Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whole 30 Day 26 - It's really simple

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.

All this time, I didn't mention that I was following the Whole 30 forum. I didn't post, but I have been reading posts.
http://forum.whole9life.com/ 

When I first started, I read a lot. I looked at Nom Nom Paleo and the Whole 30 Forum as I wanted to learn from others. But now when I am almost nearing the end of 30 days, I realize there's nothing to it. It's just really simple eating. I don't need to make it complicated. All I need to do is eat real food. I don't need recipes, shopping lists, approved items. Once you absorb the program guidelines, they become second nature.

I realized I'd rather spend money on Grass Fed Jerky Chews than on buying nuts, nut butters, different oils, bars and foods with LABELS that say Paleo or WHATEVER marketing jargon that's to persuade you to try overly processed options that don't remotely resemble real food.

With Grass Fed Jerky Chews the label is SUPER simple. My favorite Original flavor has only 3 ingredients, and made sans sugar and soy! That's unheard of and probably cannot be found in that many stores.

I am not saying it because I am biased. I just fell in love with the product. Initially I ordered few bags just so I had something with me for a long flight, but with time I grew to love it more and more.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Whole 30 Day 25 - Still working on forming new habits.....

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 am finding the sliders very filling. But to my disappointment my kids don't like them.
So I had to cook something else today just so the young generation is fed.

I made chicken breasts in a slow cooker as I was feeling rather lazy after all that frying yesterday. I seasoned meat with salt, put in slow cooker with Imagine chicken broth and homemade BBQ sauce (recipe from It Starts With Food or Nom Nom Paleo) and cooked on high for about 8.5-9 hours. Then I just shredded using 2 forks. It is yummy. My new favorite.


I also have this recipe that I intend to make some other day http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/poultry/best-bbq-crock-pot-chicken/ 


I also read the book, Fit2Fat2Fit by Drew Manning. Got this little book on buck book sale a while back and only got to it now. It was a quick read. This guy, a health and fitness nut and personal trainer did an experiment for a year. He decided to take 6 months to stop exercising and eat a Standard American diet, then 6 month to get back into shape. He gained 75lbs. 

One of the key takes from his book (and weight loss registry) is that you need a supporting community in order to successfully drop weight and maintain. It really resonates with me. When I was on Medifast I did really well when I blogged daily and participated in online discussions on the MF board. Supporting others and getting support from others was a life-saver for me. I knew I wasn't alone. Somehow I didn't get this feeling when I was on Weight Watchers back in 2007. 

Another key point from this little book is that you do need a certain amount of discipline and dedication. Only one meal at a time. One choice at a time. Not even a day. Just this minute. This step. 
I knew it already from working with coach -- training for a 5k two years ago. I only need to make the right choice at this minute. Not think far into the future.

And it feels great! Looking back is rewarding but looking ahead is daunting and discouraging.

Whole 30 Day 24 - Nothing new other than Sophia's chicken/beef sliders recipe

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 don't know how I forgot the sliders recipe. When Sophia posted it back in June, I was making it every week. But during the last few hot weeks, I didn't feel like frying or even turning on the oven. Now I suddenly remembered the recipe and made a huge batch of these tasty meat sliders. They are super filling and are a great on-the-go food. I can take few of them in a box with me and I don't need to refrigerate or heat them. I can probably throw in some shredded zucchini in there too....

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Whole 30 Day 23 - Slight slip but generally getting better

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.

Time really flies! This is totally doable as a way of life. I still haven't decided if I will eat dairy after I finish The Whole 30. Should I go back to my Fage 2% or full fat with 1oz nuts for breakfast? Should I do it twice a week or only once? I am not tired of eggs for breakfast but it might get boring after a while. I think this eating plan is ok for me. I will give it a try in a week and see how I feel. I think that once a week will not be problematic for me. 

As I mentioned yesterday, I slipped with pistachios after my breakfast. I was listening to a book on tape and just let myself have a handful of pistachios that somehow grew into two handfuls and then few more. 


