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Whole30 fail

The title says it all: I failed my first Whole 30. After completing a whole week of super-strict paleo eating, I am forced to abandon my efforts. As a family whose main source of income is now Social Security due to Quinten’s disability, I simply cannot afford to do a whole 30 days of super-strict paleo. It simply isn’t possible and my nearly bare refrigerator testifies to that. The fact that I still have a week before I am able to shop again means that I will have to add in whole grains to our diet in order to keep my kids full. We won’t starve, but it certainly won’t be paleo.

I’m disappointed but it is what it is. I am happy with the 5 pound weight loss and I hope that I’ll be able to do another 7 days of Whole30 soon. Maybe a week of Whole30 every month will be better for the budget than doing a whole 30 Whole30.

It is likely that I would have had to quit Whole30 anyway. For the last 3 days, I’ve been in a horrible brain fog and found it increasingly difficult to care for Quinten and the rest of the family. I couldn’t sleep and was tired for the entire day. I didn’t have enough energy to do much of anything during the day and the last fully compliant day was spent with constant anxiety attacks, extreme brain fog/buzzing in my head, and what must have been what hot flashes feel like along with waves of nausea. I think most of the symptoms were probably due to not eating enough but we’ll see the next time I try this.

Even though I wasn’t able to complete a Whole30, I did learn some things. The biggest was just how much we relied on junk food for snacks and just how much my girls were addicted to snacking instead of filling up during meals. I also learned how much sugar was in our diet prior to this. I hope to keep sugar out and change the kids’ snacking habits as a result.

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Days 1-6

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I started the whole family on the Whole30 program on the first. We’re doing okay with it, though the kids haven’t been 100% compliant (are they ever? hehe).

Prior to starting, I was dreading black coffee the most.

I’ve mostly gotten used to it, though I still miss cream and honey. It’s a really good thing, I buy good coffee. My morning routine for years–even before Quinten came home fulltime–was to shower, turn on the computer, make coffee, and then enjoy my coffee while catching up on the news, Facebook, and my email. One thing that I’ve learned is that without the cream and honey, I simply cannot push breakfast off until after I’ve had coffee. I get too hungry and start to get dizzy if I try.

Breakfasts have mostly been the same:

The first couple of days, eggs and fruit were on the menu but by the 3rd day, fruit didn’t sound all that great for breakfast so I subbed half a cooked sweet potato for the fruit. Some of my kids hate sweet potatoes and will gladly skip them and still be hungry than eat one so I have had cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge. Bonus for me (they’re teens and older–they are perfectly capable of finding other food if they truly were too hungry).

Today, after pleas from my girls, I made paleo pancakes with safe ingredients. Even though they were “safe”, they made me feel horrible. I’m trying to figure out what exactly made me feel so awful but one thing’s for sure–I am NOT eating those again. I may make them for the girls, but I’ll make myself something else.

Several times this week, I had to make trips to town right around lunch time or be in town for hours. My solution was this:

The thermos contains ice water and was so great to have in the car in 100-degree weather. The jerky also provided enough protein that I wasn’t tempted by something I shouldn’t have or get dizzy. I love the jerky. It’s soft enough that I don’t feel that I am going to break my teeth and the ingredients are real food.

I am struggling with lunches. My kids want PBJs and Doritos and are loudly protesting. I have such a hard time coming up with something for lunch each day. Today, they hated my go-to hamburger/spinach/onion/mushroom combo that’s quick and easy. I may try plain hamburgers tomorrow.

One of the rules for Whole30 is to put the scale away for the entire 30 days. I’ve cheated on that a bit. I did weigh myself and I’m down 5.4 pounds so far and have lost and inch and a half in my belly. I am so excited about the pounds lost! I have so much to lose but this is such a good start!

 

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