My Paleo Diet: Day 29 – The Hardest Mile

I am *almost* done the Whole30/Paleo cleanse. Honestly, this whole thing has been easier and harder than I imagined.

I haven’t felt awesome this whole month. Most proponents of primal eating say that you will feel awesome, have energy, focus, and tiger blood. That hasn’t happened, but there have been a few good spots. I think my GI stuff in generally improved. Being so diligent has made me much more aware of mindless eating patterns and cravings. My sleep has been pretty good overall. And smells don’t bother me quite as much. That sounds really strange, I know. But the natural body products area of any health food store gives me a stomach ache and a headache at the same time. I always have thought it was because I’m allergic to patchouli. But even though my sense of smell is the same, the smells aren’t hitting me the same way. Randomly I have my c reactive protein tested at the start of this, and I had to repeat some tests. At the beginning it was 1.1 and now it’s 0.9. It’s still higher than the desired range, but I have to think that 30 days of this diet has helped my internal inflammation.

The last few days have been the hardest since the first week because I know it’s almost over. Not only is it over, but I’m going out of town for a week. I don’t want to stock up on lots of fridge food that will go bad, and I’m just losing my kitchen creativity and drive. And things are starting to look REALLY good. Hamburgers with buns look delectable, I’m dreaming about pizza, and in the back of my brain I hear “Well, screw it, you’re almost done. It’s not like you’ve had huge changes. Let’s just do whatever we want.” 2 more days, I’ve promised to hold out for 2 more days.

I can’t say if I’ve lost weight. I think clothes are fitting better, but the plan doesn’t let you weigh yourself until the end. So, that’s where I’m at.

You little devil, you.

You little devil, you.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Foodie Questions

Argh! This set of questions is going to be PAINFUL. I’m on Day 24 of the Whole30/Paleo Cleanse and I’m definitely having trouble NOT thinking about all the food in the world I can’t eat.

FMM

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Foodie Questions.

1. Do you make grocery lists? I really don’t. If I’m making a certain dish, I’ll write down things I need, but my normal grocery store visits are by the seat of my pants, which usually means more trips for the things I forgot.

2. Do you have a routine when shopping in your favorite grocery store? Yes, but I have a routine for doing EVERYTHING. I always have to walk in the same door and start at produce. Even if I’m not getting produce, I walk through it. Lately it’s been produce and meat, trying to avoid the bakery as much as possible!

3. What is your favorite seasoning? I have one I make myself. It’s garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, ancho chili powder, and paprika.

4. What is the healthiest food in your fridge right now? Ugh, what’s isn’t! Actually, probably more than I think! I have a lot of vegetables right now and a great crudite mix from True Food kitchen that I brought home last night.

5. What is the most unhealthy food in your fridge now? My husband bought one of those new Starbucks coffee milk drinks. He’s had some, I’m about to throw it away. I haven’t had any, but he said it actually wasn’t very good, so I don’t feel to bad. Coffee milk can we wonderful! We used to drink it when we lived in New England.

6. What is the most exotic produce you’ve ever had? I had a salad with chayote in it once. I think it’s a cactus.

7. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. I’ve been trying to stay away from restaurants while Paleo, but I’ve broken down a couple times. True Food Kitchen is really amazing. Everything is fresh and prepared so flavorful. They definitely are a healthy type of restaurant. And I was able to get some good Paleo options. They have great gluten free stuff, too. In fact, their gluten free pita breads are so good – better than their normal pita bread. Their hummus is my #1 favorite.

True Food Kitchen has an amazing menu, atmosphere, and their bathrooms are so elegant.

True Food Kitchen has an amazing menu, atmosphere, and their bathrooms are so elegant.

8. What kind of pasta do you prefer (regular, whole wheat, etc.?) I like fresh regular pasta. I can deal with whole wheat, but I do prefer white, even with its evils.

9. If you could make one food calorie-free for an entire week, which food would you choose? Okay, this is being totally subjective because I’m craving stuff, but OMG, I’d love to be able to have pizza for a whole week with no consequences!