I know that it was wrong. They looked at me from the shelf. I should have just closed the door. I shouldn't have looked on that shelf to begin with. I should have just left the kitchen. Looking back, it seems like self sabotage. I would have been better off going out for a walk. 
Which is another thing I really want to focus on. Daily walks. I am completely sedentary. I really need to move. It is not good for my health in any way. I am not aiming currently at running again or even getting back to T-Tapp or Callanetics or even dance workout. My excuse for quitting every workout is boredom. 

After I slipped with pistachios, I had my beef sloppy joe for lunch. 


I had my afternoon decaf coffee without coconut milk and was fine. 

By dinner time, around 7 I was ready to eat but not famished. I had a hard boiled egg, with persian cucumber and yellow bell pepper, 4 Applegate Apple chicken sausages. I was still a little hungry (well, I am not sure if it was hunger or wanting some more food) so I had 1oz of beef jerky (I really like Grass Fed Jerky Chews!) and called it a night with a cup of herbal tea. 

Yes I realize that new habits take time to establish. I am committed and am in the mindset of changing. I think that I always had this pattern of realizing a damaging habit, wanting to change it, making the change few times or just once and then slipping. I have learned that it is normal. A couple years ago I read this book The Power of Habit http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/ and the author does say that people always slip. It is a game of few steps forward few steps back. You want more steps forward than back, and with time the backward steps become less and less. 


I have never been good at setting goals and sticking to them. I actually do much worse when I set goals. But what works for me is just having a mindset. I also like to be different. So if I see others doing the same thing, it motivates me to stop doing it..... ;-) I like to be different. 


So here it is. Everybody snacks. I don't want to do it. ;-) 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Whole 30 Day 22 - changing snacking mentality

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 was determined and did not snack all day even though I did want to, not out of hunger. Yesterday I had my breakfast around 11 am and knew I wouldn't be hungry for a while. I considered intermittent fasting till dinner. But around 3-4 pm I did not hold up. My head gave in. I settled for a handful of nuts for my lunch. 

Now, in retrospect, it seems like bad logic. It is part of old brain, old bad habit. I don't expect it to go away or change in a day. But I am working on it.

Dinner yesterday was beef sloppy joe with lettuce and Israeli salad. Did not snack at night. 
Today though, I ate pistachios after breakfast. It is like I am rebelling, sensing that I am about to change. But I am determined. It feels better to just eat 3 meals a day. 


No more snacking today.

Whole 30 Day 21 - Thoughts about weight loss

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 the day with 2 eggs and mushrooms cooked in ghee, and half of small avocado. 

I also cooked 6 hard boiled eggs. Just to have something handy for everybody around here.

I always have a bag of Grass Fed Jerky Chews on hand; in my purse for emergency.

I am not losing weight. Am I eating too much? I am thinking about food too much and yet I am eating a healthy diet. Perhaps my body is just recovering from years of bad eating and bad nutrition?

All I need to do is set some eating boundaries, stop snacking (especially nuts), reduce my meal size, no more eating while watching TV or in front of computer. 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Whole 30 Day 20 - Refuse to Regain thoughts

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.

By now I already have the hang of it. I am feeling great, have no cravings and am not really missing anything. Not even dairy or my Fage Greek yogurt that I got used to eating for breakfast on the go. I am not missing the Heavy Whipping Cream in my afternoon coffee. I am not missing the little cream cheese I was eating nor the hard mozzarella cheese. I think I will stay away from them even after I complete Whole 30. It saves money, shortens my shopping list, creates more space in my fridge, eliminates foodification and focus on food. It boils down to - when I have the variety, I eat it. So if I am happy without it, why bother? 
Same logic worked for me with regards to grains. I am enjoying coconut milk in my coffee, so why bother with heavy whipping cream? 

I went back to Barbara Berkeley and the book Refuse to Regain. Chapter 7 was very interesting for me and I read it several times. I like the term S foods (S = sugar, starch). She is basically saying that even whole wheat/grain foods are not real foods as they have been grinded and not in their natural form and it is much better to eat the food in it's natural form (like veggies or meat). Also, they eventually translate into sugar in blood. 

