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.

Whole 30 Day One

vegetables-1210240_1280Ready or not, here we go!!! I have spent so much time and energy researching Whole 30, scouring Pinterest for recipes, and grocery shopping that all I really wanted to do this morning was throw down some cereal on the table with some fruit and call it good for breakfast. But, alas Whole 30 calls. And, even though I would LOVE for my kitchen to look like this picture above, here’s how Day One really went down (after I weighed myself and took measurements of course)!

Meals:

Breakfast: 2 Eggs with Sausage (no sugar) and an apple.

Lunch: This was also one of our shopping days, so we ended up being out during lunch time. I found a Smoothie Shop, while the kids ate Subway (their absolutely favorite). I must have stood off to the side of the Smoothie Shop for 5 minutes dissecting their menu to find what would work for Whole 30. I felt ridiculous, but after asking a lot of questions, finally settled on a Mango, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie. It was delicious.

Snack: By the time we got home from shopping, I was already hungry – since of course there was not a lot of protein in the Smoothie. So, I had a Lara Bar and some Pistachios.

Dinner: Taco Salad minus most of the things I like on Taco Salad… made me sad. It was simply lettuce (fresh from the Farmer’s Market), ground turkey, peppers, onions, avocado, and a Whole 30 dressing. Kind of missed the cheese and tortilla chips, but surprisingly, not as much as I thought I would. Let’s give it a couple of days and we’ll see how I’m doing!

In addition to eating Whole 30, we are also tracking our water intake, exercising at least 4 times a week, taking supplements, and using essential oils. As we go through this program, I will share more about all of these, but for now… just to track, here’s what I did:

Water: 135 oz in water

Exercise: Walking 30 minutes

Supplements: For the first 10 days, this is what I will be taking as far as supplements. After the first 10 Days, I will switch the GX Assist for a PB Assist (Probiotic):

Breakfast: GX assist – GI Cleansing Blend – I LOVE this cleanse because it is a super gentle 10 day cleanse, but very effective.

Lunch: 1/2 dose of Lifelong Vitality Supplements (LLV), plus DDR Prime (Essential Oil Cellular Complex Blend) – I can truly say my life would be different if I were not using the LLV. In fact, my oncologist is seeing such a difference in my blood work, that he asked me for the scientific research behind this 3-Pack of supplements so he could study it further. They include:

  1. The Food Nutrient Complex has all the vitamins and minerals my body needs in the appropriate amounts – super important here, along with whole food blends of foods I don’t really enjoy eating (but are SO good for my body), like Kale, Dandelion, Parsley, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, seed extracts, and more.
  2. The Essential Oil Omega Complex is filled with fish oil and friends, mama doesn’t do fish – YUCK!! I was so afraid a couple of years ago when I started these that I would burp up fish oil, but, honestly I have never had a problem with it. I knew the first day I did this, I’d be totally done with these supplements! HA!! This complex also contains 9 different essential oils our bodies use to maintain health, such as Frankincense, Clove, Thyme, Cumin, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, and German Chamomile.
  3. The Cellular Vitality Complex has all kinds of fruit, plant, and seed extracts, like Milk Thistle, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Tumeric, Grape Seed, Ginko Biloba, and much, much more. This blend works at the cellular level to help restore and maintain healthy cells.
  4. And, DDR Prime, though not part of the LLV, has been a great addition for me. This essential oil blend contains Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, Thyme, Summer Savory, Clove, and Niaouli to support healthy cellular response, repair, and regeneration.

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

How am I feeling?

Today, I am excited and feeling empowered. I am hopeful that both my husband and I can stick to this program and see great results. I’m also feeling a little bit hungry and tired! So, off to bed I go!