January 11, 2014

Whole 30: Day 6

After I started talking about my interest in a Whole 30, Anna, one of my readers, reached out to me on Facebook, asking if I would like her copy of "It Starts With Food," the book about the Whole 30 and the science behind it all. Awesome! It just arrived yesterday, and I am very excited to dig into it. Once we're done with the Whole 30, I think I'll do a giveaway here on the blog. More on that in about 24 days.

Matt, still skeptical and a bit grouchy, is reading it first - I am hoping it helps make better sense to him, or at least helps him understand why we are following this plan. He reacts pretty well to books like this - a year or so ago he read "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek and for a good week after, he wanted to be vegan (this was deterred when I brought up the fact that he mostly hates vegetables and no, you can't have vegan pancakes for every meal).

Today was really low-key. I had a lot of work to do for my classes Monday, so I spent quite a few hours on the couch with my textbooks and my iPad, taking notes. I got up to stretch every now and then, play with Noah, refill my water bottle. Tomorrow, and every day this week before we leave for Minnesota, my goal is to get to the gym, even for just a short workout. I know I've said this a thousand times, but right now, I am feeling confident that my eating is under control, so I am ready to get back into a routine of exercising.

Last night I put chicken, garlic, and asparagus in the crock pot for today's dinner - I knew we were low on eggs so I made the dinner early so I could have it for breakfast as well. It was pretty good ... adapted from a recipe Matt found in Michael Symon's cookbook. Next time, I would change up the spices. It tasted a lot like asparagus (not a bad thing, necessarily) and not a lot like garlic (which I wanted).

Having chicken for breakfast instead of eggs (or my usual Chobani) was really filling. I didn't start to feel hungry again for a good six or seven hours. Though maybe that was me being distracted by my mountain of work or my oddly needy super snuggly baby. He didn't want to play, didn't want to nap ... just wanted to be held all day. Some days are like that.

When Matt woke up, he had fruit for breakfast, and then leftover spaghetti squash for lunch. When he was hungry not too long after, I told him he needed more protein, and made him an egg scramble with ground turkey.

I also made some roasted carrots, after Matt was complaining about how boring carrots are without any hummus to dip them in (beans are not Whole 30 compliant). I tossed some in a few good shakes curry powder and cinnamon, then roasted them in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 375ºF. He loved them, and said I could make them again any time I wanted. (How lucky I am!)

I love the combination of curry and carrots. It's sweet and delicious.

Dinner was, again, the chicken with asparagus. We didn't eat until after 7 because we just weren't too hungry today. I worry sometimes that things aren't working - mainly because of my dieter's mindset, that unless I am starving and feeling deprived, I can't possibly be losing weight. I feel less bloated, for sure, and yesterday at work, I wore the black and gray dress I bought for the funeral - it fit differently already. Looser in the belly, I'm sure because of the bloating.

I keep trying to reassure myself: no matter what the scale says at the end, what I am doing right now is excellent for my body. I am properly fueling it and not forcing it to run on glazed doughnuts from the office breakroom, hastily eaten before anyone sees me sneaking them. I don't hide my eating when I eat well. There are no binges. There's no shame. Even if my body weight hasn't changed much yet, I am already feeling lighter, with the load of some of my food guilt already lifted.


Amy said...

I really hope you enjoy the book. I still haven't finished it... ironically I got to the part about what to do after the Whole 30.

I really really enjoyed the science of the beginning of it though, really added a lot of validation to what I was doing.

Sharon said...

I love "It Starts with Food," I think it presents the science behind their program in a very easy to understand way...and it's well written and funny. You can tell that the two authors (who are now a married couple) have been trainers for years because they anticipate every excuse. There's a section in the first few chapters that describes a day running on carbs (yogurt, granola, sandwiches cookies, pasta) vs. a day fueled by protein and veggies that rang very true to me and may to you and your husband as well.

Anna said...

one of my fav bfast meals was a hash. I bought jimmy dean natural bfast sausage and cooked it up with shredded or cubed sweet potato, onion, and a chopped apple. SOOOO delish!

Sounds like you guys are doing pretty darn good!
scotch eggs are pretty filling too but I found mine to by dry :(

Caron said...

I am glad you are doing so well on your new regimen and that you can already see some changes.

The carrot idea is great and I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing. :)