What really resonated with me is her saying, "Experimentation often leads to maintenance disaster because, whatever its source, we can't seem to say no to food that is starchy or sweet." 

This is what basically happened to me gradually during these past 2 years and 15-17lbs. 

She says that S foods are newcomers to the human diet and thus are not essential. I tend to agree. 


I really enjoyed her short review of how our world became so super sweet. It is a short history on how sugar entered into our society and became such a huge industry. Even though I know these things, it was still a good reinforcement to read it again in her language. 

This morning I cooked 2 eggs in 1 tbs ghee with shredded zucchini and mushrooms and 2 Applegate chicken sage sausages. I forgot and didn't need the avocado. Since I was thinking about food while not keeping busy, I had a handful of almonds while watching the figure skating nationals (kids from our rink are competing now). This is something I need to address and change. 


I need a new strategy for dealing with just wanting to eat. I am not hungry, not at all. Yet I allowed myself to eat nuts. 


For lunch, I plan to have the bison sloppy joe I made yesterday with lettuce, cucumber and bell pepper. It is almost noon, I am not hungry and since I just had some nuts, I shouldn't be hungry for a while. I don't want to eat just because it is lunch time. Of course I will need to feed my kids since they are off school. 


I still haven't figured out what to have for dinner. I have leftovers of what I had for lunch and might just eat that. 

I need to lower my food intake if i want to lose weight. Interestingly, I lose weight without effort and tend to eat less when I am busy, moving and active. I've got to change my focus from food to just getting out of the house and stay busy. Gosh, it is hard to be a stay-at-home mom!!!! There are other challenges when both parents are working, but staying home does not come without it's own challenges. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Whole 30 Day 19 - I am a creature of habit

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.

Breakfast - 3 egg omelette for breakfast with a tomato cooked in ghee. 

Lunch - tuna salad, as I didn't have anything ready. It is a fast and easy option. 1 can of tuna in water, 1 hard boiled egg if I have one on hand, heart of palm, pickle, home made mayo (finally finished my first batch). 


I am still set on Pavlovian schedule and had some nuts in the afternoon. I am going to focus on changing this mentality. I think that perhaps my knee jerk mindset for snacking in the afternoon is keeping me in this state of having just something in the afternoon.  


Since I was eating much less fat and protein on Medifast (MF) meal planI am afraid that I got used to eating 6 times a day. Now that I eat more fat and protein, I don't need to eat anything between breakfast and lunch, I can't, I am so full after my eggs cooked in ghee and if I eat 1/2 avocado too that keeps me satiated for hours. Lunch is different for some reason. In my mind I have to have something between lunch and dinner, and many times after dinner.

MF mentality. I think that with lunch, I might not have enough fat and/or protein and perhaps I eat too fast. I will start to eat more slowly and see how that works for me.  I am also a creature of habit in the evening. My husband snacks a lot after dinner and it totally triggers me sometimes. I need to create new habits and be conscious. I will work on it and hope to change this habit.

As for dinner yesterday, I made sloppy joe from ground bison. I think I already posted this recipe but just in case you missed it:  

http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/sloppy-joes-and-manwich-facts/

I did not use Swerve or Stevia, instead I used about a tbs of organic unsweetened apple sauce. I also added Cacao Nibs. 


I ate it in lettuce leaves. Really tasty! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Whole 30 Day 18 - Paleofication no thank you

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.

Few months ago I realized that all the wonderful Paleo recipes are healthier than the flour ones, but they are all still problematic. At least for me. They might be working for all these wonderful bloggers like Elana's Pantry, Practical Paleo, The Paleo Mom, The Paleo Parents and so on. However, for me, a stay-at-home mom with little time and a family that doesn't want to give up grains and hates the smell of coconut oil, who doesn't exercise and prefers simple and fast food with as little cleaning as possible... cooking like this doesn't work.

