Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Whole 30 conclusion

So I've tried every diet out there. Honestly, you name it and I've tried it. The ones that didn't work... Slim Fast, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cabbage Soup, Dexiarim, Alli, Green Tea, Hydroxycut... and the ones that did work, somewhat... weight watchers, body for life, Jillian Michaels, Atkins, Biggest Loser, South Beach, The Zone, Medifast... honestly, you name it and I've probably tried it at some point over the last 15 years.
In my experience, the most effective and healthy diet for me has been Body for Life. It was the first time I had fed my body complex carbs. I found out I like wheat bread and brown rice. It was balanced and incorporated working out 6 days a week. The problem was it was a 12 week program, and while I ate really well 6 days a week, one day a week was a "day off" and you were encouraged to eat junk and crap. Which for me meant that after rocking the 12 weeks, everyday was a "day off". I tried to keep some good eating habits, and I continued to workout. However, life got crazy and convenience made for poor choices which added up over time. Oh yeah, I also had 2 more babies.
So I'm struggling a bit in where to file this 30 day experience. I learned some new things, and I liked the way that eating "clean" made me feel. I've learned some good lifelong habits. I believe that everyone's body is so different, and what works for me is specific to my body.
So here are my thoughts on Whole 30...

Knowledge is power. I learned so much valuable information on the "why" not to eat certain foods. I could feel the way certain foods effected me. Sugar is poison for my body. Specifically for my inflammation. I feel 100% better not eating sugar. I also learned that sugar is my main drug of choice. Above all else... breads, fried food, salty snacks... I would trade them all for sugar! On Whole 30 my downfall was fruit. I gave up Diet Dr. Pepper and sugar-free jello... but I made up for it with fruits. Dried, leathered, frozen, pureed, freeze dried, etc... It gave me my sweet fix. Even though I tried to avoid the higher sugar fruits like bananas, coconut, grapes, figs, etc. I ate fruit in moderation, but it still was my weak spot.
Cutting out processed food was awesome! I don't even know what chemicals or preservative specifically make me feel the worst, but cutting them out was great! "Clean" eating might be both physical and mental for me. Knowing I'm putting good things into my body just physiologically feels amazing.
This program is crazy restrictive, making it very difficult to socially fit this program into everyday life. 30 days isn't hard, but I need something maintainable. I need to be able to eat out now and then, go to lunch with friends, and grab something quick as I'm running errands or working.
If found out that my body doesn't like milk... but cheese is okay. No sugar, no flour, no white rice, no potatoes... all equals major gut rumbles and gas! They aren't hard for me to stay away from, simply because they make me sick. Although I'm sure if I started eating it regularly my body would adjust.
In conclusion... I've decided to steer clear of sugar, white flour, white rice, potatoes, milk, fruit and most processed foods. My body does well with protein, veggies, and very little carbs. I basically sticking with meats, nuts, eggs, cheese, and veggies. Which is surprisingly easy to stick to. Easy to find at restaurants, and easy to grab on the go.
Oh... and I'm also drinking Diet Dr. Pepper... in moderation of course! Except when life is crazy, I need a boost, or I just need to get through the day. Then it's not so much in moderation.
Am I going to do another Whole 30 down the road? Maybe. Am I going to wait until after Christmas... absolutely!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Whole 30 and Halloween

Doing this Whole 30 program has taught me a lot about my relationship with food. Why I eat, what I eat, when I eat it... I always knew I was an emotional eater, but I keep learning it over and over again. Each time I learn it I am floored by the strength and power food has over me. Food really is my drug of choice, and eating can seem to solve all my problems... and I have plenty of problems to eat!
Halloween is the "Candy Holiday" and this program has taught me that candy is not special. Family recipes are special, homemade comfort food is special, things your Grandma makes once a year are special... candy is not special!
I helped in Addi's and Sophie's classroom parties. I set up a bubbly drink of "witches brew" in Addi's class and did Halloween bingo with Sophie's class.
I love having older kids, they can party with the grown-ups and enjoy a fun evening. The best part is that I don't have to entertain them every minute. Lexi and Cori both had friends over. We had the Soderquists, Thomas', Sam and her boyfriend, and my Mom over. I always make a chili or hot soup and rolls. This year I made my grandpa's wassail and lots of healthy snacks. I made chicken and wild rice soup, and butternut squash soup. Luckily, the squash soup was something I could eat! No rolls, but I made 72 anyways... and they were warm, buttery, fluffy, and looked delicious! So I was able to have soup and healthy snacks. It was a great Halloween and we spent time with friends and family. Our neighborhood on Halloween is straight out of a movie set. This year it has been so warm, so there are millions of kids swarming our streets. Mom's are handing out hot chocolate, cotton candy, and homemade carmel apples. It really is picturesque. We get hundreds of trick-or-treaters and Mike loves to dress up as the resident Frankenstein and scare all the little's.
Halloween has always been a favorite Holiday over at our house. I know that sounds evil... but it really is. We all love to dress up, I love feeding everyone, and the kids excitement (or sugar high) is contagiously fun. The friends and family who come over actually want to come hang out. No one is forced to pretend, no one is mean, and the only uncomfortable moments come when kids are too scared to get candy from Mike... and honestly he loves it!
The good news is that not eating candy on Halloween didn't make it any less enjoyable, who knew?