10. If you had to choose would you rather give up french fries or chocolate? Since I can’t have either now, that’s hard. I love salty stuff, but chocolate is the pillar of the female diet. I guess, I’d give up french fries if I have the choice, but I’d be torn about it.

My Paleo Diet: Day 23 – Coooookies

Here I am, I have ONE week left. And last night I had a disturbing dream about cookies. In my dream, someone asked me to hand them some cookies. I handed them a few and put one in my mouth. Then I remembered I’m paleo and spit it out! That wasn’t enough, I then washed my mouth out with water several times.

I think my GI stuff may be improving a bit, but honestly, I want a freaking cookie.
Cookie1

My Paleo Diet: Day 20 – Ready for sweet ice cream

The good news is, I’ve made it this far. I’m going to make it to Day 30. I’m still planning to start reintroduction on Day 31. But if I start to feel some of that mythical “tiger blood” before then, I might switch things up.

A friend from college posted this to me on Twitter after I posted the snapshot of my calendar.

Twitter

And it’s a good point, really. And it’s also something that I’d like to address. I’ve done a lot of lifestyle changes. Many of them have really stuck. I don’t drink milk anymore. I don’t drink soda. I avoid HFCS. I eat a fairly balanced diet. I’ve adapted a lot of my husband’s diabetic restrictions in to my own diet. I’ve learned to love some foods that I always used to avoid! But I’ve honestly found that those changes haven’t been enough to make my digestive system happy. I’m still getting very sick. I can’t keep nutrients in to my system. My doctors really don’t have any good answers. And yes, I’m also having a hard time losing weight.

I’ve never stuck with any diet modification like this for 20 days. Even when I’ve been on a diet to lose weight and it’s been working, I’m not 100% on the ball. This commitment is hard for me. I haven’t gone off plan and that’s a big deal for me. Sure, this is a pretty crazy restrictive thing to do, but I’ve been able to do it because it’s not forever. I know that I can give up grains, ice cream (with Lactaid, of course), tofu, soy, rice, and peanut butter temporarily. I’m not so sure about eliminating them from my diet forever and ever.

However, I have felt the crazy “OMG, WHAT AM I DOING?” moments. Those are usually when I complain-tweet. Some days it is really hard to be in the produce aisle of the grocery store with the baked goods just feet away. Some days I really miss chocolate. Some days my cravings aren’t satiated with a bowl of strawberries with coconut milk.

But a lot of the time, I’m strangely okay with my Paleo meals. They actually are quite filling. And being so mindful of my food has been a big change. I now see how often I mindless eat when food is present. Being so deliberate about my diet has been good. Even when I go back in to reintroduction I’m going to go to my favorite Paleo meals. The Banana-Almond Butter pancakes are fantastic! I made my own mayonnaise. That’s pretty damn cool. But, yes, I really do miss ice cream and I look forward to being reunited with it.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Easy Answers

I have been lucky to have had my husband home for 4 whole days! And no plane delays! No minor accidents happened before he arrived! Alas, he is back in NorCal for the week, but I’m soldiering on with the Whole 30. Day 17 is complete!

FMM

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Easy Answers

1. Are you a planner, or do you prefer to see where the moment takes you? I like to have a rough idea of what’s going on, but overall, I do like to fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens. There is so much you can’t control in this world, you might as well go with it and enjoy.

2. How often do you blog? I’ve been trying to blog twice a week. My biggest hurdle is photos. My blog design needs to have a featured image and sometimes I just don’t have one.

3. Do you color your hair? Oh my, yes indeed. Happy to say I only have 1 gray hair, but I’ve been kicking up the color for longer than I haven’t. Currently rocking a strawberry blonde ombre look.

4. If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose? Probably riding my bike because it would be faster!

5. Have you ever traveled outside of your home country? Yes – I’ve been to Italy, Greece, Great Britain and Canada.

Here I am at 15, going on 16 in Vatican City.

