Whole 30, Day Six

sports-174742_1280Today was my first attempt in purposely eating Whole 30 while out of the house. My daughter and I had a fun chance to hang out just the two of us and she really wanted to grab lunch together. As we tried to plan out the day, for the first time I was grateful for all of my incessant internet searching. For, I had seen a suggestion of eating a salad at Moe’s Southwest and how to make it Whole 30. We added that to our schedule and the meal was super easy, super yummy, and best of all, on-the-go. It was great to see that it could be done, and could be done well.

Our Meals For the Day:

Breakfast: Cashews, apple, and coconut

Lunch: Moe’s Southwest Salad, lettuce, double meat, pico de gallo, olives, cucumbers. The meat and the pico together were so juicy that it made for a really great salad dressing.

Snack: Mixed nuts and seeds

Dinner: Chicken Salad, lettuce, pineapple salsa, and avocado. I will admit that I am starting to get really tired of salads right about now. Maybe twice a day was too much.

Water: 100 oz in water

Exercise: 1 hour at a local Trampoline Park

Supplements:

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend)

Dinner: GX Assist 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements, plus DDR Prime.

How am I feeling?

IMG_3741Today was great. Physically, I felt a lot more energy than I had in the past few days. I still have a slight headache, but it only bothered me in the morning. However, I think the day was mostly great because I actually  walked away from the computer and all the researching for this program. I really needed a brain break. Maybe that’s what’s causing my headaches… hmm…

My daughter and I went to a Trampoline Park and it was an incredible workout! Really, really fun, but I definitely got my sweat on! Have you ever tried to jump for that long? My legs were on fire people!

About 15 minutes into our hour, I made the mistake of jumping into the foam pit. BIG mistake! I could not believe how difficult it was to get out. With the foam being so deep, I imagine it was similar to clawing out of quick sand. I felt like I was working so hard and hardly moving. My body weight kept causing all the foam to sink with every step I attempted to take. I momentarily just thought if I could kick up my feet somehow, I might just chill the rest of the 45 minutes and then have someone tow me out.

Then, I looked at my girl (who by the way was laughing hysterically at my inability to move) and I said, “Um… how do you get out of here?” After composing herself ever so briefly, she said, “You just have to swim!” So, using more of a crawl/swim motion, I finally managed to get myself out of the foam pit. And, then my sweaty self laid down on the mat huffing and puffing. It was a really sad sight I’m sure. When I finally gained my ability to function again, I looked up at the clock and realized we still had about 40 minutes of jumping!

I have no doubt my entire body will be sore tomorrow. Again, so fun… but, wow! What a workout!

Q. I love workouts that are fun. What are some of your favorite ways to work out?

Whole 30, Day Five

sign-678684_1280With more lows than highs meal-wise these last couple of days, I asked my husband Todd to help me find some new recipes that he thought we would enjoy. After he rummaged through the internet, we put a new list together and went grocery shopping. It’s not often we get a chance to shop together, so not only was it nice to have him by my side, but also great for me to show him what I’ve been running into. Oh, the labels… looking at everything, checking it twice, gonna find out which food is naughty or nice.

Sorry, got carried away there; though it does fit! Today’s meals were better for us and I’m really hoping we are on the right track.

Our Meals For the Day:

Breakfast: Proscuitto with eggs and topped with 1/2 an avocado

Lunch: Leftover grilled chicken with BBQ sauce and cucumbers

Snack: Pistachios, grapes

Dinner: “Taco Salad” with ground turkey, lettuce, cucumbers, olives, and pineapple salsa. This pineapple salsa is a similar recipe to what I made. I wanted to make the salsa really juicy so that it could become a psuedo-dressing for our salad. Therefore, I blended the tomato with cilantro and onions; then of course added more cilantro and onions! It was delicious and worked really great to add some liquid to our salad!

Water: 140 oz in water

Exercise: Does shopping count?

Supplements:

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend)

Dinner: GX Assist 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements, plus DDR Prime.

How am I feeling?

My body is feeling a little tired, but tonight was a great night. We had some friends over for dinner and I loved that we were able to still eat Whole 30, while giving our guests more options (like cheese, tortillas, chips, etc). When they asked what they could bring over, we asked them to bring some fruit. Normally, when people offer, we would ask them to bring dessert! However, they brought this huge fruit tray and all 5 kids tore up that fruit. And, not one of them even asked for dessert, even though I had an idea, and maybe even some chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers stashed just in case (from a pre-Whole 30 shopping trip).

I was going to attempt to make these coconut tortillas, so my love and I could also have tacos. But, my better judgement kept me from putting that undo pressure on myself. The last thing I wanted to do was feel frustrated when our friends walked in the door if another recipe did not work as advertised. However, these coconut tortillas will definitely be made soon. This could change everything for us and make many of our meals so much easier!!

My brain is still feeling a little overwhelmed by this program. The rules and regulations are so strict, that I am beginning to feel like I am losing control. I know many people would feel safety within the walls of guidelines, but I am struggling. Even though I can control what I do and don’t eat, I really don’t like this feeling. I am hoping to process this more over the next few days, because if I am just trading less healthy habits for unhealthy habits, am I really getting ahead? Is it really worth it?

