Monday, September 21, 2015

Whole 30 Day 17 - Thoughts about foodification

Hi all,
This is Rina. I have been working with Sophia for the past 6 months trying to spread the word about the wonderful Grass Fed Jerky Chews. I have been eating a pretty clean Paleo/Low Carb diet for the past few years, but still decided to jump right in and try the Whole 30. I'll be blogging daily about my experience for the next 30 days.

I started my journey to healthy eating through Medifast. It's funny, my eating transformed.
When I quit smoking 15 years ago, I did not intend to do it. It just happened.
I started Medifast just to support my husband. He ended up not doing it. I did it. Initially I just wanted to lose the weight and then eat whatever I want in moderation. After few months on Medifast, I discovered the online community and through the wonderful people there got into a mindset of health. I got Dr. A's book, Habits of Health and intended to keep his recommended lifestyle. 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, 1/4 plate carbs/starch, preferably whole grain, 1/4 plate protein, 1/2 plate veggies. Medifast meals, or other meal replacement brands for snack on the go, fruit paired with protein.

When I was already at a healthy weight I read Wheat Belly, through one of the recommendations on MF board. I was shocked! I read a little bit more about it -- came across Gary Taubes, then Grain Brain...and only then I heard about Paleo. I really like living without grains. It was hard for me to eat in moderation. Even brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or whole wheat bread and oatmeal. I always wanted to eat more than the measured portion on my plate. Which meant for me, always having to rely on discipline and my will. It works sometimes, but not 100% of the time. 

So I've decided, since I don't miss grains at all, they aren't good for me and it makes life so much easier to just eliminate them from my life. I am not attached to them and already went through withdrawal, so why bother with them? I went through several phases. Breakfast was the most interesting to figure out as lunch and dinner are easy, just eat protein and veggies. Breakfast still was, in my head, a meal that needed grains like oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, waffles.

There are so many recipes out there. Many claim to be healthy; Paleofied and grain-free.
I made many of them. They tasted great, but I could not control my portions. Gradually the weight crept up. Then there where sweets at public events. I allowed myself to have just the cream from the tiramisu. Cravings came immediately. Appetite. Self judgement. Bad mood. Clothes started to fit tight. When I eat protein and veggies, just simple food, my appetite is stable and I feel great. 

In the meanwhile, my day was good. I had my omelette with shredded zucchini and half an avocado. 

For lunch, I had my sloppy joe with cucumber, and snacked on some nuts. Still can't give them up. Drank afternoon decaf coffee with 1tbs of coconut milk. 

For dinner, I had 3 Applegate Chicken Apple patties with roasted tomatoes, eggplant and cauliflower. 

Although the scale is showing the same number, I feel my body shrinking.

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