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I really needed this super mellow weekend, and I’m sad that it is quickly coming to a close.  We basically bummed around in our pi’s the whole time, slept till 10am both mornings, and caught up on some TV watching.  The next two weekends are going to be busy for me as I am going to be out of town visiting friends from Fri-Sun both weekends.  Originally when I had planned on doing a Whole30 I almost didn’t start it  (again) because I knew I wouldn’t be home every weekend.  But, then I figured that there was no good a time as the present, and that if I waited another month then I would regret it.  I do have to say I am feeling much less anxious about these coming trips now that I am almost 2 weeks in.  Plus I will have another 4 days or so under my belt before I am away from home.

I had a nice cookstravaganza this weekend and made large quantities of meatloaf and chili, and roasted a chicken.  I would have mad more if we were going to be home into next weekend, and I do have some more good quality meat in the freezer that I can throw into the crock pot this week if we need another meal.  Plus a new burger place opened up by us that my husband really wants to try.

B/L (eaten at 11am): 2 eggs in coconut oil, bacon, avocado

S: banana with almond/coconut butter

D: Chili (from Make it Paleo – was super delicious, and what an awesome book!), roasted broccoli in coconut oil

Again, my appetite isn’t as big as usual, and I’m hoping it will stay that way for when I am out of town.  I felt the slight urge to exercise this weaken (have never been a super huge fan), but alas I figured I would ride out these last two days of sniffles (pretty much gone now) and hang in my pjs.  I’m glad that I have meals cooked for at least the next 2 days or so, which means I can try to do a little exercise when I get home from work this week.  I really don’t like the gym atmosphere, so I am going to take some cues from some of the books I’ve been reading regarding some basic movements that I can do in my living room.  It is still hard to snap out of the feeling that I won’t lose weight if I don’t exercise every day (now I know how not true this is), and focus more on the way it is making me feel stronger.  I have been feeling a bit winded by the massive amounts of stairs I need to climb both at work and on my commute to work, and really won’t want to be feeling that way.  I told myself that I would only start exercising again (I do walk about an hour a day to and from work and walk a lot / climb a lot of stairs at my job, it’s not a desk job) when my body told me it was ready, and I think I might be feeling the urge now, surprisingly enough).

Other changes I have been noticing:

-yesterday was the first day I felt myself saying “wow, I am finally starting to feel really good”, including feeling more optimistic about things in general (some life things are up in the air right now and it’s easy for me to feel anxious about them)

-I’m not really feeling many sugar cravings which is awesome – there is a lot of candy at work (and will get worse with the upcoming holiday season), and I am starting to believe that I will be able to get through it unscathed

-I found myself thinking the other day that maybe I won’t reintroduce dairy into my diet (if at all?) after these 30 days (with the exception of maybe some Kerrygold butter here and there) since I am not really missing it at all

So, the bottom line is that I am feeling good and am going to just keep on keeping on.  I feel somewhat in control of food, maybe for the first time in my life. I don’t wan’t this feeling to go away.

What happened to the Fall weather in the Northeast??  Fall is by far my favorite season, and it seems as if we have skipped over it altogether.  Today it snowed a whole bunch by us, which stopped me from my next much anticipated trip to the Farmer’s Market.  Instead we drove a bit and went to a different grocery store (more like a specialty market than a regular grocery story) that has grass fed meat and organic poultry (some of it seems to be free range).  I got what I needed (plus a few other specialty items I had been looking for anyways), so it ended up being a good trip.  When we left the store our car was covered with snow, and I even had to borrow a scraper from the car next to us.  We bought our car a few months ago, and didn’t even think we would need a scraper this early!  Not happy.  So instead of doing something nice outside we cleaned our apartment and I made some meatloaf.

B: 2 eggs in coconut oil, applegate farms pepperoni (needed to finish the package, won’t be having this too often), onions

L: it wasn’t really lunch, but about 5 hours after breakfast I thought I should have something so I had a banana with coconut/almond butter

D: meatloaf (made with zucchini, onions, and carrot), 1/2 avocado

My appetite was pretty non-existent today.  I was a little hungry for breakfast but that was about it.  I only ate about half the piece of meatloaf and gave the rest to my husband, it tasted great I just didn’t feel like I needed much.  This was the second day of feeling less hunger, and to me it is SO liberating.  I feel like I have always been a slave to my hunger, and always worried about where my next meal would come from, would I make a “healthy” choice, would I feel so full afterwards, etc.  To me it is such a wonderful feeling to not feel hungry, and eat a little something just because I knew my body needed some nourishment.

