Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whole30 Countdown

If you've been keeping up with me, then you know that I've been planning on doing a Whole30.

(Says the girl who just ate a slutty cheesesteak for dinner.)

(Look.  Life happens.  Cheating happens.  It was insanely delicious.  I don't regret it.)

I've been "mostly Paleo" for the past several weeks.  Stepping up to a Whole30 won't be too much of a change for me, as far as what's forbidden from my diet.  The biggest things I'll have to eliminate from what I'm allowed on Paleo is white potatoes, and maple syrup.  Also, Whole30 discourages you from eating "Paleo-fied" foods, like pancakes, and muffins, and waffles.  Just because the ingredients are Whole30-compliant, does not mean that I should have them.  Their philosophy is that doing a Whole30 should be about trying to break bad food habits.  Are pancakes a bad food habit for me?  Eh.  Not really.  I don't really eat them all that often.  But it's nice to know they are there for a variation in my breakfast rotation.  Removing pancakes and waffles is no big deal, especially since I can't have maple syrup anyway.  (Who wants pancakes without syrup?!)  Really the biggest thing I'm concerned about is - not cheating.

When I say I'm "mostly Paleo", what I mean is that the meals I have culinary control over - the meals I prepare for myself - have been Paleo.  Going out to eat or ordering takeout - obviously I've not been Paleo compliant.  So for my Whole30, my biggest challenge will be a) not cheating in those situations and b) when those situations arise, finding something Whole30 compliant to eat.

I learned some lessons during my month of Paleo.  The biggest thing I learned was that I over-planned.  So I'm not making that mistake this time.  I'm only planning two weeks at a time, which is no more than what I'm doing now.  Let's be honest - if I can get through the first two weeks of a Whole30 without cheating, then I better kick myself in the ass to make it through the last two.

I am planning on starting my Whole30 on March 10th.  This is the day after my 34th birthday.  I will spend the first 30 days of my 34th year completely clean.

I hope.  <3

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Planning for a Whole 30

I know I just posted yesterday, but I'm really inspired by my Paleo results and have been re-motivated and I'm thinking about doing a Whole 30 soon.  Like probably in April.

How is a Whole 30 different from Paleo?  It's basically the strictest form of Paleo possible.  The foundations stay the same - no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no legumes - but, it's a little more strict on the "no sugar" part.  No maple syrup, no honey, no agave nectar, etc.  Now, I had my fair share of pancakes and waffles covered in maple syrup last month, and some assorted baked goods with some honey in them.  But I don't think it should be too tough to cut out that small amount of sugar for a whole month.

Also, when you do a Whole 30, they say you should avoid Paleo-fied versions of non-compliant foods - so that means my pancakes and waffles are out for breakfast.  Which puts me back into a breakfast conundrum for a month.

Of course I could just eat poached eggs with my smoky sweet potato hash every morning for breakfast.  I could, but I don't know that I'd want to.  I could do all-fruit smoothies, but I would need some kind of protein or fat to get me through till lunch.  I will figure something out.

Lunch and dinner won't be a problem.  I can pretty much just keep eating what I've been eating.  I might start to experiment with some salad dressings in the next couple of months to have some rabbit food variety when I do the Whole 30.

So that's the next big thing I'm planning and I'm so excited.  The only thing is - can I go a whole month without cheating?  I learned a lot of lessons last month doing Paleo.  And I think I can apply them to my Whole 30 month and be more successful.

Monday I go back to the gym.  THAT'S IT, IT'S FINAL, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.  I even bought new Asics that are dying to be worn.  I miss the gym.  A lot.  I need to get back on track.  Plus maybe it will help boost my weight loss some more.  :)  That's the plan anyway.