Here I am at 15, going on 16 in Vatican City.

6. Do you like weddings? I do like weddings! I like to dance at receptions, cry at ceremonies, see the pretty dresses, and try wedding cake.

7. What is your favorite guilty pleasure on TV? Totally Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I love them.

8. Are you good at math? I’m good at basic math, definitely not math in my head! I never understood Calculus, but I was pretty good all the way up through Trig.

9. What is the last movie you watched? We went to see World War Z last weekend. I liked it, and I usually don’t like zombie movies because they are too scary.

10. Share five adjectives that your friends would use to describe you. Honest, loyal, chatty, funny, and weird.

Bonus: Did you celebrate Independence Day? If so, what did you do? We had a couple of our close friends over. I grilled meat, made a salad and sweet potato fries. (Everyone eats Paleo at my house!) We sat around watching crazy YouTube videos on the AppleTV until the fireworks started, and then we walked upstairs to our bedroom, went out of the patio and watched 2 shows at once. I live near 2 resorts that do their own and we have a great view! Plus, no parking, no crowds, no bugs. It’s pretty great. Last year we watched one from the hot tub because it happened to be on another night than the other.

Thanks for reading – feel free to say hello! Don’t forget to answer the questions and link back up with Kenlie!

My Paleo Diet: Day 11 – Worried, Sleepy and Determined

This is Day 11 of the Whole 30 challenge I have set for myself. So far I have to say, it hasn’t been awful and I haven’t had even 1 slip up. I find that instead of obsessing about what I can’t eat, my mind instead gets worried about what I may accidentally eat. Eleven days is no joke and I don’t want to slip up.

Maybe this is lame, but I'm wearing this bracelet the for the Whole 30.  It's a good reminder to stay on track!

Maybe this is lame, but I’m wearing this bracelet the for the Whole 30. It’s a good reminder to stay on track!

I didn’t realize just how many dishes I’d be having to clean on this plan! I have eaten out twice in the past 11 days, so that’s a whole lot of meals cooked at home. If you know me, you know I hate doing dishes. But especially since I set a good deal of our extra kitchen stuff up to Northern California for my husband’s apartment, I have to keep on top of the dishes if I want to cook. And I don’t have the luxury of saying “Screw it” and getting a slice of pizza instead.

How do I feel? I actually do feel smaller. I know that sounds odd. My pants slide on easier and when I put my hands on my hips (which I do a lot) they seem like they are closer to my center than before. I have noticed that my sleep has improved. That’s a blessing! I don’t normally sleep terribly, but I do have trouble falling asleep – especially on nights that I am here alone.

I can’t say that I’ve hit that penultimate point where I feel awesome and can’t imagine going back to eating grains and sugars. I’m not totally sold yet. I’m giving it the 30 days, and I’m not going to give up, but I don’t see the huge changes that other people said they have. My digestive and GI issues persist even though I’m not eating dairy or grain at all. I had a day of low energy, a day of full-feeling ears, and today I’ve had a sore throat. I can’t blame it on A/C so I’m wondering if this is the mythic “paleo flu” I’ve heard about.

People have strong opinions about diets. My trainers are THRILLED that I’m trying this. My doctor was skeptical and offered me a referral to another program. I told her that I was seeing this through and I asked “How bad can a diet of lean protein and vegetables and fruit be?” I’ll give her an update in a few months. My husband has been very supportive, even researching and cooking me a paleo friendly pancake. He’s now researching crepes for the weekend. I have not thoroughly cleaned out my kitchen of everything not on plan. He’s eating most meals with me, but he is getting the stuff he wants, too. It’s been fine. I did ask him to finish or throw out the candied ginger before he left this week because I don’t trust myself around it. I have told a few friends what I’m up to. No one has told me I’m crazy, but they don’t have to. I can tell by the silence and the look on their faces. That’s fine, really. I’m not doing this for anyone else, I’m doing it for myself anyway.