I realized that seeing all these recipes in my inbox and FB feed just kept me in an unhealthy food centric mode.
I unsubscribed from ALL the blogs and FB feeds. I cook the same things anyway and enjoy them. I have a good variety and have no complaints. When I want something new, I go to these blogs and search for recipes. It works much better for me. 

Now I really want to figure out how to drop the 15-17 lbs I gained during all the foodification.
I think the key for me would be to get busy. I need to change my focus from food to life. 
I think I got the grip with food. I can and will live like this. No tiramisu is more important than sticking to my healthy weight and not having cravings. I do not need or want any sweets. I am not feeling deprived. I am happy with my Grass Fed Jerky Chews, Thank You!

I learned that I love many healthy foods, like almond butter for example, but I do not feel satisfied after eating just one or two tbs. I don't know how many I need to feel full, but why bother? I would rather chew the almonds. For me, almond butter is foodification. Why is it a Paleo food? Wouldn't our ancestors just eat almonds? It is also cheaper. Why work and make the butter? It's only needed for my kids who have braces or people who cannot chew/bite. 
So I am not going there any more. 

I came across this article/video today, a talk by Michael Pollan, and really got thinking about how important it is to make food myself. It is something I already knew, but just now it is a bit more clear.


As to my eating today, it has been again omelette for breakfast. For lunch, I was at a Bat Mizvah and took just a tbs of tuna salad, few slices of cucumber, few capers, blueberries and a strawberry. I came home a little hungry but not terribly and finished my sloppy joe. 

I have this new habit, it seems like after I finish my lunch I am not satisfied. I am not even sure if it is psychological or physical. I just want something more. Where does this emptiness come from? My guess is it comes from not eating enough real food. So I will just eat more meat. 

It is evening, I had a hard boiled egg and Applegate chicken sausage. I still want something to eat but not sure if I am hungry. Am fixing myself chai and will add coconut milk to end the day satisfied. 

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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Whole 30 Day 16 - Uneventful routine day

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.

Another day has gone by. Not very eventful.

I am half way through the program. I can feel my pants getting more comfortable, but more important is that I'm feeling good and positive. 

Made yummy Sloppy Joes today, added cocoa nibs for more flavor.
I really like Maria Emmerich's recipes, here's a great one.
http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/sloppy-joes/

Made dinner with a side salad of my favorites: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers.

I got into a routine and I am not very bothered with food anymore.

But if I do want to explore some Whole 30 options, I will go and check out Nom Nom Paleo
http://nomnompaleo.com/post/42057515329/the-round-up-30-days-of-whole30-recipes 
Plenty of options there. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Whole 30 Day 15 - Thoughts on eating healthy on an ongoing basis

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.

When I started writing this blog, I wanted to log in my daily intake. But after 2 weeks I realized that it's pretty boring as I eat pretty similar foods every day, especially breakfast is one or another variety of eggs and veggies.

So instead of listing my food choices for the day, which were pretty similar to yesterday, I will focus today on the social eating aspect. I believe that a big part of over eating and food choices come from our environment.

It can be challenging to keep making good food choices when you are constantly facing temptations. Over the years, I have been on different food templates and I was always able to follow some rules, but only for a limited time. Even after I lost some 60lbs and managed to stay away from everything but meal replacement food, low carb veggies and protein, I was sure I would never be tempted again. Boy, was I wrong. 

Even though I thought "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" when I was looking at that Tiramisu, ice cream, and even recently strawberries at the farmers market, my old brain kicked in. Excuses followed. It's only once, I have to live. I don't want to deprive myself. I will not gain weight from only one time.

But somehow, only one time, ends up in several one times. I lost track. It wasn't a complete disaster, I am still healthy and at healthy weight, but only because I didn't let it spiral down more and probably because I am already following a wholesome Paleo eating template.

So here's what I've learned. No excuses. There's no reward in food. I do not deserve a cake or ice cream. I do not choose it.

When I eat enough meat at my meal, I am full, happy and nothing tempts me. If I am looking at something I know isn't good for me and entertaining the though of having it, it means I didn't eat enough real food.

