a (not so) little whole30 update

As I mentioned, I finished my first whole30 last week. (Just to recap: it’s basically 30 days of no sugar, no gluten, no grains, no dairy, no alcohol, no legumes, no soy.) Since then, I’ve been experimenting with a few of those forbidden foods, and I’ve learned quite a bit.

I was really curious about how dairy would affect me because I missed (craved!) it during June. I don’t drink much milk, but I do love full-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with berries for breakfast, and I enjoy all kinds of cheeses. I’ve found that while yogurt hasn’t upset my stomach at all, it does leave me with almost immediate drainage in my throat that’s thick and hard to clear (sorry to be gross!). I’ve had sinus and allergy issues as long as I can remember, and now I’m wondering how much of that has been because of dairy products. I’ve decided to have yogurt for breakfast on occasion, but it will be a treat — as will dairy in my coffee and cheese on my salads.

Reintroducing my favorite Belgian dark chocolate didn’t go well. I ended up with a horrible case of indigestion. I’ve heard that it can cause reflux, but I’d never isolated it before. Sure enough, it left me quite uncomfortable. I’ll give it another try to be sure, but I’m fairly certain it will be be a very occasional treat from now on.

Last night I came home from work very tired — and craving pizza. So we went out, and I indulged in my first gluten since May 31st. Honestly, it didn’t taste that good but I was so hungry that I ate an enormous slice. I expected to get pretty sick. I felt stuffed, but I haven’t had any other adverse reactions. I got up this morning and returned to my whole30 way of eating (that is definitely what they call a non-scale victory!). I had no brain fog or mad sugar cravings, and I had enough energy to exercise after work.

Speaking of exercise, I’ve met my goal six of the past 8 days. I’m pretty happy about that.

Even better than feeling good physically, I feel more like myself these days than I have in months. To be honest, our move earlier this year combined with a loooong stretch of insomnia really wiped me out. I had achy joints and absolutely no energy. I got out of my usual routine, and it’s taken me months to get my groove back. Now I’m reading more, blogging regularly, picking up my camera every few days, and knitting again. Those are activities that energize me and make me feel more alive.

I promise that I won’t blog obsessively about whole30. But I can’t help sharing with you something that has really helped me. My friend Natalie has been blogging about her positive experience, too — most recently here. And here’s why the whole30 is the diet for people who hate diets.

Seriously, y’all. I feel good.

G’night,

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i did it.

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 9.52.18 AMI finished whole30, and I’m so very glad I stuck with it. I feel better, and BONUS! – I lost 9 stubborn pounds. My joints aren’t achy, and my digestion is much improved. I have an fresh awareness now of how what I put into my body makes me feel, and I’m enjoying the taste of real food. (Just yesterday I had one of the best salads I can remember. I used leftover steak from the night before with romaine lettuce and assorted salad veggies, a few walnuts, and a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette that’s become my favorite dressing. Every bite tasted wonderful, and it left me satisfied until supper.) I’ve cut back on caffeine, and I’ve found I really don’t “need” snacks anymore.

I’ll admit that it took a lot of planning and work to hang in there for 30 days. My eyes have been opened to how hard it is to find whole, real food without any funky additives. Sugar is in nearly everything, and did you know soy is in much more than you’d suspect — cans of tuna, vitamins, supplements, and more? Meat in restaurants is often not 100% meat — dairy and soy are added to meat even in upscale burger joints. Having compliant food in the house takes real effort. And I never seem to buy enough eggs or berries.

It really helped to have some friends at work committed to this way of eating, too. We shared experiences and recipes and encouraged each other.

There have been a few moments of mad cravings, but honestly, the worst part has been the never-ending pile of dirty dishes in the sink. (Fortunately the dishes fairy pays regular visits. Thanks, Paul!) When there are few places you can eat out and you have to do some sort of cooking at every single meal, it gets old.

I’m going to stick with many of the habits I’ve acquired over this past month — cooking with coconut oil (Trader Joe’s is my favorite), eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, avoiding soy and gluten, compulsively reading labels, having boiled eggs always ready in the fridge. I’m most curious about how dairy will affect me when I reintroduce it because I really miss my full-fat, plain Greek yogurt with berries for breakfast. And I love the creaminess of half & half in my coffee, even though I’ve learned to make do with coconut oil or coconut milk.

Now that I’ve seen what a difference 30 days can make, I’ve decided that July is a month to really commit to moving my body every day except for Sundays. I’m encouraged and motivated by my progress in June and want to keep the momentum going in July. My Fitbit is now back on my wrist.

