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Whole30 and beyond

I need to commit to updating this blog at least twice a week! Every time I get a thought that I want to write about, I just say to myself oh I will remember it and then I forget it.

Sunday was day 30 of the Whole30. Sadly, I did not eat whole30 approved foods that day. At least in the morning I didn’t. They cooked breakfast at church and I had all kinds of sausage and a couple of hash brown patties. Nothing terrible but definitely not beneficial in any way. I’m going to give it 100% this time. I am also starting over the paleo cleanse. Not because I feel like I need to but because I hate meal planning and there is so much variety laid out in the meal plan. The foods and recipes are really flavorful and easy to prepare.

It’s been brought to my attention that I am probably eating too much. The increase in volume of food is probably contributing to my stalled weight loss. BUT at the same time, I am in the gym lifting heavy weights. So if I see some muscle gain, I don’t mind it. I know I am not going to blow up like a balloon like I did in January. Especially not from eating whole foods. My last treat was half a larabar a couple of days ago. Another contributing factor could be my sodium levels causing me to hold water. Regardless of what it is, I know what to do to fix it. I need to focus better on portion control, eating to fuel my workouts, and not eating as much deli meat and the like. I can make my own sausage and eliminate the high sodium and also replace my deli meat with precooking some chicken how I like it in the beginning of the week.

What I really need to do is make some more bone broth and commit to drinking 2 cups a day! I have found that making a soup with added ingredients, I will just eat the ingredients and leave the broth instead of eating it all. So drinking a cup by itself will be tasty and most beneficial.

My kombucha SCOBY is 16 days old today. He is growing nicely! I am really excited to start my first brew. I’m going to do some more reading this afternoon to determine when he will  be ready. I still need to get to the beer and wine supply store to get some bottles for storing. I only have 2 empty GT kombucha bottles right now. I got my dad to try some apple bucha and he did not like it! He said the initial taste caught him off guard but that the aftertaste wasn’t terrible. It does take some getting used to. I wonder if the boys will like it. I haven’t even thought to let them try it.

I’m looking for more Christian based books on food addiction to read. I have read Made to Crave and I truly believe that book has changed the way I look at food forever. I still struggle but it’s way easier to deal with than before. I was made for more than the vicious cycle I was in before. I’m probably going to read Take Back Your Temple next although it is an e-book and I would rather have a tangible book. Going to Lifeway tonight after dinner to see what I can find. I will have more reading material by the end of the week though! Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution should be here by Friday. Not exactly Christian based but good reading material none-the-less.

 

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21 days complete!

I completed the 21 day paleo cleanse! I reintroduced nuts yesterday with no real reaction. After doing the math, I reintroduced them on day 20 instead of 21 but it’s not a huge deal. I’ll have a serving today to see if I do have any reactions. I am going to wait on reintroducing everything else for a few more weeks. I know that I must have nuts in moderation or it will disrupt my digestion.

We had a wonderful vacation! The boys absolutely love the beach. Next year we are planning on going down for a whole week instead of just the weekend. I brought all of my food with me and let’s just say, I ate REAL well. Matter of fact, I am now the not-so-proud owner of 4.4 pounds of bloat! I didn’t stray off my eating plan at all though, I just ate high volumes of food. It should come off pretty easily though, especially since I am back on track today.

I started growing my SCOBY last week and it’s alive!!! We left Thursday with only a few floaties in the jar and came home Sunday to a SCOBY! It still has another week or two before it will be ready though. I need him to fill out a bit more and get thicker. I think I am going to name him Rudy. I think since fall starts this weekend, my first flavors will be pumpkin spice and cranberry!

I don’t really have much to update on since I had an “eat too much” weekend. I’ve been doing the Whole30 along with the cleanse and today marks day 23.  I feel so much better health wise and energy wise, I am just going to continue strict paleo with occasional treats. I had some vanilla maple almonds after dinner and they were a perfect dessert. Not to mention the flavor! They were soaked and dehydrated. It was my first time trying soaked nuts and the flavor was phenomenal. From now on, I plan to soak my nuts prior to consumption since it does aid in digestion!

One good thing about this past weekend though, all my lifts were easy yesterday! I thought maybe it was a fluke so I didn’t up the weights like I should have. If those same weights feel easy next week, I will up them. Getting stronger and losing fat at the same time, I love it!

I am 99% the boys will be going strict paleo soon. I am slowly getting rid of their treats and I will start introducing more nutrient dense snacks as well as yummy dinners. I know Raven is going to rebel since when he started eating solid food, I was eating poorly. It’s going to be a struggle but I don’t want them to have the same digestion issues as I did growing up and now know why. I know why now and I am not going to do that to them. I just have to get their memaw to toughen up on them and not give in to their demands. They always get diarrhea when they stay there because they eat whatever they want. That has to stop. I’m already trying to get her to try the Whole30 to help with all of her ailments but it’s not working out so far. I can’t force her, I can just give the information. The boys though, I can force them because I am their mother and I know what is best for their little bodies right now.

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