Thursday, 31 January 2013

Another Whole30, DONE!

So as many of you know, January for me consisted of another Whole30. For those of you new to Paleo, the Whole30 is a 30 day 100% Paleo protocol where we strip everything back to grass roots and go back to Paleo basics. For all of us, newbies and Paleo veterans, this is a great way to reevaluate our eating and think about why we eat the way we do. For more details on the Whole30 visit the website here. 

So yesterday I officially finished my January Whole30. I generally eat 80/20 Paleo anyway and being my fourth time I thought it would be all plain sailing and that I would have zero issues with finishing it.

After my Christmas indulgences my body was yearning for some good clean eating, so the first few days were almost liberating. Giving my body what it needed, clean good food, and a means to hopefully undo some of the bad I had done to myself over the festivities.

Unfortunately I got sick about 2 weeks into my 30 days resulting in a course of antibiotics. I wasnt happy about this. No.1 because it meant screwing up my gut in the short term (que probiotic doses to beat the band) and No. 2 it meant my gut was not going to get the optimum healing the Whole30 was designed to stimulate.

There was little I could do and I continued on with the program despite my shit feelings! The one thing that DID occur to me however is that every time I do a Whole30 I get sick! I don't know if it is because my body is detoxing, or because I always do a Whole30 when I feel run down and most needing it (a coincidence,my body on way down to start with?) but if you have had similar experiences please let me know.

Overall I would say I found things very challenging this time around. I dont know if it was the post Christmas mentality, the January blues or the fact the I was very busy with college and mentally craving some fun/a night out, but it was HARD!

But I am happy that I got through it successfully and can happily say my 4th Whole30 was wholeheartedly a SUCCESS! As I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, the fact that the program is STILL challenging on my fourth go shows what a great program it actually it. So kudos to Melissa and Dallas!

Overall I lost about 6 pounds. But weight loss is not really a goal for me. The healthy benefits, the flat tummy, the great energy levels and great GI activity far outweigh this (pardon the pun!)

If you are new to the Paleo and want to go the whole hog, I really recommend doing the Whole30.

As they so elegantly put it:

"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 healthy"

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January Whole30 Update: The Return Journey Always Seems Shorter!

Hi all,

Hope you are all having a positive January so far and I hope those of you, like me, doing a Whole30 are happy!

Today officially marks the second half of January and therefore the second half of my January Whole30!
Like a lot of journeys, the return journey always seems shorter than the 1st journey (getting to the destination!) and sometimes goals like the Whole30 can feel that way!

Once you get over the initial difficult faze things inevitably get better and much easier. For me my Whole30 has not been 100% plain sailing. Last week I unfortunately had to start a course of antibiotics for a bad case of strep throat.I am actually still on antibiotics and my gut is not the best for it truth be told.

But at least I am eating clean and helping my gut in every way I can, given the circumstances. Hopefully once I get off them and I start my probiotics I can get back to healing again.

Food wise I have been keeping to my reliables and knocks to my budget has meant no added extras. I have been concentrating on bone broths, homemade soups, plenty of salads for optimal phyto-nutrients and snacks of nuts etc.

Weight-wise I lost my Christmas weight in just 2 weeks Paleo eating. (I had gained 4.5lbs over festivities).
The real challenge for me from here on in is to actually minimize any further lose (I know, it is irritating for others to hear this but believe me this can be just as annoying as the opposite).

So, next week in particular portions will need to increase and snacks become more substantial.

All in all I am happy with my cravings (as mentioned earlier in the week I would love a glass of wine but not too badly!).

Monday, 7 January 2013

Paleo Eats Days 3 - 7

Day 7, already!
So hard to believe a week is over already and I must say it has been easier than I thought.
Considering I had a few slip ups over Christmas I thought I might struggle to get back into the groove so to speak. But fortunately it has all been good so far.

I think it is easier when you just cook everything from scratch yourself so you know exactly what you are eating.

Also, over the weekend I was busy at college but I prepared for it by making sure I packed a lunch and made some soup the night before to flask. Preparation really is key.

If you really must pick up a lunch on the go opt for salad at a salad bar and pick what is in it yourself. Add some protein and you are good to go.

It is easy to get stuck in a rut so I am hoping to get some time to cook something a little more imaginative this week.