I really think most everyone could benefit by checking out whole30 (the website is generously filled with free resources).  It Starts With Food is a helpful read and reference, too.

It’s not easy, but what positive changes ever are? If you’ve done a whole30 or are considering it, I’d love to hear about it.

Feeling good,
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monday miscellany

Another round-up of links that make me think:

~ Read the Bible to your anxiety.

~ I’m feeling quite world weary these days. Everything, and I mean everything is politicized. Doug Wilson articulates this well:

…it is unseemly to politicize these horrors when the families are still weeping. Whether the issue is gun control or something else, whenever a hard sell comes in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy, the only thing it makes me want to do is wonder at how boorish some people can be. If this the case when the political issue is arguably connected, as with gun control, how much more is it the case when it is so obliquely related? Did the alleged shooter even know about the [Confederate] flag? Boorish behavior can be exhibited by either side. If one man starts a roaring debate in favor of gun control the same day of the shooting, the situation is not improved if an advocate of open carry does the same thing the next day. The families involved, who include godly Christian people calling for repentance and a turn to Christ, ought not to be distracted by apparatchiks trying to make some political hay out of their grief.

~ Just start.

~ A Whole30 success story.

~ I recently made this crispy baked okra, and it was soooo good.

~ If you use Chrome as your browser, you may want to reconsider.

Well, that’s 3 days in a row of blogging.  And I pulled my camera out of the cabinet. Baby steps. 🙂

Happy Monday!

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saturday

Ahhh, the first Saturday of a new year! It’s a dreary, trying-to-rain kind of day — perfect for staying at home and getting some chores done.

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We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast downtown and then drove around a little bit before making a Walmart run. The store was uncharacteristically quiet and calm, and our shopping was easy. I didn’t even have the urge to hurt someone!

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At home I got some ribs started in the slow cooker while Paul worked on cars with his son and a friend. Then I thoroughly cleaned our upstairs, organizing closets, and making a big pile of stuff to take to the consignment store. The washer and dryer worked the whole time. I found all kinds of old pictures, and if you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve probably seen them.

Oh, and while I was running errands, I saw a car full of sad football fans:

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Now I’m happily parked on the sofa, trying to decide if I want to read or knit.

It’s a good day, y’all.

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miscellany

~As I was recently cleaning out some old magazines, I found the July/August 2013 issue of Imprimis and gave it a read.  Some very good stuff on YA (young adult) fiction:

…I do not, in fact, wish to ban any books or frighten any authors. What I do wish is that people in the book business would exercise better taste; that adult authors would not simply validate every spasm of the teen experience; and that our culture was not marching toward ever-greater explicitness in depictions of sex and violence.

Yes, and amen.

~ The ER demonstrates the inverted priorities of American society:

It’s all about priorities: those of individuals and those of leaders.  Our leaders, ever convinced that we must give medical care to those perceived to be in need, often forget that modern definitions of poverty and need may be a bit different from need throughout human history.  And that if a family has an expensive cell plan, new truck and big-screen TV with satellite, it might not be unreasonable to ask them to put up a little money for their own health care.

Do read the whole thing — it’s short.

~ I really enjoyed this interview with Ben Young, one of the Sturdy Brothers. They make some quality stuff, and I love my waxed canvas tote.

~ Feminist hysteria is causing the infantilization of women. So called “feminists” do not speak for me, that’s for sure.

~ This Snickerdoodle Bread recipe looks really yummy.

~ Houston, we have a problem:

Really? Subpoenas? Sermons? Let the reality of what just happened settle on you. A city council subpoenaed sermons that they thought might be reflecting a little poorly on the king’s majesty. And so let this be a deep lesson to all you seminarians. Whenever you are preaching through Romans do not on any account mention the wart on the king’s nose. He takes it ill. And whatever you do, say nothing whatever about about Herodias wearing her hello-sailor-heels into the men’s room. You might have a promising ministry cut short. In fact, you yourself might be cut short.

My only hope is that if a sermon of mine ever gets subpoenaed I get some kind of advance warning so that I can put some extra zippy adjectives into it.

I have been pointing out the totalitarian impulse of progressives for some time, but they are not totalitarian because they want to impose morality. They are totalitarian because they want to impose an immoral morality. They are not totalitarian because they want to suppress something.All laws suppress something. The problem is what they want to suppress. They want to suppress decency and glorify kink, when they ought to be doing the opposite.

~  A cute front door decoration for Thanksgiving.

And with that, I’ll bid you a good day, y’all,

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