Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Oops, I wasn't meant to eat those things!

Learning the dos and don'ts of Whole30 is proving to be a bit of a tricky business!  I've managed to have corn with every meal today, and had peas at dinner time too.  Ooops.  We live and learn.

Breakfast: chicken and sweetcorn risotto
Lunch: chicken and sweetcorn risotto with salad leaves
Dinner: roast chicken, jacket potatoes, gravy, peas and sweetcorn
Fruit: honeydew melon

The last two days I seem to have done nothing but think about food.  However, there is a very helpful little paragraph on the Whole30 website:
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days
It isn't a trivial thing to do the Whole30.  I've been trying for 2 days, and I messed up on both days.  It happened by accident, not by design, and tomorrow will be a better day.

My guts were in uproar last month, and my energy levels were all over the place.  I want to get to a place where the food I am putting into my body nourishes me properly and doesn't cause problems.  

I've love some chocolate just now.  My body wouldn't.  This month has to be about my body's 'needs', rather than my brain's 'wants'.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Whole 30

July was not a good month for my gastro-intestinal system.    The slightest little thing could set things off.  Whole 30 was suggested as a way to give my innards a bit of a rest, and try to re-set things.  A dietician recommended some rice was added to the standard Whole 30 program.  This is wonderful for me as when my guts start acting up my go-to meal is chicken and vegetable risotto. 

"The Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system."  This is done by removing, for one month, grains, legumes, dairy and processed foods.  I already know that it is these food that are causing me problems.

Most days I am not hungry in the morning and breakfast isn't something that happens.  There was some dairy in last night's dinner, and let's just say my system had a bit of clean out.  This meant I was very hungry this morning.  Many of the suggest breakfasts rely very heavily on eggs.  They are another one of my trigger foods.  Today's breakfast has been sweet potato, onion, leek and bacon.  

Lunch was a couple of gluten-free sausages with a green salad and some home made lemon mayonnaise.

Dinner came in the form of chicken and sweetcorn risotto.