Here's a suggestion for some real food recipes that can help you at a social gathering. If you bring it with you to share, you will be able to eat something real, as probably all the other choices will not be so great. Or perhaps you're better off just eating a good hearty meal at home?

http://whole30.com/2015/09/tailgating-1/

Friday, September 18, 2015

Whole 30 Day 14 - Exploring snacks

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 was busy all morning, so had my usual eggs with avocado and veggies at noon.  Had some raspberries. Snacked a bit during the day on some nuts, coconut butter and coconut flakes, had tea with almond milk. 

For dinner, leftover chicken, steamed cauliflower and broccoli with my fresh made BBQ sauce (made a new batch quickly yesterday for dinner).

I am feeling pretty good. This is totally sustainable way of living for me. I am not missing anything. Chocolate is not included in Whole 30, but once I finish the 30 days, I will try 100% chocolate. Not the one used for baking, it is very bitter. Here are a few brands I have tried before going on the program, and since they are not sweet, I tend to eat just a square or 2 to satisfy my chocolate craving. 


Francois Pralus Le 100% Criollo, The Grenada Chocolate and Domori. The last one is not my favorite but the first two are great. The only problem is that they are pricey! Nearly $10 each!

My favorite treat is beef jerky from Sophia's Survival Food



I wish I was not on the run so much.... :-) but that's how life is these days. 

Before I started the Whole 30, my most common snack on the go was Quest bar, they were convenient and cheaper, but seems like I am doing much better without them. No acne and cravings. I think that after I complete Whole 30, I will not go back to them and just stick with Grass Fed Jerky Chews. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Whole 30 Day 13 - Nutritional self education

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 am feeling pretty good today.

Watched some good lectures on YouTube on The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate living. A short lecture by Dr. Stephen Pinney was really useful and practical http://youtu.be/2KYYnEAYCGk and another lecture by Jimmy Moore, who talked frankly about his own weight gain and common mistakes while on Low Carb.
It's a long lecture and I am watching it in segments http://youtu.be/sXbV0gxRfPo

I had my two eggs with avocado and cucumber for breakfast, but then I made a mistake and let myself scarf down almonds with cashews. I didn't measure. I think it was around 2-3 oz of nuts. No more nuts for me. I have to get myself busy and out of the house. 

I am pretty full though, from all those nuts. Skipped lunch. Was pretty full till 7 pm. 

Had chicken strips cooked in coconut aminos and spiced with some salt & pepper and leftover steamed broccoli with zucchini cooked in tomato paste, mushrooms and greens. Left me feeling full. 

I was very thirsty all afternoon and am still pretty thirsty. Drinking PLENTY of water.

One more day. I am not missing dairy at all.

Note to self - need to eliminate nuts. They are a trigger food and thus dangerous for me. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Whole 30 day 12 - Winging it in a social setting

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 knew I would be out all morning and didn't have time for my morning eggs, so I prepared chia pudding the night before. Chia seeds, almond milk, coconut milk, cocoa powder and almond extract.

It was ok. Not my favorite due to taste and the fact that it isn't really filling for me. 

Got a last minute surprise invite for lunch with family friends, so had to improvise. Stopped at Trader Joe's and bought some hard boiled eggs. Ate 2 right away so I am not famished by the time we actually sit down to eat. 

Hostess tried to push grains, but I told her I don't eat grains and wheat because I am allergic. She still tried to push just a tiny bit. I insisted and stayed away from grains. I am glad I am not that easily tempted or else it would be really hard to resist. In the past, rice and Lavash bread would lead me to a tiny taste and then just a little bit more until I was stuffed. Since I have been grain free several years now, it is like second nature to me. I am not even considering the option!



Luckily for me, they had cabbage salad, fish and veggies. I am sure salad dressing wasn't totally Whole30, but I couldn't do much about it and didn't want to offend my hosts. I am also not sure about their marinade for fish, but still I had it and felt good. I had tons of tea for dessert :-) while the kids and adults stuffed their faces with chocolate, meringue and melon.

At home, I was not super hungry for a while. I did have some coconut butter just because I wanted something, sauerkraut and chicken Apple sausage later on. 