It is interesting to note that bananas don’t seem to bother my stomach at all (I eat them typically when they are still slightly green and underripe), whereas apples seem to give me a bit of a gurgle feeling.  Ever since starting this whole Paleo thing I have a little bit of a fear of fruit, since I do need to lose a significant amount of weight and I don’t want to hold things up.  But, I think that one serving a day is fine for now and I can always re-evaluate if necessary.  It’s funny because I have been reading a lot about fertility/pregnancy lately (not trying to get pregnant right now, but hopefully in the near-ish future), and my thoughts about food and what I would eat while pregnant have changed so much over the past few months.  I used to have the typical “I can’t wait until I’m pregnant so that I can eat whatever I want” thoughts.  The other day  I found myself thinking that I can’t wait to be pregnant so that I could have more fruit and sweet potatoes!!! I’m thinking that is a pretty good change in thinking and hopefully that means that these changes are really starting to stick.

I’m feeling significantly better today which I’m happy about.  I think that all of the stuffiness should be gone in the next few days, woo.  Again, it’s hard to tell 100% since I am on the tail end of this cold, but all of the sudden today I realized that maybe I did have a little more energy.  Fridays are typically a super busy day at work , and when I get home I just want to collapse on the couch.  Today when I got home my head was telling me to just veg out and order in dinner, but all of the sudden I decided I would rather eat my own food, and just made up some quick eggs for dinner.  I definitely felt a bit more energized than usual.  Even at work I haven’t been hitting the dreaded afternoon slump.  Today was also the first day that I didn’t feel the need to have an afternoon snack.  I had breakfast around 7, lunch at 1, and dinner at 6:45ish.  I did have some coconut flakes while I was starting to make dinner since I was starting to get that grumbly feeling.  It felt liberating to not need to have a snack – and I even had an egg waiting for my in my bag! Super.

B: 2 eggs in coconut oil, 2 strips bacon

L: brisket, 1/2 avocado

D: 2 eggs, coconut oil, sautéed onion, applegate farms pepperoni, scoop of guacamole (from husband’s Mexican takeout)

S: banana, coconut milk, almond butter

It is amazing to me how much eggs and a little meat will keep me satisfied for hours and hours.  It is definitely nice not to have to keep some snacks in my pocket at work!  I wasn’t really prepared for dinner tonight so I just resorted to eggs, but I actually really enjoyed them for dinner.  I do have some ground beef from the farmer’s market, but apparently it is supposed to snow here tomorrow so I am saving it to make some meatloaf tomorrow while we might be stuck inside.  The banana tasted really good, but I’m not sure if my stomach liked it so much…not sure if it was that or the coconut milk though.  I don’t really feel like I’m craving physically craving something sweet – it was more of a mental thing.  It is comforting though in a situation where I am wanting to have a little something “desserty” to have some fruit, and for now as I am transitioning I think that it is ok to use it for that purpose.

I feel slightly anxious since I had a whole plan for the farmer’s market again tomorrow, but it is supposed to rain/snow over here.  I think that if it is really gross out we might just take a trip to Whole Foods (is a bit far away, still need to take public transportation), or might have to suck it up at the regular grocery store.  We are going away next Friday through the weekend so I don’t want to overstock the fridge.

I’ve made it a third of the way!  Surprisingly I don’t think I am missing dairy products at all – my usually favorite (cheese), isn’t even tempting me these days.  I’m shocked! Yes, I still long for a little bit of butter, but that will come in time 🙂  My cold is still slowly slipping away…it’s funny because from the neck down I really feel great, its just my head that is still giving me some trouble.  I was less hungry today, I think from having a better breakfast.

