After finishing my Whole30 the program encourages you to re-introduce some foods back into your diet. Well…..there aren’t that many I was interested in eating again. But one of the things I was interested in was having a few adult beverages on weekends. After much reading I had decided that I would probably have organic cider if I wanted a drink, but I also wanted to see what a beer would do to me. I had one 500ml Pilsner and I was already feeling phlegmy and had a heavy chest before I had finished drinking it. I had one cider the night before and felt fine. The internet was right! Now the title of this entry is Re-Introduction vs Relapse. What I could have done was drop everything on Friday and drink a case of beer. i could have gone out and had an ice cream cone and see if I fell over. I also had two Bavarian Smokies (which contained milk powder). I was fine! I’d decided at the beginning of the Whole30 that I didn’t miss dairy in my coffee (or sugar for that matter) and was not going to start that again. I think the fact that I lost 12 lbs during those 30 days when i had plateaued shows that my body didn’t want those things.
One of the things that changed drastically were my breakfasts. Everyday was either 2 slices of bacon or 2 pork sausages with eggs. This may have perpetuated my cholesterol issues. I have re-introduced the sausages, but only one a day and two per week. Bacon is only a treat once or twice a week. I’d like to see my cholesterol in a month or two…..
I finished my Whole30 on 4/8/2014. I weighed in the morning of 4/9/2014 and was 159.8 pounds. This is about 12 pounds less than the weigh in of 171.8 pounds. While I wasn’t looking necessarily for more weight-loss, I was carrying residual fat on my back, hips and haunch for the last few months of living primal (with the 20% being a beer on weekends, cream and sugar in my coffee). By eliminating my “cheats” and eating 100% “paleo” my body responded by using up the last of my excess body fat. Now for the first time in my life I am dangerously close to having “abs”(at the spry age of 44). Although the most workouts I achieved in a week was 2, they were effective. My arms are getting more defined and growing, my waist is shrinking and I am starting to see definition in my legs (The walks I do monitor add up to about 50 kms a week). We are starting another Whole30 on the back of this one, but I definitely won’t be trying to remember what I ate each day and post it. Once we get these lifestyle changes to be second nature it just won’t be called The Whole30 anymore! I’ll get some “after” photos soon just for fun.
Since starting to eat paleo, and drastically raising my exercise level, I have lost 47 pounds, had my blood pressure go from “high” to actually a little low. I have noticed having far fewer tics with my Tourette Syndrome. My energy levels are remarkably higher. I laid down for a nap yesterday (mostly out of habit and because I had the time) and I just dozed and relaxed. I never actually slept; my body and mind didn’t need it!
While we start another Whole30 our goals are to make the food more interesting, keep moving away from poor habits (wanting “dessert”, eating snacks between meals and eating enough at those meals) and getting more effective exercise other than walking. My goal will be to get 3 workouts a week in and continue to make them more intense.
More to come soon!
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with bell peppers, zucchini and a bit of diced leftover chicken. A coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: Tuna on spinach garden salad
Supper: Beef meatloaf and Brussels sprouts
Second supper: chicken breast and garden salad with white balsamic vinaigrette (at a restaurant)
Mood and Energy: Woke up with a bit of pain that dissipated by early morning
Exercise: walked 7.0 kms.
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with bell peppers and a bit of diced leftover chicken. A coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: Tuna on spinach garden salad, leftover beef stew
Supper: pork loin and steamed cauliflower and carrots
Mood and Energy: Woke up with quite a bit of back pain that i needed to walk off. Pretty cranky thoroughout the day
Exercise: walked 5.9 kms.
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with bell peppers,zucchini and pork chopped sausage. A coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: BLT! No bread obviously
Supper: Ribs with Paleo BBQ Sauce, Nando’s style chicken and mashed cauliflower, carrot and sweet potato
Mood and Energy: Pretty good ’til later in the afternoon. Had a nap around 1630h
Exercise: walked 7.7 kms.
I was very busy today, but i found time to eat right and still get my walks in. I can’t believe it’s been almost a month already. I feel great and have the energy that they’ve talked about in the Whole30 and Primal Blueprint. Looking forward to an active weekend and sleeping in ’til 7!
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with bell peppers and a pork sausage. A coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: pork chops, chicken soup and some raw carrots and celery
Supper: Ground beef in Coconut sauce with sauteed bell peppers, onions and zucchini in tomato paste
Mood and Energy: Good all day. Not really sore from the work out yesterday. Maybe my abs are a little sore.
Exercise: walked 6.7 kms.
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with bell peppers and a pork chop. A coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: pork chops, carrots and green beans and an orange
Supper: Beef stew
Mood and Energy: Great. Another family walk!
Exercise: walked 7.5 kms. 20 intervals of 30 seconds. Biceps, triceps and planking. Moved up from beginner to intermediate planking. Moved up weight for EZ bar curls