Q. If you’ve done Whole 30, what did your first week look and feel like?

Whole 30, Day Four

frustrated-758722_1280Yesterday I posed the question,”If I don’t believe in the evolutionary theory of cave men, can I really believe in the premise of a Paleo diet?” I was a little nervous about throwing that out there, since Paleo is all kinds of raging right now. Many of my friends are eating Paleo, so I wondered how that question would be received. However, I’ve really enjoyed the discussion and appreciate everyone’s thoughts on this; both publicly and privately!

Meals:

Breakfast: 2 Banana Pancakes with Blueberries. These.were.NOT.good. Not even a little bit. Even my kid who loves anything banana did not like these. And, I was so hopeful! Sigh!

Lunch: Jason’s Deli – I had a salad with everything Whole 30 I could find, including 2 hard-boiled eggs. I don’t know why, but those were the best eggs! It was like my body was craving them.

Snack: Mixed Nuts and Seeds

Dinner: Pulled Pork with homemade BBQ sauce, sweet potato fries, and baby carrots. I really liked the BBQ sauce. My husband, on the other hand was not as impressed. And, the sweet potato fries did not look like the recipe picture. To get that ratio of spice to sweet potato, you would really need to quadruple the spices. The sweet potatoes were also a bit on the floppy and mushy side, and it was super disappointing to me.

Water: 120 oz in water

Exercise: Our family went out on a 4.5 mile hike today. The weather was great, we were outside, exploring, and getting a little bit dirty! We had a really good time. We need to do this more often.

Supplements:

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend)

Dinner: GX Assist 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements, plus DDR Prime.

How am I feeling?

I was really hoping those banana pancakes would have worked for us. I think it will be interesting to try them again at the end of this Whole 30 to see if our palette has changed. Between the texture and the taste, they just did not do it for us. Aside from the eggs, lunch was okay. I was bummed out not to use blue cheese dressing, but for the most part, the other toppings I would normally go for, were not really appealing to me. And, dinner did not sit well. I am not sure if it was the pork or the BBQ sauce. Coconut aminos (in the BBQ) are a new food for us. So, I will need to look into this a little bit to see if it can cause GI upset. I hope it’s not the BBQ, because it was the first sauce recipe I’ve made from scratch that I actually enjoyed.

Besides my feelings about the food… I’m also starting to feel like this Whole 30 is taking over my life. It is all I seem to think about from the moment I get up, until I drift off to sleep. What are we going to do tomorrow? How do I make this better? What can I do to add more variety? I am going to get sick of eating eggs really soon. What do I do then? Why don’t most of these recipes work for us? On and on in my brain. Ugh! It’s exhausting. My husband even mentioned tonight that I am getting a little crazy. Okay, he didn’t say it like that, but when I’m getting emotional over floppy sweet potato fries, he probably should have! He sees that this is consuming me and I know I need to start treading more carefully.

Physically, however, I am feel MUCH better than yesterday. That headache from Hades is virtually gone; just a small headache has lingered. But, again, I’ve been waking up with that same kind of headache for a couple weeks now with all the plants blooming. I am glad the intensity is gone and am proud of myself for my body not having to go through that for another 2+ days. I feel like that tells me that my body wasn’t too out of balance! That’s something to celebrate right there!

Q. Help a sister out.. Do you have any really good Whole 30 recipes you can share with me?

Whole 30, Day Three

alone-513525_1280Pain. Lots and lots of pain. In my head. This pain is different than the spring plants having sex pain. This is what I imagine it would feel like if someone took a 2×4 and whacked me upside the head. I tried everything I could think of to get rid of it that was Whole 30 approved. Though, a little soda with some caffeine was crazy tempting!

As I read more about this Day 3-5 headache that goes with Whole 30, I found that I was not alone. While that was great to know, it still did nothing for my headache. Apparently I am detoxing, which is great. But, the idea that this kind of headache could last for 2 more days or possibly even more (depending on how much detoxing my body needs to do) is incredibly overwhelming for me right now. I feel absolutely miserable.

Meals:

Breakfast: 2 Eggs, Sausage, and Avocado. I am not really a breakfast person, but this was delicious. I made the eggs over medium, and it was so good!

Lunch: Apple Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Apple – I whipped this up with leftover Apple Sausage from the night before and it was okay. It could have used some kind of sauce, or spices. I just didn’t know what to add.

Snack: Coconut and Cashews

Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Salada with Avocado Crema , Zucchini and Squash. I found the Avocado Crema to be pretty bland, so I added some cayenne pepper to it.

Water: 140 oz in water

Exercise: I rested a lot today with this severe headache.

Supplements:

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend)

Dinner GX Assist + 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements, plus DDR Prime.

How am I feeling?

