I’m doing the Whole30 throughout the month of September, but with few days break in mid-September because of my birthday.
Something I’ve missed here in Sweden is sausage links. Thankfully, I found a good recipe. I’m feeling great even though it’s day one. I’ve never eaten this much vegetables in a day!
She did Whole30 and lost 15kg (34lbs). It’s very impressive! I was curious and read the book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30. My first thought was, “oh no not another diet book like Low carb high fat or Paleo diet” because I don’t believe in diets. Sure, many people have lost weight with the help of such diets, but it can hardly be good in the long run. And how long can you be without rice, pasta and potatoes? My body needs carbohydrates for it to work. I need rice!
Whole30 is about how food plays an important role to our health; obesity and inflammation that lead to other serious illnesses. But also conditions like asthma, allergies, eczema, and other skin disorders. Whole30 explains why it is so difficult to give up certain foods. They are made to be addictive and good. The problems with these foods is that they are super stimulating and lack of nutrition and satiety.
Food from nature is designed to be nutritious. In nature, these signals were designed to lead us to valuable nutrition and survival.
The food we choose should promote a healthy hormonal response in the body. Whole30 food consists of protein as organic meats, poultry, seafood and eggs. Lots of vegetables for carbohydrates and nutritions. Good organic fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, ghee and animal fats. Whole30 is about commitment to eating nutritious food for 30 days. After 30 days you can re-introduce, cautiously, certain types of foods and see how it affects your body.
It’s very hard to live without rice and pasta, but I’ll give it a try. Potatoes are ok to eat, but if you are fat, insulin resistant or not so active, it is preferable to be without. On their site there is a lot of information which foods to eat or avoid, but I think you should read the book first to understand why certain foods are good or not for your body.
Finally I can breathe a little. I panicked there for a while when the weight just rushed up and I couldn’t handle food cravings. I did the 16:8 fasting for 3-4 weeks but stopped because I was so tired in the afternoons and had no energy. Maybe I ate poorly.
The advantage of the fast was great; I had a lot of time over in the morning as breakfast was postponed to noon and my food cravings also decreased. Got rid of a few kilos/pound with that method.
When I finished 16: 8, I ate a little bit healthier and in the evenings I ate swedish “sour milk” (taste like sourly yoghurt) and cornflakes to ease my cravings. When the craving for cookies hit, I took a couple of teaspoons of honey instead, my body was satisfied and did not fuss about it and I managed to lose some more kilos/pounds.
Today I’m starting Whole30, where the emphasis is on eating very healthy food for 30 days straight.
Starting weight 77,9kg (171.7lbs)
Weight lost 2kg (4.4lbs)
I still have cravings at nights but I choose to go to bed rather than eating. Every bite counts. This week I’m switching Danish pastry to pancake. 60g of Danish pastry is about 300 calories and 1 pancake is about 100 calories. I’m saving about 200 calories! It’s doable and I feel satisfied. I don’t know how many calories I eat per day but saving here and there adds up a lot. The secret is switching high calorie food to lower calories food that you enjoy.
Yesterday’s lunch and dinner. I ate some of the noodle soup before I took the picture.
In the past few months I have been gaining weight and my set point weight seems to hover around 75kg (165.3 pounds). The good news is that I have found an amazingly fun and addictive free IPhone app called Striiv. It’s a pedometer with a built-in game and I’ve been using it daily trying to get in 10000 steps a day. I receive energy points and coins by walking that I can use to build stuff on the island to bring back the lost animals. There are steps challenges and quests to encourage you to walk more.
My goal for this week is to skip food high in calories and opt more for clean food. Also, right before bedtime I get these huge cravings that I can’t ignore. So I end up eating a lot of food like, instant noodle soup, cookies, rice and then some more. I tried oatmeal yesterday before I went to bed and I think it works! It wasn’t super tasty so I didn’t overeat and it stopped my cravings too. Plus I lost some weights this morning.