Whole 30 Round 2, Week 2 #W30R2

Wow. Let me be honest – I had a ‘bad’ afternoon on Friday. I put bad in quotes because I’m trying to determine how I felt about the whole situation. I think it was more sad – I was sad on Friday afternoon. Anyway, that led me to a weekend bender of sorts that really wasn’t Whole 30. I’m now officially on the Whole 33. I laugh at that.

Friday I had 2oz of wine and two small pieces of dark chocolate. Now, to some that may not seem like anything, but when I made the commitment to be on the Whole 30 again, I made the commitment. Apparently, my commitment isn’t that strong.

Friday night, no sleep (shocker). Saturday, woke up ready to kill someone (my husband left as soon as he could), post Saturday dinner, had the wine and chocolate.  Sunday, woke up to a horrendous period (might be TMI, might add to the roller coaster I was on this weekend) no booze, just chocolate. It’s now Monday and I’m serious once again.

I’m not going to beat myself up for this. Why? It’s done. I made shitty food choices, I paid dearly for it, and now I’m refocused.

Ultimately – I KNOW I feel better when I don’t eat the shit. I know this. I was emotionally thrown for a loop and I took advantage of it instead of sticking to my guns.  I own it, 100%.

Well, today is a new day. And it’s mine. And I will make positive food choices. And I will sleep better tonight. #W30R2

Whole 30 Round 2 Day 2

Wow, I was SO food satisfied yesterday…here’s my menu:

B: two eggs, stir fry pork (1/4 c), salsa.

-On the pork, I had a one pound package I needed to use so split it between three breakfasts and one salad. Cooked fast in coconut oil on the stove, then in a baggie).

-Salsa, I get mine from Trader Joe’s – no sugar added and SUPER yummy. Always bring a jar to work each week. Good for eggs, good for salad.

Snack: handful of carrots, green grapes, and a few kalamata olives. VERY into the olives this time around. Transportable! That’s what I like.

L: leftover bruised kale salad (made over the weekend: Kale, rinsed sundried tomatoes, olives, spring onion) and pork, homemade dressing (avo oil, olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper)

Snack: nuts, couple of bites of pork

Dinner: Flank steak and green/yellow beans sauteed in butter with salt and pepper, a fruit ‘salad’ (cut up avocado, peach, cherry tomatoes (all colors).

Very good food day. Woke up feeling great!

5 Ways to Rephrase Your Food Choices

Thank you Paleo Diet Lifestyle (http://paleodietlifestyle.com/) folks for emailing me this one. No link to the article, so copied and pasted text. This is great if you are going through the Whole 30 or just making a few food changes in your life.

“Psychological tips to help you stay on track.

We’ve all been there. Standing in front of the pastry case, asking ourselves, “do I really want this cream-filled handmade donut I’ve been craving for a week and can’t stop having incredibly vivid dreams about?”

Yes. Yes, you do. But you also know you shouldn’t actually eat it. This sets you up for a head-on struggle of desire vs. willpower – never a good position to be in, since willpower isn’t nearly as strong as most of us like to think.

Instead of heading down this road, avoid the conflict by rephrasing your question. Instead of asking “do I want this?” (desire vs. willpower), ask yourself…

    • Do I want a stomachache? (or whatever the consequences of eating the food will be). Put the negative consequences in the foreground. Don’t ask “is this worth a stomachache?” – make it even more clear-cut than that. “Do I want a stomachache?” No. OK then. Fork down; walk away.
    • Do I want to break my streak? Chains and patterns are a powerful motivational tool. Just the thought of breaking a however-many day streak of healthy eating can be enough to deter you from even the most tempting junk food. Keep a visual reminder handy of how many days you have under your belt, and challenge yourself not to break it.
    • Would I like a non-food treat? Sometimes, you just need some pleasure in your day. It’s not about the food; it’s about the emotional gratification of doing something nice for yourself. What about a new magazine, a bottle of nail polish, an interesting box of tea, or a CD? A fun novel, a mug, or a desk toy? Distract yourself by thinking about something else you want, and then go get it; that way, your desire and your willpower are both working in the same direction, away from the junk food.
    • How do I feel right now, and why? Are you lonely? Tired? Frustrated? Afraid? All of these emotions are unpleasant to feel; sometimes, we crave junk food as a distraction. Give yourself 10 minutes in a place away from food to write about the feeling, or just sit there and allow yourself to feel it. What can you do to address the real problem? This can be uncomfortable, but you cannot fix the real problem by trying to ignore it. 
  • Will this food help me reach my ________ goals? (fill in the blank with “athletic performance,” “weight loss,” or whatever your goals are). The psychological power of goals is hard to overstate. Don’t ask yourself what you want in the moment; ask yourself what you want for your whole life, and how you can get there.

Asking questions like these is just one tool in your arsenal for defeating junk food cravings. For even more tips and tricks, check out the full article on surviving a rough spot: what to do when the going gets tough, and why.

Whole 30 Round 2!

Well, I’m back on my Whole 30. I knew the summer would be hard diet-wise, but I’m ready! Yesterday was my day one, felt good. Why? Because I prepped EVERYTHING over the weekend for my first week. The only thing I still need to do is make my power bars or my protein blueberry nuggets. Both delicious, perfect snacks. This time around, I want to share with you exactly what I eat and when/how I prepped it so you can get an idea of the planning that goes into something like this.

Yesterday I ate the following:

Breakie: 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of leftover salmon from the night before, half avocado (my GAWD this was delicious; bring a dozen eggs to work each week for breakfast)

Snack: 1/2 cup tuna/egg salad (made Saturday – made a big batch for Dale and I to share during the week)

Lunch: lettuce/brussle sprout salad with tomatoes and cukes, cubed chicken

Snack: banana, a few nuts, slice of meat

Dinner: Tomato/meat sauce and zucchini noodles (made a HUGE potful of the sauce on Saturday)

Other stuff I brought to work with me, so I always have food available for my breakfast, lunch and two snacks: kalamata olives, cut carrots and cauliflour, cooked chicken, several hard boiled eggs (I make 24 each week – Dale’s breakie, my snacks, included in tuna/egg salad, etc); greener bananas, salsa (no sugar), homemade salad dressing, green grapes.

I literally take up a shelf in the fridge at work. Other folks have plenty of room. If I don’t bring these items, I will make poor food choices and I want to set myself up for success.

Onto Day 2! #whole30 #preparation