or a bridal shower in your imminent future, consider it an opportunity to take your Whole30 skills out on the town! You’ll have to deal with lots of new situations during your program, so write these events into your plan for the month, but don’t let them push your Whole30 off.

Go Public!

Once you’ve decided when you’re going to start… tell someone! Anyone! Everyone! Write your start date on the whiteboard at work, create a 30-day countdown calendar, or post our banner on your Facebook page or Instagram feed. 

Congratulations! You are now officially part of the Whole30!

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STEP FOUR: BUILD YOUR SUPPORT TEAM

This is where YOU come in. My friends and family! Please be supportive of us, don’t offer us what you know we can’t have, support us, encourage us, and maybe even try it with us. This is a huge change for us, but we want to live a healthier life, feel better, and learn which foods we really should just give up, (besides the obvious sugar).

I hope that you will continue to follow us as we do this, the Whole30, and hold us accountable.

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