More tea and that was my day.

One more day down in the books.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Whole 30 Day 11 - Finally a good day!

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.

The day started on a positive note. The scale showed I am down 0.8lbs.....

I am guessing yesterday was probably some water retention and/or hormones. Who knows?
I did eat a lot yesterday and had more fat than I would eat on any normal day. Not sure how this thing works. I would really love to understand my body better.

I am probably stressing too much about my weight and food.

I will not describe my food choices today as I had my regular food, eggs with veggies for breakfast and whatever leftovers I found in the fridge.

I had a lot of energy today. Perhaps having more fat was after all good for me?

Even the mainstream medical and government guidelines have finally recognized the fact that fat is not our enemy. In the past decade, only alternative practitioners advocated the benefits of fat. I am really glad that the message is finally coming through to mainstream.

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-8-reasons-not-to-fear-saturated-fats/

Whole 30 Day 10 - Another challenging day

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.

Breakfast was my usual 3 egg omelette with mushrooms and avocado in ghee. Yummy and satisfying.

I went to get my car serviced and during that time walked. About an hour and a half. It was a good walk. 

For lunch I had leftover ground bison and kelp noodles with broccoli slaw. I warmed up a portion but didn't feel full and finished the remaining small portion I had left. I still wanted to eat so I had a tsp coconut butter and Jerky Chews. Determined to stay away from nuts today. I feel much better when I eat jerky. 

I was feeling empty all day. Did not feel satiated other than after breakfast. Had half jicama and a hard boiled egg in the afternoon.

For dinner I warmed up Costco grilled chicken with greens, mushrooms and zucchini.
Still not happy.

Why am I feeling 'empty'?  I am not sure how to deal with it. Should I have extra fat? Protein? Should I have extra sodium? Broth? Pickle? Sour Kraut?

Being lost in this line of thought I turned to one of my favorite authors Dr. Barbara Berkeley. In her book Refuse To Regain, which I read after dropping about 60 lbs few years ago (using meal replacement diet Medifast, which worked for me but I wouldn't do it again as it is all processed food), I re-read her teaching on hunger and hunger cues.

http://www.refusetoregain.com/2009/06/dont-get-me-started.html

It takes a while to re-train your body and psyche to form a different relationship with food. It is a work in progress. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Whole 30 Day 9 - Having a 'blah" day

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 am not having a good day.

I am at home a lot. When I am home, I am not active and I keep thinking about food and often want to eat. The best weight loss for me has always been keeping busy.

Even though I have been keeping all my foods Whole30 compliant, wholesome and healthy, I am still eating too much. I am not losing weight, but I am not gaining either.

I think I am near that time of the month, bad mood and wanting to eat are my clues, if I get snappy and irritated it will be a really bad month....

I started the day off on a good note though.

Breakfast - I made hash using jicama and another one using zucchini.

Grated 1/2 jicama, salt, pepper and one egg in approximately 1tsp of ghee,
Grated one zucchini with 2 eggs and another tsp of ghee.

It was pretty good although next time I need more spices. It was a bit bland. 


Lunch - ground bison with kelp noodles and broccoli slaw (Nom Nom Paleo recipe) then I was still obsessing about food so I had leftover cabbage and 3 strips of anchovies.

In the afternoon, I munched a little ~ under 1oz of macadamia nuts.

Dinner - I had a can of tuna with 1 hard boiled egg, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 cucumber and tsp of homemade mayo. I am not hungry now although I would 'treat' myself to something.....but I won't. I will drink herbal tea and call it a night.

Whole 30 Day 8 - Chia seeds

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. 

Today I had chia pudding for breakfast. It is very easy to make.

I soaked chia seeds the night before in coconut milk. It was my first time preparing chia seeds. Turned out it was not very filling. It isn't my favorite. 

For lunch I had 2 chicken drumsticks with soup for lunch and was still hungry so I ate seasnax with 1/2 avocado. 