B: 2 eggs, sausage, coconut oil

L: brisket, 1/2 avocado, cucumber

S: hardboiled egg, coconut flakes

D: few bites of steak, pretty much a whole head of purple cauliflower (it was small and I just ate the florets)…then an hour or so later I had an apple with a mix of coconut/almond butter

I probably ate the apple since I didn’t have enough at dinner…I didn’t really like the steak so much.  I don’t have a grill so I have to cook it on my grill pan on my stove and steak/burgers just never seem to turn out right.  I think I am going to take a steak break and focus more on things I can make in my crockpot, or bake in the oven.  I am impressed that I have almost gone through my whole farmer’s market stash, for some reason I tend to never use anything and let things go bad.  I have some ground beef left that I plan on making another meatloaf out of tomorrow.  I don’t think my slight headache has anything to do with not eating enough today…I wonder if this is just still the initial “detox” of the stuff I was eating before?  I am longing for the day where everything finally kicks in and I am feeling the energy everyone is always talking about!

I did not sleep well last night at all.  I fall asleep easily, but then I wake up a few times during the night and do weird things (my husband would have a TON to say about that).  I wondered if any of it was related to my sugar intake…its been 2 1/2 weeks of no sugar (other than a small amount of fruit), and it’s still hard to tell yet if it’s making a difference.  My sniffles are fading, but today I felt very weak on my walk home from work and was feeling super hungry, again I don’t think that I am eating enough at lunch, I need to make a bigger effort to remedy that situation.  We went to Costco tonight to get a few basics, and I did get some ground beef – it says it is organic/antibiotic free, etc, but on the package it says that their cows are pastured…probably not 100% perfect but a good back-up for a week that I might not be able to get to the farmer’s market.

B: 2 hardboiled eggs, avocado

L: meatloaf, cut up cucumber

S: coconut flakes, a few pecans

D: brisket, 1/2 apple with coconut&almond butter mixed together

I had planned on making a vegetable with dinner but really felt crappy when I got home. In looking at my eats I see a few difference from the days that I have felt more satiated: I didn’t have as much fat/meat with breakfast, and I didn’t have as much fat with lunch (or a veg).  So that just might be the culprit right there.  I think tomorrow I will go back to making my eggs at home in some coconut oil and with the rest of my sausage.  I guess it really does pay to have a food log to look at!

Feeling better on the sick front today, and excited to get over this hump.  I noticed today at work that I am inhaling my lunch…it’s unfortunate but usually I am sitting at my desk having to do things on the computer when I eat (or else I won’t get to eat).  I need to try to find a way at work to try to take a few minutes to take a deep breath and slow down.  It’s still hard to tell exactly how I’m feeling since I still feel a little sick, but I do feel a bit lighter on my feet, and noticed that I’m not getting the usual afternoon slump.   I also wasn’t hungry until later in the day today, and actually liked the feeling of having an empty stomach!

B: 2 hardboiled eggs (brought an avocado but didn’t eat it, wasn’t feeling super hungry)

L: leftover meatloaf and broccoli from last night, coconut flakes

D: out @ a mexican restaurant – a few ounces of carne asada steak (brought home a little more than half of it), avocado, tomato

I was proud that I did not touch even ONE chip, and didn’t even feel that tempted by it.  The tomato was also covered in cheese, and i scraped every last bit off.  The cheese did look tempting at first glance, but not when I thought about it too much 🙂

Officially made it a full week.  Plus overall I have not had any sugar in 2 weeks, which is the longest stretch of time in a LONG time.  So that is definitely something to be proud of.  I am feeling better today, the sniffles are starting to head out.  It’s hard to tell how I am really feeling a week in since I have felt sick, so I am looking forward to what the next week will bring.

B: 2 eggs, sausage, coconut oil

L: salad, avocado, lamb burger, EVOO/lemon juice

S: hardboiled egg, coconut flakes

D: meatloaf (new fave!), roasted broccoli in coconut oil

I’ve decided I am not really feeling the salads at the moment.  Part of it is that I don’t love olive oil dressing (I was always a creamy dressing kinda girl).  So I basically threw half of my lunch out (ate the burger and avocado out of it).  I think I should lay off the salads for now and stick to what I know that I like.  I think that I needed the afternoon snack since I didn’t eat much lunch – I’m wondering if maybe I need to eat more at lunch in general.  Breakfast keeps me full for up to 6 hours sometimes, but lunch sometimes only a few, that seems off.  Going to experiment with this one.

Onto week 2!



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