Thursday, February 27, 2014

Whole30 - Days 1-3

I recently read the book "It Starts With Food" and it was a real eye-opener. It talks about how the foods we eat affect our body, especially insulin and our "gut".  It has some great information about insulin resistance, which I'm pretty sure I have due to the pcos. The book outlines an eating plan, whole30, which is about eliminating sugar, grains, dairy and legumes for 30 days to essentially reset your body. It all made perfect sense to me so I decided to give it a try. I was hoping that if it does nothing else it might help with my headaches that I have almost every day. They can get pretty severe so I'm really hoping it helps.

I read The Whole30 Timeline so I would kinda know what to expect as far as how my body and mind would respond to the whole thing, but it's a little different when you're actually experiencing it.

Day 1: I really didn't feel any different that normal at this point. I figure that my body has been getting so much sugar and chemicals from all the food I had been eating that there was still plenty of it floating around in my system. My body hadn't noticed yet that anything was different. Plus, I was just a tiny bit off plan today due to not being totally prepared to start. I am so used to having a sugary snack when I get home from work (4-5pm) that it was hard not to find something sweet to dig into.

meal 1 - egg and mushroom omelet, fried sweet potatoes with cinnamon
meal 2 - beef lo mein (off plan due to low preparation), frozen cherries and peaches
meal 3 - hamburger patty, homemade mayo, avocado, roasted brussel sprouts

Day 2: I had a bit of a headache, but I'm not sure if it was due to detox or just one of my normal headaches, but it wasn't too bad. According to the timeline, this is completely normal. I was a little tired, but this is nothing out of the ordinary for me. I wanted to be a little more prepared so G and I made a stop at the health food store on the way home. We scored some coconut aminos, unsweetened coconut flaked, raw cashews, and some dried white mulberries. I know you are really supposed to limit the amount of dried fruit, but this is the only one we eat due to the high health benefits. For some reason I was unusually hungry this afternoon. I snacked way more than I should have before dinner. Snacks are discouraged on this eating plan, but not forbidden. You are supposed to be eating enough at each meal to keep from being hungry between.

meal 1: scrambled eggs with mushrooms, fried sweet potatoes with cinnamon
meal 2: leftover hamburger patty, homemade mayo, brussel sprouts
meal 3: pork chops dredged in almond flour, roasted carrots
snacks: dried mulberries, coconut flakes, raw cashews (they taste completely different than roasted cashews)

Day 3: I felt so horrible on this day. I was tired and I had a really bad headache. Luckily it didn't start getting bad until the afternoon. G and I got home around 4:30 and by 5:30 I was in bed asleep, but my headache was so bad I didn't sleep well. I got up around 12:30, took some excedrin, and went back to bed. I managed to sleep a little better once my headache died down some. I didn't even fix dinner so G had to fend for himself.

meal 1: scrambled eggs (I really hate eggs), microwaved sweet potato, coconut flakes, tangerine
meal 2: leftover pork chop, roasted carrots, black olives, tangerine
snack: raw chashews

I haven't had any real cravings yet, which I'm grateful for. Today is day 4, and I still have my headache from yesterday, although it is currently dulled by excedrin migraine. This is pretty normal for this phase of the process and should go away soon. I hope. I think the worst is yet to come. Since I am still at the beginning I am pretty dedicated. I have a feeling that in about a week I'm going to have a hard time sticking to the meal plans.

TMI alert

My "gut" has not been regular for as long as I can remember. It is completely normal, although not healthy, for me to have a BM once every 3-4 days. Constipation and diarrhea are old friends of mine. Things are already getting better in that department. I'm attributing that to the increase in fiber from all the veggies and fruit I'm eating.

TMI Over

Overall, I don't mind eating this way, but it involves a lot more eating and preparation. I really hate eggs, but I don't have any other protein to eat for breakfast. I haven't found any bacon or sausage without added sugar or soy yet, and I haven't ordered any online yet, either. I might try making my own sausage, but it never tastes that good to me. I know I don't have to eat "breakfast" for meal 1, I can eat what I want, but it's hard to get past the breakfast mindset.

It gets pretty tiring having to prep and cook dinner every night and then turn around and get breakfast ready for in the morning. At least when I cook dinner I'm cooking enough for lunch the next day. I need to find some meals I can prepare a lot of and freeze, or spend one day on the weekend making a few meals ahead of time to have ready in the fridge. It might even help just to boil and shred some chicken, and even make lots of hamburger patties and freeze it all until needed. I'll have to think about it and do some planning.

When you are following the plan you aren't supposed to weigh yourself, because it's not about the scale at all, it's about how you feel. I'm so addicted to weighing myself, though, that I couldn't help it this morning. I am down 2 lbs from when I weighed 3 days ago. I know this is a normal amount for weight to fluctuate, but I'm hoping that I'm really losing. Of course, this could also be a side effect from my bowels working properly for a change. The main reason I weighed, though, was because when I looked in the mirror this morning I perceived a slight change in my shape. I know this could be all in my head, and I know it's only been 3 days, but it was enough that it made me stop and weigh myself.

My goal for this experience is not necessarily to lose weight, but to help my pcos and fertility as well as my headaches. Also I would like to change the way I think about food and get away from my dependency on sugar. But most of all, I really want to make it through the 30 days without straying.

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