Around 4 I was still hungry, so had 4 links of Applegate chicken apple sausage. I still wanted to eat but didn't have time. 

Dinner -  I am making ground bison with kelp noodles and babaganush (eggplant with tahini, recipe from Wellfed). 

BabaGhanoush


I feel my pants getting roomier. 

My acne has cleared (I suffer from hormonal acne on my chin). I am suspecting Quest bars or perhaps the whey protein specifically in causing my acne/breakouts few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see how my body will respond to heavy whipping cream, Greek yogurt, cream cheese and mozzarella after I complete the Whole 30. I wonder if and how dairy affects me. I suspect that Quest bar is probably OK for me once or twice a week, but not daily. I sure like those quest bars, I like eating them slowly in small bites and they keep me quite full while satisfying my sweet tooth. 

I am experiencing more energy. I am not as tired in the evenings but am still finding it hard to wake up in the morning.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Whole 30 - Day 7 - Wanting to lose weight

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 am down 0.4 lbs today. I would really like to lose some weight while doing the Whole 30, and that's why I am staying away from fruit and the higher carb veggies.

I am very happy with my food choices (other than the fast food yesterday in SF mall).
I know I want and need to move more to get my metabolism going and appetite down. 

I am trying to track my food using MFP, but I am not consistent as I forget to log and I am not sure about measuring. So far I am getting 8% carbs (25g) 58% fat (78g) and 34% (103g) protein. 

It is really hard to tweak my food as I am not a disciplined person and do not log my food religiously. It is easy to log packaged food, but homemade recipes are more challenging. I need to enter them in the system first. 

Breakfast - 2 eggs, 2 Applegate Chicken Apple sausages, 2 ends of zucchini left from yesterday's spiralizing, 1/2 cup, cherry tomatoes, 1tsp BBQ sauce made in 1tsp ghee. 

Since I am out of food and need to cook for the week, I already defrosted chicken drumsticks. I pulled skin off and put them in the slow cooker in the morning with modified Nom Nom Paleo inspired spices. I put them in the slow cooker with 1/3 onion, salt, pepper, coriander, paprika and ginger. 2 tbs of my homemade BBQ sauce, 3 tbs coconut aminos, poured over chicken and on for 4.5 hours on low.

I will make baked cauliflower in the evening. Cut a head of cauliflower, lay on baking sheet with few unpeeled garlic cloves, some salt and extra virgin olive oil. Bake at 365 for 45 min. This is everyone's favorite recipe.  

Need to make another batch of BBQ sauce as I almost finished the batch I made last week. 

Dinner - One more day passed. I am not a great chef, nor am I super creative, so I had the same foods today as I had in the past 6 days.

Eggs. Zucchini. Mushrooms. Greens. Israeli salad, avocado, canned tuna and homemade mayo.

As you can see I keep it really simple. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Whole 30 Day 6 - Mistakes are a learning opportunity

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. 

Breakfast - 3 eggs in ghee, 1/2 avocado, leftover tiny portion of green beans and asparagus. I was pretty full for a while.

We went to the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. I was itching to walk and move. Did a lot of walking. My family got tired of the museum around 3pm and they were hungry. While I chewed on 1/2 oz macadamia nuts and a  handful of coconut flakes, everyone else was munching on granola bars, sandwiches and fruit. My family is completely not into Paleo, they are carb junkies and still eat processed food, even though I try to limit the quantity and quality of this food. 

We went to the mall and ate at the food court. While the kids munched on noodles and chicken, I had BBQ chicken and broccoli. 

It was ok, but I am sure their BBQ sauce was full of crap. I did not feel full like I do after a home meal. I also think that the protein portion was too small for me.

I learned during the past week and most of all the past 2 years of weight loss and health gain journey, that I feel best when I move.  When I walk/jog/run/exercise, I don't have appetite/binges/cravings. I feel great and I make naturally good food choices. It took me a long time to understand something trivial and simple. I had to experience it several times, make many mistakes and recover in order to learn. 