I am worn out from the headache, and really hoping that this pain does not continue the next couple of days. Knowing how crummy I was feeling, some well-intended people were encouraging me to eat a little sugar, to drink a little soda, or to eat some chocolate to help take off the edge. However, I thought it would be counter-intuitive to what I was hoping to accomplish, so I fought through it. I really hope that pays off.

I also need to figure out how to spice up our meals. The blandness (is that a word?) of most meals is a bit tiring, since much of our food doesn’t taste like much. And, when food, especially healthier food doesn’t taste good, you don’t want to eat it. While the chicken was tender and moist (we cooked it in foil on the grill) and spiced it up, it still didn’t seem to have much flavor. Perhaps that is because we typically throw on some cheese and smother it in BBQ Sauce.

Since I have an autoimmune disorder, I am really trying to research, “What’s Next?” after this Whole 30 program. I know I need to be cautious of how many inflammatory foods I put into my body, as they will have a direct impact on my autoimmune disorder. As I was talking to a friend about this, she recommended The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, by Robb Wolf.

I got through the first 40 pages or so, to the part where the author talks about how neanderthals, that lived 120,000 years ago, didn’t have near-sightedness or acne (pg 39)… when I finally looked at my husband and said, “If I don’t believe in the evolutionary theory of cave men, can I really believe in the premise of a Paleo diet?”

I mean, how in the world can someone look at a few bones and decide “cave men” didn’t have acne?? I am still contemplating all of this and asking people smarter than I am their thoughts. My struggle is if I believe the Creation Story, that Adam and Even were the first humans, made by God roughly 5,000 – 7,000 years ago, how did cave men live 120,000 years before them? Do I believe men probably lived in caves in the past? Absolutely! People live in caves today. And, then there’s the flood… so, much history that I just cannot justify the idea of this evolutionary theory. Therefore, I don’t know that I could ever justify the Paleo diet.

Q. Have you experienced any similar thoughts on the Paleo Diet? If so, I’d love to hear them!

Whole 30 Day Two

PTI am feeling excited about the day. I slept pretty well last night, but woke up with some gnarly head tension. The plants are in bloom here and lately, most days I wake up feeling like this. It is not fun! But, I’m sure there’s already a little caffeine and chemical detox going on as well. After using some Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint Oil, I still couldn’t seem to shake the head tension, so I busted into my Tension Blend and it helped so much!!!

Meals:

Breakfast: Cashews and an apple

Lunch: Since my smoothie went so well yesterday, I decided to make one myself. I won’t get into this habit, but, today it just sounded good. I made a smoothie with Banana, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Nut Butter for protein. Not gonna lie, it was weird. But, good. But, still weird.

Snack: I actually had 2 snacks today. Mid-morning I had a Lara Bar and in the afternoon I had sliced peppers and guacamole. I really wanted to bust out the tortilla chips, but held strong. I’ve heard many people say peppers and guac taste the same as chips and guac, but it.did.not! Ah… 30 days, I can say no to chips and salsa and chips and guacamole for 30 days! I think!

Dinner: Now THIS was a dinner that absolutely shocked me. We had grilled Chicken Apple Sausage, baby carrots, and grilled asparagus wrapped in proscuitto. I had heard so much about Chicken Apple Sausage and it absolutely sounded horrific to me. I don’t know why, as the ingredients are really straight forward, but it just did NOT sound appetizing. In fact, I wouldn’t even tell my husband what it was until AFTER he took a bite. Once he told me he really liked it, I finally told him what it was. He looked at it a little weird, shrugged his shoulders, and kept eating. HA!! That’s how we roll here in the McNeal house!

Water: 120 oz in water

Exercise: Ran 1 mile and did weight lifting circuit training

Supplements:

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend)

Dinner GX Assist + 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements, plus DDR Prime.

How am I feeling?

Dinner frustrated me. I went to try this Cilantro Lime Chicken because it looked AMAZING!! Seriously, go check out that picture… YUM!! But… I had forgotten to defrost the chicken and realized I needed to leave for the gym soon. My hope was to marinade the chicken while I  was gone!! Once the chicken was finally done defrosting (it seemed to take f.o.r.e.v.e.r.), I was halfway through putting the chicken in the marinade when I realized the chicken had gone bad, really, really bad.

Frustrated, I bagged that idea and went to the gym.

When I got home, I tried this recipe for Cilantro Aoili, or so thought I did… and learned for the first time in my life that mayonnaise uses raw egg. And, it totally and completely grossed me out. I don’t even eat cookie dough, that’s how much I do not like raw egg! Ew!!!

I went on to make this recipe and it was a complete and total disaster. Remember all that research I was doing? Well, when you have two very similar recipes on the computer screen, it is quite possible, with all of the other life that goes on (kids, phone calls, Facebook, etc), that you will mix up the two recipes. And, it was a total, epic fail!

Now, I am on strike 2 and feeling even more frustrated. At that point, I remembered the Chicken and Apple Sausage and was truly surprised how quick and easy that dinner was. One of my fears with this program was feeling like I’d spend all day in the kitchen. We are a family on the go and need quick, easy, healthy meals. I hope I can figure out how to do this better tomorrow.