Friday, September 6, 2013

Some Whole 30 Information

I've been out on the Forums at the Whole 30 site.  Today I saw this...

Snacking is discouraged for the following reasons:
1) Your meals should satisfy you until the next meal
2) Your digestive system needs time to recover in between meals. Without any food to process.
3) Snacking leads to over eating or eating foods with no brakes.  (Food with no breaks is described in the book as food like oreos that are designed to get your neurotransmitters revved so you want/need to go back for more...and more...and more.)

There were also a few comments that mentioned the fact that in weeks 1-3, some (me) ate like there wasn't enough food on the planet for them (me) to get full.  Apparently, THIS IS NORMAL.  Eat when your body tells you you are hungry.  Check in with yourself to be sure you're not bored, or stressed, or emotional but if you're hungry, eat.  I can attest that this wears off as time goes by.  I'm usually not hungry until meal times and even then, not nearly as much as I used to be.

For example, I was late getting home last night.  Everyone was somewhere else and my friend was picking me up in 20 minutes to go do another painting (she's addicted...I go along for the ride) and I had no time to fix anything.  I wasn't that hungry but I knew if I didn't eat something I'd be in trouble later and would be in a position to just go buy anything which usually equates to junk.  So I grabbed one of my trust pieces of chicken (which I shared with the dogs...shhh...we're not supposed to be feeding the dogs people food) and a small handful of nuts.  When I got home I had another small handful of nuts and I was fine.  Better than fine.  I was GREAT.  Go figure.

There's a whole post on "Can I have..." out there.  The bottom line for me is that I'd rather focus on what I CAN have rather than what I CAN'T.  Plus, I'm busy and a little bit stupid where science is concerned so the KISS principle applies when it comes to food (Keep It Simple Stupid).  I'm eating meat prepared with olive oil or baked.  Big salads dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and loaded with cucumbers, olives, peppers, tomatoes, grilled chicken and my "cheat", goat cheese.  Eggs - hard boiled or scrambled.  Meat and whatever vegetable the hubs has cooked for dinner (or put out to be cooked) or another salad (in case they are eating something else).  When I need a snack, during the witching hour or the 4:00 hunger attack, it's fruit or nuts (but I'm being very careful about this as well...I tend to go overboard on the nuts).

But sometimes I weird myself out.  Should I eat this fruit?  Is this creamer really going to ruin everything?  How many nuts was that again?  OMG my goat cheese is DAIRY?  They are going to vote me off the island!

And then I read this, from Robin Strathdee, Whole 9 Director of Communications:

"Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do."

Whew!  That's a relief.  I'm just going to keep on keepin' on...


PS - I just signed up for the Whole 30 Daily which you can read about here.  It's designed for those going through the program for the first time but I wanted to try it for my next go round.  Looks like good stuff.


  1. Day 9 here and I am turning a corner for sure on the tiredness and headaches front!
    Have settled into quite a good routine and have quite a few salads which I can throw together quickly and without too much effort.
    Snacking mmmm....I am still eating a good amount of fruit but don't find it's increasing my sweet cravings any. Nuts, oh Lord! I could so eat those all day and I too have to be super strong with those babies.
    Have ordered the book now so am going to be an expert as so far, I'm loving it. Missing bread and morning cereal has certainly overtaken any other sweet urges I used to have and I see that I CAN exsist quite easily without chocolate speaking to me and I am enjoying the peace!
    I will always be a girl that knows she is full and then has a little more for later!
    I made the Mayo and am loving tuna mayo, caper, black olives wrapped in iceberg lettuce. Friday treat!!

    1. Oh man Carrie - I don't even like mayo and that sounds really, really good.

      I still miss bread (bagels) in the morning. I seem to be very set in my ways when it comes to breafast.

      Maybe "after" this is over, I can have oatmeal in the am. That might help.


  2. You know the other point I meant to make about this diet is that if you are like me and fairly (nearly 6 months!!) new to being sober and struggling with the sugar addict and the "blah" flatness that sometimes comes and pushes pink clouds out of the way...then, this is a great way to pep up your free time with ideas about cooking, looking for new recepies (without getting fat!) sourcing new ingredients, re awakening taste buds. It's really doing that for me and it's taken my mind of the bad case of the "blahs" that I had going on.

  3. This is a great post! I love the part about not over thinking it. I love when you sum it up for me. 😉 We don't have to be perfect to make progress! Progress...not perfection. I'm eating exactly the way you are Sherry. So how do we feel about raisins and banana chips? Lol raisins with nuts is great....the banana chips are so sweet I can see that they could be a problem as far as creating cravings for more sweets.

  4. Thanks for this! I was going to start on sept 9 th but I think I am going to start a day early. Tomorrow will be my last big cheat day for 30 days! N


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