Dinner - I still had no food at home, so I quickly sautéed mushrooms, zucchini noodles and dried tomatoes in olive oil and tomato paste. For protein, I quickly defrosted Trader Joe's grass fed beef hamburger in a little coconut oil.
I was still thinking about food, and although not feeling hungry, I wanted to have something, so I had herbal tea. 

Another day passed without much planning. Still sticking to the While 30!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Whole 30 Day 5 - Walking

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 am not hungry this morning, but am feeling heavy and the scale shows I gained a little weight. But I can tell it isn't related just to food, it's probably mostly hormonal. 

So my breakfast was a 3 egg omelette, 1/2 avocado, 3oz mushrooms and in the end I was missing some color....:-) so I added 1 tbs of my BBQ sauce. Yum. 


I made sure I have a good walk today for about an hour as I knew it will help me feel better. My FitBit tracker showed 10K steps by the end of the day. 

Since I didn't have any food ready, I quickly assembled tuna salad with tomato, cucumber, heart of palm, artichoke, water canned tuna, red and orange bell peppers, 2 pickle spears (Whole 30 compliant) and my homemade mayo. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whole 30 Day 4 - Eating clean on the go

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. 

Breakfast - 3 eggs, zucchini, mushrooms, greens, tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes.

Lunch - Since I was out at the mall with my family, I had to improvise. I chose the least bad option from whatever was available at the food court. I chose a salad bar with the following: mixed greens, red pepper, mushrooms, cucumber, jicama, grilled chicken breast, olive oil and lemon juice.

After I finished my salad, I was still hungry, probably because the chicken portion was too small for me. 

Afternoon - decaf coffee with 1 tsp coconut milk, 1 oz macadamia nuts and coconut flakes.

Dinner - still leftovers of Nom Nom chicken, with BBQ sauce, Israeli salad, coleslaw and green beans and 1/2 broiled eggplant.

Evening - 1 big cup of chicken broth (Whole 30 approved Imagine brand).

It was an uneventful day and I am glad I was able to choose a decent food option at the mall. I learned that I need to ask for extra meat when eating out.

 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Whole 30 Day 3 - Preoccupation with food

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 was tired today and obsessed about food way too much. 

Breakfast - 2 eggs, zucchini, mushrooms, greens mix sautéed in ghee. 

Lunch - leftover chicken (still same Nom Nom Paleo recipe batch I prepared on day 1) with my homemade BBQ sauce, zucchini in tomato sauce, broiled eggplant. 


Since I was so obsessed with food I also polished Seasnax seaweed, 1oz (hopefully) macadamia nuts, and coconut flakes. and 1oz Grass Fed Jerky Chews which are my go to snack whenever I think about food. 



In the afternoon, I had my decaf coffee with 1 tsp unsweetened coconut milk.

Dinner - can of tuna in water and salad (I call it Israeli salad but it is also called Shirazi salad, It's basically small cut tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, red and orange bell peppers, mixed greens, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper). I added 1 tbs of my previously homemade mayo for a final touch.

It wasn't a good day for me; I was feeling lethargic. I am just happy I didn't reach out for anything sweet.   

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Whole 30 - Day 2 - more food and loving my homemade condiments

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. 

So far I am doing great.

Breakfast - had pretty much the same as yesterday just with 2 chicken sausages.

Lunch - having chicken from yesterday (Nom Nom Paleo crispy smashed chicken), green beans leftover from two days ago (frozen green beans sautéed in ghee with salt & garlic) and Nom Nom Paleo broiled zucchini. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4739682522/broiled-zucchini-or-eggplant
I ate everything with my lovely BBQ sauce. Yum!
Made the eggplant yesterday and my husband fell in love with it :-). It's really simple and easy to make.

Still not sure what I will have for dinner, perhaps tuna salad, so I used up that new batch of extremely olive oily mayonnaise I whipped up yesterday.

As you can see, I am enjoying trying out new recipes and so far am discovering the joy of preparing my own condiments at home. I have always bought my mayo from the store, so I am really happy I plunged into this Whole 30 experiment, as home made mayo and bbq sauce (it's more like ketchup actually) are really better.