So, I’ve been faced with my age… a lot … lately. Not even in a blatant, in your face way, but still. I’ve had a few people comment about how we’re aging. I have high school students graduating this year who were born the year I graduated from high school. Just being faced with my age… and then, there’s my weight issues.
I’ve been pretty open about my struggles with weight. Since I was a child actually. I’ve always been chunky but after sports ended for me with injury… well, it just plain got out of control. Enter yo yo dieting for the next 15 years and you have me here. About 80 lbs heavier than I should be and in a true love / hate relationship with food. I’m really a food addict. Everything I read about food addiction, addiction in general, tells me that I’m a food addict. And addiction is a addiction… food, alcohol, drugs, exercise… it is all one in the same … and my addiction has effected my health… my self esteem … my life. From what I understand, the key to addiction is that it’s a true chemical issue in the brain… it’s an imbalance that my head has… yes, and total lack of self control… but over time, my brain has gotten sick and my brain feels the need to gorge and overeat to give me comfort… something about that full feeling… the taste of chocolate that makes me feel like it’s all going to be ok. I can’t explain it. This may sound totally crazy to you… but there it is.
SO, with that said – it was time to try and reset the receptors in my brain which craved the sugar, the chocolate, the full feeling and make my mind shift from food for comfort to food for fuel.
In comes Whole30. Not only do I feel this is a great way to reset my brain receptors… but it also is a really healthy way of eating. Not only could it reset my brain / addicted receptors… but it can heal my body in so many ways.
For more info on what Whole30 is – go here (www.whole9life.com). The basics are 1. paleo on steroids. 2. no grains, no legumes, no processed food, no dairy, no sugar. Limited fruit, lots of veggies. Tree nuts galore and lean meats.
I’m on Day 8 here in the House of Stone. 9 lbs lost and a bunch more energy. Several people have asked what we’re eating these days (and btw, John is also doing it… though he’s a bit over it right now).
Here’s the quick breakdown:
Breakfast – eggs, bacon, protein shake
Lunch -leftovers from dinner, salads
Dinner - this is where i’m a bit obsessed… see below
Snacks – homemade granola, oranges, protein balls, boiled eggs, homemade trailmix
Now for the specifics…
I’m a foodie. I really am obsessed with all things food – so in that I’ve taken this step to not feed the addiction by eating the food … I’ve kindof fed the “foodie” part of me by searching for recipes. And I’ve found them! I love the websites http://www.paleomg.com and http://www.fastpaleo.com (which has an ipad app) and http://www.realfoodfreaks.com. And many of the recipes I’ve been making are from those.
After having many ask for what we’re eating – I’ll start blogging it for those interested.
Tonight we had this deliciousness… Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken. The full recipe is found here at Fast Paleo.
The stuffing is a handful of baby carrots, handful of pecans and about 1/2 a chopped onion, thrown in the food processor (my new best friend). I got a lot of aggression out pounding the chicken breasts into submission. Ellabee loved this! The veggies are just sugar snap peas and broccoli crowns, steamed in the microwave. Now, here’s the key – no water was used in the steaming of these veggies. Put the veggies in a microwave safe dish, drizzle with about 1/8 c coconut oil, melted, cover with a paper towel and run on high in the microwave for 6 minutes. YUM! Like I said, Ellabee loved it. Pryor ate some. Anne Bailey flat out protested … but I’m not running a short order cook station, so “you protest, you don’t eat”… and she’ll be ready for breakfast in the morning.
One other snack I’ve found that I’ll share tonight (and then I have to go to bed) are Power Balls. I think they are actually called “protein balls” but I just love saying Power Balls… like I’m announcing the lottery winners.
They don’t look very appetizing, but three of these will fill you up for a snack and are quite tasty and sweet. The recipe is found here at Have a Delicious Life.
Enter my trusty food processor again. This is one of those – “throw it all in and let the machine do the work”… I will say from experience though – on dates. Even if the package says they are pitted – it’s best to check each date. There is really nothing harder than a date pit … I’ve almost broken a tooth on one. A date pit which sneaks into the food processor is so strong that it will stop the processing COLD. Watch for the pits!
More to come as I find more stuff. Just consider me your personal Whole30 recipe stalker!