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I survived my first Whole 30!

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The 30 days are over! Find out what I learned below!

I’ve never actually done the Whole 30 program before. I had done other 21 day “cleanses” (Standard Process 21 Day Cleanse and the Lurong Challenge), but after doing the Whole 30, I realized none of those programs actually 100% eliminated added sugars. Sugar, or as the Whole 30 calls it, your Sugar Dragon, is one of my biggest problems. After reading labels again and being super diligent, I realized one of the reasons why I was addicted; it’s in EVERYTHING! Ketchup, bacon, bread, pasta sauce, sriracha, bbq sauce, almond milk, and more. No wonder I felt addicted to sugar. I was getting a dose of it with everything I ate and drank, causing me to want sugar throughout my entire day. I’m not saying I ate donuts for breakfast, my biggest issues was wanting something sweet after lunch and dinner, during stressful situations, when I felt lonely, when I wanted to feel good, etc. Sugar was my go to comfort and reward treat.

Another difference with the Whole 30 that gave me a light bulb moment was that you aren’t supposed to “recreate desserts”. No other program mentioned this, or I ignored it, but I would just make compliant desserts with gluten free flours and coconut sugar/maple syrup, because it was “compliant”. After reading the Whole 30 book, I realized that recreating compliant desserts wouldn’t actually break my dessert habit, and I’d eventually let those desserts back in after the program ended. Will I never have a dessert again? Fat chance! But, I will once again be more mindful about my choices.

  • More energy—less mid-afternoon crashes

  • Better sleep—waking more rested, and before my alarm

  • Tiger blood—”Days 16-27: Tiger Blood. Goodbye cravings, hello Tiger Blood! This must be what everyone is talking about. You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful. Your energy is through the roof, you’ve kicked the cravings, you’re experimenting with new, delicious food, and you’ve finally got the time to notice that your clothes fit better, your workouts are stronger, and you are generally more awesome.”—YEP!

  • Clearer complexion-less redness and puffiness in my face

  • No bloating—clothes fitting better in my waist

  • Minimal cravings—still an issues with stressful times, but less strong than before and they typically only last 3-5 minutes, then the feeling has passed

  • Saved $—eating veggies and fruits and clean meats is much cheaper than buying boxed/processed foods. No daily lattes from the coffee shops also saved $

  • Reset unhealthy habits—Over the past 1.5 years, I slowly let EVERYTHING back into my diet (I was previously gluten and dairy free). I wanted to celebrate and indulge all the time and got really off track. My thyroid levels went haywire and hopefully at my next blood draw, things will have normalized. I feel like I’ve “tamed” my sugar dragon for now and am excited to keep eating clean again.

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My First Paleo Thanksgiving

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition last year, this was my first gluten/dairy/soy/corn/peanut free Thanksgiving!  What that means? No boxed stuffing, canned cranberry, etc.  Everything will be made from scratch, and I think it will be even better tasting!

I got the smallest organic turkey I could find and planned ahead and found recipes beforehand.  My biggest fear was all of the extra time it would take to prepare freshly made fixings, but isn't that what the holidays are about? Taking the extra time to make a good tasting, healthy meal?  Things made from scratch always taste better, don't they? And they didn't take that long to prepare either!

The biggest changes were dairy free green bean casserole with freshly fried onions, homemade stuffing with gluten free bread, dairy/gluten/soy free pumpkin and apple pies, yams/mashed potatoes with ghee and coconut milk.  We'll see if my guests can taste the difference! 

Here's what I made! (Everything was so delicious, I forgot to take a picture of the fresh green bean casserole!).  Making the fresh mushroom soup with coconut milk was actually super quick and easy!

Freshly fried onions in coconut oil, homemade mushroom soup, gluten free homemade stuffing, organic turkey!

Freshly fried onions in coconut oil, homemade mushroom soup, gluten free homemade stuffing, organic turkey!

This is the one item that I purchased! A vegan apple pie from New Cascadia gluten free bakery in Portland!

This is the one item that I purchased! A vegan apple pie from New Cascadia gluten free bakery in Portland!

*Main image source: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2303832/images/o-PALEO-THANKSGIVING-facebook.jpg
Fresh onions fried in coconut oil!

Fresh onions fried in coconut oil!

Crispy and delicious!

Crispy and delicious!

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