Friday, September 27, 2013

whole 30 // week 2

o1; apple chips! o2; salmon, asparagus, & pineapple o3; almond butter & celery 
o4; "everything leftover" soup 

if you missed week one - you can find it here

i am now on day 12! i do stand by my earlier statement that it's easier than i thought it would be. it felt a little more easy this week because i am more familiar with what i can & can't have. i've been eating some almond butter this week, and i really like it! 

i'm not sure why we didn't eat fish more frequently before because we both love it, but this week we've had it about 3 times. it's so delicious and pretty easy to cook! i also made ginger chicken in the crockpot, and an "everything that's leftover" soup. 

i've continued to feel pretty full & not really desire to snack much at all. i definitely have felt like i have more energy during the day. before whole 30, i would feel tired all day, but then have trouble getting to sleep as well as sleeping at night. i would wake up 3-4 times a night. ever since doing whole 30, i've been able to go to sleep earlier & sleep through the entire night! it's been glorious!

i honestly haven't really missed junk food or sweets. my weakness beforehand was cake pops - i seriously ate way too many of them! but i haven't missed them that much. not saying i won't have an occasional one after whole 30 just for old times sake though! i definitely feel like eating like this is already becoming a habit & i just love how i feel. i'm hoping this will be a lifestyle change & i can keep up the bulk of it after my 30 days are up. i'll introduce some foods back into my diet, but definitely not as frequently and not without being aware of what it is that i'm eating! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

whole 30 // week 1

o1; ginger chicken o2; turkey sausage o3; tilapia, green beans, & apple chips 
o4; salmon, sesame broccoli, & grilled pineapple

I started whole30 on September 16, so this is day 5 for me! I did a "test meal" on the 15th and then decided to just go ahead and start! 

what is whole30
"Cut out all the inflammatory, insulin-spiking, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be provoking. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health." 
"It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life." 

the hardest thing this first week was trying to get enough calories at first... I've never been a huge vegetable person, so finding vegetables that i liked and would eat was an experiment. i even tried beet chips! no one in my family likes beets... and it turns out that beets don't taste any better in chip form! they were just too sweet for me! this next week we are trying zoodles (noodles made out of zuccini) and cauliflower rice! i think these will go over better! :) 

this first week involved a lot of cooking, but i really didn't mind it as much as i thought i would. of course, i'll still swear by my crockpot since i leave my house at 7am every weekday and don't get home til 6:00-6:30. but a lot of the recipes i've found that are whole30 approved really aren't too involved and don't take that long. plus, i did find a handful of crockpot recipes :) 

i was really tired mid week, but i attribute it to the "carb flu" - when your body is used to having carbs & burning them for energy... when you take the carbs away your body gets confused. eventually it will learn to burn fat for energy, but it takes some getting used to. 

i really do think that i ate because i was bored a lot before. i used to keep crackers and other carb-y snacks at my desk so i would eat them throughout the day. a few weeks before i started whole30 i actually quit bringing the snacks to work & i would realize that i didn't need as many snacks as i was eating. i think my stomach just felt hungry because i knew there was food. since starting the whole30 i'm really not hungry inbetween meals & don't feel the need for snacks. i get full quicker too & i think it's because i was eating empty calories before. 

so far, i like it! it's definitely challenging for someone who didn't have great eating habits, and it's definitely a commitment! there's always offers to go out to eat and it's very hard to do whole30 eating out. then there are birthdays where cake is involved. but i really am not missing junk food or sweets at all. the whole30 diet has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to try things that i honestly would not have tried before. it's actually been a little easier than i imagined when i was contemplating starting it - i attribute that to all of the awesome whole30 recipes i found! although, we'll see if i still say that after week 2 :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

real talk // praying for your husband

for the past 31 days i have been doing 31 days of prayer for your husband by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. as a new wife, i knew the most important thing i could do for my husband was to pray for him constantly. i came across this prayer list and thought it was the perfect thing to start our marriage on. these 31 days have covered prayer in every facet of his life and our life together, helped me to have a consistent prayer time for my husband, and helped my perspective on marriage and prayer. 

things i learned:

o1; while i was praying these things for him, i was also praying them for myself - because most of the time i probably needed the prayer just as much!

o2; most of the time, the scripture references or topics each day were exactly what i needed to read or pray about. 

o3; i can pray for my husband even if i'm not happy with him. more than that, i should especially pray for him even when i'm not happy with him... because it helps my heart and my perspective.

o4; praying for my husband and our marriage are the front lines in fighting to guard our marriage from the enemy

o5; one of the verses that stuck out to me the most was Luke 22:46 - and He said to them, "why are you sleeping? rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation." if i would "rise and pray" a lot of the time, i wouldn't be tempted to get angry and stay angry. i wouldn't be tempted to not forgive and become bitter. i wouldn't be tempted to act on my flesh.