Here is my Paleo eats Days 4 to 7

Day 4

2 x scrambled egg in ghee
1 x orange
Handful of nuts
Lunch: Tuna Salad

Dinner: Steak, sweet potato and asparagus.
Snack: Nuts

Day 5:
BF: Banana
Snack: Nuts
Lunch: Vegetable Soup, Turkey Salad
Dinner: Steak and stirfried greens and avocado

Day 6:
BF: Scrambled eggs
Snack: Fruit Salad
Lunch: Turkey Salad
Snack: Nuts
Dinner: Curried Butternut soup
Snack: Raisins

Day 7:
Scrambled eggs
Snack: Banana
Lunch: Curried Butternut soup
Snack: Apple
Dinner: Lamb burgers, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, parsnips
Snack: Raisins

Pretty happy with that lot though I do need to work on variety and not to rely to much on fruit!

Hope your first week has gone well, I do have a little bit of a sore throat today and have been sucking zinc lozenges. Hopefully I nip it in the bud before it develops.

Talk soon
Happy Eating,


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Paleo Daily Eats - Days 1 - 3

Today marks Day 3 of my January Whole30.
Things are going well, I am gradually getting back to some sense of digestive normality  though there is still definite abdominal bloating after my little indulgences.
I struggled at work today as I didn't have time to have breakfast so I had to make do with microwaved scrambled eggs - I know nuked eggs. I shouldn't have bothered - taste wise or nutritionally.
Lesson learned.
Apart from that things are good, it is just about being organised and having the right food in the house to eat.
Blood sugar levels feel good, I am rarely hungry and feeling satisfied. In the past I have been guilty of under eating so I have been eating loads and snacking on plenty of fruit and nuts.

My 3 days eating have gone like this:

-Day 1: Brunch - Bacon, kale, pepper and onion omelette with nuts and strawberries (pic above).
Dinner - Roast beef with broccoli, cajun spiced roast sweet potato,

Snack: Banana
Snack: Nuts

Probably not a lot of food but I was still off work and rose late. Had a quiet day and also probably had eaten more than enough in the days preceding!

Day 2:
BF: 2 scrambled eggs
Snack: 2 x satsumas & nuts
Lunch: Homemade veg soup (homemade chicken stock) with tuna salad
Dinner: Salmon, sweet potato, root veg, broccoli
Supper: : Ginger, Garlic and Lemon Prawn Stirfry (Made with loads of coconut oil) - taste of tomorrows lunch!
Ginger tea

Day 3:
BF: 2 x Scrambled Eggs
Snack: 2 x satsumas
Lunch- Veg soup and prawn stirfry
Snack: Banana
Dinner: Lamb burgers, sweet taters, kale, root veg (partner fond of these!)

Snack: Apple and nuts
Ginger & lemon tea

What have you been eating?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Positive Thoughts - The Key To Success

Good evening all!

Hope you are all keeping well and slowly easing your way back in to post Christmas/New Year life!
Do not let your  growing sense of doom take over (so your boss was an a-hole today and your child decided to start the first working day of the year with a vomiting bug), but rather use 2013's brand newness to knock yourself into action.

Set yourself some goals - be they diet related, work focused or aimed at your personal life, I find the beginning of the year is an ideal time to dwell on your aims for the 12 months ahead.

Taking on a Whole30 is no different. We need to consider the reasons we are embarking on such a challenge - what do we hope to achieve, what do we aim to gain from it?

Even if this is not your first Whole30, exploring the reasons we have decided to retake this challenge is important too. Discovering what makes your body tick, what your triggers are and what your cravings are say a lot about what we need to change in our diets as a whole.

For me I am doing my fourth Whole30 to reset my system after a not always perfect Christmas season. I need to get back to basics and being an all or nothing type of person I need to go 100% sometimes to refocus my goals.

Eating clean for health and optimum wellness is my key aim nowadays. Admittedly this was not my original aim for beginning Paleo eating, but as a result of my journey it is where I am now.

My personal aims for 2013:
Eat as close to optimal Paleo as possible while incorporating other health benefits - eg herbal teas, fermented foods etc
Get back in shape! I need to get moving again - I used to enjoy jogging. I have decided to go for lunchtime walks 2/3 a week and to start a kettlebell class.
Study Study Study - I am currently studying to be a Nutritional Therapist. This year I want to learn as much as possible and read as many food related books as I can.
Be more positive - Look at the positives in myself, situations and others more.
Be happy!

What are your goals for 2013?